The dogs housed in the Canine Care Center will continue to receive quality care; shelter veterinary officials assure there is no evidence pets can contract or spread the COVID-19 virus.

The Lucas County Canine Care and Control center will be closing to the public starting March 18, 2020 until May 1, 2020 but will continue to provide as many services to the pubic as possible. 

This decision came out of an abundance of caution and in response to health officials’ recommendation to reduce face-to-face contact to prevent the spread of infectious disease.

The shelter had already been proactively managing its intake to maintain a lower animal population in preparation for such a scenario. The dogs that are currently available for adoption will be placed in volunteer and public foster homes. Any dog not able to be matched with a foster home will continue to have their needs met by onsite canine care technicians. 

Our animal control officers will remain available to respond to calls.  We will be taking in stray dogs from the public one person at a time by appointment only to limit the number of people in our lobby.  Please call the shelter at 419-213-2800 between 11am-5pm to schedule an appointment. Services and activities that were schedule to happen within the time frame of this temporary public closure will be suspended and rescheduled for later dates. This includes community events, owner surrender of dogs, and owner requested euthanasia of dogs. Additionally, all staff not required onsite for direct animal care and who would feel more comfortable working remotely will be encouraged to do so.

This precautionary measure does not mean the shelter’s dogs are in danger of either contracting or transmitting this virus. Veterinary officials worldwide are in agreement there is no evidence dogs can become ill from this strain or serve as a carrier. While domesticated animals are not impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, this is a good opportunity to review your pets’ role in your disaster preparedness plan. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend pet owners keep on hand the following: a two-week supply of food and water for each pet in your care, a two-week supply of each pet’s medications, and a file containing each pet’s care plan, vaccination and ownership records, microchip information, and a preferred contact in case of emergency.

As this is a fluid situation, the shelter asks that the public monitor its website,, and their Facebook page for regular updates, as the closure timeline is subject to change based on guidance received from local and national public health officials.