Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes, all dogs at LC4 are started on their Distemper/Parvo vaccines, receive a Bordetella vaccine and, if old enough, a rabies vaccine. Depending on the age of the dog you adopt, they may need additional vaccines, but you should consult your veterinarian to help make those decisions. You should take your new pet to your veterinarian within ten days of adoption for a check up and to discuss vaccines, heartworm and flea prevention, diet and more.

Category: Adoption

All animals are spayed or neutered before going up for adoption.

Category: Adoption

Any dog or puppy adoption from LC4 is $100 plus the cost of a dog license ($25 in Lucas County).

Category: Adoption

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Lost & Found Dogs

If you have a missing dog, please come to the Canine Care Center to walk through our kennel to see if your dog has been picked up. Due to the volume of dogs picked up and the variety of breeds, our office staff will not be able to tell you if your dog has been impounded. You will be required to show a valid driver’s license or state-issued picture ID. You can see all the stray dogs currently in our care at any time and get more tips on our lost and found page. Please check regularly in addition to coming down to the shelter in person at least every three days to look for your lost dog.

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Dog Licenses

In the State of Ohio, all dogs over three months of age are required to have a dog license. If you just got a new dog, you have 30 days to get your dog licensed.  All dogs adopted from Lucas County Canine Care & Control come with a license.

Category: Dog Licenses

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General Questions

Lucas County Canine Care & Control was formerly known as the Lucas County Dog Warden. In December of 2013 we made the leap to change our name to better fit what we actually do. We still enforce all the sames laws and provide even more services. The focus on providing better care to the dogs in our possession has led to many changes over the last several years including creating playgroups, having volunteer dog walkers, dog bathers, and dog trainers, and even providing some adoptable dogs with kennel buddies to prevent boredom while they await their new families. 

We do accept owner surrendered dogs and will place them for adoption if they pass our behavioral and medical evaluations. We would rather help you find resources to be able to keep your dog in your home if that is an option. We have referrals to low cost or even free spay/neuter, free pet food for short-term needs, free supplies such as collars, leashes and ID tags, and much more. Please send us an email if you believe you could keep your dog if you had some extra support during a difficult time and we will do our best to match you up with available resources. Find more information on our Owner Surrender page.

Lucas County Canine Care & Control houses between 90 and 160 dogs at any given time. Aside from our dogs up for adoption we also house dogs during their stray hold that we try to reunite with their owners, dogs on bite quarantine or court related holds, dogs recovering from medical issues and dogs waiting for their medical or behavioral evaluation on their way to adoption.

No, Lucas County Canine Care & Control does not accept cats nor do we pick them up. There are a number of shelters or rescue groups in our area that do accept cats including the Toledo Area Humane Society in Maumee.

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