About Us

Canine Lifeline LogoCanine Lifeline is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in September of 2009. Our mission is to save adoptable dogs from being euthanized for space or treatable medical conditions.

Our dogs come from dog pounds here in Ohio as well as from Kentucky. Most of these pounds are in very rural areas and just do not have the means to care for all of the dogs they take in.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent or volunteering for us, please visit the “How You Can Help” section of our website to learn more. If you’re interested in adopting a dog from us, please read below about our adoption process.

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Adoption Process

Thank you for your interest in adopting a dog from Canine Lifeline! Our dogs are strays that were saved from euthanasia at county dog shelters due to shelter overcrowding or treatable medical conditions. We have no history on these dogs and can’t guarantee how they will behave in an adopter’s home with respect to housetraining, separation anxiety, and interaction with children or cats.

We seek to find the best possible match for each dog based on the dog’s needs and the adopter’s requirements. To that end, an application must be submitted and approved before you can adopt a dog from Canine Lifeline. We do not do same day adoptions at any of our adoption events. The adoption application can be downloaded below.

Once your application has been approved, we will then schedule a meet and greet at one of our upcoming adoption events. At that time you will have a chance to spend time with the dog to see if you think he/she is what you are looking for in a canine companion. If both the prospective adopter and Canine Lifeline feel that the dog is a good match, we will then move forward with the adoption paperwork.

As part of the adoption process, you will be given a two-week trial period. This trial period is intended to give you and the dog time to adjust to the new routine. Going into a new environment can be intimidating for a dog and it takes time for them to acclimate. All adopters must be able to give the dog time to adjust and commit to the full two-week trial period before adopting a dog.

The adoption fee for dogs from 6 months to 6 years of age is $200, puppies younger than 6 months old are $275, and seniors 7 years and over are $125. We accept payment in the form of cash or check only which is submitted at the time the trial period begins. At the end of the trial period, if the dog is not a good match, the dog may be returned to Canine Lifeline for a refund of 1/2 of the adoption fee. No refunds are given after the trial period.

All Canine Lifeline dogs are spayed or neutered, microchipped, up to date on vaccinations including distemper/parvo, bordetella, and rabies, wormed, heartworm tested and current on monthly heartworm preventative, and on flea preventative.

To download the application, right click on one of the links below, and select “Save target as…” to save to your computer.

Adoption Application in PDF format (for printing to fill out by hand)
Adoption Application as a Word document (for filling out electronically via Microsoft Word)

Completed applications can be emailed to info@caninelifeline.org or sent via postal mail to: Canine Lifeline, Attn: Adoptions, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts, OH 44125-0742. We will respond to your initial inquiry within 24 hours of receipt. If you don’t see a response within that time frame, please double check your spam/junk folder.