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Frequently Asked Questions
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Portage APL Services
Can the Portage APL help me to spay/neuter my pet?
Low cost cat spay/neuter surgeries are available each month provided by NOMAD; a mobile cat spay/neuter service. Please come to the shelter to sign up. Please note that there is a waiting list so call as soon as you acquire your new cat.
Can the Portage APL recommend a veterinarian?
How do I report neglect, abandonment or cruelty?
Note: You will be asked to provide detailed information about the location, animals in question, and potential suspect as well as your contact number, which will be kept confidential. Being able to contact you for additional information often helps resolve the issue in a timelier manner. If we cannot reach you because we didn’t hear the address or have further questions, we may not be able to help the animal, so please leave all information.
Due to the confidential nature of the investigations, you will not receive any information regarding the results of the investigation.
How do I report a lost pet?
Dog owners should also call the Portage County Dog Warden.
Important note: Dogs and cats can travel further than anticipated. If you live within 10 miles of the county border, it is advised that you contact the neighboring county Dog Warden and humane society in addition to the Portage APL and Portage County Dog Warden.
How do I surrender an animal to the shelter for adoption?
The shelter can only accept animals that are of sound temperament and in good health. Pets with a history of aggression may not be accepted.
For more information, visit our Animal Intake page.
About the APL Pets
How many pets do you place into new homes?
Where do the animals come from?
Sometimes Portage APL will arrange to take dogs from the Dog Warden or other local shelters that need help.
Does the APL euthanize animals?
Do you ever get purebred dogs or cats?
How do I adopt a pet from Portage APL?
Dog adopters are asked to spend time with the dog and bring in family members as well as any other family dog(s) to interact.
Cat and dog profiles can be viewed on our Available Pets page and we also share pets ready for adoption on our Facebook page.
Why do the animals have to go to an indoor home?
How can I contact the Portage APL?
Check out our Contact page for full phone, fax, address, and staff directory information. You can also send us a message there, too.
Where is the Portage APL located?
The Portage APL is located just north of Ravenna at 8122 Infirmary Road, behind the Portage County Water Resources and the Dog Warden office. Turn into the Water Resources driveway and continue to the blue building at the end of the road.
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How can I volunteer for Portage APL?
I found a lost/stray dog. What should I do?
Emergency after hours 330-296-5100
Toll Free 1-800-772-3799
Check it for a microchip. The APL and local veterinarians can do this for you. You can also report it to us, and we will keep an eye out too.
Please call the shelter at 330-296-4022 regarding injured domestic animals or call your police or Sheriff office at 330-297-3889.
What are the shelter's hours?
My animal went missing. What should I do?
- You can make a Lost or Found Report. Here you can fill out an online form and attach a photo. This will help us match you to your pet if your animal comes to us injured or sick. (We do not take in stray dogs.)
- Inform the Portage County Dog Warden (for dogs) or your local sheriff/police.
- Visit the website lostmydoggie.com or lostmykitty.com. There you can create a lost poster for your missing pet and once you’ve created the poster the website will send the poster to 25 agencies (shelters, rescues, animal controls, vet offices, sheriff offices) within a 20 mile radius of your home.
- If you are on Facebook, let your friends know your animal is missing. There are also two more pages that are very helpful. There is Portage County Lost and Found Dogs and Cats and also Pet FBI Ohio. You can search for these pages in the search box on your Facebook page. There are also Lost and Found pages for surrounding counties where you can post. (I.e., Summit County, Stark, Geauga, etc.)
- Remember that cats don’t normally stray very far. Check under bushes, parked cars, up in trees, open garages or sheds or under trailer skirting. Also check your basement, rafters or hideaways in your own home.
Put something outside that belongs to the animal so they may pick up the scent of home. (No food!)
- Putting a sign in your yard that states you are missing a cat or dog is very helpful to your neighbors or passersby who may see your animal out and about and wonder where it belongs.
- Remember that spaying and neutering your pet will keep them from wandering.
- Microchipping, licensing and ID tags are helpful to connect you if your pet goes missing.
Don’t lose hope. Animals can find their way home.
How can I help?
Here’s how you can make a difference:
- Online Cash (or mail-in) donations
- Memorial or tribute donations for people & pets
- Supply donations from our Amazon and Chewy wish lists
- Cage and Run sponsorship
- Remember the APL in your will and overall estate plan through our Shepherd’s Watch Program
- Attend and support an APL event
- Adopt a pet
- Use Amazon Smile Prime when you shop and add Portage APL as the recipient of donations
- Collect and drop off paper/ cardboard to recycle
- Acme Community Cash Back Program
Cash donations are accepted online, via mail or can be brought directly to the shelter.
Supply donations can be brought to the shelter, or shipped to us when you order off our Amazon and Chewy wish lists
What is the difference between the county dog warden and the Portage APL humane agent?
The Dog Warden is a county employee that focuses on:
- Dogs running at large / stray dogs
- Dog License / Registration
- Vicious dogs/ dog bites
Who funds Portage APL?
Does Portage APL receive money from my taxes?
Does my gift to national animal welfare organizations (such as Humane Society of the United States or ASPCA) help animals in Portage County?
National organizations can offer great resources and information to assist local shelters. Portage APL is an independent non-profit funded by voluntary donations. Funding for Portage APL’s services and programs is received in the form of cash donations, bequests, trusts, endowments and through adoption and surrender fees.