KNOW YOUR LIMIT!
Local cities that limit your pet ownership (check as a few will allow you to own more by filling out an application, etc.):
Beachwood - 3 dogs
Bedford - 2 pets
Berea - 3 dogs
Brecksville - 3 dogs
Brunswick - 4 dogs
Cleveland Hts - 2 pets
Euclid - 4 pets
Fairview Park - 2 dogs
Garfield Hts - 2 dogs
Highland Hts - 3 dogs
Independence - 2 dogs
Maple Hts - 5 pets
Rocky River - 2 pets
Shaker Hts - 2 dogs
Stow - 4 dogs
Westlake - 3 dogs
Please message us if you are aware of any updates!
BREED SPECIFIC BANS ARE ACTIVE IN THE FOLLOWING LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES
This is a listing of outright BANS on specific breeds. Other restrictions (special insurance, registration, signage, etc) may apply in your area, check with your municipality to determine what your legal obligations are.
Garfield Hts (Cuyahoga County)
Lakewood (Cuyahoga County)
Parma (Cuyahoga County)
Warrensville Hts (Cuyahoga County)
Canfield (Mahoning County)
Youngstown (Mahoning County)
Mansfield (Richland County)
Girard (Trumbull County)
Please message us if you are aware of any updates!
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I FOUND A DOG I LOVE! WHAT'S NEXT?
STEP 1: Fill out our adoption application. Our dogs noted as Seniors can be adopted for $50 off by a Senior (age 65 and over).
STEP 2: A Live Love Rescue Volunteer will contact you should we need any questions answered. We will check your references and vet records. Once approved, we will contact you to schedule a home visit.
STEP 3: Home visit will be completed to assure a safe environment for our dog.
STEP 4: A Meet and Greet with our dog and you and your family and current pets will be scheduled.
STEP 5: After the meet and greet is completed and we see how our dog fits in with you & your family, you can decide to adopt! If the dog isn't for you, we can work with you to find a pet that is.
VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL LIVE LOVE RESCUE ADOPTERS REGARDING YOUR PET'S MICROCHIP:
If your dogs are microchipped, they are not registered to you as this is left up to the final adopter to do. We are currently soliciting funds/grant ($1000 annually) to microchip ALL of our dogs. At this time, not all of our dogs are microchipped. Should you wish for your pet to be microchipped prior to adoption, please discuss this with us.
Please, please, please take a few moments to register your dog’s information with one of these sites. We have heard the comment frequently from good Samaritans that the stray dog they found was not microchipped, and so they stopped looking for it's owner and assumed the dog was homeless.
You may register your pet with Home Again should the tag on your dog/paperwork given to you indicate that is what brand of microchip that was used. There is a yearly fee of $17.99 if you register with Home Again.
If you do not wish to pay the annual fee, please register either Petlink or 24petwatch, both which will accept other brands of microchips and are less expensive, see below.
Petlink charges $19.99 for a lifetime registration if registered online, http://www.petlink.net/. You can register by phone for an additional charge of $4.95, 1-877-PETLINK. Petlink will accept any valid 9, 10 or 15 digit microchip (all valid formats available in the USA).
24petwatch provides FREE registration for all brands of microchips in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. http://www.24petwatch.com/
What does my new dog come with?
Your new Live Love Rescue adoptable will come with his/her collar, vetting paperwork and tags as applicable (per our contract we ask that you take your new pet into your personal vet within a week for a checkup) and a small bag of the current dog food he is on. You will be able to mix that food in with the new food you are going to be feeding him. The majority of our dogs are fed the Costco Kirkland brand dog food.
You will want to have a leash (preferably NOT the retractable kind), food toys (toys that dispense food) or a food bowl, a water bowl, bedding, crate, toys, and treats. Please discuss your new pet's individual needs with us prior to adoption.
This is the contract you will be required to sign to adopt a dog from us. It is posted here for your convenience and to allow you to review it before you decide to adopt from us. If you are ready to start the adoption process, please fill out the Adoption Form.
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Fostering for Live Love Rescue
PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE APPLYING TO FOSTER or VOLUNTEER WITH US. The link to the foster application is at the end. Thank you!
We are always accepting foster applications. We sometimes are accepting new fosters for a specific dog in an urgent situation still located in a local kennel, but you need to contact us and discuss our current needs and budget availability first. 216-769-3149. We also post on facebook when we are soliciting new foster homes in order to save dogs in area kennels advertised as urgent.
Fostering a dog does require commitment on your part. Please take a moment to educate yourself and actively choose a rescue that fits your expectations. While it may not seem important during the stress of saving dogs, it really is. Your experience with fostering will directly correlate to your expectations of what a "rescue" group is, what the fostering process is, and the personalities of all of the individuals involved.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT US: We cannot guarantee that your foster dog will be potty trained, not chew up your favorite brand new shoes or your couch, will stay in your yard, or will always be well mannered. We won't reimburse you when they do. You should be an experienced dog owner that understands dog behavior, and you should be able to teach your foster dog basic manners.
PLEASE, think before committing to a dog. If you are unsure, please volunteer or come to one of our events and talk to us about what fostering really involves. We do understand the emotional tug of saving urgents, but you are not doing ANY rescue or ANY dog any favors by not being committed 100% to that dog until it is adopted. When we place a dog in boarding because the foster gave up on him, it stops ten times the dogs from being saved as all our resources must go to paying boarding and not saving more dogs. It's previous owners gave up on him and we do not want to place any dog in that situation again. These dogs need stability and patience. We do not have open fosters or a shelter that can just take your foster dog immediately should you decide that you no longer want him, so please, again, think about the commitment required before you volunteer to foster. You should have the ability to be able to safely separate your foster from your current pets for an extended period of time. Should your circumstances change, and we do understand that, if you can't continue to keep the dog, we will work with you and we ask that you work with us, to place your pet in another foster home, or as a last result, boarding. We do provide in home as well as classroom training assistance by a professional trainer if required and your foster is exhibiting behavioral issues. We also provide temporary boarding for your dog while you go on vacation with appropriate notice.
All vetting expense for the foster dog is covered by LLR. We can provide food, a cage, and toys if needed as well. In return, as the rescue, we coordinate fun adoption events and advertise your foster to place them as quickly as possible. We screen the applications and do home checks to assure these dogs are going to loving, appropriate homes.
We are a privately funded organization run by 100% volunteers who work full time jobs and raise families, so please understand that we must use our limited time, patience, and funds in the best manner to save the most dogs. We expect you to be responsible for your own happiness with your experience with us. We aren't mind readers, you must communicate with us if you have concerns, and sometimes you will be required to follow up and remind us again, 'cause we're human and we forget and misunderstand. We save dogs, we do not criticize our fellow dog rescue groups, shelters, trainers or training styles, local businesses, or individuals who display their passion for saving dogs in a manner different than we do. We do not publicize, share, or distribute any graphic information about cruelty done to animals. (But we do LOVE to bash Michael Vick, sorry Vick fans, you probably want to move on.) We are here to help those animals, not perpetuate more wackadoodles by giving them ideas and publicity. We are a family oriented rescue, if a child would be upset seeing a photo or hearing of an experience, it is inappropriate for our webpage, publications, events, twitter or facebook page. If you are passionate about a specific training style and want to convert the world to your way, you love to post those shocking, heart wrenching photos and stories of cruelty done to animals to inspire change, you strongly dislike other area rescues, or you don't agree with what we've said above, please continue to save dogs and be passionate about your cause, but please find a rescue who is just as passionate as you are. There are lots of rescues, you'll find one that fits! You won't have a good experience with us if you don't agree with our policies.
So if you read the above and understand we are here to save dogs, and have fun while doing it, and know that we can't do it without our amazing foster network, YAY for you, we can't wait to get to know you, and welcome!!!!
LINK TO ONLINE APPLICATION:
Changing minds, one pitbull at a time
...you will feel like it is your personal mission to show the world how his “kind” is completely misunderstood.
Ashley is a mom of 2 kids, 2 dogs, and 2 cats, and an aspiring singer, author, and motivational speaker. She volunteered with Live Love Rescue to foster Ice, a pitbull literally moments away from his last breath on the urgent list at the Franklin County shelter.
Ashley fell in love, adopted him, and renamed him Romeo.
Is your foster dog ill or injured?
Fosters: If your dog is ill or injured and you cannot reach us (we are all volunteers, sometimes it happens!) please take your dog to:
Westpark Animal Hospital in Cleveland,
Gateway Animal Clinic in Cleveland,
or Animal and Avian in Brunswick,
tell them it is a Live Love Rescue foster, or take them to your own personal vet. CALL US IMMEDIATELY and leave a message at 216-769-3149 and message us on facebook. We will either arrange to pay the vet bills, or reimburse you for them should you have already paid them.
The dog's health and safety are of utmost concern to us in an emergency.
In non-emergency situations please make every attempt to contact us for advice prior to incurring any expenses, as we may have discount vetting and supplies available, which allows us to save more dogs without spending time on fundraising! :-)
MISC FOSTER RELATED DOCUMENTS
Kennel Cough/Upper Respiratory Infection (URI): Most dogs that leave the shelters do have kennel cough that they acquired at the shelter. This is not something to fear and it should not deter you from adopting. Most times, it is just a "cold" and it will clear up within 10 days. The shelter may give you antibiotics when they release the animal to you. While it is contagious, most people avoid the spread of this by keeping their animals separated for the first few days and not sharing water bowls for at least a week or two. Many report that even with minimal contact, their current healthy pets did not catch it. Unless you have a very young or very old medically-fragile pet, the URI should not develop past a "cold" and is not a reason to NOT adopt/foster. That said, please make sure your own pet is up-to-date on all vaccinations before deciding to foster or adopt and before bringing an animal from the shelter into your home.
- Vaccinations: In addition to the above, please make sure that your dog has had the optional Canine Influenza vaccination for at least TWO weeks before bringing a new dog into your home.
- Breed Specific Legislation: Your number one priority is to make sure that your county, city, or state does not have Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), which bans certain breeds. Under the laws of BSL, authorities can confiscate and kill your dog with no explanation or warning. PLEASE do your homework! Renters, please make sure that there are not any breed specific policies in your lease.
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To inquire about surrendering a dog to us, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org. We are unable to take this information over the phone. You must include a picture of the dog, and all pertinent information including sex, if the dog is fixed, vetting status, bite history, good with dogs/kids/cats, behavioral traits, and why you are surrendering the dog. We reserve the right to refuse any dog for any reason.
Most of our dogs come from area shelters, however on rare occasions we will accept dogs directly from their owners after careful investigation and proof of ownership is obtained. Should the dog not be fixed and fully updated with vetting, we will require that be completed before accepting the dog, or a donation made to cover the these immediate medical expenses. If you found a stray dog, please surrender it to your local Animal Control Officer. We cannot accept dogs into the rescue that are not surrendered by their legal owners.
We do not have the staff or qualifications to respond to animal cruelty investigations or sightings of stray dogs, please contact your local Animal Control Officer and/or humane society directly.
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