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COVID-19 Update

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With the recent COVID-19 epidemic, we at Friendship APL will be taking certain steps to ensure everyone’s safety.

As of right now, we are permitting  a limited number of existing volunteers to come in. All volunteers MUST wear a facemask or bandana while on the premises.  We likewise are processing adoptions. HOWEVER, if you are:


*over the age of 65

*showing ANY cold or flu-like symptoms

*suffering from a chronic illness such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes

PLEASE STAY HOME. Although we appreciate everyone’s help, the safety and health of our staff and volunteers come first

In accordance with the practice of social distancing, Friendship will be open to the public by appointment only in order to limit the number of the people in the building. Walk-In visitors are discouraged. All adopters MUST wear face masks or bandanas to enter the building.   Starting Sunday, March 29th through Sunday, May 31st,  adoptions will be scheduled between 9:30am and 3:30pm on Tuesday and Saturday ONLY.   We will be closed to the public on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.  In order to schedule an adoption meet, please email

Only emergency intakes of animals will be performed. Because the Governor cancelled all veterinary services, we are unable to perform any spay or neuter surgeries. Not only does this prevent us from taking in new animals to be fixed for adoption, it places a temporary halt on our TNR program.

As the number of animals onsite dwindles, we will not require as much volunteer help (particularly with dog walking). Starting on Saturday, we will be requiring EXISTING VOLUNTEERS ONLY to sign up in advance for their shifts. We only need dog walkers and cat care people, two people at a time in two hour blocks. Cleaning will be reserved for staff. For instructions on how to sign up, please email

So how CAN you help?

FOSTER! If you are able to open your home to any of our animals (especially those that have struggled to find a home), please email We are especially in need of fosters for adult cats.

This is a particularly tumultuous time and we appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation.  Take care.

Friendship APL

Friendship APLWe are a private, independent, non-profit humane society founded in Elyria, Ohio. We proudly own and operate the largest animal shelter in Lorain County.

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