Our Services

In addition to animal adoptions, we also provide admission services for those who must give up a pet or turn in an animal.

Animal Admission Services

To provide you and your pet with the best service, we need you to make an appointment for admission. To schedule an appointment, call 440-322-4321 and follow the prompts for animal intake. An appointment enables us to gather important information about your pet’s history and will decrease your wait when you arrive. There will be a small fee charged to bring an animal to the APL. This will be discussed at the time you schedule your appointment. If you cannot pay the fee, please speak to the Intake Coordinator. We cannot accept cats outside of Lorain County during certain months of the year due to space.

Important – We are legally unable to accept stray dogs – they must be referred to Lorain County Dog Kennel. They can be reached at 440-326-5995


Hitchens Dog Training at Friendship

Don 1Don Hitchens has over 20 years of professional experience working with dogs. He has spent the past five years training Friendship APL dogs at the Grafton Correctional Institute. He uses a variety of training styles to improve your relationship with your four-legged friend.

Training includes:

  • Sit
  • Come
  • Stay
  • Down
  • Off
  • Place
  • & More

Classes are starting now!

Space is limited!

6 week classes for $125

To sign up or schedule an appointment with Don Hitchens please call Denise at 440-322-4321 X225 or email training@friendshipapl.org.

Friendship APL Pet Food Bank

Starting Saturday, April 10, 2021, the Friendship Animal Protective League will be holding a monthly pet pantry to provide dry dog and cat food to Lorain County residents in need.  The pet pantry hours will be from 1:00- 3:00pm.

The pantry will be held in the garage of Friendship APL (8303 Murray Ridge Rd, Elyria, OH 44035.) Patrons must wear masks and practice social distancing.  Friendship APL asks that patrons of the pet pantry fill out a form asking their information and their pet’s information at the time of arrival.

The pet pantry will be held the second Saturday of every month.

Upcoming Pantry Dates for 2021:

November 13 2021

December 11, 2021


For any additional information please email adoptions@friendshipapl.org


If you have any questions regarding any of our services, please feel free to give us a call at (440) 322-4321 or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon!