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Our Services

In addition to animal adoptions, we also provide admission services for those who need to surrender their animal(s). Please note that we are a managed intake facility and reserve the right to decline your animal admission into our shelter. Intakes are also APPOINTMENT BASED. We cannot accept animals that show up to our shelter without an appointment. 

Animal Admission Services

To ensure that as many pets as possible have the opportunity to find their forever home, Friendship Animal Protective League is a managed intake facility. We schedule intakes based on available space at the shelter ensuring we are able to provide the best care possible for the most animals. In order for your intake request to be considered, the Animal Intake Request Form must be completed. If you do not complete the form, you will not receive a response. We receive several requests every day and do our best to schedule intakes in a timely manner.  We cannot accept any animal from outside of Lorain County at this time.

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. If the Lorain County Dog Kennel is closed, please contain the dog (if safe to do so) and call your local Sheriffs Department. They will dispatch the on call warden to intercept the dog. 

Friendship APL Pet Food Bank

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 with their information and their pet’s information at the time of arrival.

The pet pantry will be held the second Saturday of every month.  Friendship APL hopes this pet pantry will further our ongoing mission to service the needs of our community and their pets. Please consider donating to the Friendship Animal Protective League to help fund future services. Donations can be made online at More information about future pet pantries can also be found on our website.

For any additional information please email or call 440-322-4321 ext. 230

Dog Training Resource

What is GoodPup?

We are excited to announce that Friendship Animal Protective League has partnered with GoodPup to provide our adopters, fosters, and community members with convenient, affordable, science-based dog training. GoodPup training is fast and effective, because it’s designed for how dogs (and dog parents) learn. Their trainers are fully invested in you and your dog. Chat with them anytime, as much as you need. They are there to provide individualized support, advice, and motivation, and are as excited as you are to celebrate your dog’s transformation. The best part? All FAPL adopters get discounted rates and GoodPup donates to our shelter for every person who signs up for training! GoodPup is equipped to handle all of you training needs, from basic puppy training and obedience to advanced dog behavior training. By using our link, you will have access to a week of free one-on-one training, discounted training if you continue the program ($30/week), access to training articles, basic medical support AND if you use this program they will donate money back to us! 


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!

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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