About the ACAPL

Like you, we love animals – all animals. The animals we have in our own homes are all considered as members of our family – no “ifs, ands or buts”. At the Ashtabula County Animal Protective League, we take that devotion, commitment and love for our own family members to the homeless dogs and cats of Ashtabula County. We appreciate your desire to help a homeless pet – whether by adopting, fostering, fundraising or volunteering in another capacity. It is because of people like YOU that the homeless pets have a chance at a life with a loving family in a real home.

With a full-time staff of 3 people and a part time staff of 6, plus up to a hundred volunteers, we strive to provide temporary shelter for upwards of 200 dogs and cats, puppies and kittens, in our facility on Green Road every day. Here we provide them with a safe environment, good nutrition, veterinarian care and socialization. We are committed to caring for the abandoned dogs and cats of the largest geographical county in Ohio with a limited budget, relying primarily on donations to operate the only animal shelter in Ashtabula County.

Our mission is simple – to provide temporary homes for the parent-less pets of Ashtabula County until we can find them the best possible “furever” home. Along with this mission, we promote spay/neuter, responsible pet ownership and companion pet education.

There are several tabs on this webpage directing you to learn about the dogs and cats we have available for adoption, fostering, volunteer opportunities, fun and fundraising events and a Happy Tails page where you can see the pets that have been adopted. We also have a link to our Facebook page – where you can receive the most timely information – as well as our Twitter feed.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we rely heavily on volunteers and may not be able to answer your phone call. We hope that many of your questions can be answered here. If not, please come by for a visit. We would love to see you and the homeless dogs and cats would love to spend some time with you!


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead