What To Do If You Find A Stray Animal

What should you do if you find a stray animal in Vermilion? The World Animal Foundation offers these helpful tips for Vermilion, Ohio residents.

Most stray dogs are simply lost dogs. To assist in locating the animal's guardian, or to find a lost dog, please contact the dog wardens, the Vermilion Police Department and local veterinarians. If the dog is wearing a dog tag, the dog warden can look up the guardian's contact information.

Erie County Dog Warden

2900 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870

Phone: (419) 627-7607 / (888) 399-6065


Lorain County Dog Kennel

301 Hadaway, Elyria, OH  44035

Phone: (440) 326-5995


Stray cats are homeless tame cats. Feral cats are cats born in the wild with little to no human contact or who have been homeless for an extended period of time, reverting to a wild state. Felines constitute the largest number of homeless domestic animals in the area. Prolific breeders, one stray cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats in just 7 years. It is estimated that there are over 100,000 stray cats in Lorain County, with similar numbers in Erie County.

No animal shelter, organization or group can take in all the stray cats in the area. Most shelters are already full and have a waiting list, often with hundreds of names. It is critical to have stray and feral cats spayed or neutered to reduce the homeless populations. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a grassroots effort to trap stray and feral cats, spay or neuter them, then return them to their outside colonies with shelter and daily care. When homes are available, tame cats and kittens are adopted out. Feral (wild) cats are very difficult to tame and generally unadoptable. Removing feral cats from an area does not reduce the population, as other ferals quickly move into the area. Trap-Neuter-Return is the only method of feral cat colony management proven to reduce stray cat populations.

Animal Shelters

Animal Protective League of Lorain County

8303 Murray Ridge Road, Elyria, OH 44035

Phone: (440) 322-4321


Humane Society of Erie County

1911 Superior Street, Sandusky, OH 44870

Phone: (419) 626-6220

Huron County Humane Society

246 Woodlawn Avenue, Norwalk, OH 44857

Phone: (419) 663-7158


Rescue Groups

Erie Shores Humane Society 

P.O.Box 1041, Elyria, OH 44035

Phone: (440) 365-7516


Love-A-Stray Animal Rescue 

P.O. Box 46, Avon, OH 44011

Phone: (216) 314-0321 or (440) 933-2014


Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary

12516 Cherry Road, Vermilion, OH 44089

Phone: (440) 967-3610


For more information, visit www.WorldAnimalFoundation.com.