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BVPD responded to 781 animal calls in 2014.

Friends of the Bay Village Kennel remind residents with dogs that 2015 license tags can be purchased and/or renewed on line at the county: Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter   or directly at Landmark Lawn & Garden or Drugmart both located in Westlake.
We encourage all pet owners to have current and proper ID on all pets and updated  on vaccines.  Make sure that pets left outside have food, water and proper shelter  from the weather along with safe and working containment (electronic fence, regular fencing and tethers). 
 If a resident suspects a pets is in distress or being neglected, call BVPD at 871-1234 and/or the Cleveland APL and request an APL humane officer investigate.  ALL ANIMAL RELATED CALLS SHOULD BE RESPONDED TO BY BVPD AND DOCUMENTED.  IF YOU DO NOT WANT YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION DOCUMENTED THEN ASK THE OFFICER TO DO SO.
Cleveland Animal Protective League
1729 Willey Avenue
Cleveland,  OH  44113
All animal ordinances are posted on or you may contact the BVPD or city law department.
The Cleveland APL is a separate facility from the Cuyahoga County Dog Kennel which only handles dogs that are relinquished by cities and municipalities.   NOT CATS.   They do however work with the APL and Cleveland City Kennel to encourage adoptions. 
Friends of the Bay Village Kennel will continue to assist BVPD and residents with  domestic animal related issues to strive to keep pets safe and maintain a low/ no kill reputation.  Currently the BV Kennel will only house dogs for 24 hours or less but not cats or kittens.  Cats and kittens must fend for themselves in Bay Village.
To date the city has not put the matter of a new kennel  on a public agenda open for public discussion as requested by the Friends of the Bay Village Kennel, supporters and residents.

Update on Adopted Cat

Friends of the Bay Village kennel were asked by a resident to rescue the cat posted on our website on November 19. We held the cat for 5 nights and 6 days. The Bay Village police was contacted immediately and twice a day while the cat was held, but no one reported it missing. To our knowledge, it has not yet been reported missing. We also immediately contacted local shelters and rescue lists seeking an owner. We also posted a notice on Secret Bay Village on facebook with a photo of the cat seeking an owner. We took the cat to the vet to scan for a chip (negative) and a health assessment, and treated it for fleas, mites, and worms. The 4th day we had the cat he was vaccinated and neutered. We had immediate inquiries about adopting the cat but held it until the the 24th to enable an owner to come forward. When we adopted the cat out we did another posting with a photo on facebook and on our website, and only then did a woman come forward claiming that it looked like her cat.

Orange Cat

Friends of the Bay Viilage  Kennel have had this handsome approximately 1 year old sweet boy, vaccinated,neutered and placed in a forever home as an indoor cat.  No permanent damage happened to his paws from the severe cold.  His paws were frozen when we picked him up and he was so ravenous that when he at even small amounts he vomited.

This male cat was held from from November 19th until the 24th.

Thank you also to all that have shared, cared and donated.


Construction will not stop 10th annual pet blessing at St. Raphael

by Anne Straitiff
Westlake/Bay Village Observer

Fr. Ryan Cubera includes Matthew Rising in the blessing of Matthew's dogs at last year's pet blessing at St. Raphael.

Fr. Ryan Cubera includes Matthew Rising in the blessing of Matthew’s dogs at last year’s pet blessing at St. Raphael.

Construction of a new church building at St. Raphael Parish will not stop the celebration of the 10th Annual Blessing of the Pets on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the church in Bay Village.

The event was first held in 2005 to commemorate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.

Individual blessings will be given to each animal. Dog treats from Landmark will be distributed, and a garden statue of St. Francis will be given away. The event is free and all are welcome!

St. Raphael pastor, Fr. Timothy W. Gareau, commented about the construction and the pet blessing. “We are blessed at St. Raphael with a vibrant and growing parish, and we’re grateful for the construction now underway on our new church building. We welcome all our friends in the surrounding neighborhoods to join with us on this day, to give thanks for all God’s creatures – especially our faithful animal companions – and ask for His continued blessings on our families, our community, and on all living things entrusted to our care.”

St. Raphael is located at 525 Dover Center Road. Parking is behind the church.

Please note: Dogs should be on leashes; cats and other pets in carriers or cages. The event will be cancelled if it rains.