October 21, 2014


Lorain County Dog Kennel significantly increases adoption fee


ELYRIA — The cost of adopting a dog from the Lorain County Dog Kennel will jump from $15 to $50 starting Sunday.

Lorain County Commissioner Lori Kokoski said the fee hike, approved Wednesday, was the result of the increased costs associated with housing the dogs at the kennel and preparing them for adoption. She said the kennel now spays or neuters the dogs and provides vaccinations, things that weren’t done before when the fee was first set.

“We’re doing a lot more for the dogs,” she said.

Kokoski also said local animal rescue groups have asked the county to raise the adoption fee rate as well.

“It’s still a very inexpensive opportunity to adopt a dog in this county or any other county,” she said.

The commissioners also agreed Wednesday to raise the cost of annual dog licenses from $14 to $16 next year and eliminate a $2 discount for those older than 65. She said the discount was eliminated at the request of county Auditor Craig Snodgrass’ office because it was “an administrative nightmare” to run.

Changes in state law will also allow the count to issue three-year dog tags, which will cost $48, and lifetime licenses, which will run $160. Kokoski said she isn’t certain special heart-shaped tags, which cost an additional $5, will still be offered.

The extra money generated by the sale of the heart-shaped tags is devoted to medical care of animals at the kennel. Kokoski said that she doesn’t think the tag is what’s important to the people buying it, but rather the cause. She said it might make more sense to give those who contribute a car magnet or something similar in return for their donation to the medical fund.

In other business, the commissioners voted to approve a new three-year contract with the union representing licensed practical nurses and service worker at Golden Acres Nursing home in Amherst Township.

The move means that the county-owned nursing home will remain open, according to a joint news release from the county and Teamsters Local 426.

County Administrator Jim Cordes said rumors circulating that the nursing home might close because of the contract dispute have led to a lower-than-normal number of residents at the facility.

Also Wednesday, Kokoski and Commissioner Ted Kalo voted to use money brought in by fines and interest levies on homes with delinquent property taxes to fund the county’s land bank, a move opposed by Commissioner Tom Williams, a frequent critic of the program.

The county has run through most of the money it received from the state to fund the land bank, but Kokoski said there are still vacant and dilapidated houses in the county that need to be torn down.

“It’s a program, I believe, we need to keep going,” she said after the meeting.

Williams said he thinks the money would be better spent elsewhere.

“The reason I voted against it is I don’t believe in taking money away from schools and libraries,” he said after the meeting.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.


  • oldruss

    Raising fees, like the cost to adopt a pet from the county run kennel, is the same thing as raising taxes, and a favorite way for politicians to slip tax increases under the radar.

    • Melissa Merrill Snyder

      The fees for the dog tags help support the kennel. Adoption fees run the kennel. If you don’t have the money for the kennel, it will close. Then where would we be?

  • Ray Venn

    They started the “land stealing bank” with money they “stole” from the schools, now they’ve run out…they’ll need YOUR property next to fund it.

    Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

  • Bill

    If you can’t afford the new fees imposed, you shouldn’t be adopting in the first place.

  • hottamomma

    kennel better be prepared to kill more animals then, cause they will get maxed out quicker now

  • Humane Friend

    The county kennel adopts out most of the dogs brought to the kennel and all the dogs are vaccinated and spayed or neutered. Even after this fee increase, the county kennel is still one of the most affordable places to adopt a dog in the area.

  • Shelley Miller

    Hopefully this will not stop people looking to adopt from going first to the Lorain County Kennel, that really is a reasonable fee. Try adopting a puppy out of the paper and paying for the shots and spaying or neutering and it is easily close to $300. I know the kennel does their best to find these poor neglected and abused pets good homes.

  • jackson

    How much money does it cost to maintain these lots that are land banked looks like another Good One

  • KZ14

    Oh yea let’s take away that $2.00 discount from the ones who built this county with hard work before all the politics. Good sense and don’t you commissioners have something better to do?

  • SweetScarlet

    LCDK does the best they can do with limited funds and resources. You would not believe the amount of dogs that come through those doors. Perhaps if Lorain County residents kept their dogs properly tagged and updated, some of those cages would be open. There are so many grassroots people who advertise for these dogs to help space open. Their fees were astronomically low. Both our rescue dogs cost $100 each, not including vet check-ups. This fee raise is actually quite nominal and will benefit the dogs and the future adopters in the long run.

  • Nancy Mcdougal

    Thats awesome how they slipped the nursing home story in with the higher adoption fees on dogs. I guess it does fit because they are treated about the same.

    • Bill

      Pretty stupid comment Nancy. Not about the nursing home story but the dogs at the kennel are treated with love and compassion unlike the idiots who left or abused these animals so that they ended up at the kennel.