(Cleveland) - The city is urgently asking for the public's help in finding homes for dogs at the city's kennel.

The Cleveland Kennel is experiencing a high volume of dogs being brought to the shelter. Currently 120 out of 140 cages at the kennel are occupied. According to the city, about 20 dogs are brought into the kennel each day.

The city says many of the dogs have been waiting for a month to find a home or to be taken in by an animal rescue group.

"The need to find these dogs a good home has never been higher," said Chief Animal Control Officer John Baird. Baird says kennel workers and volunteers are available to help find a pet that matches your needs and personality.

Many dogs in the kennel are strays waiting for their owners to reclaim them. Stray dogs require a 3-day waiting period to give owners adequate time to search for lost pets. Dogs with current identification have a 14-day waiting period.

The fee for adoption is $61 which includes spay and neutering services, licenses, microchips and a first round of vaccinations excluding rabies shots.

Kennel hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

However, to help increase adoptions, the kennel is being open for extended hours on the following days:

Tuesday, November 26: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 28: Closed (Thanksgiving)
Tuesday, December 3: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 5: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, December 10: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 12: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, December 17: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 19: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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