Assistant Cleveland Police Chief Terry Trotter took over as the acting manager in late September and has been leading the staff ever since.
Some citizens have been concerned about rumors of potential changes, such as less hours and increased adoption fees, but Trotter said there is no backing to the rumors.
"Everything is functioning as usual," said Trotter. "People hear rumors but they can come see for themselves — we haven't changed a thing."
Trotter said on a couple occasions he has left the shelter early to respond to police calls, but otherwise, everything is operating normally.
"The city is doing everything possible to respond to animal calls because we want all strays to be adopted into good homes. We encourage people to come see the animals so we can get them back into good homes."
The city is receiving applications for a new manager, as well as a new dogcatcher, with the application process closing on Friday at 5 p.m.
Applications may be picked up and returned at the Cleveland Police Department front desk.
Although Trotter has never managed an animal shelter in the past, he said helping out has been a valuable learning experience.
"I have a lot of passion for animals and I really hope that people who truly love animals will come adopt them into good homes. We hate to see them back on the streets two-to-three days later."
The shelter, located on 200 W. Carpenter St. in Cleveland, is open Tuesday through Friday from noon–5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.