Hi my name is Blackjack, and I’d like to tell you about my experience with the Cleveland Animal Protective League (APL). Back when I was a 6 month old kitten, I arrived home with a broken back leg after playing outside. My owners at the time couldn’t afford to take care of me so they brought me to the APL.
I was scared at first, but the people there are so nice – especially Dr. Kauffman, who put a big cast on my leg. Then I went to a place called a foster home – and I had so much fun! My foster mom was very nice to me. She didn’t even get mad at me when I pulled my cast off….three times. I stayed with her for 2 months and made a complete recovery. Since then, I’ve been at my new home for almost 5 months, and I am the luckiest kitty ever. I have an older brother and sister to chase, a warm bed to sleep in, and all of the food, treats, and love I could ever ask for.
I am one of the lucky ones! Fortunately the APL exists so cats and dogs (and even rabbits) that need to find new homes have a place to go until then. The APL is the largest humane society in Northeast Ohio. In 2009 alone, they assisted more than 15,000 animals through their admissions, adoptions, humane investigations, dog transfer and spay/neuter programs. Their humane officers are on the street 7 days a week and investigated nearly 1,500 reports of animal cruelty in 2009. There is also never a limit on the amount of time a healthy, friendly animal can stay before they find their “forever” home. My friend Spot was there for 6 months and my friend Pepper was there for almost a YEAR before they found their new homes.
And that’s where you come in. The APL receives no government funding for the services they perform and therefore, relies on donations from people like you to provide homeless pets the opportunity to become a loving family member.
In an effort to raise money, the APL is holding its fifth annual “Pledge for Pets Radiothon” on April 30and May 1, 2010. Q104 will be broadcasting live from the shelter. My mom is a volunteer that goes in to work with the animals every week. She has also signed up to be a “Q Cash Captain” and we are asking you for your support.
No donation is too small, and any donation is greatly appreciated! Your dollars go directly to providing comfort and medical care for animals that find themselves abused, abandoned or lost. Donations can be made securely on this website now through April 25, 2010.
On behalf of all former, current and future residents of the APL, thank you in advance for any consideration that you can give to help us survive.
Blackjack (and Michelle)