A nonproﬁt Humane Society
serving Greater Cleveland and
Cuyahoga County since 1913.
Patter March 2009
Executive Director Letter pg. 2
It’s Match.com for Dogs pg. 3
A Fresh Pledge for Pets Radiothon pg. 5
For a good part of his young life,
Robbie, a handsome, one-year-old
shepherd mix, called the Cleveland
APL home. He came to us by way
of our dog transfer program from
the City of Cleveland Kennel.
Robbie was born blind, but that
didn’t slow him down much at all!
So, soon after coming to the APL,
the playful, loving Robbie was
Unfortunately, his new owner found Creed Woodka
she did not have enough time for the
young pup so she brought Robbie back to him was just the start of Robbie’s
to us. In no time at all, his wonderful change in luck.
personality stole another heart and
home he went. Again, Robbie came Edie and Donald Stamps came to the
back, this time because someone in APL the day after Christmas wanting
his new family had allergies. But now to adopt an older dog, but then they
putting Robbie back up for adoption saw Robbie. As soon as they met him,
wasn’t as easy—he had heartworm. the deal was sealed. Edie had worked
Fear not! Thanks to our Second Chance in animal shelters and even had a blind
Fund, Robbie’s heartworm could be dog before. “Don’t worry,” she said,
treated, but he had to be kept on “we won’t be moving the furniture
weeks of very strict “cage rest” until he around anymore!”
Robbie now lives with his canine and
Finally, just before the holidays, Robbie feline brothers and sisters and beloved
was ready to go up for adoption again. humans. Despite being blind, the clever
When Christmas Eve came and went Robbie managed to ﬁnd the bed on
without Robbie going home, one of his ﬁrst night home and has already
our devoted APL volunteers packed his memorized the location of all the trees
little overnight bag and took him on a in his yard so he can zip around. To see
ﬁeld trip so he could spend Christmas Robbie now, you would think he has
by a ﬁre in the comfort of a home. been there his entire life—and now he
Little did she know that her special gift will be!
YES WE CAN, give shelter animals a reach and the care that we can provide;
home! YES WE CAN, slow the birthrate of we need a community of responsible pet
homeless or unwanted litters of kittens guardians who are making responsible,
and puppies! YES WE CAN, make our compassionate decisions for their pets.
community a safer place for animals. YES
Our region has weathered a brutal
WE CAN, reach a day when there are no
winter, and yes, everyone is braced for a
more homeless pets! NO WE CAN’T, do it
worrisome future of unknowns. However,
without you and your steadfast belief that
in the face of all of these unknowns,
every life has value, but with you, YES WE
there is a known that I share with great
certainty—companion animals cannot
As a community, there are so many survive without us. Whether they’re pets
ways we can all do more to end animal or animals living in shelters, they rely on
suffering and homelessness. One us to take care of them, love them, and
heartwarming example was the kindness protect them—no matter what. That’s why
shown by Chris Vogt from Troop 411 of the Cleveland APL is here and, with your
Sharon Valley/Center. For his Eagle Scout support, that’s what we’ll keep doing each
project, Chris elected to build and donate and every day through the challenging
shelters for feral (wild) cats to keep them times ahead.
warm and protected during our Cleveland
If you were to ask me if there are days
winters. Now, more than ever, we need
when I wonder if we’ll ever end animal
people like Chris and you to ﬁnd ways to
suffering and homelessness once and for
make a difference for homeless animals
all, I would tell you not too many, but
—animals that cannot help themselves,
yes, there are those days. But when those
animals that have no other alternatives.
days happen, all I have to do is look into
We need people to come to the Cleveland
the eyes of one homeless animal and any
APL and adopt a pet; we need monetary
doubt is replaced by the one and only
donations so we can keep expanding our
answer there is—YES WE CAN!
Thank You So Much!
Thank you to the following John Kozak and the their “Jeans Day” program to
organizations for collecting Employees of Giant Eagle beneﬁt the Cleveland APL’s
items from the Cleveland in Bedford Heights Second Chance Fund.
APL’s “Wish List” for the 2008 When John delivered the
Key Bank For hosting a
Holiday Season! “Wish List” items to the
Cleveland APL adoption event,
Cleveland APL, he also found
Donna Faff and the bake sale, and toy sale at its
a new “Furry Friend” to adopt.
Employees of the U.S. downtown headquarters. Extra
What a wonderful way to
Marshals Service and U.S. special thanks to Key Bank for
celebrate the holidays!
Courthouse in Cleveland matching the donation of every
Thanks also to... employee who gave $25 or
Employees of the
Sherwin-Williams Forest City Enterprises For
Company in Cleveland raising more than $2,000 from
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It’s Match.com for Dogs!
If you ask someone the Wallﬂowers, Busy
what type of dog they Bees, and Goofballs.
want to adopt, you Green dogs like to
will probably hear be challenged both
answers like, a dog physically and mentally
with perky ears, a dog —they’re the Lives of
that reminds me of the the Party, Go-Getters,
dog I had growing up, and Free Spirits.
a small dog. But these
comments are all about As an adopter, all
appearance, and while you need to do is
that can be a good complete a fun, easy,
start, there are much one-page survey that
more important things helps us to identify
in life than good looks! your preferences,
Now, thanks to the ASPCA’s Meet “adopter-ality” color. Then, off
Your Match® Canine-ality® program, you go to ﬁnd your match with
the Cleveland APL is providing compatible dogs of the same color.
adopters with reliable, research- If you happen to fall for a dog
based information about how that’s not your color, that’s just
our adult dogs, ages six months ﬁne, but you’ll be informed of the
and older, will behave in their incompatibilities that may lie ahead.
new homes. The information also
helps adopters to plan for any Now, what are you waiting for?
accommodations that might help Come on down to the Cleveland APL
their new dog adapt during its and Meet Your Match®!
initial adjustment period. Meet
Your Match® lays the foundation And don’t forget, all the cats on our
for the human-animal bond and adoption ﬂoor have had their Feline-
increases the potential for successful, ality® assessed.
A dog’s Canine-ality® is their canine
personality as deﬁned by their
energy level, persistence, motivation,
sociability, playfulness, and manners.
There are three color-coded
personality categories, each with
three distinct canine-alities. Dogs
categorized as purple are laidback
and easygoing—they’re the Couch
Potatoes, Constant Companions,
and Teacher’s Pets. Orange dogs
are responsive and like regular
activity and interaction—they’re
For dates and times, visit our APL website
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Photo by: Rachel Okrez
Make Your Fur Ball 2009
Furry Friend Save the Date!
a Star! Fur Ball 2009 will take place
on Saturday, October 3, at the
Don’t miss the chance for your InterContinental Hotel Cleveland.
Furry Friend to be featured in
the 2010 Cleveland APL calendar.
To enter the contest and for all
rules, visit our website at www.
ClevelandAPL.org or call 216-377-
1628 for more information. Entry
fee is $25 per picture, and your
pet’s picture is guaranteed to
be included on the pages of the
Cleveland APL’s 2010 calendar.
The Lake Erie
invite you to…
Pucks and Paws
“Bring your dog to the game”
Sunday, March 22, 2009
For information call 216-420-2509
or visit www.LakeErieMonsters.com/
Creed Woodka Proceeds from all Doggie Tickets purchased
will be donated to the Cleveland APL.
Cleveland APL Hours
Volunteer Adoption Hours:
Monday through Friday
at the APL 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Share your love of animals and Sunday Noon to 4 p.m.
become a Cleveland Animal
Animal Surrender Hours
Protective League volunteer.
Check out our website at
Monday through Friday
www.ClevelandAPL.org for dates of
10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
upcoming volunteer sessions.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Pledge for Making a Difference
The ongoing generosity of our regular
contributors supports our annual
operations. However, the future of
the APL and its ability to expand and
Photo by: Jason Miller adapt its programs can only be realized
through animal lovers who remember
Tune in to Q104-WQAL (104.1 FM) the APL through a lasting gift. If you are
and listen to the 4th Annual Pledge interested in including the Cleveland APL
for Pets Radiothon on Friday, May 8, in your will or estate plans, please call
and Saturday, May 9. During these 216-344-1353 for more information.
two exciting, heartwarming days,
Wilde & Fee, Q104’s morning show
team, will broadcast live from the APL Trap, Neuter,
to raise money and tell stories of the
animals that come through our door— Return (TNR)
and of special people who rescue, With the long-awaited arrival of spring
rehabilitate, and adopt them. in Northeast Ohio, we at the Cleveland
APL will be bracing for the arrival of
Leading up to the Radiothon, you can hundreds of litters of
be a part of making a difference by stray kittens. As the
signing up to be a “Q Cash Captain.” temperature increases
“Q Cash Captains” collect Doggy in our area, so does
Dollars and Kitty Kash from their
the time cats spend
families, friends, and co-workers and
help the animals at the APL in the
Because many of
these animals wind
Children under the age of 18 can sign
up in shelters, we would like to remind
up to be “Q Cash Kids.” Travis Hafner
you about the Trap, Neuter, Return
of the Cleveland Indians and his wife,
(TNR) service provided by our Animal
Amy, are sponsoring this program.
Welfare Clinic (AWC). The AWC provides
Very cool prizes will be given to the
low-cost services for people who care
top “Kid” and “Captain” fund-raisers.
for unowned, unsocialized cats in their
neighborhoods. We provide humane box
Q Cash Captains and Kids will be
traps and training in their use for people
invited to the Doggy Dollars/Kitty
who want to help us end the breeding
Kash Bash on Wednesday, May 6, cycle among feral cats.
at The RainForest at the Cleveland
Metroparks Zoo, where they will turn After the cats are spayed or neutered
in their money, meet Wilde & Fee, and and fully vaccinated, they are returned to
enjoy great food and the company of their habitats, where they will live under
other animal lovers. the watchful eye of their caretakers
and no longer contribute to cat
It is easy to get overpopulation.
up NOW at www. More details about TNR are available by
ClevelandAPL. logging on to www.ClevelandAPL.org or
org or call 216- calling our Spay/Neuter Services
377-1628 and be Supervisor Marta Anderson at
a part of creating 216-771-4616, Ext. 124.
happy endings for
homeless animals! Photo by: Rachel Okrez
Adopt • Protect • Love
March 2009 5
Margaret Y. John Laura Shirley Stoup L&P Properties,
Graham and Doppco Larry Greenberg and Carolyn
Development Haddad, Susan and John Reidy
Betty Kambu Joe and Karen Robert L. Sulhan Michelle Fox
Herrmann Ralph Tuttin Jean Laurenson
A gift of $50 or more is Lenora Kanzeg Ernest and Patricia Rose Wick Brian
recognized in the Pet Patter Barbara Smith Greene
Herbert A. Koeth, Sr. Lisa Russell Wolf Beverly Wolf
newsletter. As always, we will Baumann Anne Zabriskie Donald
send notiﬁcation of tribute gifts John Krecek Kym and Mark Zabriskie, Leigh Linn and Janet
to the designee. Manno Rodgers
Nancy Leach Dianna Frizzell Dale Zivic Robert and Laura
Roger Lee Aniko Sharon and Clarke, Suzanne Irwin, Thomas
These donations were received Kalnoki, LLC, Anne and Robert and Nancy Mazur, Bonnie
between October 2008 and Pipoly, Dale Ruther, Dennis and Morosi, Nancy Mowrey, Friends
December 2008 Patricia Wondrak of Dale Zivic, Lois Treboniak,
Gavyn H. Lucas Karen and Mary Vantz, Janice Wrzesinski,
Daryl Edwards Connie Ippolito and Theresa
Individuals Paul MacMurdo Michael Wrzesinski
In Memory Of: Darla Molnar Cleveland VA
Sylvie and Merci Amend- Marguerite Moran Pam
Dean David Polston and Mark Thompson, Angela In Honor Of:
Clarence Artl Baker and Zaccardelli
Hostetler, LLP, Donna Rossiter Michael P. Morello Mary-jo Anthony D. Agra Marissa Agra
and Mindi Dilley, Basso, Bonnie, Morello Meredith Baney Paula Moore
Cathy S., Cortney, Katie, Laurel, Paul C. Morrison Clifford Bigie Blanton Terry Blanton
Lorie, Marcy, Reka, Tracey and and Judy Reeves Pastor, Family and Friends
Vicky from Baker and Hostetler Rose Mary Blessing Kristen
Nancy Atamanec Locastro and Family
John G. Atamanec, Marilyn Busch Alexandra
Doris Horvath Kermode
and Max Warwick Tony Cefarati and Erich
Communications, Inc. Andrews Constance
Regina Bednarski Horst Cumberworth
Barth, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Concepcion as a
Berthold, David and Christmas Gift Alex and
Natalie Meszaros, Mr. and Alyssa Concepcion
Mrs. P. Patterson The Connors Family as a
Pearl Blanda Ted Blanda Holiday Gift Scott Hare
Thomas Boschi and Patrick McCabe
Rosemary B. Boschi Andrew and Matthew
Melissa Burton and Cubberley, Michael and
her Cat Minnie Beverly Anthony Patti, Gregory
Purcell Weller and Jordan Foltz
Roberta Busse Beverly Hal and Ellen Cubberley
and Robert Lederman James R. Oviatt The McMahon Lynn and Jenni Davis Mike
Irene Chrin Natalie Blashkiv Family, Katherine Solender, Mr. and Mary Annis Davis
Jean A. Clark Robert Clark and Mrs. Karl Zahtilla Deidre DiFranco Practice
Jeanne S. Clough Debra Pat, Mark and Jessie Judith Technology Group
Eppercht, Cynthia Nowak, The Wiseman Sam and Cathy Farmakidis
Oskar Richey Family Gladys Perkowski Mary as a Christmas Gift Anne
Mrs. Evelyn DalPian Margaret Perkowski Farmakidis and Kevin Hurst
Fralick Connie Pierce IRA Department Tiffany, Marvin and Elias
Mary Ann Dobrovic Patricia of United Transportation Union Fong, Edward Damm and
Dobrovic, The employees of the Insurance Association, United Alisdair Welty Sarah and
Cleveland HUD ofﬁce, Robert Transportation Union Doug Welty
and Lorraine Himmelein Robert Pizem Audrey and Joanne Friedman’s Birthday
Jack Duffy Kellie and David William Blake Joanne and Adam Friedman
Snigar John Pletka Mary Pletka Jill Froula as a Christmas Gift
Christine Eder Fred Eder Randy H. Porter Cynthia Pat and Larry Papesh
Ronald Frieml Benesch, Fekete, Local 270, UWUA, AFL- Kathryn Galgoczy as a
Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff CIO, Russell and Vicki Porter, The Christmas Gift Jaimie
LLP Lubrizol Corporation Hasenohrl
Rose P. Gliva Patrick and Cecilia B. Powell Juanita Ann Geroski Dayle and
Jeanne McHugh Fuhrman, Friends & Co-Workers Kathleen Geroski
Dorothy Grossman Richard at Lockheed Martin STS-Akron Doris and Ray Gladys Aubrey
and Susan Beck Joseph Quirino Denise and Gladys and Lou Strippy
Tim Groves Peter McCarthy John McGee, The Miller Family Renee Gordon The Talbots and
Elizabeth Guzi Rita and Cory Roznik Michael Roznik the Kalaycios
Raymond Foos Ruth Sadler William and The Grant Family Mary
Donald L. Haberman Walter Amelia Osborne Lariccia
and Malorie Fink, Janet Joyce Evans Schanz John Jane Griswold Jacqueline
Haberman, Ronald and Nancy Schanz Akins, Sue Allen, Mr. and Mrs.
Martin, National David Shanks Daniel and Frank I Harding, III, John Herrick,
City Operations Center Jeanne McGuire Eliza Kendall, Ruth Kennedy
Exceptions Richard J. Smith Delores Smith The 4 Groovies Carolyn
Carl G. Jensen Carolyn and Barb Stewart Tillie Stewart Dawson
Paul Bert Scott Hare Cheryl Sweeney
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Sharon Harvey Suzanne Pare Stephanie Veres Catherine and Snowball Carrie Rendziak
Susan Henning Theresa Henning John Walsh T.J. Karen and Stephen Crandall
James and Betty Holcomb Jo Ellen Walker as a Christmas Taffy Elizabeth Ramsey
Nature Stone Gift Marianne Wagner Taylor Muriel and Wesley
Helen Holiday Brian Crandall Alison Walter David Varga Senseman
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Homans Julia Welﬂey Jennifer Welﬂey Teddy Caroline and James
Jenny Topilow Friends and Colleagues of Chesebrough
Dorothy Hutchings Sue Allen Westerly School Steve Corbin Timon Michele Melendez
Jen and Tim Karen and Maddie and Rachel San Jose Tiny and Sugar Gretchen
Smith Scott and Michelle Wollny R.J. Burmeister
Katie Kachmyers David Howard and J.R. Tannish Toto Rowe Kenny and Pamela
Kachadourian Their Wedding Guests Aguilar
Dan Kane as a Christmas Gift Aleksandar and Bianca Cuic Willie and Ginger Loren and
Bryan Ice Michael Garruto
Elise C. Keating Hugh Camitta Willie Rhonda Janey
and Louise Snyder
Animals Xena Walter Mendyka
Margaret Kelleher’s Birthday In Memory Of: Zachary Chopra-Sperry Linda
Dan Engel and Carol Kelleher Sperry
Karl Koenigsberger Kurt Amy, Sam, Maggie, Pipa Zeke Laura Martin
Koenigsberger and The Trio
Michele Lewis Brian Widowski Marilyn Cramer
and Melissa Lewis Andy Angela Marano
Barb and Dennis Lubin Janet and Mary Botter
Vanness Annabelle Debra
Robin Madeley Kathleen Martin Boland
Bonnie McDonald Judith Barkley O’Connor
McDonald Tiffany DiBenedetto,
Walter and Lisa Nason Laurel Romeo, Caesar and Nala
and George Zeck Berta Lou Paul and
Jordan O’Boyle Colleen O’Boyle Cheryl Cramer
Bill and Anne Pendley’s 50th Black Jack Sheila and
Wedding Anniversary and for Richard Henry
Steve, Sue, and Lisa Pendley Blinky Vickie and David
and Mike Shea in lieu of Joyce
Christmas Gifts Jane Pendley “CB” Sharon and David
Dr. Roland Philip Julie Sharp Simpson
Frazier Charlie, Duchess and
Mickey Radivoyevitch Carrie Lucky Anitra Blunschi
Radivoyevitch Chessie and Sassy Lorenz
Amy Reed Debbie and Eric Leopold In Honor Of:
Highman Cici Marie and William Carle
Jennifer Roach Timothy Roach Clancy Marybeth Carragher All My Cats Adopted from the
Troy, Lisa and Alec Sands Amy Clarkie Marissa Agra APL Patricia Stanzel
Oriss Coco Sheila and Doug Epp Butter Citizens Charitable
Leanne Sauerland as a Derby and Lance Boehm Foundation
Christmas Gift Patricia and Michael and Christine Hawkins Coco Christopher and Vanessa
James Byrd Dugan Sandra L. Kocsis Higgins
David Sipple Emily and Patrick Eli and Isaac Marlin Kaplan D. Claude Cat - Best Friend
Hoban Grayton Kovit Cindy and Bob Douglas, Sarah and Alisdair Welty,
Karen and Dave Smith Jennifer Hazelton Al E. Cat, Tom Cat, and Dan D.
Roach, Scooter, Justice and Rudy Jackson Diana and Jim Peto Lion
Dmytro Stachiw Zoe, Colby and Jake Marleen Rippeth Maggie Paul DiCorleto
Phoebe Zinsmeister Jake Wise Margaret Cantlin Maggie, aka Scarlet Ralph and
Judy Stryffeler in lieu of K.C. Dana Shively and Santa Mary Piunno
Christmas Gifts Daniel Stryffeler Claus Maybelle Melissa Richmond and
Heather Thomas Denis Griesmer Katy Kenneth W. Bereit William Watterson
Kenai Patrick Zohn Moonshadow Irma Laszio
Lady Bug James and Sherie Sadie Kris Bernardic
Robinson Trufﬂes and Kokopelli Susan
Lady Paget Lloyd Parsons McLaughlin
Lexie Christopher and Maureen Wheezie Richard D. Karr
Vlach Willie Gregory Romaniak
Little Bear Susan Kraus
Maggie Bonnie Wallace
Midge Rhonda Alaﬁta
Misty Steve Kurrent
Moses Bellamy Joan and Bob
Murphy and Farley Basnik
Panzer Christina Comboy and
Ringo Laura M. Armstrong
Rocky and Torti Joan Bruch
The Topilow Family Jenny Sable The Lowry Family
Topilow Sadie Linda Sullivan
Carol Topilow Jenny Topilow Shadow Sally Mokris
Pavel Ushakov and Nika Smokey Kelly Walker
Obrosova Gary Miller Snickers Bubnick The Frank
March 2009 Adopt • Protect • Love 7
Become A Cage Sponsor!
Until They Find Their New Home and Family...
The Cleveland Animal Protective
League lovingly cares for thousands
of homeless, injured and abused
animals each year. For some, their
cage at the APL, complete with a
warm bed, toys, plenty of food and
water, and lots of TLC, is the only
“home” they have ever known. For they need while they are with us by
others, it’s a temporary home until becoming a cage sponsor.
Your cage sponsorship will be
recognized with a plaque on
a cage in our cat, dog or small
mammal adoption center areas.
You may choose to make your cage
sponsorship in honor or in memory
of a special pet or person or you may
they ﬁnd the love of another family. choose to advertise your business.
For all of them, it’s the reason Cage sponsorships are renewable
they’re getting a second chance. Our every year.
annual cage sponsors bring hope and
At the Cleveland Animal Protective
comfort to our animals while they
League, healthy friendly animals stay
with us until they are adopted. We
all know a cage in a shelter is not
a permanent home, but with your
cage sponsorship, we can make it a
temporary home away from home
until they have one of their own
by providing all the care that is
wait for their future mom or dad to needed—and that they so rightfully
adopt them and take them home— deserve.
permanently. We ask that you help us For cage sponsorship opportunities
to provide all of the care and love please see below.
2009 CLEVELAND ANIMAL PROTECTIVE LEAGUE
ANNUAL CAGE SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
Yes, I would like to sponsor a cage at the Cleveland Animal Protective League.
Dog Cage Sponsorship: ❑ $1,500 per cage per year.
Cat Cage Sponsorship: ❑ $1,200 per cage per year.
Small Mammal Cage Sponsorship: ❑ $1,000 per cage per year.
Please print all information.
City State ZIP
Phone: Home ( ) Work ( )
Cell ( ) E-mail Address:
❑ I am enclosing a check for $ made payable to the Cleveland APL.
❑ Please charge $ to my ❑ Visa ❑ MasterCard
Account # Expiration Date
Name as it appears on credit card
Name to appear on plaque:
This sponsorship is in ❑ honor or ❑ memory
of , who is a ❑ pet or ❑ person
Pledge payment options are available. If interested, please call Judy Hunter, Director
of Development, at 216-344-1353.