Catch Us in August! FAPL Upcoming Events

by Gregg Senko

Bored? We’re not! Rain or shine, things are always hopping inside the Friendship Animal Protective League, and while the weather’s still great, we’ll be just as busy outside as well. Read on to find out the virtual treasure trove of events FAPL staff and volunteers will be taking part in. Whether it’s pet therapy for nursing home residents or educating the public on animal welfare, our presence will felt throughout the community in August.


Elyria turns 200 years old this year!  The city will be celebrating with a bicentennial parade and FAPL will be marching in the August 5th festivities from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.  Come out to celebrate the city’s history and cheer on your favorite non-profit, Friendship APL!  Look for Elyria Bicentennial on Facebook for more information.  Visit the city’s official website here.



While Avon isn’t having a landmark birthday this year, they will be having a party of their own and everyone’s welcome.  FAPL will be at the inaugural Summerfest on Sunday, August 6th from noon to 5:00 pm.  As the event’s website states, “Pack the car and head to the Marketplace at Avon on August 6th for the first annual Summerfest in partnership with the French Creek Foundation. Join local businesses, non-profits and local artists in support of Every Child’s Playground; Avon’s new All-Inclusive Playground Project.  Summerfest hosts a wide array of fun activities for the entire family ranging from live music and delicious craft beer to face and hair painting for the kids!”  Official site info can be found by clicking here.


Turn back the clock on August 19th and come see our classic car show, Wheels for Wags, at Avon United Methodist Church located at 37711 Detroit Road in Avon.  The event runs from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  If it’s rained out, the event will be rescheduled for August 26th.  Entry donation is $10 per vehicle and pre-registration is $8 per vehicle.  Spectating is free but donations of pet food and kitty litter are greatly appreciated!  Don’t miss out on these awesome automobiles and plenty of door prizes!  Interested in registering your car?  Call Joyce for more info at (440) 315-2938.


On Monday, August 21st, we will be paying the fine folks a visit at The Woods at French Creek for a senior pet therapy hour from 2:30 to 3:30.  While these therapy events typically aren’t open to the public, we are always looking for volunteers to help out at them.  It’s a special moment to witness the moment seniors light up at the sight of cats and dogs.  Plus it gets some of FAPL’s residents out of their confines and into an open area with some human interaction.


We will also be attending the Frostville Dog Gone Funday, a dog-themed outdoor festival in the beautiful Frostville Historical Society. This event is August 27th from noon to 4:00 pm.  Check out this very cool and unique event as the month winds down.


We will close out August’s events with another pet therapy session, this time at Avon Oaks Caring Community.  This visit will take place on Wednesday, August 30th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  As always, these are great experiences for all involved.

Please contact FAPL with any questions you may have regarding volunteering at (440) 322-4321.

Friendship Animal Protective League of Lorain County

8303 Murray Ridge Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035    (440) 322-4321  

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