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Puppy Adoptions

Adopting Puppies

If you are interested in a puppy, you must join the Puppy Adoption Program.  In this program, you do not meet the puppy in advance. You choose your puppy based on a biography and pictures posted to a private Facebook group. If you see a puppy you like, you comment with your first and last name ONLY IF YOU ARE COMMITTED TO ADOPTING.  Our adoptions staff will send you instructions to complete the adoption contract and submit payment online. (Payment MUST be made online. We will not accept cash in person.) You would then pick up your puppy by the end of the next business day (4:30 pm). In order to qualify for the Puppy Adoption Program, you must complete an adoption application in advance.  The application can be found here: Adoption Application

Any puppy in the private Facebook group that isn’t claimed within 24hrs will be moved to the main adoption floor, posted to the main website and be available to walk-in visitors. At that point, the adoption will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm. Adoptions stop 30 minutes before closing.

All puppies are spayed or neutered, have a microchip, at least their first round of shots and have been given flea and tick repellent and a general dewormer.   The adoption fee for a puppy is $250.


Clear the Shelters 2020


 Visit To Find Out How You Can Adopt A Pet Virtually Or Donate Online To Help A Shelter Near You

 NEW YORK – (July 1, 2020) – NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations (NBC and Telemundo owned stations) today announced that its Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign will run from August 1 to August 31.  To help individuals and communities continue to practice safe social distancing measures, the stations’ month-long “Adopt & Donate” effort will feature virtual pet adoptions and make it easy for people to donate online to participating shelters/rescues.  This is the sixth consecutive year that NBC and Telemundo owned stations present their popular pet adoption initiative to communities nationwide. Since 2015, NBC and Telemundo owned stations’ Clear The Shelters campaign has helped more than 410,000 pets find new homes.  Visit for more information.

 “As communities all across the country continue to practice social distancing, this year’s Clear The Shelters campaign will allow individuals to find their perfect pet through virtual platforms.  Our partners WeRescue and 24PetWatch have great web and online tools that make it easy to find a pet and navigate the pet adoption process with shelters,” said Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. “If adopting a pet is not possible right now, our partners at have a great website where anyone can donate to shelters/rescues to help them continue their great work.  We are excited for our NBC and Telemundo stations to present another memorable Clear The Shelters campaign this August.” 

This year’s Clear The Shelters’ “Adopt & Donate” campaign features returning partners WeRescue and, and new partner 24PetWatch.  Users can use the WeRescue iOS app to locate adoptable pets near their zip code, submit their pet adoption applications through shelters’ websites, and ask questions directly to shelters.  Individuals who are interested in donating to a shelter/rescue, please visit’s Clear The Shelters donation site  In addition, 24PetWatch is enabling shelters to increase their exposure through, a free website providing a full list of participating shelters and their adoptable pets along with a link to contact them.

 “From the beginning, the goal of the WeRescue app has been to help more people rescue the love of their lives at a nearby pet shelter. The app does this by making available over 70 filters to allow adopters to be very specific about the pet which will match their lifestyle. We are thrilled to once again partner with NBC and Telemundo owned stations for their month-long Clear The Shelters event, to make it easy for anyone to browse the pet listings in our app, pre-apply with a shelter before their visit, and find the right pet for them,” added Mark Wade, Founder and CEO, WeRescue.

“ is proud to partner again with NBC and Telemundo owned stations for their Clear The Shelters campaign to help thousands of homeless pets find loving homes across the U.S.,” said Liz Baker, CEO for “This year’s ‘Adopt & Donate’ focus will give animal welfare advocates the tools they need to save lives in two ways – by adopting a new furry family member, and by financially supporting animal shelters who need help now more than ever.”

 “We are proud to do our part to help shelters bring pet families together, in-person or virtually,” said Michelle Cole, 24PetWatch Chief Sales and Marketing Officer.  

Total funds donated to shelters/rescues and the total number of pets adopted from virtual platforms and any in-person adoption events will be announced by the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations after August 31.  Local stations working in partnership with their shelters/rescues may hold live events throughout August, if local conditions allow. Check for more information.  

 Follow the effort on Twitter @ClearTheShelter, and on social media using the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues.  

 About Clear The Shelters

Clear The Shelters™ / Desocupar Los Albergues® is an annual, nationwide pet adoption campaign that is spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal. Every year, NBCUniversal’s TV stations (NBC and Telemundo owned stations), plus affiliated stations partner with local animal shelters and rescues in their communities to host Clear The Shelters events. NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear The Shelters campaign was inspired by a 2014 North Texas pet adoption event hosted by NBC 5 / KXAS and Telemundo 39 / KXTX and dozens of area shelters that resulted in the most adopted pets in one day for North Texas. Since 2015, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign has resulted in more than 410,000 pets finding new homes. Visit for more information.  

About NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations

NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations is the division of NBCUniversal that includes 42 NBC and Telemundo local television stations and subsidiary digital businesses serving 30 markets, a regional news network, multicast networks COZI TV and TeleXitos, and LX, the division’s new TV/streaming network that serves adults 18-45, a group of out-of-home properties, a production company, an in-house marketing and promotions company. The local TV stations can be viewed in 38 percent of U.S. homes and in Puerto Rico and produce and deliver their local communities compelling and unique local news, real-time weather forecasts, consumer and investigative reports and entertainment programming across all platforms to help keep their English and Spanish-speaking audiences informed anytime and anywhere.


 Visita Para Descubrir Cómo Puede Adoptar Una Mascota Virtualmente O Donar En Línea Para Ayudar A Un Refugio Cercano

NUEVA YORK – (1 de julio de 2020) – NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations (estaciones de NBC y Telemundo) anunció hoy que su campaña de adopción de mascotas, Desocupar Los Albergues, se llevará a cabo del 1 al 31 de agosto. Para ayudar a las personas y las comunidades a seguir practicando las medidas distanciamiento social, las estaciones organizarán una campaña “Adopta y Dona” de un mes que contará con adopciones virtuales de mascotas y facilitará que las personas donen en línea a albergues / refugios participantes. Este es el sexto año consecutivo en que las estaciones de NBC y Telemundo presentan su popular campaña de adopción de mascotas a las comunidades de todo el país. Desde 2015, la campaña Desocupar Los Albergues de las estaciones de NBC y Telemundo han ayudado a más de 410,000 mascotas a encontrar nuevos hogares. Visite para acceder a más información.

“A medida que las comunidades de todo el país continúan practicando el distanciamiento social, la campaña Desocupar Los albergues de este año permitirá a las personas encontrar su mascota perfecta a través de plataformas virtuales. Nuestros socios, WeRescue y 24PetWatch, tienen excelentes herramientas web y en línea que facilitan encontrar una mascota y navegar el proceso de adopción de mascotas con refugios”, dijo Valari Staab, presidente de NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. “Si no es posible adoptar una mascota en este momento, nuestros socios en tienen un excelente sitio web donde cualquiera puede donar a albergues / refugios para ayudarlos a continuar con su gran trabajo. Estamos emocionados de que nuestras estaciones de NBC y Telemundo presenten otra campaña memorable de Desocupar Los Albergues este agosto”.

La campaña “Adopta y Dona” de Desocupar Los Albergues de este año presenta nuevos socios y recurrentes, incluidos WeRescue y, y al nuevo socio 24PetWatch. Los usuarios pueden usar la aplicación iOS WeRescue para localizar mascotas adoptables cerca de su código postal, enviar sus solicitudes de adopción de mascotas a través de los sitios web de los refugios y hacer preguntas directamente a los albergues. Las personas que estén interesadas en donar a un albergue pueden visitar el sitio de donaciones de Además, 24PetWatch está permitiendo que los refugios aumenten su visibilidad a través de, un sitio web gratuito que proporciona una lista completa de los refugios participantes y sus mascotas adoptables junto con un enlace para contactarlos.

“Desde el principio, el objetivo de la aplicación WeRescue ha sido ayudar a más personas a rescatar el amor de sus vidas en un refugio para mascotas cercano. La aplicación hace esto al poner a disposición más de 70 filtros para permitir a los adoptantes ser muy específicos acerca de la mascota que se adaptará a su estilo de vida. Estamos encantados de asociarnos una vez más con las estaciones de NBC y Telemundo para su evento Desocupar Los Albergues, para que sea fácil para cualquier persona navegar por los listados de mascotas en nuestra aplicación, pre-aplicar con un refugio antes de su visita y encontrar la mascota adecuada para ellos “, agregó Mark Wade, fundador y CEO de WeRescue.

“ se enorgullece de asociarse nuevamente con las estaciones de NBC y Telemundo para su campaña Desocupar Los Albergues y así ayudar a miles de mascotas sin hogar a encontrar hogares amorosos en todo Estados Unidos”, dijo Liz Baker, CEO de “El enfoque de este año “Adopta y Dona” brindará a los defensores del bienestar animal las herramientas que necesitan para salvar vidas de dos maneras: adoptando un nuevo miembro peludo en la familia y apoyando financieramente los refugios de animales que necesitan ayuda ahora más que nunca”. 


“Estamos orgullosos de hacer nuestra parte para ayudar a los refugios a unir a las familias con mascotas, ya sea en persona o virtualmente”, dijo Michelle Cole, directora de ventas y marketing de 24PetWatch. 

Los fondos totales donados a albergues / refugios y el número total de mascotas adoptadas en las plataformas virtuales y cualquier evento de adopción en persona, serán anunciados por NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations después del 31 de agosto. Las estaciones locales que trabajan en asociación con albergues o refugios podrían realizar eventos físicos durante el mes de agosto, si las condiciones locales lo permiten. Visite para más información. 

Siga la campaña en Twitter en @ClearTheShelter y en las redes sociales utilizando los hashtags #DesocuparLosAlbergues y #ClearTheShelters.  

Sobre Desocupar Los Albergues 

Desocupar Los Albergues® / Clear The Shelters ™ es una campaña anual de adopción de mascotas a nivel nacional encabezada por NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, una división de NBCUniversal. Cada año, las estaciones de televisión de NBCUniversal (estaciones de NBC y Telemundo), junto a estaciones afiliadas se asocian con albergues de animales locales en sus comunidades para organizar eventos de Desocupar Los Albergues. La campaña Desocupar Los Albergues de NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations se inspiró en un evento de adopción de mascotas en el norte de Texas organizado en 2014 por NBC 5 / KXAS y Telemundo 39 / KXTX y por decenas de refugios en el área, lo cual resulto con el mayor número de mascotas adoptadas en un solo día en el Norte de Texas. Desde 2015, la campaña de adopción de mascotas Desocupar Los Albergues de NBCUniversal Owned Television ha resultado en que más de 410,000 mascotas encuentren nuevos hogares. Visite / para obtener más información.

Sobre NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations

NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations es la división de NBCUniversal que incluye 42 estaciones de televisión local de NBC y Telemundo y negocios digitales subsidiarios que prestan servicios en 30 mercados televisivos, una red regional de noticias, las redes de multidifusión COZI TV y TeleXitos, además de LX, la nueva red de transmisión de la división que sirve adultos de 18 a 45 años, un grupo de propiedades fuera del hogar, una compañía de producción, y una compañía interna de mercadeo y promociones. Las estaciones de televisión locales se pueden ver en el 38 por ciento de los hogares de los Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico; producen y entregan a sus comunidades noticias locales atractivas y únicas, pronósticos meteorológicos en tiempo real, investigaciones e información para el consumidor, además de programación de entretenimiento en todas las plataformas para ayudar a mantener sus audiencias en inglés y en español informadas en cualquier momento y en cualquier lugar.

Temporary Adoptions Procedures


Because of the Delta variant of COVID-19, we have altered our adoption processes to ensure everyone’s safety. All adoption inquires should be addressed to  This is the best way to get a hold of us, as there will not be staff at the front desk answering phones.

Adopting ADULT dogs

For the foreseeable future, Friendship APL will be performing adoptions on adult dogs BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Walk-in visitors are not permitted.  Adoption appointments will be scheduled on the half-hour, Tuesdays through Sundays from 9:30am – 11:30am and 1pm – 3:30pm. In order to schedule an appointment, you must complete an adoption application, which is automatically emailed to our staff. (Our adoption application can be found here: Adoption Application) WE COMMUNICATE VIA EMAIL, SO PLEASE USE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS ON YOUR APPLICATION.

All clients must wear a face mask or bandana in order to enter the building.  All cats must leave the building in a carrier ($5 cardboard carriers available for purchase).  All dogs must leave with a leash and collar ($2 slip lead available for purchase).

Available adult dogs will continue to be posted to, but their pictures will be removed once we receive a certain number of approved applications.

Adopting Puppies

If you are interested in a puppy, they are available by pick-up ONLY. This means you cannot meet the puppy in advance. Approved adopters are invited to a private Facebook group where puppies will be posted.  In order to qualify for puppy adoption, you must submit an adoption application, which can be found here: Adoption Application.  The application is automatically emailed to staff members. WE COMMUNICATE VIA EMAIL, SO PLEASE USE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS ON YOUR APPLICATION.

The base adoption fee for a puppy is $250. The adoption paperwork is done online. Payment is also collected online.  All puppies are spayed or neutered, have a microchip, at least their first round of shots and have been given flea and tick repellent and a general dewormer.

Pick-up MUST occur the day after the adoption is confirmed, or within 24hrs of the puppy’s posting to Facebook.  We cannot hold puppies past that time frame.  Pick-up is between 9:30am and 4:30pm Tuesday through Sunday.

Adopting cats and kittens

For the foreseeable future, Friendship APL will be performing adoptions on cats and kittens BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Walk-in visitors are not permitted.  Adoption appointments will be scheduled on the half-hour, Tuesdays through Sundays from 9:30am – 11:30am and 1pm – 3:30pm.

A staff member will escort scheduled clients as they browse the cat and kitten rooms of the shelter. You do NOT need to have a specific cat or kitten in mind before you make an appointment. All available cats and kittens will be posted to

In order to schedule an appointment, you must complete an adoption application, which is automatically emailed to our staff. (Our adoption application can be found here: Adoption Application) WE COMMUNICATE VIA EMAIL, SO PLEASE USE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS ON YOUR APPLICATION.

All clients must wear a face mask or bandana in order to enter the building.  All cats must leave the building in a carrier ($5 cardboard carriers available for purchase).

“Change Their Luck” 50/50 Raffle

“Change Their Luck” 50/50 Raffle

On June 22nd, Friendship APL was asked to help with the emergency medical care of a itsy bitsy yet terribly ill puppy. Lincoln was found by the side of the road and brought to the Lorain County Dog Kennel.  Because the puppy was vomiting and urinating blood,  we rushed the puppy to an emergency vet. The X-rays revealed that Lincoln had ingested pennies and was suffering from zinc toxicity.

Little Lincoln had surgery to remove the coins from his digestive system. The veterinarians found 45 cents in his tummy! Unfortunately, surgery and treatment for just this pup was $1,700. Here we are again! We need you help! Between all of the animals currently receiving extensive care and surgery, we spent over $8,000 this month alone!  Please help us help him by purchasing a $5 raffle ticket. The more tickets purchased, the larger the winnings for the lucky winner!

The raffle runs from Friday, June 25th to Friday, July 2nd at 2pm. The winner will be announced at 4pm on Facebook Live.


COVID-19 Update

With the recent COVID-19 epidemic, we at Friendship APL will be taking certain steps to ensure everyone’s safety.

As of right now, we are permitting  a limited number of existing volunteers to come in. All volunteers MUST wear a facemask or bandana while on the premises.  We likewise are processing adoptions. HOWEVER, if you are:


*over the age of 65

*showing ANY cold or flu-like symptoms

*suffering from a chronic illness such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes

PLEASE STAY HOME. Although we appreciate everyone’s help, the safety and health of our staff and volunteers come first

In accordance with the practice of social distancing, Friendship will be open to the public by appointment only in order to limit the number of the people in the building. Walk-In visitors are discouraged. All adopters MUST wear face masks or bandanas to enter the building.   Starting Sunday, March 29th through Sunday, May 31st,  adoptions will be scheduled between 9:30am and 3:30pm on Tuesday and Saturday ONLY.   We will be closed to the public on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.  In order to schedule an adoption meet, please email

Only emergency intakes of animals will be performed. Because the Governor cancelled all veterinary services, we are unable to perform any spay or neuter surgeries. Not only does this prevent us from taking in new animals to be fixed for adoption, it places a temporary halt on our TNR program.

As the number of animals onsite dwindles, we will not require as much volunteer help (particularly with dog walking). Starting on Saturday, we will be requiring EXISTING VOLUNTEERS ONLY to sign up in advance for their shifts. We only need dog walkers and cat care people, two people at a time in two hour blocks. Cleaning will be reserved for staff. For instructions on how to sign up, please email

So how CAN you help?

FOSTER! If you are able to open your home to any of our animals (especially those that have struggled to find a home), please email We are especially in need of fosters for adult cats.

This is a particularly tumultuous time and we appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation.  Take care.

Diesel’s Story

Friendship APL received an urgent phone call in the middle of October from a local veterinary hospital. Someone had brought in a puppy with a severely broken leg. The 4 month-old Lab mix had been living in a auto shop and an employee had accidentally run the pup over with a tow motor. The owners had no money to treat the dog, so they surrendered him over to the vet clinic.

Diesel prior to surgery.

He arrived at the hospital smelling of old motor oil, and so we gave him the name Diesel. We rushed him over to West Park Animal Hospital where X-Rays confirmed he would need to have his leg amputated. Diesel went into foster care following his surgery where he began his road to recovery… on a couch!

He recovered very quickly and was soon able to get around the house without much difficulty. He wathe perfect dog to help promote our foster program, so he was scheduled to make an appearance on Live on Lakeside. He was the hit of the show! Everyone fell in love with the sweet and gentle pup with three legs including the woman who would eventually go on to adopt him a few weeks later. Emily Kaufman (AKA The Travel Mom) was in studio promoting her brand when she met Diesel. She knew immediately that this would be the newest addition to her family. After all, her husband’s nickname was Diesel! It was fate!!


Diesel and Emily flying to their new home in Los Angeles

A few weeks later, Diesel was cleared by the veterinarians to head off to his forever home. There was just one more hurdle to overcome! The Travel Mom lives in California. The foster family was nervous about Diesel flying in cargo after everything he had been through. Emily let us know, we need not worry! She flew all the way in and adopted him Live on Lakeside, and the two of them flew first class back to LA! 

The story does not end there. Emily and Diesel are working toward getting certification to become a therapy dog. Their hope is to one day visit children who may have lost a limb and bring some comfort

Diesel loving life in LA!


to them in their recovery.

Oscar and Adam: A “Tail” of Two Lost Weenie Dogs


Oscar and Adam’s intake photos in Wayne County.

When Friendship APL got a call about two senior dachshunds that were found roaming the streets of Wayne County, we knew we had to come to the rescue. It was clear from the photos that these poor pups, one standard dachshund and one mini, had been living the “ruff” life for a while. It is unknown if they were no longer wanted and were let a-stray, or if they had found their own way out of their previous home. Either way, they were picked up and waited…and sadly were not claimed by anyone.

These poor pups were burdened with inflamed skin and major hair loss.

The wiener dogs, that we named Oscar and Adam, were dirty, had major hair loss and could barely waddle due to their long, curled nails. Their eyes were severely infected from an untreated illness, the hair they had left was matted, and their ears hadn’t been cleaned in a long time. Despite all this, they were happy, friendly and curious. Their predicament, however they found themselves in it, had no sway on their spirits. At Friendship APL, they began treatment and were placed up for adoption to continue the healing process in a home. It was at the Friendship APL where they found their adopter, who was the perfect person to start them on their new journey.

Their first night on their new mom’s couch. Their long journey led them to this!

Regina, their adopter, says;

It’s like they’ve always been part of my life. So I renamed them Sam and Omie (after a restaurant in OBX) and Sam (the big one) is almost totally clear of his kennel cough. He takes his iniprinal every day for his heart failure and hopefully with that, he will have a full lifespan. He is a snuggler and a lap dog and enjoys sniffing around in the backyard. He and my golden retriever play well together and he runs around my house with a happy trot and wagging tail, making a thunderous noise.

Sam and Omie with their new dog family.

Omie, the little wiener, is also a lap dog.  He likes to play with Sam but he’s happiest when I’m holding him. He had a clean bill of health and his skin is so much better. Both are growing their hair back. I love them and I know they love me.  Each night all four dogs sleep with me and they have their own space in my king sized bed and I have been left with 6 inches at the edge. So they are doing very, very well.”

Look at them today! Their coats continue to improve.

Regina continues;

They are such good dogs! It would have been tragic if they would have been separated… I can’t imagine the thought if Friendship APL wouldn’t have rescued them. I am so very happy my daughter tagged me on your post that Saturday. I knew they were meant to be with me and I got out there early because I didn’t want to take any chances. They are just perfect.

From wandering the streets to a warm bed – these pups are now living a great life. The Friendship APL is able to continue rescuing dogs like Oscar and Adam because of the generous support of our donors. Click here to learn how to support our mission, and to donate to dogs like Oscar and Adam.

Doggie Dash Makes a Big Finish

by Gregg Senko

The 3rd Annual Doggie Dash recently took place at the French Creek Reservation in Sheffield. Weather conditions weren’t the most suitable for a day spent outside, let alone to run in. The misty, drizzly day was not a runner’s best friend, which was only compounded by the unseasonably cold temperatures that day. Then again, this is Northeast Ohio so who’s to say what’s unseasonable in late April?  Sure we want 70 and mostly sunny, but sometimes we may have to settle for 47, wet and overcast. In the words of Jerry Seinfeld, “It is what it is.”

This eager Buckeyes fan leads his humans onward

Nevertheless, volunteers, competitors and dog walkers showed up to take command of the 5k run and the 1-mile walk. Despite the humans’ discomfort in the sloppy conditions, the dogs didn’t seem to mind, enjoying the distractions of other dogs and even one cat who arrived in a kitty stroller (yes, that is a real thing).  Once the volunteers handed out the registration packets and the runners lined up, the start of the race was signaled and things were underway. The 5k race was won with an impressive time of 22 minutes and 53 seconds. Some glided across the finish line, others were a bit more winded, but all successfully finished. No quitters here! Congrats to all attendees!

Jerry McFadden – 1st place in the Doggie Dash 5k

The real news, however, was (as always) the animals.  Funds raised will go toward aiding those cats and dogs in need that are brought to Friendship.  Every little bit ends up going a long way so small events like these can be just as crucial as our Wags to Riches gala.  Thanks again to Lake Ridge Academy, all donors and all of our volunteers that day.

Mellow spectates from the safety of his feline mover

Coming Attractions in March!

There are two events in the very near future regarding Friendship APL! One is geared for the entire family while the other is a fundraiser for the adults. First is the Rally to the Rescue event at Midway Mall. The event will be held this Saturday, March 11th, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and will feature various rescue groups, adoptable pets, rescue groups, Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, face painting for the kids, balloon artists and much more! This will be a real treat for anyone looking to adopt, for those who have pet-related questions or if you just love animals and want to hang out.



Also on the agenda is another great event coming up at Giuseppe’s Wine Cellar in Amherst.  As this is the month of St. Patrick’s Day, the Gaelic words “Erin go bragh” typically flow through these shamrock-speckled days.  While that’s typically translated as “Ireland forever,” we’ll keep the Emerald Isle in our hearts while we cheer Erin Go Dog! in honor of our next occasion of the same name.  Erin Go Dog is a great little Irish craft beer and wine tasting event happening on Saturday, March 25th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Click the photo below for more details on this small event with big heart!

FAPL Offers Dog Training Classes

While it is a great thing to pair a homeless dog with a loving family, it is another to actually help that family train their new four-legged family member. There are multiple cogs in the process of getting an animal adopted.  It can start from getting them out of an unfavorable environment, but it doesn’t always end with the the adoption itself.  Sometimes the new dog is just a little to wily for his or her new home.  For the humans, it can be frustrating dealing with a pooch that’s operating on overdrive and not adhering to commands.  If you’re looking for help, search no more.  Friendship APL is offering training classes for you and your dog!

FAPL’s resident dog whisperer, Don Hitchens, has over 20 years experience working with canines.  One of his many résumé highlights is training Friendship APL dogs at the Grafton Correctional Institute, which allows previously difficult-to-adopt dogs (too shy or maybe a bit hyper) to get acclimated to their human counterparts and listening to commands.  Don is more than proficient in a number of training styles and will help you teach your dog in a variety of areas.

Teach Your Dog To:

  • Heel
  • Sit
  • Come
  • Stay
  • Lie down
  • and more!

Classes are 6 weeks for $125 involving basic obedience and socialization.  To sign up or schedule an appointment with Don Hitchens, please call 440-322-4321 (ext. 22) or email


For a glimpse of Don at work, check out the video below:


Volunteer Feature of January 2017: Derek

FAPL has had the luxury of some very dedicated employees and volunteers on its roster over the years and 2017 is certainly no exception. Take for instance the case of Derek. The young, determined animal aficionado found his roots helping four-legged souls when he was a child, always bringing stray cats or dogs home. In time, his grandmother informed him of the Friendship Animal Protective League of Lorain County. As it turns out, it was a perfect match of a good soul and an establishment looking for assistance.


Gregg:  When did you begin helping out at FAPL?
Derek:  The second Saturday in February 2016.  I’m just shy of a year here.


Gregg:  How did you get started?
Derek:  The first thing I did here was wash a car (laughs)!  After that I got more involved, specifically working with the animals.


Gregg:  What have been some of the best experiences other than working with the animals?
Derek:  It’s been great making new friends and all the other things that have come with the territory.  When I started, the bigger dogs would pull me around, but my time here has taught me how to work with them so they act calmly.  It’s the same for aggressive cats.  I can handle them now without much worry, whereas that wasn’t the case when I began.


Gregg:  I understand you’re going to college soon.  Are animals in the cards for your future?
Derek:  Definitely!  I’ll be starting classes to pursue a career as a veterinary technician.  


Best of luck, Derek!  While he won’t totally be gone from FAPL, the time, care and passion he puts in will be missed.

Derek caring for one of the many new cats at FAPL

Wags to Riches ’17 Quickly Approaching!

Throughout the year, FAPL Director Greg Willey and company do their absolute best to rescue animals in the most unfavorable of situations. Cats hit by cars, dogs abused by cruel owners, these are just a few of the countless scenarios that bring animals to the Friendship Animal Protective League. However, before they spend a few days in a FAPL cage awaiting adoption, they must first pay a visit to a veterinarian to rectify any unfortunate medical conditions.

Volunteer and Facebook guru Sherry with one of our former residents.

The veterinary costs that FAPL incurs are a necessary, but costly part of our business.  Our business is rescuing animals and finding them good homes, and while vets went to went to school to help animals, their services are not free.  Throughout the year, FAPL holds and participates in numerous events to raise funds to keep our building running, to pay our staff and, most significantly, to cover the costs of those vet bills.  In 2016, medical costs of our animals more than doubled what it was in 2015.



“Doc” Rick and a four-legged friend at the 2016 Wags event.

Despite those fundraising efforts throughout the calendar year, none assist us more than our annual Wags to Riches event.  This year, the fundraising gala will be held on Saturday, February 11th at Tom’s Country Place in Avon, Ohio.  Tickets are $100 and include dinner, open bar, the opportunity to purchase tickets for raffles, casino games and just the general notion of a really good time.  Plus, at the end of the day, it’s all to help the animals.

Try your luck at some games of chance and help benefit animals

Click here for more information on how to purchase your tickets for the 2017 Wags to Riches event!

Prizes galore!



2016 Volunteer of the Year – “Doc” Rick Broz


Rick with Friendship Animal Protective League dog, Heidi.

It was with great pride that I was able to present “Doc” Rick Broz with the 2016 Friendship APL Volunteer of the Year plaque. His love of dogs has been a true inspiration to so many, and I have been proud to work alongside him over the past 5 years.


"Doc" Rick accepts his award for volunteer of the year!

“Doc” Rick accepts his award for volunteer of the year!

The plaque reads:

”Doc” Rick Broz has been volunteering with Friendship Animal Protective League for the past 5 years. His contributions to both our shelter and to animals throughout Lorain County have been immense. His time with Herbie propelled him from shelter volunteer to animal hero. As an advocate for animals, he led the charge to pass legislation in the City of Lorain. This new law will prevent dogs from being tethered outside for the entirety of their lives.  He has become a friend and a source of inspiration to both the two-legged and four-legged, and we are proud to have him as a volunteer!”

Thank you Rick for the thousands of hours you have dedicated to both Friendship Animal Protective League and to companion animals throughout the City of Lorain!

Giving Thanks for the Blessings I have Received.

This is the time of year that we give thanks for all the blessings we have received.

Tracy Isenberg holds one of our cats on her way to take a picture for our 12 Cats of Christmas!

Tracy Isenberg holds one of our cats on her way to take a picture for our 12 Cats of Christmas!

I have spent over fifteen years in animal welfare. I have come across some very bad people over the years, but for every bad person whose path has crossed mine, I have had the privilege of meeting some of the most amazing, generous and heroic people. These people are why I continue to fight and rescue animals. Without good people, we would have no volunteers or staff to provide the love and care our animals need. I would have no donations to ensure that our animals receive food, water, litter or emergency medical treatment. I would not be able to rescue a tenth of what I have rescued over that time.




Each and every day, my staff and volunteers come to the shelter and take care of these animals. They rescue them from the streets and overcrowded shelters. They feed them and give them medicine. They take pictures of them and with them to help us find forever homes. But most of all, they comfort and love them.

Ron comforts his latest foster dog, Obi. This sweet dog was left at a vet hospital after being attacked by another dog. Ron, like all of our foster families, ensures that Obi has a chance to recover and find a home.

Ron comforts his latest foster dog, Obi. This sweet dog was left at a vet hospital after being attacked by another dog.


Our foster families open up their hearts and their homes to some of our hardest cases. Mary Cordray bottle fed nine one week-old puppies for weeks. She would get up every few hours to nurse them back to health. These incredible people sacrifice so much of their time getting them ready for adoption.

Our adopters choose to bring our dogs and cats home with them. They take a chance knowing that some of these animals have come from abusive situations and require patience. They know that some are sick and require additional care. They take them because they know that the love they receive from these homeless pets is priceless.


OJ Tingler visits with one of the kittens he helped save!

Some people just do amazing individual acts. Although the entire Oberlin Fire Department all deserve credit for helping rescue the kittens from the drain pipe. It was OJ Tingler that patiently led the kitten to safety that day. His work that day has led the others at the fire house to call him the “Cat Whisperer.” Young Brynn Berkowitz put together a small event with her friends and family and raised over $1,300 to help orphaned animals.

If you take the time to reflect, and this is the perfect time of year to do just that, you will be astounded at just how many good and caring people surround us each and every day. It is the people for which I am thankful each and every day.


Brynn Berkowitz presents me with the money she raised at her event, Paws on the Patio!

Happy Thanksgiving!