Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

by Gregg Senko – I know what you’re thinking. Why is there an article on Friendship APL’s website about the 1985 post-apocalyptic action film starring Mel Gibson? Fear not! I can extinguish your flames of confusion right here. This is actually about a cat whose name is Mad Max. Well, it’s actually just Max but […]

The Case of the Cranky Cat

by Gregg Senko – Animal shelters can be fantastic places. Take FAPL for instance. Our facility has an awesome roster of staff and volunteers that go the extra mile to not only rescue animals, but also to make sure the ones we have are going to proper homes and not just anyone off the street. […]

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 […]

Five Places to Take Your Dog in Lorain County

by Gregg Senko – Looking for a place where your dog can run like the wind and just be him or herself for an hour? Need a groomer? How about a place to board your beloved canine while you’re away? How about a break from Milk-Bones for a more scrumptious treat for Fido? Fear not! […]

Volunteer Feature of July 2017: Hyland Software

In a change of pace from our typical Q&A volunteer features, this month focuses on not one person, but a group of people. Specifically, some of the great folks at Hyland Software in Westlake, Ohio.  Every month, a group of employees from Hyland come out to walk dogs and socialize with our cats.  In the […]

Mourning the Loss of a Pet

by Gregg Senko – It happens to all of us. It’s the worst part of having that lovable animal companion. Sure there are expenses like vet bills that can sting the pocketbook, the jaw-dropping moment when they chewed up antique furniture, but there is absolutely no comparison in having to say goodbye. What’s the best […]

Someplace Somewhat Like Home

by Cathy Belt – “We are very much an anti-shelter animal shelter.” Our Executive Director here at Friendship APL likes to frequently boast about being the most anti-shelter shelter director you would ever meet. Obviously being a shelter director himself, this bit usually gets a chuckle from those in attendance. Surely he doesn’t mean he […]

Lost Pets & the Value of Microchipping

by Gregg Senko – One of the biggest fears as a pet owner is having your pet run (or fly) away. Despite the strongest efforts of some folks to keep their animals corralled and safe indoors, sometimes, a curious cat or dog will take an opportunity to dart toward the great outdoors which aren’t always […]

Dogs in Hot Cars

by Gregg Senko – We hear about it every single summer. Do not leave your dogs in a hot car. Do not leave your children in a hot car. Unless you have been living under a rock, this is pretty well-established advice.  However, as the old adage goes, common sense is not so common. It […]

Pet Valu N. Ridgeville Celebrates with FAPL 1 Year Anniversary

by Gregg Senko There are a lot of unsung heroes out there who contribute in various ways to Friendship APL. One of them is the North Ridgeville location of Pet Valu. The pet supply chain has seen a national boom in business opening a number of locations around the country. The North Ridgeville location celebrated […]

Dog Licenses – The Why’s, What’s and Where

by Gregg Senko – Everyone knows what a dog license is. They’re the shiny little tags that dangle from the collars of our canine companions, right?  Sure, but they are also much more than just doggie jewelry or a mere action people follow through with “just because.”  So what is the point of a dog […]

Pets and Seniors – A Few Hours at Rose

by Gregg Senko – On May 25th, a collaborative partnership between Visiting Angels and Friendship APL was put to use as staff and volunteers of both organizations headed to pay a visit to some seniors in Avon. No, this wasn’t the class of 2017 we were connecting with, but some very excited senior citizens who […]

Fix Elyria – Adventures in Cat Trapping

by Gregg Senko – In June of 2013, a North Ridgeville woman contacted the North Ridgeville Police in hopes of finding a resolution for a feral cat and her kittens that had taken residency in her backyard. A humane officer showed up, but what took place thereafter was anything but humane. The officer proceeded to […]

Volunteer Feature of May 2017: ‘Doc’ Rick

by Gregg Senko – Accomplishments can be had in many ways at Friendship APL.  The amount of kennels or cat condos one has cleaned can be just as impressive as how many cats or dogs you took to the vet for care or how much money someone has donated.  It’s all symbiotic and they’re all […]