Landscaper donates to APL to honor Dick Goddard

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ASHTABULA, Ohio – When you’re in the landscape and snow removal business, an accurate weather forecast matters.

“We watch it typically around the clock,” said Doug Canter, owner of Canter’s Classic Lawn Care. “All in the precipitation, how much salt we have to put down, how many plows we have to have prepped, how many guys we have to have ready.”

Canter said he’s kept a close eye on Dick Goddard’s forecasts for more than two decades and one night, found inspiration to give back.

“Just watching Dick one night and that inspiration of everything he does for the dogs, it just crossed our mind, let’s do something back for the community and take care of the APL,” Canter said.

So, Canter’s company donated a year’s worth of landscaping services to the Ashtabula County Animal Protective League, including lawn mowing, treatment for fleas and ticks, snow plowing and salting. Canter estimates the value of the donated services to be $6,000.

“We struggle every single year all year just trying to survive, and anybody who donates anything to us is definitely greatly appreciated and helps us out tremendously,” said Tammy Dondorfer, Animal Welfare Director for the Ashtabula County APL.

The APL relies on donations to support animals, and the gift represents one of many ways Dick Goddard’s love of “four foots” has made a difference in Northeast Ohio.

“We hear about Dick Goddard's Law a lot. We do face a lot of animal cruelty issues out here, and that's the first thing somebody will bring up,” Dondorfer said of the law stiffening penalties for animal abuse that Goddard supported for years and which bears his name.

Goddard has clearly left a legacy that will last far beyond his final forecast.

“Good luck to him, and we wish him the best,” Canter said.