Ashtabula APL in ‘Crisis’ Holds Adopt-a-Thon

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by Allison Brown, Fox 8 Reporter

ASHTABULA, Ohio -- Animal lovers responded to a very scary situation facing the Ashtabula County Animal Protective League.

Thanks to dozens of people who stepped up on Saturday afternoon, dogs that were in danger of being euthanized are caged and lonely no more.

An adopt-a-thon was held all day Saturday at the PetSmart in Mentor, where a consistent crowd kept coming in to respond to the need.

Earlier this week, the APL said that if the animals did not get adopted quickly, many were going to be put down.

"We were looking at putting down upwards of 60 dogs, simply because we were so overcrowded at the shelter," said Irene Fiala, VP Board of DIrectors for the Ashtabula County APL.

"This is a crisis, this had been a crisis all week," she said.

Under contract, the agency is obligated to take in all dogs from the city and county. The maximum capacity that the shelter can hold is 80 dogs.

"Summer adoptions are always down because people are traveling, and they don’t want to take responsibility for another pet," said Fiala.

The APL also gets owner surrender cases.

"When I saw they were going to put all of these dogs asleep, I just can't live knowing they were going to put these dogs to sleep if they weren't adopted,” said Maureen Dunifer, who applied to adopt a dog Saturday afternoon.

The APL explained that there will be more adopt-a-thons in the future.

After Saturday’s event, the APL expects to house at least 20 - 30 dogs, which is a safe number.  But a loving home is always the goal.

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