CLEVELAND (WJW) — It was another successful Dick Goddard APL Telethon! We raised more than $183,000, surpassing last year’s total.

The FOX 8 family would like to thank everyone who contributed to help out the four foots.

How to help

Starting on Fox 8 News in the morning at 6 a.m., the telethon ran until 6:30 p.m. in an effort to raise funds both on air and online.

Here’s how to donate:

  • Text APL to 243725
  • Call 216-566-PETS (7387)
  • Online by clicking here

Where donations go

This fundraiser is very important to the mission of the APL as it continues to take on a bigger role in protecting companion animals and serving our community.

From blood transfusions, emergency surgeries, dental work and spay and neuter services, the operating rooms at the APL offices on Wiley Avenue are busy every day.

With your help, they’ll do whatever it takes to give an animal a chance at a good home.

In 2022, more than 15,000 animals passed through the doors of the APL for many different services. Just last year, the APL spayed/neutered almost 11,000 animals, rescued 1,802 animals from cruelty/neglect and spent $20,000 on cat litter and $33,000 on animal food.

The cost for routine care is more than $500 for each animal that comes in the door.

The APL does not get federal funding and has an annual budget of over $10 million.

Discounted adoptions

There was a special $8 adoption fee today for adult cats, dogs and small mammals over the age of five months.

The Cleveland APL was open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.