6th Annual Dick Goddard APL Telethon helps raise more than $161,232 and counting


CLEVELAND (WJW) — The 6th Annual Dick Goddard APL Telethon is celebrating another successful year thanks to our generous viewers.

At last check, $161,232 was raised and that number continues to climb.

You probably noticed that the telethon looked very different due to the coronavirus pandemic, volunteers were spread out throughout the building instead of all in one area like normal.

If you didn’t get the chance to donate, you can still do so by visiting Cleveland APL’s website.

You can also purchase a telethon t-shirt featuring a quote from late legendary FOX 8 Meteorologist Dick Goddard. Shirts cost $30 and can be purchased online until 3 p.m. on Monday, September 21.

T-shirt proceeds will benefit the telethon and be shipped directly from the t-shirt company to the purchaser’s household.

All proceeds are used to help care for the approximately 13,000 animals that the Cleveland APL takes in every year. It costs $16,000 a day to run the shelter.

The Cleveland APL gets no federal funding. The average cost for basic care for one animal is almost $600.

Here’s how your donation can help:

  •     $25 provides cat litter and litter trays for half a day
  •     $50 provides comprehensive senior blood work for 1 dog or cat
  •     $100 provides important vaccines for 28 cats
  •     $500 provides heartworm treatment for 2 dogs
  •     $1500 provides 2 weeks of food for all shelter animals
  •     $7,500 pays for electric & gas bill for one month


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