Following a March 22nd fire at Cleveland Animal Protective League, 110 of the 111 cats whose living space was affected were adopted.
Last week we reported the shelter fire, caused by a clothes dryer located adjacent to the cat room. All cats were evacuated to another part of the shelter, but the room was not suitable for their return. Sharon Harvey, Director of the CAPL, urgently reached out to the community, offering a reduced adoption fee of just $5 per cat. Residents responded to the call and 110 of the cats were adopted by the time the shelter closed the following day. As of yesterday, Lenix (pictured below) was the only cat of the 111 still available for adoption. She is 14 and was surrendered in early February because her owner could no longer care for her.
In addition to the mass turnout for cat adoption, 13 dogs were adopted that day and the shelter was flooded with enough donations to purchase a new washer, three new dryers, and three new dishwashers. Harvey said, “Those adopters turned an awful situation into something positive for the animals.” She also described the experience as, “pretty intense and very, very meaningful.”
CAPL says, “If you still want to help: you can help by donating towels or making a monetary donation to our Second Chance program.” Second Chance helps fund the medical care for the animals who arrive at the shelter.
4 thoughts on “*Update* Residents Respond and Adopt Cats Affected by Shelter Fire”
What a wonderful response. That makes me so happy.
That is so awesome ! What a wonderful story!
Great response for the kitties that were all adopted… I wish that I could take poor Lenix… she looks like a beautiful lady! I hope that she finds a home, too…
poor old senior. no one ever wants them for some unknown reason. they are the best! and this old fella is beautiful!