About the Cleveland APL

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Core Values

Compassion

We treat animals and people with respect, empathy, and kindness. We listen and respond to the needs of people who surrender animals to us, adopt from us, report abuse to us, use our services, support us, work for us, volunteer for us, and to other animal welfare organizations that turn to us for help. We believe every life we touch should be treated with dignity.

Commitment

We believe that every life has value and worth. We stand resolute in maintaining an environment of transparency, accountability, and high ethical and professional standards in working to fulfill every aspect of our mission. An unwavering focus on excellence and good stewardship of life, resources, and opportunity guide everything we do.

Advocacy

We are committed to being the voice of animals. We believe that collaboration, education, and active, impactful participation in influencing positive change on behalf of animals are the cornerstones of elevating their place in society and promoting the value of their lives.

Leadership

We are committed to working with the public and our colleagues in the animal welfare community to provide innovative solutions to the challenges animals face. We believe in leading by example and demand excellence at every level of our organization. We continually strive to be a leader in our field at the local, state and national levels by seeking and following a visionary and progressive path as advocates for both animals and people.

Vision Statement

The Cleveland Animal Protective League envisions a society in which:
  • Animals are valued, treated with dignity and respect, and protected from cruelty and neglect;
  • Every companion animal-in-need has a chance for rehabilitation and re-homing;
  • The human-animal bond is cherished and supported; and
  • Every pet is wanted.