Animals Helped by the APL


BC, a 20-year-old cat, was surrendered to the APL by his owner—the only mom he had ever known—because she was going into a nursing home and could not take him with her. The APL’s veterinary team ran tests and saw that other than being 20 years old, BC was a healthy cat and, therefore, he was put up for adoption. His story was shared on the APL Facebook page and in less than 24 hours, BC was adopted by a wonderful woman who was celebrating her birthday and felt the perfect birthday gift would be to give a loving home to a geriatric kitty! His new mom kindly gave her contact information to the APL, and we shared it with his first mom.  BC’s two moms connected, and his first mom is now comforted by the knowledge that BC is very much loved in his new home.  She always thought BC needed to be an “only child” so she was thrilled to learn BC now lives happily with two humans, and a cat and a dog—a first for him!.


Gizmo is a 1-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix who was brought to the Cleveland APL by the Humane Investigations team. Gizmo’s story is similar to many dogs who come to us through the humane investigations department—he was a sweet dog who was tethered outside without appropriate shelter, food or water at a vacant property to stand guard. The Humane Investigations team brought Gizmo to the APL and he was soon adopted by a loving family with two other dogs.  Gizmo is a much loved member of a family who will never have stand guard outside again.


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Greensby is a young rabbit who was found abandoned in a park with nothing but a bag of carrots. A Good Samaritan found her and brought her to the Cleveland APL. Greensby, who was quickly examined by our veterinary team, was in poor shape. She was emaciated, her ears were in terrible shape and she had ingrown teeth. Because of donations to the APL, she received specialty surgery to remove the ingrown teeth. She recovered in the home of an APL Foster Care volunteer. Well, actually Greensby was home because her foster mom adopted her!


Minion is a 2-year-old cat who was brought into the APL by a Good Samaritan who had been caring for him for about a month. One morning, he came crawling to her porch, and she noticed his front leg was broken. The APL’s veterinary team went to work and treated Minion’s injury.  He was then was sent to recover in the home of a caring APL Foster Care family. There he has learned the joys of living in a wonderful home with children to cuddle with.  Now Minion couldn’t dream of going back to being an outdoor cat!



Shalimar is a 7-year-old Shepherd mix who came to the Cleveland APL severely underweight.  She only weighed 37 pounds; a healthy weight for a dog her size is 55 pounds. Shalimar was sent to a foster home in order to put on weight before being adopted. Unfortunately, after several weeks in foster care, her size had not changed. Following extensive testing, it was determined that Shalimar has Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency, which made her unable to keep on weight. After several months without finding an adopter, Shali was prepared to go to a German Shepherd rescue group, which stirred one of her fosters into joining the “foster failure” club by adopting Shali. Now, with the right medication and lots of love and attention, she has put on 25 pounds!