The Clevealnd APL is Teaming Up with Animal Planet and the ASPCA® to Wiave Pet Adoption Fees Beginning Labor Day

Jason Cook

– “R.O.A.R To Their Rescue” Launches in Cleveland, Austin, and Miami on September 1 –

September is the perfect time to spread the love and adopt a new furry best friend. And to make it easier than ever, the Cleveland Animal Protective League is teaming up with Animal Planet in collaboration with the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) to waive all adoption fees for dogs and cats starting Monday, September 1. The all-new “R.O.A.R. To Their Rescue” program will provide grants to participating animal welfare organizations, including the Cleveland APL, as well as organizations in Austin, Texas, and Miami, Florida, to cover the cost of adoption fees. The “R.O.A.R. To Their Rescue” program will run indefinitely starting September 1 until each market reaches a $25,000 cap in fee-waived adoptions. For more information, please visit

 “Animal Planet could not be prouder to collaborate with the ASPCA and Cleveland APL on the ‘R.O.A.R. To Their Rescue’ campaign,” said Rick Holzman, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Animal Planet. “This program will ensure that thousands of adoptable dogs and cats are welcomed into forever homes, while also promoting national animal adoption awareness.”

“We are deeply honored and grateful to be selected to participate in this lifesaving collaboration with Animal Planet and the ASPCA,” said Sharon Harvey, President & CEO of the Cleveland APL. “The Cleveland APL regularly reduces or waives adoption fees at great financial cost to our nonprofit organization, but with the single lifesaving goal of placing our animals into good homes as quickly as we can for their own happiness and welfare and so we can help countless others who need to come into our shelter for help. The awareness raised through ‘Roar To The Rescue’ will create happy endings for hundreds of animals.”

Until the “R.O.A.R. To Their Rescue” grant runs out, the Cleveland APL will waive adoption fees for cats and dogs of all ages on Mondays – Thursdays at the Cleveland APL’s adoption center (1729 Willey Ave., Cleveland) between 11 am and 6:30 pm and at their PetSmart Charities® Everyday Adoption Center located inside the PetSmart® store at 6870 Ridge Road in Parma between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm. All other criteria for adoption will remain the same.

All animals adopted from the APL have been spayed-neutered, tested for heartworm or FeLV/FIV, have received age-appropriate vaccinations and treatment for worms and fleas, and come with helpful species-specific animal care information, a free initial veterinary exam, and are eligible for 30-45 days of free ShelterCare pet health insurance. Cats and kittens come with a travel box, and dogs and puppies go home with a free collar and a leash. All adoptable animals can be seen at or by downloading the Cleveland APL’s free adoption app on iOS or Android devices. Please call the APL at 216-771-4616 with any questions about adopting.

About Animal Planet

Animal Planet, a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world’s only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. Animal Planet consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 94 million homes in the US; online assets, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; Animal Planet L!VE, the go-to digital destination for round-the-clock, unfiltered access to the animal kingdom; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service, and merchandising extensions.

About the Cleveland APL

Located in the Tremont area of Cleveland, the Cleveland Animal Protective League is a private, independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies solely on donations and program fees to investigate and prosecute animal cruelty in Cuyahoga County and assist more than 15,000 animals a year through a variety of progressive programs. The Cleveland APL has been creating happily ever afters in Northeast Ohio since 1913. Visit for more information.

About the ASPCA®

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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