RAVENNA -- In the last two weeks, the Portage Animal Protective League has been inundated with cats.
Four kittens were dumped in a box at their doorstep this morning, one was rescued with a broken leg, two came in with no mother, one was injured and 26 were taken by humane officer from a hoarding case, where there are still 20+ remaining that will need rescued.
This comes at a terrible time as "kitten season" has taken a toll on the APL's already limited budget. Additionally, the shelter has reached its maximum capacity with dogs too.
The Portage APL is a "limited access, unlimited stay" shelter. This means that adoptable animals remain at the shelter until they find the right home.
If you can help or want to make a donation or for more information, call the Portage Animal Protective League at (330) 296-4022.
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"The 26 we rescued are all malnourished, sickly and seem to be suffering from other varying medical conditions, probably from lack of veterinary care and food. Some are babies, ages 6-10 weeks, some are 6 months and some are adults," said Chalan Lowry, executive director.
"It is very sad to see animals living in these conditions. We are not sure how many will make it, but we are trying to give them every chance possible. Costs add up quickly and could end up reaching thousands of dollars just to get them the basic care they need," said Lowry.
"Hoarding has truly become an ongoing problem in our community. It can stretch our resources beyond the breaking point if we do not find help. We have an average of 50-60 cats in our care on a regular basis and when you include cats in foster care and the newest rescues, we are talking about well over 110 cats."
The APL continues to rescue animals every day and the need continues to increase each year.
Lowry adds, "We are grateful that we can save these sweet animals but we require the community's help. Without support we cannot do it alone."
The Portage APL is a private, nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity and kindness of individuals and businesses to help thousands of animals who have no voice.
The Portage APL's mission is to:
- shelter and find safe homes for injured, abused and abandoned animals
- To uphold and enforce all animal cruelty laws
- To reduce pet overpopulation through spay/neuter programs
- To educate the community on the social responsibility associated with pet ownership