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Ashtabula County Animal Protective League

Rating: 3 stars   6 reviews 1,007

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Animals

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5970 Green Rd Ashtabula OH 44004 USA

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I am a person who have previously adopted animals from this place, donated money, supplies and organized drives for donations, but as of the last two years things here have changed. This is our local APL, on at least 5 different occasions in the last few months, lost dogs have been brought into the APL. When the owners have tried to claim them, the APL refuses to return them to their home and families. Even when providing proof of ownership, shot records and meeting all the supposed adoption criteria. These dogs are health well taken care of and loved. The APL has stolen these dogs!
We when to a board meeting to find out why these animals were not being returned to their homes and the board members were belittling the public and people who had questions.
As a non profit organization that asks the public for donations and then tells them they have no right to question the APLs decisions. This is wrong!
We are not talking about homeless animals. We are talking about animals who's owners are having to fight the APL for there own animals! And none of theses animals have been returned.
This APL has turned peoples donations of animal food away because it was the wrong kind of food.
They have had dogs there that have lived in small cages for over a year, and when a person came to adopt one, they were denied because their mother had tried to adopt a cat the week earlier and was denied because they thought the mother was to old, What does that have to do with the person who wanted to adopt the dog?
several people have tried to apply for a seat on the board and are denied because the existing board members are who decide the seats on the board.
This place is very crooked.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have not had good experiences with this place. First off I feel so sorry for the animals in there, you walk in that place and it smells so bad, it takes your breath away. You leave with the smell stuck to your clothes and hair! All the animals have that Kennel Cough and mucus in their eyes....poor things! They spread it one to another and most times you go in there they are all standing around just talking to each other.
They make up their own rules as they go along........if they sense they dont like you they find a way to not adopt out to you. I know some who have lost their very own dogs and go there and they wont give them back their own dogs! They will not adopt out if you have no vet. If you have not had a dog before , how are you suppose to have a vet? They are rude and they treat people bad.
If they are questioned about any of the process their answer is "come to one of our board meetings". Years ago the place was cleaner and people were friendly....not anymore.
There needs to be clean sweep of the people "in charge" there because things are just not right there. Who suffers for all of this......THE ANIMALS do!! Some of those sweet dogs and cats could be in loving homes but instead sit in a cage in a place that stinks to high heaven for years.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Im sure that most if not all the positive reviews of this org.are written by folks who work there or have family that does.Most of the folks i have talked to have not had a good experiance there...many families have been denied their own pets,very hard to adopt(new rules are added,till you are unable to be approved)Many of the poor creatures there have been caged there for years.all because nobody can live up to all the requirments.when there are loving homes and good families that would welcome them in their homes.It seems to be less about the animals and more about money..so sad the place is so filthy the dogs all get kennel cough from breathing in the urine filled air...the head of it has had 4 dui's ! a drunk runs the place! if you cant run your own life how are you running this place..not very well thats for sure!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Cudos to the ACAPL for all they do. Despite being perpetually overcrowded and understaffed, they do a wonderful job of saving animals and finding them homes. I just adopted another dog from them 2 months ago, and she is the light of my life. I am so glad that Lola/Gypsy saved me.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping the perfect dog find me

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Their challenges are so numerous.Ashtabula is the largest and poorest county in OH, and this is the only shelter. They need more staff and volunteers for starters. I would also love to see them be able to have a larger newer facility.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We had adopted our cat from the Ashtabula Animal protective League in June. She instantly became a joyful addition to our family. After 2 weeks she ran away (she is back now, after a month of sleepless nights and searching) . I was paying the newspaper $48 a week to print our "LOST" ad. Without even being asked the APL posted her picture and our phone number on their HOME PAGE! That meant so much to us. The ASCAPL is a wonderful organaziotion that takes the best care of their animals, and their owners even after the adoption. It warms my heart to see the wonderful things they do for the animals in their care.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They rescued a stray cat and brought her back to a healthy life and gave her the best care for ONE WHOLE YEAR before we adopted her. She is such an important part of our lives now and they never gave up on her until they found her a family. In that year she was given top notch care because she is a very sweet and well adjusted cat. Her actions show how wonderful she was cared for by the ACAPL.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish I jsut had a million dollars so they could build a cat mansion and help even more homeless animals find loving families!

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Community and websites

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a new volunteer and someone who adopted a dog from the ACAPL in January, I am continually impressed by the ACAPL. The volunteers who foster dogs all have families, jobs, and lives outside of the ACAPL, yet they always put the animals first. Even if that means getting very few hours of sleep a night. During the adoption process, those involved make sure that the animal is going to a good home and spend time getting to know the adopters, calling their vets, and doing their best to make sure that the animal has found its furever home. In the unfortunate situation that an animal is returned, the volunteers, foster parents, and staff open their arms and hearts and homes to make sure that animal still feels loved and accepted. I've even seen the ACAPL members remember dogs who were adopted years ago and rejoice over the success stories of their adoptions.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing animals find homes through the help of the ACAPL and through finding my own dog there. I've also seen the outpouring of support through their use of social networking, such as Facebook, when they needed funding for emergency vet care for animals or needed more volunteers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to delegate a little more--it seems that a lot of the volunteers become burnt out and frustrated, which I understand is probably because of the shortage of volunteers and the excess of things needing to be done. Maybe working with a college/high school internship program to allow students to get to course credit for doing things such as networking, marketing, fundraising would help relieve a little of the stress the staff and volunteers feel.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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