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.
Review from Guidestar
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.
Review from Guidestar
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!
Review from Guidestar
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.
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.
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.