May I take a moment to respond to the "uniformed" people who commented in Sound Off about the cost of rescuing a dog from the Portage County Animal Protective League? The APL is a place where abandoned, unwanted, neglected and abused dogs are rescued and sheltered until loving new owners can be found. Before they are put up for adoption, they are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, tested for heartworm and fully vetted to ensure they are healthy.
Do you honestly think this all comes free? The fee charged is not even half what it costs to get these animals ready for a new life. They are never "gotten rid of" and remain in the shelter for as long as it takes to find just the right person.
These animals are fed, watered, trained and socialized. The shelter must pay for electricity, heat and water like any other business. None of the money required to keep this facility open is provided by tax dollars; it relies solely on public donations for their survival.
When I read comments about other shelters giving their dogs away for free or suggesting the PAPL should do the same, it makes my blood boil. No shelter can give their animals away without cost and say viable very long. Mandating a fee to adopt a dog or cat suggests responsible pet ownership even if it doesn't represent the real cost to the PAPL of caring for each animal.
As someone who has adopted both dog and cat from this wonderful shelter, I can highly recommend it as a place to get a new loving companion. Don't believe me? Stop by and say "Hi" sometime and have a look yourself.
Colleen Kane, Mantua