CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Animal Protective League has announced plans to renovate and expand the existing facility in Tremont on Willey Avenue to better fit the needs of its current lifesaving programs for the animals coming to the center.
The Cleveland APL is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony at 9:00 a.m. Watch it live below:
The renovation includes enhanced clinic spaces where staff will be able to offer more advanced medical care to the homeless animals and provide more care to pets who are loved by low-income-qualified pet owners.
Renovations include an indoor dog play yard and "catios" for cats and improved housing and holding spaces for the animals.
“Animal sheltering and welfare has changed dramatically over the past 20 years when our current facility was last redesigned,” said Cleveland APL President and CEO Sharon Harvey in a news release. “During that time, we have implemented innovative, progressive, lifesaving programs and have creatively adapted our increasingly outdated facility to meet those needs. But the time has come that we cannot continue to grow and change and meet the needs of the animals and people who come to us for help today without aligning our facility those needs. This project would not be possible without the support of animal-loving people who believe that these animals deserve to experience love and kindness.”
To help with the costs of expansion and renovation, the Cleveland APL has created its first-ever capital campaign called “Unleash the Dream.” The shelter had raised more than 75% of its $13.5 million goal. The Cleveland APL is now reaching out to the community to raise the final 25%.