The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

May 7, 2012

APL closes Mondays, open later other days of the week

KINGSVILLE TOWNSHIP — Hearing the bark for change, the Ashtabula County Animal Protective League board of trustees is making some changes at the Green Road shelter, effective immediately, board president Diane Carr said.

 The shelter will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays, but will be closed to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays, Carr said.

The mall shelter at the Ashtabula Towne Square will be open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We have heard the community comments, we have checked other rescues to see their facilities and procedures, we have consulted volunteers and businesses, and we feel we are ready to make some changes to improve our shelter and service,” Carr said.

Carr said that while the shelter’s adoption policy, which requires a call to the potential adopter’s veterinarian before pet placement, has not changed, the board is taking steps to make the policy clearer and more available on the APL website and on Facebook.

“We are trying to clarify to people what their responsibilities (as pet adopters) are. Hopefully if they know what is expected they will realize and make needed adjustments before applying. There will always be those who do not like our requirements, but hopefully we can reduce the confrontations.”

Carr said the board changed the shelter’s hours to better accommodate customers.

“Wednesday has always been our closed day to catch up on things,” she said. “We have added Monday to be closed to allow us to stay open the extra hour on Friday and Saturday, and as Monday is traditionally been our slowest day, this helps with scheduling staff and volunteers.”

The shelter will also get a facelift, Carr said, as the lobby will be remodeled to include an adoption paperwork office and some retail space.

Carr said the shelter will be able to stock pet products so adopters can stock up on items right at the time of adoption.

The construction is funded by Nassief Toyota and matching funds from Toyota.

To donate painting supplies or hardware store gift cards, email boardofdirectors@acapl.org.

The APL will also hold a benefit show at the Kathryn Rose Party Center on South Bend Road Friday.

The event will feature the Ted Bedore Comedy Show, as sponsored by WFXJ radio station and Nassief Motors.

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