Drive down any residential area in the summer, and chances are you will see a lemonade stand set up. It's a traditional summer money making activity that kids have been doing for years. Usually kids have in mind what they want to buy once the money starts rolling in. But for five Northeast Ohio girls, they run a lemonade stand for an entirely different reason. These girls, all ages nine and ten, do it for their love of animals. The money that they make selling lemonade they donate to the Cleveland Animal Protective League. Throughout the summer, they have spent a lot of time not only working the lemonade stand, but also prepping for it by making signs and catchy jingles to get customers to do more than just drive by.
The stand includes stuffed animals to show their love of animals, and many of the girls pets make an appearance. All animal lovers and pet owners themselves, they hate to think of any animals not having what they need to survive. Between them all, the girls have lots of pets, including 4 dogs, 2 cats, 2 rabbits and fish galore. Since the start of summer, the girls have raised close to $50 for the APL. Every few weeks, they visit the APL to donate the money that they raised and to spend some time with the animals. The girls say they do it because they want to be generous and help out the animals who need it.
The Cleveland Animal Protective League’s mission is to foster compassion and end animal suffering. They provide shelter to homeless animals relinquished by their guardians and animals that are rescued from abuse or neglect. They are an independent and nonprofit organization and are not funded or controlled by any government agency or national animal welfare organization. They receive no tax dollars, so the shelter operates by the kindness of others, through fundraising, donations and service fees. Contributions made to the Cleveland APL help purchase food, vaccines and medical supplies to almost 10,000 animals each year.
The Cleveland Animal Protective League is located at 1729 Willey Avenue in Tremont. You can find out more by calling them at 216.771.4616 or visit clevelandapl.org