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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Help Noel this holiday season

I was asked to pass this on. Hope you can help Noel this holiday season.

The City of Cleveland Kennel takes in strays found the city of Cleveland picked up by animal control. With today’s economic crisis and the number of people losing their homes on the rise, countless animals are being neglected. 
These include pregnant dogs, injured dogs and abandoned dogs.
Depending on the time of year, the kennel takes in an average more than 75 dogs a week. It is the most overlooked animal control facility in the area. Only a small percentage of the dogs that end up at the kennel are claimed by their owners, the rest are left to fate. Some are transferred to other shelters, some go to rescue organizations and a few of the lucky ones are adopted from the kennel.
Recently, a 4-month-old puppy was dumped at the kennel. Hardly recognizable as a dog, this sweet puppy is almost completely bald and her skin is raw and swollen, according to kennel officials. 
She is one of the worst cases of mange, usually caused by neglect and poor diet, Becca Britton, director of Friends of the Cleveland Kennel has ever seen. Volunteers named the puppy Noel.
Dogs like Noel are easily passed up because of all the other “healthy” dogs needing a place to go.  Through no fault of her own, Noel’s fate would, in most cases, be certain death.
Despite her poor health and painful skin condition, Noel is a happy, affectionate puppy who wants nothing but love.  Friends of the Cleveland Kennel are in urgent need of funds as well as a foster home for her.
If you can help out, call 216-534-0624 or email

-- Robin Palmer


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