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Local woman recognized during National Foster a Pet Month

Susan Wang has helped save more than 110 animals and has donated 2,945 volunteer hours.

CLEVELAND — June is National Foster a Pet Month. To celebrate, one local foster hero is being recognized.

The Cleveland APL, Petco Foundation and Skechers’ charity footwear collection, BOBS from Skechers, are honoring Susan Wang for saving animals in Cleveland. 

Wang, a Foster Care Volunteer has helped save more than 110 animals and has donated 2,945 volunteer hours.  She has helped dogs and cats with all types of health needs, including cats with ringworm and two very high energetic huskies.  She is also a foster care coach, helping others as they help  animals in need.

“We are proud to recognize Susan as our Local Foster Hero,” says Sharon Harvey, President & CEO at the Cleveland APL. “Foster Care Volunteers like Susan truly improve and save lives. They provide shelter and love to animals who need time to heal or a place to go when the shelter is full. They help us to rehabilitate animals with special needs – in a loving home. During the COVID-19 crisis, foster volunteers became a critical, lifesaving resource by serving our “shelter” in the community, which in turn allowed us to continue to help animals in emergency. Susan and her foster volunteer peers make a difference in the lives of animals that can’t be appreciated enough!”

Petco Foundation’s Pledge to Save Pet Lives  is hoping to gain 1.5 million pledges, to match the approximate number of pets unnecessarily euthanized in U.S. animal shelters each year.  The program was designed to encourage animal lovers to adopt, foster, volunteer and/or donate this summer to help save the animals.

“It is an honor to recognize the Local Foster Heroes who are making a difference in their communities and demonstrating the lifesaving impact of fostering pets,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation. “During the response to the COVID-19 crisis, we saw a significant spike in the number of people fostering pets. Our goal is to continue this trend, inspire more people to join the pet fostering movement and make pets sheltering in foster homes, versus animal shelters, the new normal. Because, if less than 2 percent of pet-owning households in the U.S. fostered one pet a year, we could eliminate unnecessary euthanasia in animal shelters tomorrow.”

For more information on the Cleveland APL you can visit their website

For more information on the Petco Foundation and to take the Pledge to Save Pet Lives, visit their webisite

You can also join in the conversation via social media using #SavePetLives

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