CLEVELAND — WKYC’s goal with the annual Fur-Get-Me-Not Telethon is to raise a bundle of pet-ty cash.

And now that all the dollars have been counted, we’re proud to announce that this year's telethon notched its highest total ever --  $70,997 – for the Cleveland Animal Protective League.

The telethon ran from 5 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on March 28, with cut-ins to WKYC programming every hour featuring veteran announcer Joe Cronauer.

It took a big supporting cast to make the marathon event a success. This was Cronauer’s eighth year hosting the telethon and for 14 ½ hours straight, he cuddled cats and dogs, interviewed sponsors and encouraged viewers to call in and donate.

Dozens of volunteers pitched in to take calls, and the law firm of Cavitch Familo and Durkin came on board as the main sponsor of the telethon.

And special thanks go to WKYC's viewers, whose donations took this year's total to new heights.

Sharon Harvey, Cleveland APL president and chief executive officer, expressed thanks to all. “It was just a wonderful day of celebrating the incredible work that’s done by this team,” she said.  “This isn’t something the Cleveland APL could do alone. We need people who value animals’ place in society to support this work.”

Dollars raised will support the work of the Cleveland APL, which cares for thousands of animals every year but receives no government funding. In 2018, more than 10,000 animals were spayed or neutered at the APL, 9,233 received medical or diagnostic care and 5,945 were adopted.

"This was the best year yet for the telethon and those additional funds will be put to good use in saving the lives of animals,” Harvey said.

Missed the telethon but still want to donate? Click here for the APL’s donation page.