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Portage County – The Portage County Animal Protective League held their second Paws to Taste fundraising event Saturday, December 1st at The Fairways at Twin Lakes. The event offered heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer tasting as well as a silent auction.

Pictured above is Jacko, a 10 month old Jack Russell-Toy Fox Terrier who is looking for a home. Photo by Michael Braddock

Portage APL executive director Chalan Lowry was ecstatic with the turn out for the event. “This year we sold out, and we’re very excited. We have 180 people and in fact we are realizing now we may not have enough seats for everyone. It’s a good problem to have.”

Also attending the event were two dogs and two cats who hoped to find the right person that would take them to their forever home. For one kitten, an adorable gray 3-month old named Malcolm, that person attended Paws to Taste, and Malcolm is now in the process of being adopted.

While only four potential companions were at the event in search of their new home, the Portage APL has approximately 20 dogs and 55 cats available for adoption, with more coming in every day, according to Lowry.

This constant influx puts a heavy strain on the APL, so they appreciate every little bit they can get. Saturday’s fundraiser will help them continue to operate as they have been, from food to veterinarian bills, but with the economy struggling, the APL is feeling the pinch. “We’re more thoughtful about what we buy and where we buy it. We have to be very diligent about keeping costs to a minimum,” the executive director said.

Despite the economy, Lowry and the rest of the Portage APL staff found many people are happy to help. “I think it’s amazing that we’ve had this turn out because I know its hard for people, and it’s around the holidays and people are busy. I’m just really pleased that this many people took time to support the APL.” Lowry continued in reference to the APL’s ongoing need for such support, “It’s like anything else. The more money we have, the more animals we can help.”

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Heather Braddock is the reporter for the cities of Aurora and Streetsboro. She hails from Bedford, where she and her husband Michael (who is also her photographer) live. A Kent State University graduate of 2009 with a Bachelor’s in Adolescent and Young Adult education for Integrated Language Arts, Heather is a high school English, media studies and communication teacher at Akron Digital Academy. She is pursuing her Masters in English for Teachers with a focus on journalism.