Pledge For Pets Fundraiser Results


The 9th annual Pledge For Pets Fundraiser was held this past Friday & Saturday at the APL and it was all about the animals!  The grand total that the APL raised for their event was $84,518.33, and Nikitaland’s total fundraising amount was $1,175 !  Thank you again for those of you who helped us raise this much needed money to help those animals in need and we hope that they all can find their “forever homes”.


When we first arrived at the APL, I needed to turn in all the checks and cash that I raised offline, so Nikita and I headed into the Cash Room. From the second we entered, Nikita got tons of hugs from the volunteers at the APL, and lots of belly rubs too! As you can see, Nikita is not shy from asking for belly rubs!


Glenn Anderson from Q104 just loves our dogs and he always makes sure that he poses for a photo with us!


Bella was a little shy at first, because there were just so many people at the APL, but she quickly warmed up to everyone and won their hearts over.  I can’t tell you how many people approached us and asked if our dogs were up for adoption! What?!  It did not surprise me that they asked this, because the APL had lots of other dogs walking around that were up for adoption and I guess Nikita and Bella just blended in. No way would we ever give up our beautiful girls to anyone!


Bella took a pee break outside and strikes a pose!


Nikita met another new friend named Katie.

Our local radio station, Q104, was at the APL hosting the event and as always, they did a super job in broadcasting the event and getting the word out about the importance of how your donation impacts an animals life. Alan Fee, Glenn Anderson, and a newbie intern always make this event so enjoyable.  They even got the intern to sit inside a dog cage to help collect “cage sponsors” and I even walked over and gave the intern a doggie treat while she was in the cage.


After we spent a few hours watching the live radio show, it was time to head home. We knew the dogs had enough and were tired, so we packed up our things and journeyed home.  We knew the dogs would pass out when they got home.  When we got into the car, Bella decided that she wanted to drive home.  Nikita took a nap in the back seat.


We are so proud to be a part of this event every year, as it means so much to us, and we are so thankful for everyone who helped us raise the much needed donations to help the animals find love, happiness, wellness, and a forever home.


We hope to see your continued support next year! Hugs from all of us at Nikitaland!


Say “Cheese!”

P.S. – FYI, Saturday, May 3rd was also our five year anniversary too!


It Was All About The Animals!


It was a cold day in May when we headed down to the Cleveland APL on Saturday.  The 8th annual Pledge For Pets Radiothon was in its second & final day of the live show, and we were excited to once again be a part of this event.


Nikita and Bella accompanied us, of course, and when Nikita made her entrance into the room where the live show was, she ran immediately over to the volunteers taking phone donations.  Everybody loved her and knows her at the APL.  “Oh, she is so soft” was the most used phrase we heard as Nikita passed out kissies to everyone she met.  She also passed out her blog cards too, so we hope that everyone stops by and says hello!


Our local radio station, Q104, hosted this event, as they do every year.  They volunteer their time for such a worthy cause!  The radio personalities are so nice, warm, and loving and we always can’t wait to see them again.  Nikita especially loves Glen Anderson, as he always makes time to give Nikita a big hug!  Katherine Boyd and Allan Fee are always a pleasure to see and we love their great big hearts!


The Radiothon Room was filled with excitement, from people clapping to lots of “yahoo’s” when a donation came through the phone lines.  It is something to cheer about as the money goes towards such a great cause. Helping animals.


There were 31 Cash Captains, us included, who helped raise money for the APL.  Overall, the Cash Captains raised a total of $9,910 with online donations, cash & checks that they collected.  Nikitaland, raised a total of $705 and we are so pleased to be a part of this worthwhile & worthy cause.  The grand total that the APL raised with this event was $123,610.  And, if you were not aware of this, it costs the APL approximately $10,000/day to run its non-profit organization!  That is why we encouraged everyone to take part of this event, as it helps saves lives.  If you still wanted to donate, there is still time to do so.  Click HERE to make a donation as our donation page is still active & accepting donations!


All of us at Nikitaland want to thank everyone who participated with us in this event as we appreciate all of your donations.  Also, if you had uploaded one of our yellow pledge buttons on your blog, you can remove it today.  See you next year!





On Saturday, we traveled down to the Cleveland APL so we could be apart of the Live Radiothon, meet up with our good friends at the APL, all of our awesome Q104 Radio personalities, and made some new friends.  THANKS to everyone who donated, the APL raised a grand total of $120,936 and without your help we could not have made this happen!

As we were walking into the APL from the parking lot, a lady stopped us and asked us if we were surrendering our dog.  Surrendering our dog?  What?  Hell no, we would never surrender Nikita!  She must have thought that we were bringing her in to give her away, but that was definitely NOT the case, we told her that we were here for the Pledge For Pets Radiothon.  WOW, we were just shocked when we heard that as that was something that we were not prepared to hear from someone. 

We walked into the room where the Radiothon was going on and you could just feel the excitement in the room.  We immediately saw so many familiar faces and our favorite APL person was there to greet us, Judy Hunter.  But, what Judy didn’t know at the time, that we had a huge surprise for her.  We made her a lighted glass block with Nikita’s photo in it so she could put it in her office and think of Nikita every time she looked at it, but we had to wait until she had a free moment to come over so we could present her with it.  Well, we finally had our moment and we got Judy to come over to see us, and Nikita as always, greeted her with tail wags and kisses.  We think that Judy was truly surprised by her gift, as we plugged it in so she could see how it looked when lit.  This will be a present that she will never forget!  (for those of you that work at the APL – make sure you stop by Judy’s office to check it out!) 

We made our way around the room so Nikita could meet everyone, including all of the wonderful “phone bankers” who were talking the incoming calls for donations.  Every person Nikita met, she greeted them with doggie kissies and she was truly on her best behavior today.   Even a few phone bankers even took photographs of Nikita with their cell phones!  (Aw, how cute is that?) 

Then, we strolled up to the front of the room to greet all of the awesome Q104 Radio personalities, Allan Fee, Glenn Anderson, and Katherine Boyd.  We can’t say enough about these guys from Q104 as their dedication and pure love for animals shines through them.  Each and every one of them was sincere, caring, and they truly made you feel like you were the only one in the room, and it gave you that warm fuzzy feeling in your heart.  THANK YOU for taking the time to talk with us, and pose for pictures with us, as we will always treasure our time with you.  (We will definitely see you next year!)  But wait…you will not believe what happened next!  Roy had told Nikita’s story to Katherine while we were getting our photo’s taken with the Q104 crew and they talked about Nikita LIVE ON THE AIR!  We were standing in the back of the room and every time before they go LIVE, the entire room claps and gets excited and then they go LIVE, and to our surprise, they talked about Nikita LIVE on the air and how her dog Mommy was poisoned with anti-freeze after giving birth to a litter of seven and the puppies needed immediate help since they lost their Mommy, so the APL was called in to take the seven puppies (one of them being Nikita who was originally named Nanuk) and had to feed them around the clock as they were fighting for their lives!  We were so honored that they told Nikita’s story live on the air, as she is one doggy who is truly blessed, not to mention widely known at the APL!  Also, I got my photo taken with Allan Fee and we noticed that I am now on the Q104 website!  There is a caption under the photo that says “Fee and Friend”.  (Allan, if you are reading this, my name is Valerie, and yes I am still your friend!)  Here is the link to see the photo:

As we were walking around greeting everyone, Roy stopped at the donations desk and did something wonderful.  He signed up to be a “Pet Partner”.  A Pet Partner is someone who donates $25/month for a year to the APL.  He is so touched by the APL and all that they do, for the love that they gave Nikita when she came to the APL and saved her life, that he wanted to give back to them and say “Thank You”.   That was so touching Roy, Thank You for making this donation and becoming a Pet Partner.   We love you!

While Roy and his sister Annette went off to visit with all kitties, Nikita and I stayed in the Radiothon room.  We were wondering if Auntie Annette was going to come back to the room with a kitty, but she did not, but she still might consider getting another kitty, so don’t count her out yet!  LOL  Thanks Auntie for coming to the APL with us, we had such a great day with you! 


Then, while we were sitting in the back of the room, I overheard someone mention the name Roberta Bates.  Roberta Bates?  Is she here I asked?   They went to check to see if she was still in the building, and she was.  You see, Roberta Bates was one of the Q-Cash Captains, like us, who was working hard to collect donations for the APL.  As a Q-Cash Captain, we could see all of the other Captains donations and it made US work harder to try to collect more donations when other captains were “gaining on us”, and one day we noticed that Roberta was gaining on us quickly, then she passed us up in donations.  We did all we could to collect more donations to catch up with her, but it was fruitless.  If ALL of the people who we talked to that SAID that they were going to donate, would have ACTUALLY donated, then we would have had a lot more donations.  Perhaps next year they might consider making a donation that will make such an impact on an animals life!  Thanks Roberta for making our donation collections into such a fun game!  Maybe next year we’ll give you some more competition!  LOL    Anyhow, there were a total of 51 Q-Cash Captains and Roberta Bates came in third place, and NIKITALAND came in 11th place.  Not bad, not bad at all!  NIKITALAND collected a total of $570 for the APL.

Last, but not least, WE wanted to THANK all of the individuals who donated through NIKITALAND to help us raise money for the APL and make a difference in an animals life…




  1. Dave Reeves
  2. Kelly Blackburn
  3. Denis Zaharija
  4. Vivian & Chick Ravenscroft
  5. David Semanik
  6. Renee Jackson 
  7. Nicole Serraglio
  8. Edward Francis 
  9. Sherry Spickler
  10. Annette Yarris
  11. Loretta Sabula
  12. Rob Edwards
  13. Jeff DeLisio
  14. Maggie Layne
  15. Marilou Manzi
  16. Amy Wasco
  17. Susan Sweeney-Osen
  18. Sheryl Holman
  19. Karen, Michael & Christopher Kieszek
  20. Chloe & Connor
  21. Sanford Doss
  22. Karen Penko
  23. Roy & Valerie (My Mommy & Daddy)

THANK YOU all for your generous donations!  Also, we just heard that YOU can still make an ONLINE DONATION up to Wednesday, May 16th, so if you would like to make a donation to the APL, here is the link: