2014 Pledge For Pets Fundraiser

PledgeForPetsRadiothon_SquareLogo-1024x1003“A generous heart is a loving heart”

Have you ever looked into a suffering animals eyes? You can see their pain. You feel their suffering. It tugs at your heart strings. It makes you cry. You want to help.

Help stop animal abuse today. The 2014 Pledge For Pets Fundraiser for the APL is in full swing now until May 3rd. Please help us raise donations to help those animals that were abused, thrown outside to fend for themselves, and neglected. They need your generosity today to help them heal from wounds, broken hearts, and give them a chance to find their Forever Home.

This is our fourth year participating in this fundraiser, as we know first-hand the good works that the APL does! If it was not for the APL, we might have never had the chance to rescue both Nikita and Bella and give them a forever home filled with love!

If you would like to make a donation, click HERE.

2014 PLEDGE FOR PETS BUTTONAlso, I have placed a RED BUTTON on the sidebar that you can also click on to make a donation. I am asking for all the bloggers interested, to grab that red button and place it on your own blogs sidebar and help us raise awareness & donations for the Pledge For Pets Fundraiser. (if you need any assistance in doing this, just ask!)

What we need from all of you reading this post today:

  • Make a donation! No matter what dollar amount you donate, it all adds up!
  • Grab our red button & place it on your blog & make sure it links back to our donation site:  https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/nikitaland/2014-doggy-dollars-kitty-kash
  • Share our donation link, well….with everyone! Post it on your social media sites, do your own blog post that we are collecting donations to help those animals in needs, tell your friends, co-workers, and family. The more people who know about our fundraising efforts, the better!
  • For those of you who make a donation, please make sure you printout your receipt, as all donations are tax deductible!

We appreciate everyone’s help and we know that your generosity will go a long way in helping many animals who need us today!


By the way, in case anyone is wondering… we get absolutely nothing in return for all of our efforts in raising money for the Pledge For Pets Fundraiser. We just get the satisfaction that comes from knowing that we helped those animals that cannot speak up for their own self. We get the satisfaction of joy in our hearts for each and every door we knock on to collect donations.

If you missed our post from last year’s live radio show for the Pledge For Pets Fundraiser, you can click HERE to see our post and see what it is all about!  It is all about the animals!

Please open up your generous heart today and make a donation that can change an animals life forever!  DONATE HERE!

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!




LIVE Pledge For Pets Radiothon

Well, today is the second & final day for the 8th annual Pledge For Pets Fundraiser which a lot of you helped us raise donations for.  We will be heading down to the APL today to watch it live as it is so amazing to get caught up in all the hoopla of this wonderful event.

If anyone is interested in WATCHING this event LIVE, click the link below and you can view the webcam setup at the APL.


You can also LISTEN along as well!


It is heartbreaking to see a hurt animal, and your donations will go towards their care and recovery.  Click HERE to read about some of the featured animal stories.  (some of them are graphic)

There is still time for you to make a donation today!  If you would like to make a donation, click HERE.  Any dollar amount helps, as it all adds up for a good cause!  This is your LAST CHANCE to make a donation!  You don’t have to live in Ohio to make a donation either, but if you love animals, your donation matters, no matter where you live!  www.clevelandapl.org 

We will be posting photographs of the live event upon our return, so stay tuned.  Thank you so much from all of us at Nikitaland for your generosity!



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:  http://q104.cbslocal.com/photo-galleries/2012/05/12/behind-the-scenes-at-the-pledge-for-pets-radiothon-day-two/#photo-106836

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:  http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/themesnthings/2012-doggy-dollars-kitty-kash


RESULTS: Pledge for Pets Radiothon

Allan Fee, Mommy, Daddy & Me

Hey everyone, it’s me, Nikita!  It was all about the pets… from every shape and size, doggie, kitty, bunny, or birdie, the 2011 Pledge for Pets Radiothon came to a close on Saturday, May 14th.  Jen Toohey and Allan Fee from Q104 were the on-the-air radio personalities that hosted this event at the Cleveland APL and helped raise donations that totaled $124,745.52!  That is absolutely outstanding and this money will go to such a great cause, helping all of the pets in need that can’t help themselves.  You see, all of these pets at the APL were either rescued from horrible conditions or were surrendered by their owners because they could not take care of them any longer, and all of your donations will help with their much needed medical care, food, water, and electricity for the building, and so much more. 

EVERY animal needs a second chance for love and a good home, EVERY animal at the APL has a story behind them (just like I do, as I was adopted from the APL and got a second chance for love & a good home), and their stories are heart-breaking as you listen to them.  You want to adopt them all, you just do, as every pet that the great people at the APL takes care of, they get attached to them so quickly, which is understandable because they are pet lovers with great big hearts!  I could not be happier with my new home & life with my Daddy & Mommy, and I got that chance for happiness the day I rode home with them & was sitting on my new Mommy’s lap.  I was going home…. to somewhere I would be loved, cherished, taken care of, played with every day, fed, and always knew that a spot would be saved for me at the foot of their bed for me to snuggle every night when I closed my eyes.  Pure happiness is what I got!

"Uncle Dave", Me & Daddy

Daddy, Mommy & I made a surprise visit to the APL on Saturday to check out the Pledge for Pets Radiothon.  We met a nice guy from the APL in the parking lot and he remembered me when I was a little puppy and said that he remembered me “smelling like fish”. (not sure what all that was about, but why did I smell like a fish? ) We also got to meet Jen Toohey and Allen Fee from Q104 (we even got to meet Glen Anderson on our way out, he’s the funny song guy at Q104) and Glen’s little cutie of a daughter even got to pet me!  When we walked into the room where the Radiothon was set up, I heard a voice say, “Nikita“! 

My APL Friend

Man, everyone knows me at this place!  I got to see all of my favorite APL friends, from Judy Hunter, to Sharon Harvey, my Foster Mom Brea, Uncle Dave (Dave was the nice guy that helped Daddy & Mommy adopt me, that’s why he has a special place in our hearts) and many others that just reached out and hugged me and was surprised at how big I got.   We hung around for awhile to watch the Radio Show live and it was the neatest thing that we ever experienced.  Some of the “Phone Bankers” that were taking the calls for donations even wanted to meet me, so I gladly strolled over to them, strutting my stuff (of course) to receive lots of hugs from them.  I even passed out lots of my blog cards to everyone that I met, so that they can now follow me and watch me grow up!  (One cannot have too many friends, or followers)  I even donated $1 and 2 puppy treats in a little bag to one of the Phone Bankers (even though I sniffed the bag a few times and kinda wanted my treats back), but I wanted everyone to know that Daddy, Mommy, and I personally collected for the APL a total of $174 + my $1 = $175 and we did our part as a Pledge for Pets Captains.  Every little bit helps and I wanted to personally thank all of the people who donated through our First Giving link for the APL – WE APPRECIATE YOUR DONATIONS & GENEROSITY!  

All in all, it was a great day for the APL, as your generous donations will make a difference in the care and welfare of a pets life, and ultimately….finding them a “Forever Home“.  Thank you APL for all that you have done for me, you will forever be in my heart!

Warm Puppy Kisses to you…

Doggy Dollars & Kitty Kash


We just signed up to be a supporter for the “Doggy Dollars and Kitty Kash” to help raise money for the Cleveland APL’s annual fundraising event.  We need all of your help to collect donations for all of the animals that have been rescued, when someone left them on a roadside, or in a box somewhere sick and scared,  just because they did not want them any longer.  Do you ever watch those commercials of the rescued animals, and cry and wonder how you can help?  You can today! 

Here is the link where you can leave an online donation directly to the APL:  http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/themesnthings/2011-doggy-dollars-kitty-kash 

Give this link to EVERYONE!  Your family, your friends, your co-workers, your neighbors – Every donation, no matter what the dollar amount, helps an animal in need!   By donating through the link above, the APL will know that Nikita sent you! 

**FELLOW BLOGGERS**:  Please post the donation link on your blog today and help us raise money for the APL.