6 places to adopt your next pet in Summit County

Ashley Botz, adoption and behavioral supervisor at the Humane Society of Summit County, sits with Auntie Ann, a 4-year-old German shepherd who is available for adoption. Auntie Ann is a total sweetheart who loves to be the center of attention. According to the shelter, she is good with most dogs and would do well in a home with older children.

October is national Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and there are thousands of dogs, cats and other critters in the Akron area looking for a permanent home — it’s just a matter of where to find the perfect one for you. To simplify that process, we have collected information about local shelters, rescues and databases to help you select your next four-legged companion.

Humane Society of Summit County

This shelter rehabilitates many of Summit County’s abused, neglected or abandoned animals. It also employs two full-time humane officers who respond to emergency calls, investigate animal cruelty and prosecute offenders as needed. In addition to dogs and cats, it also has rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters up for adoption regularly. Currently, adoptions are by appointment only.

Adoption rates for dogs depend on their age but remain between $60 and $200. The fee for cats is also based on age and ranges from $30 to $85. Rabbits and guinea pigs can be adopted for $40 and $20 respectively. Adoption fees for animals 3 years and older are reduced to $15 if their adopter is 60 and older. Veterans and active military members receive 25% off all adoption fees.


Address: 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg, OH 44087

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

Phone: (330) 487-0333

Website: https://www.summithumane.org/

These dogs are available at Summit County Animal Control in Akron.

Summit County Animal Control

The adoptable animals within this nearly 20,000-square-foot facility can be viewed on Summit County Animal Control’s Facebook page. Adoptions are by appointment only until further notice.

The agency has discounted its adoption fees in honor of National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month through Saturday, Oct. 30. The adoption rate for dogs is $28, which includes the $18 dog license that all dog owners within Summit County must have and renew each year. The adjusted cat fee is $10.

Normally, the cost to adopt a dog is $94, which still includes the dog license fee. The shelter’s regular rate for cats is $60.


Address: 250 Opportunity Parkway, Akron, OH 44307

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday

Phone: (330) 643-2845


Natasha Smith, assistant to the dog manager at One of a Kind Pet Rescue, sits with Clairabelle, a 1-year-old female terrier mix who is up for adoption. Clairabelle likes to chat and have regular exercise, but she is not good with cats.

One of a Kind Pet Rescue

Many of the animals that come through this no-time-limit shelter’s doors are sick, injured or about to be euthanized at local animal control facilities. At any given time, One of a Kind Pet Rescue cares for 500 cats and 200 dogs between its two facilities and foster homes.

The pricing for dogs starts at $150 for senior dogs and increases for younger animals, with $375 and up for puppies. The adoption fees for cats range from $60 to $120, also according to their age.