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
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
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.
Address: 1929 W. Market St., Akron, OH 44313
Hours: noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday
Phone: (330) 865-6200
This searchable database is a tool that helps potential adopters locate homeless animals in their area that fit their wants and needs. It even serves as a directory for nearly 11,000 animals shelters and rescues between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Adoptable pets can be filtered according to age, weight, sex, coat length and other characteristics.
Petfinder has traditional and nontraditional pets like horses, birds and rodents. The cost of each animal on the website varies according to the organization that posted them.
Paws and Prayers
This local rescue group takes in dogs and cats. All the animals that the organization collects are placed in foster homes after being looked over, and treated if necessary, by a medical team. This means that pets up for adoption are not kept in a traditional shelter setting or at the organization’s office. Those interested in adopting are encouraged to fill out an adoption application on the Paws and Prayers website.
The adoption rate for dogs is between $150 and $350 and depends heavily on the dog’s medical background, age, sex and breed. Cats can be purchased for $115. Discounted adoption fees are available to honorably discharged veterans, first responders and repeat adopters.
Maggie’s Mission Dog & Horse Rescue
This is another foster-based rescue, so all its animals are in foster homes instead of a traditional shelter setting. Despite its name, Maggie’s Mission does find homes for more than dogs and horses; small animals like guinea pigs and hedgehogs are occasionally up for adoption too. Only adopters within a three-hour radius of Akron are considered.
Adoption fees for dogs range from $100 to $300, depending on their age. The price for cats also depends on age but is always between $75 and $100. Rabbits, hedgehogs and guinea pigs can be adopted for $40. Horses’ adoption fees vary. People looking to adopt should fill out an adoption application on the rescue’s website.
Contact Beacon Journal reporter Tawney Beans at [email protected] and on Twitter @TawneyBeans.