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Meet Rhino - Foster Needed!

2nd December 2022

Rhino came to us as as an injured stray. Once in our care, we quickly noticed that being in a kennel environment was really stressful as he started pacing, chewing his kennel door, and eating inanimate objects. While in a previous foster home, he blossomed into a happy-go-lucky pup! While he can be a bit shy when first meeting new people, Rhino quickly warms up into a great snuggle buddy.

Here's what his previous foster had to say about this sweet boy's playful personality:

"He is such a sweet overgrown puppy. His crazy flexibility would make any yoga practitioner jealous. When you give him scratches, his whole body wags! He adores his chew toys and is curious and gentle with our cat. Meal times and play times are his favorite part of the day. He does well entertaining himself too, but likes to know his people are close by."

Rhino really loves the company of other dogs. He feels more confident on walks with a buddy by his side, though he eventually gets comfortable with going out just with people too. He'd do best in a foster home that has another canine friend.

If you are interested in opening your home up to Rhino or any of our other animals, please fill out our foster interest form and we'll get in touch as soon as possible. Rhino can't wait to meet you!

Clear the Shelters Adoption Promotion

Clear The Shelters, NBCUniversal's nationwide pet adoption and donation campaign, is returning in August for its ninth consecutive year! If you want to make a difference in the life of one of our rescue cats and dogs, visit today and search for HSSC to donate directly to us.

𝗔𝗗𝗢𝗣𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗙𝗘𝗘𝗦 𝗪𝗔𝗜𝗩𝗘𝗗! As part of Clear The Shelters, we are cancelling the adoption fee for all adult cats over 1 year old and all adult dogs over 40 pounds from August 12-31, pending adoption approval! Don't miss this purr-fect time to bring home your forever friend!

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Celtic's Holiday Wish : A Quiet Space to Heal

Meet Celtic, a kind, gentle dog who had a rough beginning but is working his way towards a new leash on life. We hope, once you hear his story, you'll be willing to open your home and your heart to this loving pup who needs a special place to stay while he gets well.

On October 7, 2022, a local police officer spotted Celtic living in deplorable circumstances and called our Humane Agents to help. They picked him up, and realizing his situation was dire, rushed him to an emergency veterinary hospital. He was extremely malnourished, pale and dehydrated ...

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All donations matched through December 31!

Thanks to a longtime friend of the Humane Society of Summit County, all donations (annual fund, online gifts, and memorials) will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $125,000! This is our largest matching gift opportunity ever!

When you donate today, your gift will go twice as far towards helping our community's most vulnerable animals

Can we count on you to help meet our goal before December 31, 2022?

Give Now!

Your gift saves lives! Learn more about our mission.

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Now collecting receipts for Acme Community Cash Back

From August 1, 2023 through February 15, 2024 Acme Fresh Market is holding its annual Community Cash Back promotion. When you shop at Acme and submit your receipts to HSSC, we earn 5% cash back on certain products which helps to support our animals here at the shelter.


1. Shop Acme Brands:

2. Community Cash Back earnings are listed at the bottom of your receipt.

3. Drop off your receipts at one of our drop-off locations:

  • Humane Society of Summit County (7996 Darrow Rd., Twinsburg)
  • Happy Tails Thrift Shop (1770 Merriman Rd., Akron)

Or mail them to ...

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Feeding Our Friends, Together

In this season of gratitude, we are thankful for many things and the food on our plates is likely one of them! Sadly, hunger in our community exists, and furry family members are affected too. For our neighbors struggling with food insecurity, concerns over their pets’ needs are at the forefront. Some may go without food so their pets have a meal. Some pets may be given away or surrendered to shelters in times of struggle.

The Humane Society of Summit County works in many ways to create a more compassionate community, both inside our 4 walls and outside of ...

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Home for Life: A Continuing Care Plan for You and Your Pet

At the Humane Society of Summit County, we support the human and animal bond, and the benefits of pet ownership. That's why we created the Home for Life program as a resource for you in case you pass away before your pet(s).

We are here to help you make a plan and ensure your wishes for your pet(s) are met. We can temporarily house a pet before family or friends take ownership and help make this transition seamless. Or, HSSC can assume full care for your animals by providing food, shelter, socialization, and veterinary care in our no ...

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Brand New: MABEL Mobile Veterinary Clinic

We are so pleased to announce our brand new, state-of-the-art mobile veterinary clinic, MABEL! Over the past few years, the Humane Society of Summit County has worked to expand beyond the four walls of our shelter to be a resource for our community, prevent animal suffering, and keep animals in loving homes. MABEL, which stands for Making Animals Better and Enriching Lives, a program over two years in the making aims to do just that, and help create a more compassionate community for pets and the people who love them.

The need in Summit County for affordable and accessible veterinary ...

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Help Us Win the EmbraceCLE Challenge!

Can you help us win this mission-driven competition?!

During the month of September, Embrace Pet Insurance is hosting the EmbraceCLE Community Challenge and HSSC could win $12,500 in addition to every dollar we raise for Summit County rescue animals!

HSSC is one of several local non-profits nominated to compete in the EmbraceCLE Challenge. The objective: raise the most funds for our mission. Every dollar raised will help the more than 2,500 animals that HSSC will rescue this year, winning this challenge and earning an extra $12,500 will ensure we can provide lifesaving care to the most animals ...

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Bidding in the 21st Annual Pawsibility Ball Auction is Open!

Bidding on our Silent Auction and Live Auction items and donating to our "Fund-a-Need" will be open to the public this week ahead of the Pawsibility Ball on Saturday, August 28th! We hope you will join us in support of animal rescue! Annually, our Pawsibility Ball is our largest fundraising event, bringing revenue that will help to save the lives of 2,500 animals rescued by the Humane Society of Summit County each year.

    Over 110 items are up for bid in our Silent and Live Auctions at!

    Bidding on Silent Auction items will be open from ...

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    HSSC participating in Empty the Shelters!

    The Humane Society of Summit County is happy to announce our participation in Empty the Shelters, an adoption event sponsored by Bissell Pet Foundation.

    If you’re looking for a new best friend to spend the dog days of summer with, look no further! From July 7 to 11, cats and dogs 6 months and over have an adoption fee of only $25! Adoptions are subject to application approval.

    Adoptions are conducted by appointment only, so please call our Adoption Counselors at (234) 212-9843 or email at to set up a same- or next-day appointment, starting Tuesday ...

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