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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!

November is Veteran Adoption Month!

Matching animals in need with American heroes

Made possible by a generous donor, the Humane Society of Summit County is offering FEE-WAIVED adoptions to veterans, active military personnel, and military families now through November 30, 2023!*

This extra-special promotion will help to connect homeless animals with United States Armed Forces veterans and active military in need of companionship. The emotional support of companion animals has been clinically shown to have significant psychological, physiological, and social benefits for adopters, improving overall well-being.

For more information about our adoption process, adoption appointments, and our adoptable pets, click the button below!

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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)
  • Keystone Veterinary Clinic (4983 ...

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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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Found Kittens? Now What?

Spring and summer are the height of kitten season and it's natural to want to step in and help when you find kittens. Not all kittens need help however, so we've created a guide to help you understand when to step in and when to let mama do her thing.

Download the full-size guide HERE

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August is NBC's Clear the Shelters Campaign!

Help HSSC Clear the Shelter!

For the entire month of August, the Humane Society of Summit County will be joining NBC and Telemundo’s nationwide pet adoption campaign – Clear the Shelters – with the goal of matching our amazing adoptable pets with adoptive families!

Interested in finding your new best friend? Be sure to visit our adoption webpage to view our currently available animals then begin the adoption process by contacting our adoption counselors at (234) 212-9843 or They’d be happy to tell you more about our pets, help you identify some great matches, and schedule an ...

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Join us at the Pawsibility Ball!

The Humane Society of Summit County joyfully invites you to our 20th annual Pawsibility Ball to benefit the over 2700 animals that will be rescued, rehabilitated, and adopted through HSSC this year. We are planning our event to be held in person with a virtual event option for those who would prefer to "attend" virtually from home.

While our event will be a little different this year, we promise a fun and engaging evening for all, in person or online!

The Pawsibility Ball is generously presented by Judge Mary F. Spicer, Retired and The Remen Family Foundation and hosted by ...

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Nominate Your Pet for HSSC's 2021 Calendar!

***UPDATE: This contest has ended. Thank you to all of those who participated! 2021 Pet Calendars will be available for purchase in September!***

Have you adopted the cutest pet ever from the Humane Society of Summit County? Do you have a flair for pet photography? Nominate your pet and your photo for a chance to be featured in our 2021 Pet Calendar!

Photos of twelve lucky pets chosen by our selection committee will represent a whole month on the calendar.

All nominated pets will be included in the calendar in a collage as long as they meet our contest ...

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Help meet our #GivingTuesdayNow goal!

Make a gift to support veterinary care for shelter animals on May 5th!

Help meet our $30,000 goal.

Give Now!

What is #GivingTuesdayNow?

Giving Tuesday is usually held after Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season on a charitable note. During this challenging time, we come to you again to ask you to make a difference for vulnerable animals in Summit County. Even in times of crisis, animals need you.

Why support HSSC on #GivingTuesdayNow?

The Humane Society of Summit County is the leading animal rescue organization in Summit County. With over 50 years of service, HSSC rescues and ...

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Volunteer Appreciation Week: April 20-26

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!

Humane Society of Summit County volunteers serve in a variety of ways to make animal rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption possible for over 2500 animals every year. They give more than their time, they give their heart, compassion, and dedication – and these qualities are the lifeblood of the Humane Society of Summit County.

While we cannot celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Week together this year, we send our thanks to our volunteers for their service! In 2019, 430 volunteers gave over 42,000 hours - that is equal to 20 full time staff! These volunteers serve in roles like dog ...

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COVID-19 Update: Stay Safe and Make a Plan

By now you have probably done a lot to prepare for and stay safe during these uncertain times: maybe you are working from home, observing social distance guidelines, and have stocked up on groceries, but have you made a plan to care for your pets?

First, there is a lot of new and developing information about animals and COVID-19. A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for coronavirus but domestic cats are biologically different from tigers. Since the number of COVID-19 cases in humans globally is now over 1 million, and considering the number of people who have ...

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