30th January 2013
Twinsburg, Ohio (Jan. 29, 2013) - PAWSibilities®, Humane Society of Greater Akron now has a permanent home in Twinsburg Township where it cares for abused, abandoned and neglected animals.
Loyal supporters stepped up to donate over $500,000 toward a down payment on the Humane Society of Summit County Foundation's purchase of the portion of the building at 7996 Darrow Road. The facility houses PAWSibilities, Humane Society of Greater Akron's animal shelter and administrative offices as well as space leased to Hattie Larlham, a non-profit serving the developmentally disabled.
"We salute our loyal supporters, our Leadership Society members who reached out to the broader community and our committed volunteers who launched their own Amazing Raise to ensure a secure future for the rescued animals in our care" stated Executive Director Karen Hackenberry.
The Humane Society leased the building at 7996 Darrow Road (Rt. 91) three years ago from the Development Finance Authority of Summit County (DFA.)
Chris Burnham, President of DFA said it was a win-win for everyone. "The Humane Society's purchase is the best thing that could happen for their organization, the Finance Authority and the citizens of Summit County. The ongoing relationship with Hattie Larlham is a benefit to both organizations and the services you provide."
Twinsburg Township has purchased the balance of the building which is currently occupied by its service department where it parks road equipment and stores road salt. The purchase price of $2.25M was structured to enable the Humane Society to make affordable payments, prudently save for ongoing building maintenance and plan for future development of specialized animal adoption areas within the animal shelter. The organization has made steady progress in the three years since moving to the current location. Dogs have state of the art kennels and a large fenced-in back yard. Cats have a dedicated medical isolation area. All animals are spayed, neutered and cared for by a staff veterinarian in their new medical surgical suite that was 100% funded by gifts from corporations, private foundations and individuals.
"Home ownership is a huge milestone for our organization and a boon to our mission to rescue, heal and adopt abused, abandoned and neglected animals. It is a real game-changer for the future of the only animal welfare organization in Summit County with the legal mandate to enforce Ohio's animal cruelty laws. We are so grateful for the visionary support from our friends! " exclaims Hackenberry.