Support our lifesaving mission this #GivingTuesday!

What is #GivingTuesday?

It is a global day of charitable giving celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving! Kick off your holiday season by making a gift to make a difference for vulnerable animals in Summit County.

Why support HSSC on #GivingTuesday?

The Humane Society of Summit County is the leading animal rescue organization in Summit County. With over 50 years of service, HSSC rescues and cares for over 2,600 animals each year who are victims of cruelty, neglect, and abandonment or suffering from illness and injury.

This year has presented many challenges, yet our mission and essential work has continued. Our doors have remained opened through it all as we provide vulnerable animals of Summit County with lifesaving care and second chances.

Our lifesaving mission is essential and also costly. 95% of our annual budget to run our shelter and rescue operations is made possible by you - our community. Your gift in celebration of #GivingTuesday will directly support our sustained efforts to help animals most in need. You can make a difference today!


Help us reach our $15,000 goal this #GivingTuesday!

#GivingTuesday Staff Spotlights

Our lifesaving mission, made possible by the generosity of our incredible community, is carried out each and every day by our dedicated staff. Learn more about two of them below!

Emma - Intake Lead and Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Q: How did you become interested in being a Registered Vet Tech?
A: “I always knew I wanted to work with animals I just didn’t know what I wanted to do. I had my first job working with animals at a shelter and saw what the techs there did and realized that was what I wanted to do. I was very interested in the medical field and how much a vet tech gets to be involved in. Vet techs wear many hats from anesthesiologist, dental hygienist, nursing, phlebotomy, medicating animals, running lab test, and so on. There’s so much to learn and do.”

Q: What is a typical day like for you?
A: “There’s really not a typical day for me. I am a RVT, but I am also the intake lead. So my day can include a variety of things such as: medicating animals, assisting in surgery, intake evaluations, intake exams and check ins (every animal gets an exam, vaccinations, dewormer, and preventatives at check in), booster vaccinations, monthly preventions, addressing medical concerns when our veterinarian, Dr. Kauffman, is off-site, and foster medical exams.”

Q: To you, what is the most meaningful aspect of your work?
A: “To me the most meaningful aspect is nursing the animals back to health. We get in some really tough cases that need a lot of medical attention. Being able to help in their recovery is amazing.”

Q: What are the most challenging aspects of your work?
A: “The most challenging aspect is probably the emotional toll. We take in some very tough cases that just break your heart for everything they have been through. It can be very emotional at times. At the end of the day I am so thankful to be able to help them heal and find the forever homes they deserve.”

Officer Maribeth Flowers - Humane Officer

Q: How did you become interested in being a Humane Officer?
A: "My career happened by accident. I graduated in 2012 with a law enforcement degree, with the intent of going on to get my Bachelors in Wildlife Biology. I planned to be a game warden or a park ranger. At the time, I was working seasonally at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. I learned from a zoo volunteer that the local humane society was hiring a humane officer, so I applied on a whim. They hired me, and they thought I was 21. However, I was only 20, so I stayed in training until I was of age and got appointed right after my 21st birthday. At the time, I was the youngest humane officer serving in the state. Once I worked in this field - I loved it - and never wanted to do anything else!"

Q: What is a typical day like for you?
A: "There is no such thing. One day you may check on five dogs and several cats, and nothing will be cause for concern. The next day, you could be called out to assist Akron Police Department after someone passed away, only to discover they left behind a tank of piranhas! I even found a small alligator under the bed once on an animal hoarding call. It bears mentioning that possession of such an animal is illegal and dangerous."

Q: To you, what is the most meaningful aspect of your work?
A: "I love my job, because every day, once I have clocked out, I know that I have left the world in a better state for people and animals than when I clocked in."

Q: What are the most challenging aspects of your work?
A: "The most challenging aspect is the extremes. You meet extremely violent people, have to go to extremely filthy, insect-infested houses, and see extreme cruelty inflicted upon animals and people. What gets me through those challenges is knowing I have the power to help."

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