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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!

COVID-19 Response Update 4/2/2020

Our community has never faced a challenge quite like the current situation and, at HSSC, our hearts and thoughts are with you as we weather this storm together. Our work looks very different from a few short weeks ago, but the need for animal rescue and adoption services remains. As an essential public service, we will be here to provide lifesaving care for animals in need, no matter what.

In a situation where so much is beyond our control, how can you make a difference? The truth is, we need your help now, and there are ways you can help ...

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3/23/20 - Update on Operations at HSSC in Response to COVID-19

Our greatest responsibilities at HSSC are to our community and the animals that depend on our care. These animals rely on us, no matter what, even as we face unprecedented challenges. We are grateful for the tremendous public response from adopters and foster volunteers this week. In the past 7 days, 36 cats and 24 dogs found homes, and nearly 100 people have volunteered to serve as foster families.

Effective Tuesday, March 24th, we will conduct further adoptions by appointment in line with guidance from public health officials. Please visit our website to view adoptable animals and call 330-487-0333 ext ...

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An Update About HSSC's Response to COVID-19

As you know, the news is changing rapidly, and we are committed to protecting our adopters, guests, volunteers, and staff while continuing to serve the animals of Summit County who depend on us. Currently, we are OPEN for volunteers and adoptions. We ask that if you or someone in your household is ill, do not visit the shelter. We are also limiting visits to our shelter only to those who are seriously considering adoption at this time. Please read on for ways you can help:

  1. ADOPT: In case, at a future date, we are required to close to the public ...

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New Education Program Teaches Compassion for Pets and People

Fourth graders at Ritzman Community Learning Center are gaining a new understanding of compassion with a little help from some furry friends this week. No More Bullying! is a program of the Humane Society of Summit County that is launching in partnership with Akron Public Schools to provide students with skills like empathy and good citizenship – to improve students’ relationships to others and animals. Including pets like dogs, kittens, and rabbits as a part of the program delivery not only brings the material to life, but also engages students’ social and emotional growth in a new way.

No More Bullying ...

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Special Holiday Adoption Hours

The Humane Society of Summit County will observe the following hours during the 2019 Holiday Season:

Monday, Dec 23 - 12p to 3p
Tuesday, Dec 24 - CLOSED***
Wednesday, Dec 25 - CLOSED***

Tuesday, Dec 31 - 12p to 4p
Wednesday, Jan 1 - CLOSED***

For any day not listed above, HSSC will operate under normal business hours.

***Humane Law Enforcement Services will NOT be available on these days. Please contact your local police department for assistance.

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$5 Calendar Sale!

Available while supplies last!

For our 2020 Pet Calendar, we asked our adopters to share with us their cutest photos of their beloved HSSC pets! Nearly 100 photos of dogs, cats, and critters were submitted, and the results are not only beautiful, but also a wonderful reminder of why our mission is so important - the happily-ever-afters!

2020 Pet Calendars are available for purchase online* or in-person!

Order Online!

Calendars are available at the following locations while supplies last:

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

Remember, all proceeds support our ...

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Support our Veterinary Care Fund 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, the majority of whom are victims of cruelty, neglect, and abandonment or suffering from illness and injury. Once safely at our shelter, our dedicated veterinary team provides all ...

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Name Your Purr-ice for a Limited Time!

The adoption fee is up to you!

Saturday, November 23 to Sunday, December 1

Over 225 rescued cats and kittens are looking for their families at the Humane Society of Summit County! What are you waiting for? Open your heart and home to a feline in need!

And, you get to NAME YOUR PURR-ICE! Adopt a cat or kitten and you can choose its adoption fee!

Meet Our Cats and Kittens!

All adoptions are contingent upon application approval.

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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 for all of November 2019!*

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 hours, and most of our adoptable pets, click the button below ...

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#Dogtober: Texas's Triumph

In August of this year, Texas was rescued as a helpless four month old puppy by our Humane Officers after he was found suffering from an untreated case of mange, a painful and destructive skin infection caused by a parasite. The extent of his condition was shocking. Texas was a victim of neglect.

Safely at our shelter and in the hands of our expert veterinary team, Texas was given soothing baths and a regiment of medications to treat his skin and ease his pain. Texas spent most of this recovery under the watchful eye of a dedicated foster family, who ...

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