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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!

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 ...

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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 2020!*

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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Subaru Loves Pets Adopt-a-thon: Oct. 12-18!

Meet your new best friend during this special, weeklong adopt-a-thon made possible by support from Cascade Subaru, Subaru Loves Pets, and the ASPCA!

Adoption fees for all animals 6 months and older will be 50% OFF!*

All adoptions require an appointment. To schedule, email or call (234) 212-9843.

Adopters will also be entered into a drawing for a gift card to Pet Supplies Plus, courtesy of Cascade Subaru!

Preview our adoptable pets at

*All adoptions subject to application approval.

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The 2021 Pet Calendar has arrived!

For our 2021 Pet Calendar, we asked our adopters to share with us their cutest photos of their beloved HSSC pets! Photos of dozens 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!

2021 Pet Calendars are available for purchase online for $10 (shipping included)* or in-person for $8 at Happy Tails Thrift Shop (1770 Merriman Rd, Akron) while supplies last!

(UPDATE: Calendar sales have ended.)

Remember, all proceeds support our lifesaving mission!

*Please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery ...

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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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