Maggie’s Mission Dog & Horse Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 3750 W. Market St., Fairlawn. http://www.maggiesmissionrescue.org/upcoming-events.

Paws and Prayers Pet Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus, 790 Arlington Ridge Unit 303, Green. https://pawsandprayers.org/events/.

Rose’s Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus, 1262 State Route 303, Streetsboro. http://rosesrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/calendar.

Fill A Police Cruiser Food Drive and Pet Adoption — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hiram Municipal Center, 11617 Garfield Road, Hiram. Donate nonperishable food items for needy families. Pet rescues and community yard sale. http://rosesrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/calendar.

Dog Days at Spring Hill — 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Spring Hill Historic Home, 1401 Spring Hill Lane NE, Massillon. Adoptable animals from the Stark County Humane Society; tour the house for a donation. For a list of items needed, go to http://www.springhillhistorichome.org.

Humane Society of Summit County 50th anniversary — 1-5 p.m. July 21 at FOP Lodge, 2610 Ley Road, Akron. Dogs ’n’ Suds Picnic with hot dogs, veggie dogs, chips, watermelon, pasta salad, cake, beer and wine cash bar. Music by Roxxymoron, balloon artist, children’s tour, face painting, raffles, mobile adoption center. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. For tickets, go to http://www.summithumane.org/50years.

Maggie’s Mission Dog & Horse Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 3750 W. Market St., Fairlawn; 1-3 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 8210 Macedonia Commons Blvd. No. 10, Macedonia. http://www.maggiesmissionrescue.org/upcoming-events.

Mercy’s Door Pet Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Petco, 1052 Williams Reserve Blvd, Wadsworth. http://www.mercysdoorpetrescue.org/events.html.

Paws and Prayers Pet Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at PetPeople, 4631 Everhard Road NW, Jackson Township; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 3750 W. Market St., Fairlawn. https://pawsandprayers.org/events/.

Rose’s Rescue Adoption Event — Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pet People, 116 W. Streetsboro St. Suite 1, Hudson. http://rosesrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/calendar.

Secondhand Mutts: Meet Our Mutts — Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at PetPeople, 19565 Detroit Road, Rocky River. http://secondhandmutts.org/events/.

Wayne County Humane Society Adoption Event — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Petco, 3790 Burbank Road, Wooster. http://www.wchs.org/calendar.

One of a Kind Pet Rescue Vaccine Clinic — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at One of A Kind Pets Spay & Neuter Clinic, 1700 W. Exchange St., Akron. Rabies and other vaccines, heartworm test/medication, dewormer, microchip and more. No appointment necessary. Doors close at 1 p.m. but all those in line will be seen. For prices, go to http://www.oneofakindpets.com/site/our-clinic/clinic-costs/.

Wayne County Humane Society Christmas in July Fundraiser — 6-10 p.m. Thursday at Muddy’s, 335 E. Liberty St., Wooster. Live Music from Make East, silent auction and 50/50 drawing. $25. http://www.wchs.org.

Maggie’s Mission Dog & Horse Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 3750 W. Market St., Fairlawn. http://www.maggiesmissionrescue.org/upcoming-events.

Wine and Dogs VIII — 2-6 p.m. Saturday at Barrel Run Crossing Winery, 3272 Industry Road, Rootstown. Join Rose’s Rescue for hot dogs and wine, rescue groups, vendors and raffles with entertainment by Jeff Huth. Bring in a 3-pound bag or larger of pet food and be entered for door prize. Food donations benefit the People Care Pet Pantry. http://rosesrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/calendar.

Humane Society of Summit County Feline Foster Orientation — 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Humane Society of Summit County, 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg. No-obligation training session. http://www.summithumane.org/Events/date/2018/06/14/feline-foster-orientation.

One of a Kind Pet Rescue Vaccine Clinic — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 7 at One of A Kind Pets Spay & Neuter Clinic, 1700 W. Exchange St., Akron. Rabies and other vaccines, heartworm test/medication, dewormer, microchip and more. No appointment necessary. Doors close at 1 p.m. but all those in line will be seen. For prices, go to http://www.oneofakindpets.com/site/our-clinic/clinic-costs/.

COLUMBUS: Four-legged friends are a step closer to being able to join their owners on restaurant and bar patios in Ohio.

Dogs soon could be allowed in outdoor seating areas after unanimous passage of a bill by a Senate committee Tuesday. House Bill 263 is expected to be considered by the full Senate on Wednesday, said committee Chairman Sen. Dave Burke, R-Marysville.

The bipartisan measure, which easily won House passage, would allow business owners to adopt their own policies for allowing dogs on patios, with a few requirements.

Under the bill, sponsored by Rep. Laura Lanese, R-Grove City, an employee could not intentionally touch a dog, and the establishment would have to post a sign informing patrons that dogs are allowed. Dogs would have to be on a leash, and the business would have to keep cleanup and sanitary-waste-disposal kits available outside.

Legislators from both the House and Senate have been working on bills to allow dogs back on patios. The move followed the Department of Health’s letter this past spring reminding food and drink establishments that dogs are banned except for service animals, according to Ohio law.

Burke said he was surprised there was no opposition testimony to the bill, even when he and Lanese attempted to solicit those opposed to enjoying their meal or drink with a nearby dog.

“I have not received any opposition,” Burke said. “I’ve asked people in my district and my wife what they think about it, and I have not had anybody come forward against it.”

In contrast, several local bar owners such as Land Grant Brewing Co. and Seventh Son Brewing testified in support of the legislation, saying they wanted the furry friends to mingle about, even hosting dog-themed events.

Maggie’s Mission Dog & Horse Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 3750 W. Market St., Fairlawn; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pet Valu, 881 W. Maple St., Hartville; noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Pet Valu, 3461 Hudson Drive, Cuyahoga Falls. http://www.maggiesmissionrescue.org/upcoming-events.

Paws & Prayers Adoption Events — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus, 790 Arlington Ridge Unit 303, Green; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at PetPeople, 34 N. Hawkins Ave., Akron; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pet Valu, 8249 Chippewa Road, Brecksville. http://www.pawsandprayers.org.

Rose’s Rescue Adoption Event — Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Petco, 3975 Cascades Blvd., Brimfield. http://rosesrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/calendar.

Wayne County Humane Society Pet Supplies Plus Cat Take Over Adoption Event — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus, 4067 Burbank Road, Wooster. http://www.wchs.org/calendar.

Humane Society of Summit County Feline Foster Orientation — 9-10:30 a.m. June 30 at Humane Society of Summit County, 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg. No obligation training session. http://www.summithumane.org/Events/date/2018/06/14/feline-foster-orientation.

Humane Society of Summit County Summer Lovin’ Adopt-a-Thon — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Humane Society of Summit County, 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg. All animals over 6 months of age are 50 percent off adoption fees. http://www.summithumane.org/Events/date/2018/06/16/summer-lovin-adopt-a-thon.

Maggie’s Mission Dog & Horse Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 3750 W. Market St., Fairlawn. http://www.maggiesmissionrescue.org/upcoming-events.

Paws & Prayers Adoption Events — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at PetPeople, 4631 Everhard Road NW, Jackson Township; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 3750 W. Market St., Fairlawn; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Great Lakes Honda, 43 Pruitt Blvd., Akron. http://www.pawsandprayers.org.

Rose’s Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Centera Co-Op/Country Store, 467 Cleveland Road, Ravenna; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Tree City Feed, 107 Lake St., Kent. http://rosesrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/calendar.

Secondhand Mutts: Meet Our Mutts — Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Chagrin Pet & Garden Supply, 188 Solon Road, Chagrin Falls. http://secondhandmutts.org/events/.

Wayne County Humane Society Strawberry Jamboree Adoption Event — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Rittman Orchards, 13548 Mount Eaton Road N., Doylestown. http://www.wchs.org/event/strawberry-jamboree-adoption-event-rittman-orchards.

PLAIN TWP.: Someone left a crate full of 21 kittens and cats on the doorstep of an unmarked animal rescue office overnight Thursday, and the organization’s founder wants to know who was responsible.

Sarah Helton, president and founder of the nonprofit Pitties and Kitties, said there’s no sign on the office advertising the rescue on Whipple Avenue Northwest, but she has met with people there before to accept donations and to complete paperwork.

She’s asking area businesses or residents for video that might have recorded the animals being dropped off to assist Stark County Dog Warden Jon Barber, who is conducting an investigation into the illegal dumping of animals.

Barber couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday morning.

A restaurant near the office called Helton on Friday to say a towel-covered crate filled with kittens was outside her office door.

Most of the kittens ranged from newborn to 6 months, although three adult cats were with them. One of the three is pregnant, and another is nursing, Helton said.

Some of them were sick.

“Several of the kittens are in serious need of medical treatment,” Helton said in a news release Tuesday. “This has put an extreme burden on the rescue, which recently took in a paralyzed kitten and an emaciated dog with severe skin and other health issues. All foster homes were full, and existing medical expenses mounting. Of course, the person or people who left the kittens left no information about the kittens or a much-needed donation to help with the added expenses.”

The organization’s veterinarian examined and treated the felines, Helton told the Repository, adding they were placed on antibiotics and “every one survived.”

Four of the kittens were given to Paw Crazy, another rescue, and the remaining went to pet “foster homes” after word got out.

Helton added that all of them will be spayed or neutered once they’re off the antibiotics.

“I’m guessing they all did come from the same place,” Helton said. “Unfortunately, there’s a lot of hoarding situations around here. … [The owners] probably have a lot going on.”

Helton said the drop-off wasn’t the first such discovery at the office.

“A couple of months ago, we had a bunny rabbit, and we have had a couple of kittens [dropped off] before,” she said.

Her organization typically takes cats and pit bull-type canines, “but we’ll take in any breed,” she said.

She said anyone with information about who dropped off the kittens should call the Pitties and Kitties rescue at 234-738-2259.

Humane Society of Summit County Feline Foster Orientation — 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at Humane Society of Summit County, 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg. No obligation training session. http://www.summithumane.org/Events/date/2018/06/14/feline-foster-orientation.

Pins for Paws & Prayers — 7-9 p.m. Friday at AMF Riviera Lanes, 20 S. Miller Road, Fairlawn. Two hours of unlimited bowling while supporting Paws & Prayers, with a 50/50 and raffle baskets. $20, shoes included. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pins-for-paws-prayers-tickets-44471213597.

Maggie’s Mission Dog & Horse Rescue Adoption Event — 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus, 3100 Manchester Road, Coventry Township. http://www.maggiesmissionrescue.org/upcoming-events

Paws & Prayers Adoption Events — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus, 790 Arlington Ridge Unit 303, Green; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus, 1970 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls. http://www.pawsandprayers.org.

Rose’s Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus, 1262 State Route 303, Streetsboro. http://rosesrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/calendar.

Wayne County Humane Society Kids Day Wooster Adoption Event — 1-4 p.m. Saturday behind Wayne County Public Library at 220 W. Liberty St., Wooster. http://www.wchs.org/event/kids-day-wooster-adoption-event-0.

Frank — whose human parents describe him as a “mutt to the bone” — waited patiently Saturday near the K-9 Cafe food truck for something good to eat.

When Nikki Crayton returned with a mini doggy ice-cream cone, Frank happily licked up all the soft serve before crunching into the cone.

“He’s spoiled,” said Stephen Malek, holding the treat for Frank as passers-by at the 17th annual Akron Pet Expo — many with their own dogs — oohed, awwed and chuckled, seeming to enjoy Frank’s ice cream glee as much as he did.

Crayton and Malek adopted Frank as a puppy about a year and a half ago after Crayton found him caged and unwanted with a pit bull in an Akron house.

“He came home with us, slept for 16 hours and has been the best dog ever since,” Malek said, “maybe the best dog I’ve ever had.”

Michelle Spehar of Medina launched her food truck for dogs — she thinks it’s the only one of its kind in Ohio — in 2016, counting on dog owners like Frank’s.

She had been making organic dog treats in her house, but wanted a way to reach more people. Now she takes the food truck to events like the pet expo or doggie day care centers, which rent the truck for parties.

Most of the treats she sells are inspired by what people like to eat from food carts, but dog-icized.

On the menu Saturday: Doggone Steak Taco for $3.50, Mo’ betta’ Meatballs for $1.75 and a Cafe Doglette, a canine omelette with bacon, cheese and spinach, for $2.75.

Dogs clearly outnumbered all other pets Saturday at the expo, but they didn’t rule all.

There were booths dedicated to birds and cat adoption and to pet skunks.

“My husband is allergic to dogs, my son is allergic to cats, so we got Ollie,” said Ginger Wahjudi of Westerville, who was holding a cardboard cutout of cartoon skunk Pepe Le Pew that was as big as she was.

Ollie the skunk — whose scent glands have been removed — has free rein to roam the family home. They trained Ollie to use a litter box and, at night, Ollie sleeps between Wahjudi and her husband, usually on the pillows.

Wahjudi was at the pet expo with about a half-dozen others to promote Skunkfest 2018 in North Ridgeville, an annual fundraiser for Skunk Haven, a no-kill shelter for Skunks.

“All skunks welcome, although you do not need to be a skunk owner to attend,” the group’s literature says about the Sept. 8 Skunkfest.

Nearby, a half-dozen Doberman dogs huddled on the grass near a booth dedicated to them as other dogs of all shapes and sizes mingled in the crowd.

Frankie, a one-eyed pug between 12 and 13 years old, wasn’t well enough to walk Saturday’s expo, something he’d done in years past.

So Vickie Norton and her daughter Ruth LeBoeuf, both of Monroe Falls, wheeled him in a special dog stroller they bought the day before.

Frankie, like many dogs at Saturday’s expo, is a rescue.

Norton said he came from a bad breeder where he had already lost his eye before toddling up to her at a rescue as a puppy, stopping short to sit down on a wet mop.

Norton and her daughter unbuckled Frankie from his stroller Saturday and lifted him onto the grass in case he needed a bathroom break.

His back legs no longer support him, either because of his age, weight — he’s now 21 pounds — or some combination, Norton and LeBoeuf said.

But that obstacle hasn’t stopped them from including Frankie in family events.

“He’s like my brother,” said LeBoeuf, who carries a camera with her so she can shoot pictures of Frankie wherever they go. “We love him.”

Amanda Garrett can be reached at 330-996-3725. Follow her on Twitter @agarrettABJ.

Mercy’s Door Pet Rescue — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Petco, 1052 Williams Reserve Blvd, Wadsworth. http://www.mercysdoorpetrescue.org/events.html.

Paws and Prayers Adoption Events — Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 3750 W. Market St., Fairlawn. http://www.pawsandprayers.org.

Rose’s Rescue Adoption Event — Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pet People, 116 W. Streetsboro St., Suite 1, Hudson. http://rosesrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/calendar.

Secondhand Mutts: Meet Our Mutts — Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Pet People, 19565 Detroit Road, Rocky River. http://secondhandmutts.org/events/.

Wayne County Humane Society Kid’s Day Wooster Adoption Event — 1-4 p.m. Saturday behind Wayne County Public Library at 220 W. Liberty St., Wooster. http://www.wchs.org/event/kids-day-wooster-adoption-event-0.

One of a Kind Pet Rescue Vaccine Clinic — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at One of A Kind Pets Spay & Neuter Clinic, 1700 W. Exchange St., Akron. Rabies and other vaccines, heartworm test/medication, dewormer, microchip or more. No appointment necessary. Doors close at 1 p.m. but all those in line will be seen. For prices, go to http://www.oneofakindpets.com/site/our-clinic/clinic-costs/.

Hardesty Park Pet Expo — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Hardesty Park, 1615 W. Market St., Akron. Vendors, adoption groups, cutest pet contest. Free. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/akron-pet-expo-tickets-45387226416.

Maggie’s Mission Dog & Horse Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 3750 W. Market St., Fairlawn. http://www.maggiesmissionrescue.org/upcoming-events.

Paws and Prayers Adoption Events — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus, 790 Arlington Ridge Unit 303, Green; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Akron PetPeople, 34 N. Hawkins, Akron. http://www.pawsandprayers.org.

Rose’s Rescue Adoption Event — noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Petco, 3975 Cascades Blvd., Brimfield. http://rosesrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/calendar.

RASCAL Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Wayne County Humane Society, 1161 Mechanicsburg Road, Wooster. To schedule an appointment, go to http://www.wchs.org/event/rascal-low-cost-spay-neuter-clinic.

One of a Kind Pet Rescue Vaccine Clinic — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 2 at One of A Kind Pets Spay & Neuter Clinic, 1700 W. Exchange St., Akron. Rabies and other vaccines, heartworm test/medication, dewormer, microchip or more. No appointment necessary. Doors close at 1 p.m. but all those in line will be seen. For prices, go to http://www.oneofakindpets.com/site/our-clinic/clinic-costs/.

Hardesty Park Pet Expo — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2 at Hardesty Park, 1615 W. Market St., Akron. Vendors, adoption groups, Cutest Pet contest. Free. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/akron-pet-expo-tickets-45387226416.

Maggie’s Mission Dog & Horse Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at PetPeople, 18360 Royalton Road, Strongsville; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 3750 W. Market St., Fairlawn. http://www.maggiesmissionrescue.org/upcoming-events.

Paws and Prayers Adoption Events — Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 8210 Macedonia Commons Blvd., Macedonia; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at PetSmart, 3750 W. Market St., Fairlawn. http://www.pawsandprayers.org.

Rose’s Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Centera Co-Op/Country Store, 467 Cleveland Road, Ravenna; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Tree City Feed, 107 Lake St., Kent. http://rosesrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/calendar.

Secondhand Mutts: Meet Our Mutts — Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Chagrin Pet & Garden Supply, 188 Solon Road, Chagrin Falls. http://secondhandmutts.org/events/.

Wayne County Humane Society Adoption Event — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at PBS Animal Health, 3188 Lincoln Way E., Wooster. http://www.wchs.org/event/pbs-animal-health-adoption-event.

Humane Society of Summit County Happy Trails Thrift Shop Grand Opening — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 1770 Merriman Road, Akron. Refreshments, activities, promotions, Mobile Adoption Center. Shop offers collectibles, antiques and home goods. All proceeds support the Humane Society of Summit County. For information, go to http://www.summithumane.org.

Maggie’s Mission Dog & Horse Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 3750 W. Market St., Fairlawn. http://www.maggiesmissionrescue.org/upcoming-events.

Paws and Prayers Adoption Events — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus, 790 Arlington Ridge, Unit 303, Green; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus, 1970 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls. http://www.pawsandprayers.org.

Rose’s Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus, 1262 State Route 303, Streetsboro. http://rosesrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/calendar.

Humane Society of Summit County Bark in the Park — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Lock 3, 200 S. Main St., Akron. Pet expo with more than 70 vendors, food trucks, beer garden featuring HiHo Brewing Co., children’s activities area sponsored by Café O’Play, mobile adoption center, dog grooming, games, giveaways, music, $1,000 grand prize gift-card raffle, basket raffle. http://www.summithumane.org/bitp.

Sit, Stay, Sip at Blue Barn Winery — Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Blue Barn Winery. $25, includes glass of wine, bottle painting class and raffle ticket. Proceeds benefit the Wayne County Humane Society. Registration is required at https://bit.ly/2I4luXf.

Maggie’s Mission Dog & Horse Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 3750 W. Market St., Fairlawn; 1-3 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 8210 Macedonia Commons Blvd., Macedonia. http://www.maggiesmissionrescue.org/upcoming-events.

Mercy’s Door Pet Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Petco, 1052 Williams Reserve Blvd., Wadsworth. http://www.mercysdoorpetrescue.org/events.html.

Paws and Prayers Adoption Event — Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 3750 W. Market St., Fairlawn. http://www.pawsandprayers.org.

Rose’s Rescue Adoption Event — Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pet People, 116 W. Streetsboro St. Suite 1, Hudson. http://rosesrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/calendar.

Secondhand Mutts: Meet Our Mutts — Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Pet People, 19565 Detroit Road, Rocky River. http://secondhandmutts.org/events/.

One of a Kind Pet Rescue Vaccine Clinic — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at One of A Kind Pets Spay & Neuter Clinic, 1700 W. Exchange St., Akron. Rabies and other vaccines, heartworm test/medication, dewormer, microchip or more. No appointment necessary. Doors close at 1 p.m. but all those in line will be seen. For prices, go to http://www.oneofakindpets.com/site/our-clinic/clinic-costs/.

Paws and Prayers Neighborhood Cookout Fundraiser — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at E&H Ace Hardware, 6548 Middlebranch Ave. NE, Canton. http://www.pawsandprayers.org.

Medina County Pet-Tacular — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pinnacle Sports, 313 Medina Road, Medina. Pet adoptions, dog obedience classes, discounted dog vaccinations, face painting, animal massage and more. http://www.visitmedinacounty.com/event/medina-county-auditors-pet-tacular/.

Humane Society of Summit County Bark in the Park 2018 — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m May 12 at Lock 3, 200 S. Main St., Akron. Pet Expo with more than 70 vendors, food trucks, beer garden featuring HiHo Brewing Co., children’s activities area sponsored by Café O’Play, mobile adoption center, dog grooming, games, giveaways, music, $1,000 grand prize gift card raffle, basket raffle. http://www.summithumane.org/bitp.

Maggie’s Mission Dog & Horse Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus, 2789 W. Market St., Fairlawn. http://www.maggiesmissionrescue.org/upcoming-events.

Paws and Prayers Adoption Events — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus, 790 Arlington Ridge Unit 303, Green; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus, 1970 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls. http://www.pawsandprayers.org.

Rose’s Rescue Adoption Event — Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Petco, 3975 Cascades Blvd., Brimfield. http://rosesrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/calendar.

Secondhand Mutts: Meet Our Mutts — Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Chagrin Pet & Garden Supply, 188 Solon Road, Chagrin Falls. http://secondhandmutts.org/events/.

Wayne County Humane Society Adoption Event — Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Triway Lanes, 3392 S. Columbus Road, Wooster. http://www.wchs.org.

Humane Society of Summit County Feline Foster Orientation — Learn more about the foster program at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Humane Society of Summit County, 7996 Darrow Road, Suite 30, Twinsburg. Call Kristin at 234-212-9754 or email [email protected]. One of a Kind Pet Rescue Vaccine Clinic — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 5 at One of A Kind Pets Spay & Neuter Clinic, 1700 W. Exchange St., Akron. Rabies and other vaccines, heartworm test/medication, dewormer, microchip or more. No appointment necessary. Doors close at 1 p.m. but all those in line will be seen. For prices, go to http://www.oneofakindpets.com/site/our-clinic/clinic-costs/.

Third annual Medina County Pet-Tacular — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5 at Pinnacle Sports, 313 Medina Road, Medina. Pet adoptions, Pet School with dog obedience classes, Clinic City with discounted dog vaccinations, face painting, animal massage and more. http://www.visitmedinacounty.com/event/medina-county-auditors-pet-tacular/.

Maggie’s Mission Dog & Horse Rescue Adoption Event — noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pet Valu, 3461 Hudson Drive, Cuyahoga Falls; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pet Valu, 881 W. Maple St., Hartville. http://www.maggiesmissionrescue.org/upcoming-events.

Mercy’s Door Pet Rescue — 1-4 p.m Sunday at Pet Valu, the Shoppes at Parma Plaza, 7651 W. Ridgewood Drive #916, Parma. http://www.mercysdoorpetrescue.org/events.html.

Paws and Prayers Adoption Events — noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 3750 W. Market St., Fairlawn. http://www.pawsandprayers.org.

Rose’s Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Centera Co-Op/Country Store, 467 Cleveland Road, Ravenna; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Tree City Feed, 107 Lake St. Kent. http://rosesrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/calendar.

Secondhand Mutts: Meet Our Mutts — Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Pet Valu, Creek View Commons, 8249 Chippewa Road, Brecksville. http://secondhandmutts.org/events/.

Wayne County Humane Society Adoption Event — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus, 4067 Burbank Road, Wooster; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Pet Valu, 4369 Burbank Road, Wooster. http://www.wchs.org.

Humane Society of Summit County Feline Foster Orientation — Learn more about the foster program at 5:30 p.m. April 28 at the Humane Society of Summit County, 7996 Darrow Road, Suite 30, Twinsburg. Call Kristin at 234-212-9754 or email [email protected].

Maggie’s Mission Dog & Horse Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 3750 W. Market St., Fairlawn. http://www.maggiesmissionrescue.org/upcoming-events.

Paws and Prayers Adoption Events — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus, 790 Arlington Ridge Unit 303, Green; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus, 1970 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls. http://www.pawsandprayers.org.

Rose’s Rescue Adoption Event — Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus, 1262 State Route 303, Streetsboro. http://rosesrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/calendar.

Pet Palooza — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Shows, activities and door prizes. 330-273-4150 or go to http://www.mcdl.info.

Rose’s Rescue “Pasta for Paws” Pasta Dinner and Basket Raffle — 2-6:30 p.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Parish Hall, 251 W. Spruce Ave., Ravenna. $9 adults, $5 ages 5-12.330-850-7042.

Wayne County Humane Society Adoption Event — 9 a.m. to noon Friday at Pet Valu, 4369 Burbank Road, Wooster. http://www.wchs.org.

Maggie’s Mission Dog & Horse Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 3750 W. Market St., Fairlawn; 1-3 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 8210 Macedonia Commons Blvd., Macedonia. http://www.maggiesmissionrescue.org/upcoming-events.

Mercy’s Door Pet Rescue Adoption Event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Petco, 1052 Williams Reserve Blvd., Wadsworth. http://www.mercysdoorpetrescue.org/events.html.

Paws and Prayers Adoption Events — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at PetPeople, 4631 Everhard Road NW, Jackson Township; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 3750 W. Market St., Fairlawn. http://www.pawsandprayers.org.

Rose’s Rescue Adoption Event — Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at PetPeople, 116 W. Streetsboro St., Suite 1, Hudson. http://rosesrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/calendar.

Secondhand Mutts: Meet Our Mutts — Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at PetPeople, 19565 Detroit Road, Rocky River. http://secondhandmutts.org/events/.

One of a Kind Pet Rescue Vaccine Clinic — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at One of A Kind Pets Spay & Neuter Clinic, 1700 W. Exchange St., Akron. Rabies and other vaccines, heartworm test/medication, dewormer, microchip or more. No appointment necessary. Doors close at 1 p.m. but all those in line will be seen. For prices, go to http://www.oneofakindpets.com/site/our-clinic/clinic-costs/.

Partners with Paws Rally to the Rescue — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Midway Mall, Elyria. Rally welcomes rescue groups with adoptable pets. http://www.partnerswithpawslc.com.

Humane Society of Summit County Reverse Ruffle — 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Todaro’s Party Center, 1820 Akron-Peninsula Road, Akron. Benefits animals rescued by the Humane Society of Summit County. $40 dinner only, $40 raffle ticket only, $65 dinner and ticket, $105 2 dinners and 1 ticket, $130 2 dinners and 2 tickets. Call Dawn at 330-945-6830.

Pet Palooza — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14 at Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Shows, activities and door prizes. 330-273-4150 or go to http://www.mcdl.info.

Summit Mall Home & Pet Expo — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Summit Mall, 3265 W. Market St., Fairlawn. Pet adoptions, demonstrations, Ask a Vet and more. For information, go to https://pmashows.com/site/pet-home-expo.

NEW YORK: Americans still love Labrador retrievers, but the nation’s flirtation with French bulldogs has reached new heights.

Labs remain the country’s most popular purebred dog for a 27th year, while German shepherds and golden retrievers have hung onto the second and third spots in new American Kennel Club rankings released Wednesday.

But Frenchies hit a highest-ever No. 4, and German shorthaired pointers cracked the top 10 for the first time.

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THE REST OF THE TOP 10

The bulldog is fifth, after notching a record No. 4 ranking last year. Sixth through 10th are the beagle, the poodle, the Rottweiler, the Yorkshire terrier and the German shorthaired pointer.

Initially bred for hunting, the handsome, athletic “GSP” is increasingly visible as a bomb-sniffing dog and in agility and other canine sports. A GSP also won the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club dog show in 2016.

“They’re a dog that will do anything you want, except lay around,” says Jeffrey Drogin, a longtime owner in New York.

The versatile, sociable Lab has had the longest-ever reign as top dog. It broke the record in 2013.

But you can’t beat the beagle for consistency. It’s the only breed to make the top 10 for every decade since the AKC’s 1884 founding.

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THE FRENCHIE SURGE

The French bulldog has bolted from 76th to fourth in just 20 years. It previously peaked at sixth in the 1910s and again in 2015-2016.

Frenchie aficionados appreciate the interest but worry that it’s drawing unscrupulous breeders and under-informed owners.

“It scares me that because it’s popular, everybody wants it. But not every family is right for a French bulldog,” says Kerry Boyd, a Natick, Massachusetts-based dog handler who breeds Frenchies.

The downsized bulldogs with the pointed ears and funny expressions have become favorites of city dwellers who value compact, relatively quiet dogs. They’ve enjoyed exposure from movies, ads and celebrity owners. The late Carrie Fisher’s Frenchie even inspired an alien creature in last year’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Then the breed made headlines this month when a Frenchie puppy died after a flight attendant forced it into an overhead bin.

The death stirred discussion of breathing problems in French bulldogs and other short-snout breeds (though no pets belong in overhead compartments). Flat-faced dogs can be prone to overheating and sometimes need nasal or palate surgery. Frenchies and bulldogs also can be susceptible to certain spinal and eye problems. They are often born by cesarean section because of their big heads.

Given all that, New York’s then-newsweekly The Village Voice devoted a 2015 cover to French bulldogs and urged: “Don’t Buy This Dog.”

Newton, Massachusetts-based veterinarian Dr. John de Jong sees Frenchies’ problems firsthand, but he notes that other breeds are prone to conditions of their own.

“I would say to anybody purchasing a breed of any kind: Do their homework,” says de Jong, president-elect of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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OTHER MOVERS

The Siberian husky and Australian shepherd have jumped into the top 20 in the last decade. The Chihuahua, pug and Maltese have tumbled out.

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THE RAREST BREED

It’s the Norwegian lundehund, a six-toed, unusually flexible dog that historically hunted cliff-dwelling puffins.

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DOODLES, MIXES AND THE BIG PICTURE

The rankings reflect puppies and other dogs newly registered in 2017. The AKC, the nation’s oldest purebred dog registry, doesn’t release raw numbers of dogs.

The club doesn’t chart such popular hybrids as Labradoodles and puggles, nor other mixed-breed dogs. However, they can register as AKC “canine partners” for dog sports.

Overall, the AVMA estimates there are about 70 million pet dogs nationwide (and over 74 million pet cats.)

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THE DEBATE

Whatever the rankings, animal-rights activists say purebred fads drive puppy mills, consign other dogs to shelters and prioritize looks over health.

“The aesthetic standards of the AKC can leave dogs crippled and in near-constant pain,” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wrote to the club this month.

Breeders such as Boyd say they spend thousands of dollars on testing to propagate healthy dogs. The AKC argues that breeding preserves specific traits that can help police pick K-9s or households choose suitable pets.

Whether purebred or mixed breed, “the most important thing is that you love the dog that’s yours and that you responsibly own it and care for it,” says AKC spokeswoman Gina DiNardo.