Beacon Journal staff report
About 140 dogs and cats have new homes, thanks to the third annual Summit County Adopt-a-Thon on Saturday.
The five-hour event at the Summit County Animal Control Shelter on Opportunity Parkway in Akron made animals available at discount prices of $10 apiece (with a $14 extra license fee for dogs), a fraction of the usual $90 for a dog and $60 for a cat. Animals had also been spayed or neutered, dewormed, treated for fleas, vaccinated and otherwise spruced up for the occasion.
Visitors also had a chance to see the shelter, which opened in August 2010.
The number of animals adopted was lower than a year ago, when 195 pets were taken. Craig Stanley, the county director of administrative services, said the event went well, and he was not sure why there was a drop in the numbers. It is possible that the 2011 event drew more people because it was the first adopt-a-thon in the then-new shelter, and people who came for a look ended up going home with a new Fluffy or Fido.