Summit County is offering companionship this holiday season to anyone looking for love — and at rock-bottom prices.
For $10, a person can take home all the tail-wagging, face-licking adoration they can handle.
Summit County Animal Control will hold a special adoption event starting today simply because its the right thing to do, said Craig Stanley, director of administrative services for County Executive Russ Pry.
“It’s not because we are overcrowded; it’s something we want to do to give back to make the season brighter for people and definitely brighter for the animals,” Stanley said.
The four-day event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Thursday at animal control, 250 Opportunity Parkway near downtown Akron.
With only 40 dogs and 35 cats on the premises last week, the usual ear-splitting cacophony that accompanies a visit to the shelter was absent as staff and volunteers prepared the animals to go to new homes in time for the holidays.
Chopin, a pit bull mix, has tried in the worst way to catch the attention of potential adopters since August by wagging his tail as furiously as he barks. The dog has the distinction of being the longest-held animal at the shelter and is quite friendly despite his fearsome grab for attention.
A little, fluffy Pomeranian named Puff sat quietly in a cage waiting for someone to claim her. Found wandering the streets, she appeared out of place with the more rough-and-tumble crowd that surrounded her.
Black Labrador retriever brothers Bosco and Bailey stood side by side in their kennels waiting for someone who might have a heart big enough to adopt them both after being turned in by people who cared for them for eight years.
Most of the dogs have ended up at the shelter through no fault of their own, but because they have been surrendered by their owners. Every cat and dog is worthy of a home, said Carrie Goffe, administrative assistant at the shelter.
“The majority of the cats were picked up as strays. Everyone else here was turned in by an owner who could no longer keep them,” she said.
There is a story behind each face, and most involve people who let them down, said Frank Borkowski of Akron, who volunteers at the shelter four days each week.
“There are a hundred of them I would have taken home, so far,” said Borkowski, who owns a German shepherd mix named Crispie he rescued from Paws and Prayers years ago.
Early last week, a Rottweiler-German shepherd mix named Linda joyfully headed out the door en route to One of A Kind animal clinic with volunteer Bob Shannon.
The dog suffers from an neurological disorder that causes her head to tilt and will receive specialized medical care to try to fix the problem, he said.
“Then we are going to try to adopt her out,” he said.
Every animal leaving the facility during the adoption event will be spayed or neutered and will have received medical attention that includes all inoculations. Cats are $10 each; dogs are $10, plus the $18 annual license fee.
Adoptions are regularly $94 for dogs and $60 for cats.
View the adoptable animals at www.petfinder.com/pet-search?&status=A&shelter_id=OH423&sort=animal.
Kathy Antoniotti can be reached at 330-996-3565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.