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Upcoming area pet events

By Kathy Antoniotti / Beacon Journal staff writer Published: July 29, 2013

Summit County Animal Adopt-a-thon — The fourth annual pet adoption event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Division of Animal Control, 250 Opportunity Parkway in downtown Akron. It’s sponsored by Summit County Executive Russ Pry, Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise and the Summit County Animal Coalition, a voluntary group of independent rescue groups including the Humane Society of Greater Akron. Adoption fee for dogs and cats will be $10 per animal. The animals will be fully vetted with blood work, flea treatments, intestinal de-worming, spay/neuter and vaccinations and be ready to be taken home that day. Adopters will be required to purchase a Summit County dog license for $14. Pry is inviting attendees to tour the state-of-the-art, high performance green facility, meet with the staff and the available animals.

Veteran Adoption Day at PetSmart — Paws and Prayers animal rescue is sponsoring a Pets for Patriots program from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Cuyahoga Falls PetSmart, 355 Howe Ave. Veterans from the 112th Motor Transportation Battalion will display their equipment and show dogs that qualify for the Pets for Patriots program. Vincent Ruby will perform, and there will be refreshments. Veterans who are interested in adopting a pet will need to apply at and bring their approval number with them to the event. Qualifying veterans will also receive 50 percent off the adoption fee of approved cats and dogs from Paws and Prayers, annual gift certificates for merchandise from PetSmart and a discount at participating veterinarians. Contact for more information.

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Unhappy returns of shelter pets can satisfy others

By SUE MANNING, Associated Press Published: July 25, 2013
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LOS ANGELES: The luckiest day of Niblett's life had to be when he was returned to the animal shelter in Virginia where he had been adopted.

Excessive barking when he was left alone in the yard earned the terrier mix his return trip in 2000. But he was soon re-adopted by Robin Robertson Starr, the chief executive officer of the Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, whose family loved him unconditionally and never left him alone again.

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Video: Man throws raccoon down stairs to save dog

By Published: July 23, 2013

Maybe you've seen a gif of the man throwing a raccoon down the stairs. But did you know he did it to save his dog?

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Video: Watch this dog take on some watermelon

By Published: July 19, 2013

With this weather, admit it, you're a little jealous this dog is eating watermelon and you are not.

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Upcoming area pet events

By Kathy Antoniotti / Beacon Journal staff writer Published: July 15, 2013

6th Annual Hudson Wine Festival — 4-10 p.m. July 19 and 2-10 p.m. July 20 in the First & Main shopping district in Hudson. Over 150 wines from local, national and international producers will be featured as well as select craft beers and spirits. The event will benefit animal welfare groups in the Summit County area. Tickets are $22 in advance, $27 at the gate and include 10 tastings and a souvenir wine glass. Additional tastings are available for $1 each. Weekend pass $32 in advance, $37 at the gate. Designated driver tickets $10 and include two soft drinks. For tickets go to

Casino Night — 7-10 p.m. July 20, St. Thomas Orthodox Hall, 555 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Fairlawn. One of a Kind Pet Rescue is sponsoring the event that includes $200 in “fun money,” two adult beverages, food, music, auctions, raffles and more for a $35 ticket. Register at, or call 330-620-8102.

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Video: Cats afraid of household items

By Published: July 15, 2013

Fear the printer/faxer. Fear it!

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Video: Meet Jumpy the dog

By Published: July 11, 2013

There has never been a dog with a more appropriate name. Think your dog rolling over a nice trick? Check out what Jumpy can do:

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Why does a dog stick its head out of the window?

By Published: July 5, 2013

Ever wonder why your dog sticks its head out of the window while you drive around? 

Mental Floss has a pretty succinct answer. Dogs have 225 million scent receptors, compared to humans who have 5 million. Still confused? This quote sums it up nicely: 

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