Bob Downing

They’re not cute and cuddly puppies or kittens. They are wet, wiggly and dislike hugs.

They are tropical fish in need of good homes, and PAWSibilities Humane Society of Greater Akron has about 20 small fish available for adoption.

Trying to find adopted homes for the rescued fish is “a little out of the ordinary,” said Diane Johnson, president and chief executive officer of the agency.

But it is working out reasonably well — with her group finding homes for about 40 fish, she said.

“Frankly, we didn’t know fish were that interesting, but we’re glad they are,” Johnson said. “That’s what get animals adopted.”

Available are various colored betta fish, cory catfish, tiger barbs, bristlenose plecos, skirt tetras, and redfin tetras, she said.

Johnson noted that male betta fish need to be kept separate from other fish and the schooling or community fish prefer living with friends, so they must be adopted in groups of at least two.

You can adopt two or three fish for $5.

The humane society will reopen on Saturday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sunday, it will be open from noon to 5 p.m. at 7996 Darrow Road (state Route 91), Twinsburg Township. For more information, call 330-487-0333.

The fish came from an animal hoarding and neglect case in August in Akron’s Goodyear Heights neighborhood.

Twelve dead animals and animal feces were found in a house in the 900 block of Manitou Street. Traci Fitt, 39, faces four charges of animal abuse.

Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or bdowning@thebeaconjournal.com.