The Humane Society of Summit County held its annual celebration of beloved pets on Saturday. The event benefited those animals that are still waiting to find their forever homes.
This year’s Animal Heroes — Michael and Angela Remen, Dawn Bolin and Kent State University Airport — were honored for their dedication to the homeless and abused animals of Summit County.
The Pawsibility Ball is the shelter’s signature annual fundraising dinner and auction attended by passionate animal advocates, as well as local business and community leaders.
Hardy the Labrador mix was there being walked by volunteer Ted Moore. Andy and Debbie Harding agreed they wanted to attend because of their love for pets.
The mobile adoption center transported to the gala a host of dogs and cats in need of homes.
“We’ve already adopted 60 animals from since the time it hit the road in April,” Director of Development Louise DiLullo said.
CEO Diane Johnson welcomed the 360 guests and recognized the many volunteers. This year’s event was hosted once again by the voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Fred McLeod, and his wife, Beth McLeod, of WOIO (Channel 19).
Mike and Sandra Lee have four rescue dogs, and the last rescue was from the Humane Society.
Attendees enjoyed cocktails and a gourmet dinner, a silent and live auction, and an unforgettable showcase of adoptable dogs, cats and other critters.
“Owners and pets are just like family,” Coco Mayer said.
Briana Barker explained why she supports the group: “They save the lives of animals and rescue those that are injured.”
“There are always pets that need a home and it’s great to have people who make that their mission,” Steve Baldwin said.