WOOSTER — A rush to adopt 28 Siberian huskies seized by the Wayne County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center several weeks ago benefited a number of other dogs at the shelter searching for their forever home.
“A few of our dogs that had been here a while or were just harder to adopt out ended up finding homes also,” said Katelyn Lehman, the Wayne County dog warden and director of the shelter.
The dog warden took in the huskies from a breeder in the West Salem area on April 23. The dogs ranged in age from 4 to 6 months old. It was the largest seizure for the facility since it opened in 2015 and, at the time, put the shelter over capacity.
The shelter contains 50 kennels. At one point during the week, the shelter had up to 90 dogs on site. It managed to find a home for all of the huskies. Seven were adopted and the other 21 were taken by the Hairy Houdini Siberian Husky Rescue, Kaleidoscope K9 Rescue, Geauga County Dog Shelter and Fido’s Companion.
The awareness surrounding the huskies also led to a spike in adoptions for the other dogs at the facility. More than 30 applications for adoption were submitted the day after the shelter posted on its Facebook page about the major intake.
The week the huskies were seized, the shelter had 26 total adoptions, 19 of which were dogs already at the facility. In the three weeks prior, the shelter adopted out 14 dogs and sent eight dogs to rescues. The final days of April, the shelter had no adoptions and two sent to rescues.
The community also responded with a massive amount of donations to help take care of the large influx of dogs. Donations included bags of food, treats, collars and leashes. Volunteers also helped, cleaning kennels and doing laundry.
Anyone who would like to volunteer to help clean up around the shelter can come during normal business hours, which are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Volunteers who want to walk or otherwise interact with the dogs must attend a volunteer orientation. The next volunteer orientation is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the shelter.
The adoption fee for each dog is $75, and all dogs come fully vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed and flea treated. The fee also includes a dog license.
One dog still looking for his forever home at the shelter is Rusty, a 5-year-old Rottweiler mix. According to the Lehman, “Rusty is a big headed boy who is a heart breaker. He is at a good age where he can enjoy hanging out with his family but also knows when it's nap time and will go find a good place to catch up on some snooze time. Rusty is a talented boy who can do lots of tricks.”
The Wayne County Dog Shelter is located at 5694 Burbank Road and can be reached at 330-345-1018. To see a list of adoptable dogs, visit waynedogshelter.org.