NORTH CANTON Doggone North Canton, a program of Pawsitive Ohio, is planning a week of special events just for dogs and the people who love them. It’s the fourth annual week of Doggone events.
The week is always topped off with a multi-rescue Dog Adoption & Wellness Fair.
The week is filled with dog-themed programming and events presented by the North Canton Public Library starting July 24 and running through July 27.
"This is our fourth year for the weeklong programming and it has grown each year with around 1,000 people participating every year," said Jennifer E. Harrington from Pawsitive Ohio and organizer of the program. "This year we have 21 rescue groups and more vendors and sponsors. Plus, we’ve added contests for dog costume contest, owner look alike and howling. This is also the first year for the Canine Café which is a food truck serving cookies and ice cream specifically for dogs."
All of the programs except for the adoption event are held at the North Canton Public Library on Main Street in North Canton. The schedule of events offered include:
- 6 to 7 p.m., July 24, Snout to Tail Assessment Plus Oral Care for Pets
- 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., July 25, About the Stark County Dog Shelter
- 6 to 7 p.m., July 26, Pet First Aid During Hiking and Walking Adventures with Pet
- 5 to 7 p.m., July 27, Peanut Butter Dogs author, Greg Murray, for a photography show, book signing and reception, this event will be held in the Little Art Gallery at the North Canton Public Library
The downtown dog walk held in past years has been dropped from the schedule. Harrington said the event has been taken off of the schedule because the weather has been either rainy or temperatures have been too hot to walk the dogs.
The last event of the week, the Adoption and Wellness Fair, offers many dog rescue organizations setup with plenty of cuties up for adoption. It’s held in Witwer Park, next to North Canton Middle School on Fair Oaks Avenue Soutwest.
A short list of organizations scheduled to setup includes Buckeye Bulldog Rescue, Doberman Underground, Lake Erie Labrador Retriever Rescue, One of a Kind Pet Rescue, Paw Crazy Rescue, Second Chance, Stark County Dog Pound and Dog Shelter, People Care Pet Pantry and Spay/Neuter Ohio.
Harrington started the Doggone North Canton because of her own personal interests in getting dogs adopted. She has worked for Best Friends Society for many years and attended a conference and seminar on how to host a super dog adoption event.
"Stark, Tuscarawas and surrounding counties didn’t have a super dog adoption event," Harrington said. "The closest was in Akron. I thought this area needed such an event. Pawsitive Ohio became a partner and we got the programming together."
She said all of the non-profits get to setup for free because she said the event isn’t a fundraiser. Instead, it’s a way for the agencies to promote themselves and to get dogs adopted.