AKRON Dog and cat lovers lined up by the dozens outside Summit County Animal Control office this past Saturday morning, for the 8th annual Summit County Adopt-A-Thon.
The county’s main goal for animal control is to not euthanize any animals for space. The Adopt-A-Thon greatly helps in meeting this goal.
"We haven’t euthanized dogs for space in close to a decade, and it’s going on four and a half years or that we didn’t have a to euthanize a cat for space," said Craig Stanley, director of administrative services for Summit County.
With the event running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., about 50 dogs and 40 cats were expected to find homes.
"The last few times we’ve done (the Adopt-A-Thon) they’ve all went, so we’re hopeful they will all go today," said Stanley, speaking about the animals. "But if they don’t, it’s already been successful: we’ve got volunteers active and animals are getting homes.
During the Adopt-A-Thon, Summit County Animal Control offered dogs and cats for $10, plus a mandatory licensing fee of $18 for all dogs. All animals come fully vetted and vaccinated, ready to take home. The large amount of animals that find a home during the Adopt-A-Thon helps Animal Control run smoothly.
"We get a lot of animals out on a single day and it really gives our staff a chance to go in and thoroughly clean cages with no animals in them," Said Stanley.
Although the event inspires a lot of volunteerism from the community and helps Animal Control maintain healthy operation, ask anyone at the Adopt-A-Thon and they will tell you it’s all about the animals and finding them a loving owner.
"I’ve been waiting for an event like this this," said Anthony Heard, 32, who was first in line. "I’ve been missing a dog in my life."