NORTH CANTON Doggone North Canton Adoption and Wellness Fair, featuring 21 adoption agencies, took over Witwer Park in North Canton for the fourth year. Within the first hour, six dogs and puppies found a forever home.
The Dog Adoption & Wellness Fair is always at the end of a weeklong schedule of special events just for dogs and the people who love them. The week of dog-themed programming and events presented by the North Canton Public Library began July 24.
Doggone North Canton is a program from Pawsitive Ohio. Board member Keri Burick said the organization always is excited about finding homes for the many homeless puppies and dogs.
"All of the rescue groups come together with one purpose in mind, to find homes for homeless dogs," Burick said. "The collaboration and networking of these groups is key to the success of an event like this. We hope all of the agencies and the vendors do great today. We all look forward to the event every year and we hope to top last year’s adoptions."
Lynndon Wentzel adopted a shepherd mix puppy. He said it was a decision made collaboratively by his fiancé, his three-year-old son and his seven-year-dog.
Jerry Fiume and Catherine Haller brought their two recently rescued mastiffs to the event to walk them around.
"Rufus is seven and Chelsea is eight and they were with the same owner who recently passed away and the owner’s children lived out of the area," Haller said. "This is my first experience as a dog owner. I feel like they have rescued me versus us rescuing them."
A few of the rescue agencies attending included Fur-get Me Not Animal Rescue, the Stark County Dog Pound, Doberman Underground, Lake Erie Lab Rescue and Second Chance for Animals. There were also vendors selling dog and pet supplies. Several veterinary offices were setup on the grounds and there were food trucks for both the humans and the canines.