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The Suburbanite
  • Humane Society, Park Subaru team up for animals

  • Pawsibilities, the Humane Society of Greater Akron and Park Subaru are feeling warm and fuzzy this holiday season and sharing the love with neglected animals.

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  • Pawsibilities, the Humane Society of Greater Akron and Park Subaru are feeling warm and fuzzy this holiday season and sharing the love with neglected animals.
    The car dealership, on Green’s Auto Mile, is participating in Subaru’s annual Share the Love event, where the company donates $250 to one of five charities for every person who buys or leases a new Subaru. This year, one of the organizations chosen is Pawsibilities. Along with the initiative, the dealership is sponsoring a Pack the Outback pet supply drive where people can donate pet supplies to the animal welfare organization. Donations will fill up a Subaru Outback and then will be sent directly to the organization’s Twinsburg shelter. The dealership will act as a donation drop-off location until Jan. 2.
    “Our associates and customers and guests can bring in pet supplies, be it food, supplies and whatever Pawsibilities has on their wish list,” said Casey Glockner of Park Subaru. “Our Outback is almost completely full.”
    Glockner said the dealership decided to do a little extra for this organization on top of monetary donations, because she knows Pawsibilities needs it.
    “We decided to do Pack the Outback because, although we can do an adoption event and help a few animals out, they always need supplies,” she said. “If we can help out and make that a little easier for them, then we just want to do everything we can.”
    She said Subaru donates about $5 million to various charities during this event.
    Heather Kinaitis, Humane Society of Greater Akron special event and volunteer coordinator, said Pawsibilities, which is entirely separate from the Humane Society of the United States, specializes in rescuing and rehabilitating ill-treated animals.
    “Our mission is to rescue and rehabilitate the severely sick, abused and neglected animals in Summit County,” Kinaitis said. “We are the only organization in Summit County that can go out and investigate animals in the county. We rehabilitate here and get them back to health and place them up for adoption.”
    Kinaitis said the organization doesn’t take owner-surrendered animals or healthy strays but will gladly direct inquiries to other area shelters that do.
    She said Pawsibilities, a private nonprofit organization, operates entirely on donations and fundraisers. With those funds, the group runs a no-time-limit shelter, which means they don’t euthanize dogs based on time or space constraints, but will, at times, euthanize a dog based on health reasons or temperament.
    “A lot of people come in and get really upset because they walk back there and see animals in cages, but we always tell people that this is a lot better than where they were,” Kinaitis said. “Where they’re going is even better. We tell people to look at it as a stepping stone, that it’s temporary and to try to see the bigger picture.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Along with taking in sick and abused animals, the organization takes parts in awareness initiatives such as dog-bite prevention and educating children about pet care.
    Kinaitis said all the animals available for adoption at Pawsibilities’ shelter are fully vetted.
    “When we send animals home in our adoptions, they are spayed, neutered and microchipped,” she said.
    Adoption fees at the shelter range from $100 to $150 for dogs and puppies and $10 to $30 for cats and kittens.
    Kinaitis said many people don’t realize that the organization is county-wide, but she said the group will do whatever they can to help abused animals in all of Summit County.
    Humane Society, Park Subaru team up for animalsFor more information on Pawsibilities, visit their shelter at 7996 Darrow Road in Twinsburg or visit www.summit humane.org. A list of items the organization needs can be found on their Web site.
    Visit Park Subaru at 3363 S. Arlington Rd. in Green through Jan. 2 to drop off donations for Pawsibilities.