NORTH CANTON  Doggone North Canton Adoption and Wellness Fair took over Witwer Park in North Canton for the fifth year on July 28. The popular event hosted 21 canine adoption agencies this year, many returning for the fifth year along with many agencies new to the event.

A bell is rung every time an adoption happens throughout the four-hour event. Within the first hour, the bell rang three times because three 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 is filled with dog-themed programming and events presented in conjunction with the North Canton Public Library. The week filled events as well as the adoption fair pulls people in from all over Stark and Summit counties including many adopters from the Jackson Township area.

Doggone North Canton is a program from Pawsitive Ohio. Last year, there were 32 adoptions during the event and eight more after the event.  Executive Director, Jennifer Harrington, said they were expecting a lot of adoptions this year because there were lots of puppies in addition to the many adult dogs.

"The agencies come from all over Northeast Ohio and many are from right here in Stark County," Harrington said. "We also have many local veterinarians are who are setup today along with food trucks, pet stores and vendors selling different items for our pets."

One of the many adoption agencies included Canine Lifeline from the Cleveland area which brought along 21 dogs of various ages, sizes and breeds. Barb Wible from Canine Lifeline said that their dogs loving coming out to events.

"We are a foster based agency and we pull dogs from mostly rural, overcrowded animal shelters, we usually send 10-20 dogs out a week to foster homes," she said.

One of a Kind Pet Rescue in Akron had several dogs with them that were up for adoption. Executive Director Terri Nass Reeder said the agency adopted out 3,600 dogs and puppies last year.

"We rescue dogs from animal control facilities that kill dogs for the space," Reeder said.

One of the puppies she had at the event for adoption was a terrior mix named Amy, whose stats lists her as "ridiculously cute."

A few of the other rescue agencies attending included Fur-get Me Not Animal Rescue, The Stark County Dog Pound, Doberman Underground, Lake Erie Lab Rescue, Sophia’s Grace Foundation, Rose’s Rescue and Second Chance for Animals.

For more information about the Doggone North Canton Adoption and Wellness Fair or about Pawsitive Ohio, call 330-284-7460 or visit it online at