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2/21/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Humane Society achieves ownership of building

PAWSibilities®, Humane Society of Greater Akron now owns the portion of the building it uses at 7996 Darrow Road.
Photo courtesy of PAWSibilities®, Humane Society of Greater Akron
TWINSBURG — PAWSibilities®, Humane Society of Greater Akron now has a permanent home in Twinsburg Township where it cares for abused, abandoned and neglected animals.

Supporters donated more than $500,000 toward a down payment on the Humane Society of Summit County Foundation’s purchase of the portion of the building at 7996 Darrow Road. The facility houses PAWSibilities’s animal shelter and administrative offices, as well as space leased to Hattie Larlham, a nonprofit serving the developmentally disabled.

“We salute our loyal supporters, our Leadership Society members who reached out to the broader community and our committed volunteers who launched their own ‘Amazing Raise’ to ensure a secure future for the rescued animals in our care,” said Executive Director Karen Hackenberry.

The Humane Society leased the building three years ago from the Development Finance Authority of Summit County (DFA).

“The Humane Society’s purchase is the best thing that could happen for their organization, the Finance Authority and the citizens of Summit County,” said Chris Burnham, president of DFA. “The ongoing relationship with Hattie Larlham is a benefit to both organizations and the services [they] provide.”

Twinsburg Township has purchased the balance of the building, which is currently occupied by its service department, where it parks road equipment and stores road salt.

The purchase price of $2.25 million was structured to enable the Humane Society to make affordable payments, prudently save for ongoing building maintenance and plan for future development of specialized animal adoption areas within the animal shelter, according to agency officials.

In the three years since moving to the current location, dogs have new kennels and a large fenced-in back yard. Cats have a dedicated medical isolation area. All animals are spayed, neutered and cared for by a staff veterinarian in their new medical surgical suite that was 100 percent funded by gifts from corporations, private foundations and individuals.

Stephanie Kist contributed to this report.

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