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10/17/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Dog adoption fee reduced at PAWSibilities in October

TWINSBURG — In honor of October being “Adopt a Shelter Dog” month, PAWSibilities®, Humane Society of Greater Akron is offering a reduced adoption fee on dogs through the end of the month.

The reduced adoption fee for dogs between the ages of 6 months and 6 years old is $75. Older dogs are $40. All animals are spayed/neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, micro-chipped and include a 30-day free trial of pet insurance, according to PAWSibilities officials.

“We have so many amazing dogs and cats up for adoption right now,” said Kristin Branagan, director of behavior and adoption services. “With the holiday season quickly approaching, we are hoping this adopt-a-thon will be a huge success so we can see as many animals as possible start this holiday season being part of a family.”

Interested adopters may visit the shelter, located at 7996 Darrow Road, Tuesdays through Fridays from 1 to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Go to www.summithumane.org for more information.

 

Feral cat seminars planned

STARK COUNTY — Two seminars are scheduled this month to educate the public about the trap-neuter-return (TNR) method to eliminate feral cat nuisances.

Peace for Pets, a Northeast Ohio nonprofit humane group, is hosting the events Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Stark County Public Library, 715 Market Ave. N. in Canton; and Oct. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dr. Pamela Fisher’s Holistic Vet Practice, 7211 Wales Ave. N.W. in North Canton.

Peace for Pets officials said feral cat populations are found in urban, suburban and rural areas. Through the TNR method, stray and feral cats are trapped, vaccinated for rabies and sterilized by a veterinarian. They are then returned to their original habitat.

Peace for Pets said nuisance behavior is lessened because the urge to mate has been taken away from the cats. The returned cats also guard their territory and prevent unneutered cats from moving in and starting the cycle of overpopulation, they added.

The seminars will include information on the TNR process, low cost spay/neuter options and using feral cat traps. Those planning to attend are asked to preregister at 330-484-9537 or by email at info@peaceforpets.org.

 

Kathleen Folkerth contributed to these reports.

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