Summit County Animal Control sees an increase in pet adoptions in 2023.

Summit County’s Division of Animal Control housed 1,346 pets in 2023, a year that also saw an expansion of its services to include microchipping, extended hours and regular pet food pantry events.

In a news release, Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro praised Animal Control staff for “giving every pet that comes through the door the compassionate care and respect they deserve.”

Animal Control oversaw 606 dog adoptions last year, up from 548 for cats, 73 for dogs and 125 for cats in 2022.

All adopted pets were microchipped, allowing them to be easily identified if they were lost. Weekday evenings and weekend afternoons were added to convenience hours, giving busy families opportunities to meet and adopt animals.

CEO of Humane Society: The Humane Society of Summit County is looking for a new CEO. Diane Johnson Owens has announced her retirement.

With pet supplies and food prices rising, Animal Control decided to host 10 community pet food pantry events.

An average of 222 households were served during the drive-thru events, feeding 700 cats and 500 dogs per month. Greater Goods Charities provided pet supplies and food. Since the partnership between the organization and Animal Control began in late 2022, nearly 300,000 pounds of food and supplies have been shipped to Summit County communities.

Animal Control also reinstated its volunteer program in 2023, the division noted in a news release. Volunteering was suspended when the shelter was closed to public access at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Volunteers accepted into the program help feed, walk and accompany pets during their stay at the facility. Those interested in volunteering should email their name, age, phone number and a brief statement of interest and intent to volunteerac@summitoh.net.

The county also said it is continuing its “Wacko for Flacco” adoption promotion even though the Cleveland Browns were eliminated from the NFL playoffs early, through Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 11, with cat and dog adoptions. The pick-up cost is $15, which matches the jersey number worn. Joe Flacco The veteran free agent quarterback who signed with the injury-plagued Browns late in the season and led them to the postseason.

Anthony Thompson can be reached at ajthompson@gannett.com, or on Twitter, @athompsonABJ.

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