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Humane Society of Summit County seeking foster families for dogs this holiday season

'Fostering is great for our dogs because it allows them to relax and enjoy some time in a home away from the shelter.'
Credit: Humane Society of Summit County
Photo provided by the Humane Society of Summit County.

TWINSBURG, Ohio — The Humane Society of Summit County is currently searching for volunteer families that are available to provide temporary care at home for shelter dogs during the holiday season.

Their request comes as the Humane Society’s facility is currently home to nearly 100 dogs, a number that is the highest mark since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their hope is that the community will be able to provide temporary homes for pets throughout the next few weeks of the holiday season.

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“Fostering is great for our dogs because it allows them to relax and enjoy some time in a home away from the shelter,” said Ashley Botz, the Adoption and Behavior Supervisor. “We also learn more about their personalities from the foster families to help match them with the perfect forever home. Almost half our foster volunteers end up adopting their foster dog, and that’s a great outcome, too!”

Families interested in signing up to volunteer for this opportunity can visit summithumane.org/foster to complete a short online form. They will then be contacted by a staff member of the Humane Society of Summit County to help pick out a dog that matches their home lifestyle.

Supplies, food and toys for the dog will be provided by the Humane Society of Summit County. All animals are fully vetted and up-to-date on all vaccinations. Volunteers are responsible for transporting the dogs back and forth from the shelter for things such as vet appointments and adoption showings.

“The holidays can be a difficult time for many and, in addition to providing comfort and care for shelter animals, we think this program can help people who are in need of companionship at this time of year,” Diane Johnson-Owens, the Humane Society of Summit County President and CEO, said.

The Humane Society of Summit County is located in Twinsburg.

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