Join the Humane Society of Summit County as we proudly embark on a Capital Campaign to construct a state-of-the-art, purpose-built shelter and adoption center that will transform animal welfare in our community.
Our new home will serve animals and people in ways never before possible, making Summit County a more compassionate and humane place for animals and the people who care for them.
A centrally located destination
Better pet health and reduced length of stay
Meets modern standards for sheltering
Top quality visitor and adopter experience
Improve community outreach and education
Extending beyond the shelter and communities
serving pets and the people who love them
Envision a bright, welcoming space that celebrates pets around every corner. Our purpose-built, animal-centered facility will provide a therapeutic environment where animals can heal and thrive. The adoption center will welcome community members to interact with animals, engage with our mission, and find their new best friend.
- Located in the heart of Summit County, our new facility will be easily accessible and more central to the animals and people we serve – a convenient destination for volunteers, adopters, and the community.
- Our new campus will be located in a highly-visible area poised for future growth, increasing awareness for animal rescue and adoption.
State of the art sheltering
- Low-stress, fear-free housing environments to promote and protect pet health. For dogs this includes larger kennels not facing eachother, grouped in multiple small “pods”. For cats, spacious enclosures with visibility to the outdoors and group living spaces for social felines.
- Dedicated separate entrances for adopting and animal intake to better serve a variety of needs of our community.
- Expanded and improved veterinary clinic that meets modern standards of practice and provides the tools needed to treat the complex conditions of our rescue population.
- Abundant natural light and specialized environmental controls to increase comfort, cleanliness, and energy efficiency in both animal housing and public-facing spaces.
- Dedicated spaces for programmatic efforts that keep animals in homes: educational classrooms, spaces needed for pet food distribution and public veterinary services through the MABEL mobile vet, dog behavior training facilities, and private meet-and-greet spaces.
- Outdoor areas including play yards, gardens, and wooded walking trails to offer ample enrichment and engagement opportunities for dogs.
Helping every animal live their best life
- Modern animal housing will help animals heal and recover quickly, experience fewer behavior issues, and remain healthy during thier stay – reducing the amount of time care.
- Lower-stress and increased enrichment opportunities will better prepare animals for life in a home.
- Larger, quieter animal environments and public-friendly facility will promote adoptions.
- Reducing the amount of time an animal is in care, by as much as 50% from current statistics, will result in the capacity to serve more animals.
Helping staff and volunteers do their best work
- Safer animal handling and interaction experiences for staff and volunteers.
- A purpose-built shelter will offer a healthy, sanitary work environment.
- Better efficiency will improve stewardship of resources and time staff and volunteers spend with animals.
Helping animal lovers have the very best experience
- Easily accessible location to adopters and volunteers throughout Summit County.
- Potential adopters will engage with and learn about adoptable animals in a low-stress, welcoming environment.
- Volunteers and visitors will have ample space to interact with animals indoors and outdoors and support our mission through increased community engagement opportunities.
- A new depth of programs will support pet owners and the public, providing necessary services accessibly – helping pet owners retain pets and community members to be advocates for the mission of animal welfare.
The Animals We serve
SuccesS StoriesAce Ace is one of those dogs that needs a little more care, compassion, and time to find his forever family. A current resident of the Humane Society of Summit County, Ace is about 3 years old and has been in the shelter for half his life. He arrived...
SuccesS StoriesGizmo Gizmo is one of thousands of cats served each year by the Humane Society of Summit County. Gizmo arrived at HSSC after the unfortunate death of his owner. The shock of the new environment shut him down. He refused to eat and he hid under a cat bed...
A local, 501(c)3 nonprofit, The Humane Society of Summit County depends on the generous support of our community to save thousands of animals each year and provide them hope through adoption in keeping with our lifesaving mission. The new Humane Society facility will be possible only through the investment of generous donors, like you.
Gifts of all sizes are gratefully accepted with giving terms of up to five (5) years. Naming and other recognition opportunities are available for gifts of $10,000 and more.
Partners in a Better future
We are deeply grateful to our partners and contributors who have made gifts to make this transformational animal welfare facility possible for Summit County. Together, we make possible a community that is safer and more compassionate for pets and the people who love them.
The Cynthia Parker Matthews Family Foundation
The Remen Family Foundation
The Andreoli Family
Steve and Betsy Bagstad
The Fowler Family
The Arthur E., Elsie G. and Betty M. Kranz Family Foundation and The Jean, Harry and Brenda Fuchs Family Foundation
Tom and Ginny Knoll
Michael and Lynette Panno
Judge Mary F. Spicer
Dianne Powers Wright
Cindy and Nick Browning
Joleen, Sara, and Anna Cicchinelli
Larry and Lisa Dean
The Fair Family
The Foskett Family
Ron and Dawn Hartman
Rick and Amy Held
W. Todd and Laura Kiick
Judy Steiner and John Krajewski
The Lehner Family Foundation
Philip and Margaret McDowell Lloyd
Fred Martin Superstore
Kristen and Scott Manes
The McMillen Family Foundation
The Charles and Mabel Ritchie Foundation
Katie and Dave Sutter
Dr. Kurt Stemple
Diane and Bret Treier
Dennis and Theresa Balogh
Matthew and Stefanie Blewitt
Erin and Eren Demiray
Terry and Jeannie Haines
The Haws-Falasco Family
Greg and Karen Hogan
Nora Jacobs and George Snider
Alice and Mike Jeromin
Diane and Brian Lawhead
Phillip and Abby Lewandowski
Kevin Michael McCauley
Mary Kate Mead
Sue and Dick Pierson
Jeff and Missy Wert
Bruce and Janice Bach
Brase Family Fund
Cynthia and Andrew Burr
Donna and Larry Connelly
Jim and Ann Durr
Catherine and Steven Hedlund
Steve and Jeannine Marks
David and Debra Petersilge
Dan and Wendy Reynolds
Charles and April Walton
Campaign Cabinet Leaders
Kerri L. T. Bowman, DVM
Nick and Cindy Browning
Jeff & Stephanie Fowler
John Krajewski & Judy Steiner
Judge Mary F. Spicer, Retired
Diane & Bret Treier
Humane Society of Summit County Board of Directors
Retired, Akron Public Schools
Retired, The Huntington National Bank
Cohen & Company
Akron Rotary Camp
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
Retired, Summa Home Care
Roetzel & Andress, LPA
Cedarwood Development, Inc.
J.M. Smucker Company
The Huntington National Bank
Judge Mary F. Spicer
Retired, Summit County Court of Common Pleas
Retired, Banner Bank
D’Amico Wawrin & Company CPAs, LLC