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Twinsburg Township -- Pawsibilities, Humane Society of Greater Akron can now call its own the facility at 7996 Darrow Road, where it has cared for abused, abandoned and neglected animals for the past three years.
Loyal supporters stepped up to donate more than $500,000 toward a down payment on the Humane Society of Summit County Foundation's $2.25 million purchase of a portion of the building at 7996 Darrow Road, at the corner of Twinsburg Road.
The facility houses an animal shelter and administrative offices, as well as space leased to Hattie Larlham, a non-profit serving the developmentally disabled. The building is also shared with the Twinsburg Township Service Department.
"We salute our loyal supporters, our leadership society members who reached out to the broader community and our committed volunteers who launched their own [fundriaser] to ensure a secure future for the rescued animals in our care," said Pawsibilities' executive director Karen Hackenberry.
The Humane Society leased the building three years ago from the Development Finance Authority of Summit County.
Chris Burnham, president of DFA, said it was a win-win for everyone.
"The Humane Society's purchase is the best thing that could happen for their organization, the Finance Authority and the citizens of Summit County ... the ongoing relationship with Hattie Larlham is a benefit to both organizations and the services you provide," Burnham said.
Twinsburg Township in December 2012 purchased the remaining 20,000 square feet of the 65,000-square-foot building for $700,000, which is currently occupied by the township's service equipment and vehicles. A neighboring salt dome was included in the purchase.
The Human Society's purchase price of $2.25 million was structured to enable the non-profit to make affordable payments, save for ongoing building maintenance and plan for future development of specialized animal adoption areas within the animal shelter.
The organization has made steady progress in the three years since moving to the current location. Dogs have state-of-the-art 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 a new medical surgical suite funded by gifts from corporations, private foundations and individuals.
"Home ownership is a huge milestone for our organization and a boon to our mission to rescue, heal and adopt abused, abandoned and neglected animals," Hackenberry said. "It is a real game-changer for the future of the only animal welfare organization in Summit County with the legal mandate to enforce Ohio's animal cruelty laws."