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Twinsburg -- Pawsibilities: Humane Society of Greater Akron is overrun with miniature schnauzers.
More than 50 of the wirey, hypo-allergenic, pure breeds were recently surrendered to PHSGA by a Norton area breeder who couldn't take care of them anymore, according to PHSGA CEO and President Diane Johnson.
The additional pooches raised the number of animals being housed at the shelter to more than 600 -- and the facility is only supposed to house 350.
"The schnauzers are all in okay health, but some need some medical treatment," Johnson said.
She said some are neutered and spayed, and the rest will be done before going to forever homes.
The animals were kept inside and outside the breeder's house, but not caged, Johnson said.
"Animals that live with a lot of other animals aren't as outgoing," Johnson said. "As they get into a home, they will come out of their shell."
PHSGA is looking for adopters with low-traffic, adult-only homes willing to invest the time and understanding into these shy "diamonds in the ruff," Johnson said.
According to dogbreedinfo.com, miniature schnauzers are "intelligent, loving, happy dogs. They are energetic, playful, get along well with children and like to be with their people."
In the next few weeks, PHSGA has scheduled events that will help ease the burden on the shelter.
Tickets are on sale for the 16th-annual Pawsibilities Ball, with dinner, a silent auction and wine pull, Sept. 17 at Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 West Market St., Akron.
Tickets start at $150. Reservations can be made on the shelter's website, http://goo.gl/HUpPE8 or by calling 330-487-0333 ext. 239.
Money raised from the ball will help fund the shelter throughout the year.
In addition, at least 30 of the 56 schnauzers, along with other dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and smaller pets, will be available during the Labor of Love Adoption Event, Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at PAWSibilities, 7996 Darrow Road, Suite 30.
Adoption fees have been slashed for most of the animals for the Sept. 3 event. Fees for animals older than 6 months will be $25, while animals older 6 months will have a fee of $50.
That includes spaying or neutering and up-to-date vaccinations. The shelter is also offering 50 percent off guinea pigs, mice, birds and other small pets.
Because the schnauzers are full bred, their fees are higher. Most are 5 to 6 years old, and the oldest is 14. Half are male and half are female, Johnson said. Their fees are $200 for 4 and younger, $100 for ages 5 to 9, and $50 for 10 years and older, Johnson said.
Each schnauzer's adoption fee includes a seminar on socialization with a certified trainer.
The ones that will be held back are not yet adoptable.
"Although we are so very full right now, we knew we had to help these miniature schnauzers embark on their new lives," Johnson said. "We are relying on the community members to open their hearts and homes over the next few weeks for these schnauzers and all the other animals currently in our care. Please consider adopting or donating to help us in this lifesaving work of caring for these rescued animals."