This cuddler is Lopez. He was found in Middlefield and came to the shelter on July 25, 2010. He is an adult Rottweiler/Sheperd Mix. Lopez is neutered and up to date on his shots, however he was tested positive for heart worm disease and must undergo expensive treatments. If you would like to make a donation towards his medical care you may do so by mail or stopping by the shelter. Lopez needs a quiet foster or even a forever home while he undergoes his treatments. He is easy going and gets along great with other dogs. You can adopt Lopez at the Geauga County Dog Shelter located at 12513 Merritt Road, Chardon (440) 2856-8135. http://www.geaugadogs.com
The Geauga County Dog Shelter and Warden’s office is offereing Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program for residents with cats and dogs. These Pet fix services are conveniently affordable for cats at 30 to 40 dollars and dogs for 40 to 70 dollars depending on size. Rabies vaccinations are priced for 6 dollars and cat vaccinations for ferrals 25 dollars and RVRP for 2 dollars. Contact Cindy for more information at [email protected] .
Dogs are brought in from the streets and dropped off from homes that either do not want them or cannot keep them. Some are abused or neglected and this is where the Dog Warden, Matt Granito, comes in to save these best friends and give them a home. There are several organizations that help find a pure bred a home from the warden’s office. Geauga County Dog Shelter is a county run facility that helps reunite lost dogs with their owners. Like other shelters and Humane Societies, they try their best to find good homes for every adorable animal that is homeless. Since the beginning to 2003, they have reunited or adopted 97 percent of the animals that have found their way to their door.
There is no limit on the time they will allow a dog to stay at their shelter. As long as they have the space, and the health of the animal is good, they will keep them as long as it takes to find them a proper home. The shelter is designed to self-supportive from the general fund. The facility is run by the amount of money they bring in from the sale of dog licenses, adoption fees and donations.
To adopt a dog from the Geauga County Dog Shelter it costs $75.00 and this includes a free veterinarian exam, license, heart worm test and the dog is spayed or neutered. The Shelter hours are Monday and Tuesday 10 am to 3 pm, Wednesday 1 pm to 7 pm, Friday and Saturday 1 pm to 3 pm. Thursday and Sunday they are closed.
Donations are what the shelter needs to help make the lives of the animals more comfortable while they are there. One of the main things that can be donated is time. These animals are often scared, uncertain of what lies ahead of them. Just taking some time to take a shelter dog for a walk, or to sit in their pen with them, talk with and pet them, can be a difference between an adoptable dog, and a dog that is shied away from due to his/her uncertain personality. One of the volunteers, Richard, comes in once a week to walk the dogs and he enjoys the experience.
“Volunteers are needed,” exclaims Andrea Ballas, Deputy Dog Warden.
You can volunteer spare time to walk, socialize, and get the dogs out into the community for special events. You can even become a kennel sponsor for a month or a year. They will send you a picture and a story of a dog that you are helping at the shelter for each month you sponsor. Andrea encourages people to help in various ways by making a monetary donation to help with the cost of vaccinations, food, bedding, water bowls, collars and leashes, treats and toys.
All of these dogs deserve to live a happy, safe , and loving life. This is the goal of the Warden, his employees and all of the volunteers. For more information in sponsoring a dog, volunteering, or adopting a dog call (440) 286-8135. See all of the dogs on http://www.petfinder.com