Holistic Community-Wide Approach to Pet Adoption

Pawsitive OhioI like the way the city of North Canton, Ohio is approaching the problem of pet overpopulation. In the course of writing this blog for over five years now, I’ve seen lots of different types of adoption events, but I’ve never seen it done in such a holistic, community-wide way.

Presented by Pawsitive Ohio, DogGone North Canton runs from August 3rd to August 9th. Here’s the schedule of events:

Sunday, August 3, at 1 p.m.
Downtown North Canton
Downtown Dog Walk (a program of the North Canton YMCA)
Dogs are the best exercise companions, and the North Canton YMCA encourages you to complete a one-mile group dog walk today! The group will meet in Bitzer Park and walk south toward Ro’s Custard Creations, where $1 doggie cones will be offered. Human and dog watering stations will be provided at participating partner businesses along the way. Please keep your dog leashed and keep in mind that not all dogs are social with other dogs.

Monday, August 4 from 6-7 p.m.
North Canton Public Library
Adult Program: Paws & Prayers will explain how to get involved in fostering a rescue dog, including supplies, contacts and expectations. You might be surprised how easy it is! Register beginning July 21 at ncantonlibrary.org.

Tuesday, August 5 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
North Canton Public Library
Children‘s Program: Read to Sarge, the Tail-Wagging Tutor. Call 330.499.4712 x318 to sign-up for a ten-minute reading session with Sarge the Golden Retriever (adopted from GRIN).

Wednesday, August 6 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
North Canton Public Library
Adult Program: Crafter’s Corner invites you to come make an adorable no-sew dog bed. All supplies provided! Registration opens July 23 at ncantonlibrary.org.

Wednesday, August 6 from 5-8 p.m.
Chipotle (1462 N. Main Street near Applegrove)
Dine at the Chipotle and tell the cashier you are there to support Pawsitive Ohio, and 50 percent of your purchase price will be donated to Pawsitive Ohio!

Thursday, August 7 at 10 a.m.
North Canton Public Library
Adult and Teen Program: Paws to Learn –The Stark County Dog Pound has made major improvements in the past year! Our new, progressive dog warden, and shelter veterinarian will tell us about the great work they are doing and how you can get involved! Registration opens July 24 at ncantonlibrary.org.

Thursday, All Day in the Children’s Department
North Canton Public Library
Visit the children’s department on the second floor for activities, coloring contest and crafts all day.

Thursday, August 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
North Canton Chamber of Commerce
How much is that doggie in the window? View adoptable dogs from Save a Mom Pregnant Dog Rescue in the window of the North Canton Chamber of Commerce on Main Street. Visitors are welcome to go inside and meet the dogs.

Friday, August 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
North Canton Public Library
All Ages Program: Warm Paws Project – building dog houses for neglected dogs with Project REBUILD. Houses will be built at the library Friday and then painted and decorated at Saturday’s Adoption and Wellness Fair in Witwer Park. Completed dog houses will be donated to the Stark County Humane Society. Registration opens July 25 at ncantonlibrary.org.

Saturday, August 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Witwer Park, North Canton
Join us for a multi-rescue adoption event with 10 regional dog rescues, a live remote and prizes from Mix 94.1, face painting, food trucks, vendors, spay/neuter and pet wellness resources and programs for the entire family. Click HERE for more details!

I’ll attend as many of the events as I can and post pictures, although I will miss the finale on August 9th. (Just bought tickets to hear Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis speak in Cleveland!)

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

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