Why Others Are Signing

Animals deserve to be treated with care and respect. A shelter environment is very stressful.

By signing this petition, I'm promoting positive changes to SCAC. Citizens of Summit County can make a difference in the lives of these animals by requiring necessary oversight operations at the facility. 

C. Mosey,  Akron

Animal welfare is my passion.  I was active in advocating for reform at Summit County Animal Control 20 years ago. Results from this campaign brought about many necessary, positive changes, one of which, was the volunteer program.  

I felt that the cats and dogs were in good hands, seeing firsthand how the volunteers helped care for them. Socializing and comforting scared animals was a major strength of the volunteers.  Volunteer support allowed the paid staff to take care of the business needs without the needs of the animals suffering. 

When I heard that volunteers were not allowed back into the facility after Covid closures opened back up, my first thought was, “what is animal control hiding again?”  My mind went back to the horrific situations occurring 20 years ago.  

Then hearing that if the volunteer program was reinstated, volunteers would have to complete 40 hours of training, I thought,  "clearly this is designed to keep people away."  Past behavior is oftentimes indicative of future behavior, and I cannot sit back and let Summit County Animal Control revert to the heinous treatment of animals that it has done in years past.  

Summit County needs to know that its citizens will not allow this to happen. Our voices must be heard on behalf of the voiceless. 

Tracy P,  Akron

I was so happy to sign the petition for Save Summit Strays on May 3, 2023. 

This petition will put an ordinance on the ballot in Summit County to improve the much needed conditions at Summit County Animal Control. 

E.K. Herman,  Akron

When I retired I was looking for a way to give back to my community. I love dogs and decided I would volunteer at SCAC. What I encountered was a core group of volunteers who showed up daily and were willing to show me the ropes.

I loved being able to help the dogs and soon fell in love with a special white pitbull named Glenda. Everyday, she was sitting quietly in her cage staring at the door. When I approached her cage, she came out excited to head outside. One day, I got a call from a volunteer who knew I loved Glenda so much. SCAC decided she was there long enough and was unadoptable due to her issue of not being able to be transported in a car. The seasoned volunteers were working with her and she had made some progress but not enough. They put Glenda down. It broke my heart. I decided that day that I would volunteer when I could and also start fostering dogs for a local rescue.

Several dogs I've fostered over the years were pulled from SCAC. I signed the petition because it is important to me that the animals who have been let down by humans in our community are not caged without any consistent human contact and enrichment.  They need help to prepare them for a new home. The Poundsmen simply do not have the time to provide what volunteers can and do their daily duties.

Dogs need volunteers to ease their anxiety while being caged 24/7. The public also needs to have access to seeing all the dogs, so that they all have an opportunity to be chosen, not just those who photograph well. 

I signed the petition because our tax dollars support this facility and the wages paid to the Executive all the way down to the staff in the Pound. I want the facility to be community friendly and friendly to our strays. I want them to allow the public who want to either adopt or volunteer to be able to fulfill theses needs. 

I also signed for transparency. The Executive's Office can publicly state (as they have for two years) that the dogs are fine. The fact is that no one has been allowed inside to confirm that or that their living conditions are being maintained as they should be.

Cathy Soles, Akron

I'm a member of a lot of lost & found and missing pet pages in  Summit County.  In the past few years, I constantly see people posting that they contacted Animal Control and they told them to let a dog loose or that they won't come for cats. That's if they were able to get through to anyone. I've tried to call myself many times and could never get anyone to pick up the phone. 

This lack of care and compassion by the county funded Animal Control is unfathomable to me. To tell someone to just let a stray dog go or that they took it in overnight (while everything was closed and they were hoping to help find an owner) and now it's their problem is crazy. All this does is continue the stray issues in our county. 

I've lived in counties whose County Animal Control isn't a sad and scary place. They have lots of volunteers who help care for and network the animals. I see that happening in the counties neighboring Summit County. I'm signing because I want Summit County to be the one others are comparing their Animal Control to. I want us to be setting an example of what a well run, volunteer filled County Animal Control is. I believe Summit County can get there, they just need to let us help. 

H.H., Akron

November 29th, 2015: Norman, a dog with epilepsy, went missing in Bath.

Norman was our everything, our baby. A friend to all and not the type of dog who would ever take off from his home.  We were unloading a truck and Norman vanished into the darkness. We knew he must have started having a seizure, which made him very confused, unable to decipher his surroundings and seemingly temporarily blind and deaf. His dog pal, Gracie, was still there. She didn't seem to understand which direction he could have gone.

To say we were devastated is an understatement. We scoured the woods with friends throughout the night to no avail. We took off work and continued our search for days that felt as if they were months. We put information out to every avenue we could. We were relentless in our search.

One of these avenues was going to Summit County Animal Control (SCAC) every day to check to see if he was there. There were so many possible sightings across Summit County that turned out to be dead ends. We couldn't leave it up to chance that he was at SCAC and just wasn't being scanned for his microchip or he didn't fit someone else's idea of the description we had on his missing flyer. 

You see, at that time, we were able to walk the kennels at SCAC to actually look at the animals to see if he was there. I can't even imagine if this happened today, with the current SCAC rules and I wasn't allowed into the kennel, that my tax dollars fund, to see if my missing pet was in there. Honestly, even thinking about this fills me with the panic I felt when he was missing. 

Thankfully,  Norman was found after four very long nights and lived the rest of his years very loved and with a GPS tracker on his collar ;) 

As someone who is a responsible pet owner and treats her pets as children,  I realize that they can go missing in an instant. This is one of the many reasons I'm fighting so hard for SCAC to open back up to the public. Not being able to check for missing pets is detrimental for so many reasons and adds to SCAC's over capacity issues. 

I hope you'll join in the fight to create a set of regulations to better SCAC and the stray animal issues plaguing our county. 

Lindsey Kelly, Bath

I'm signing because I can't understand why Summit County Animal Control would be adverse to any of these items on the initiative. These sound like the bare minimum that a county with the level or resources and wealth that Summit County has should be held to. 

I don't see why the County has been fighting these and would love to see a response from them that is proactive rather than reactive on implementing these items and allowing volunteers back into the facility (without requiring them to have more training than an employee does). 

S.N., Akron