The Summit County Animal Control Department will be proactive, innovative, compassionate, efficient, and effective in all aspects of the operations and responsibilities assigned to this department. This Department will provide compassionate care for impounded animals and responsible enforcement of canine laws, thereby creating a safer and more desirable community for the citizens of Summit County.
The 19,494 square foot state-of-the-art Animal Control Facility opened in August of 2010. Animal Control is a high performance green facility with administrative office space, an adoption zone, an intake area, outdoor visiting space, quarantine quarters, staff locker rooms, a veterinary clinic and more.
- Animal Control Facebook Page (Link) View adoptable animals on our Facebook page.
|Monday through Saturday||7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.|
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- Jun 19, 2020 County Animal Control Announces Adoptions by Appointment (Summit County, OH)
- Oct 1, 2016 Summit County Animal Control to Hold 7th Annual Adop-A-Thon, $10 per Animal (Akron, OH)
- Oct 1, 2016 7th Annual Adop-A-Thon Results in the Placement of Almost Everty Available Animal (Akron, OH)
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, services may be altered or postponed. Adoptions are currently by appointment only. Please call 330-643-2845 to schedule an adoption appointment.
Adoption services at the County of Summit Division of Animal Control are affordable, comprehensive and unique. Simply stated, the cost to adopt a dog is $94; while, the cost to adopt a cat is $60. The County of Summit Division of Animal Control accepts cash, checks and credit cards (i.e. American Express, Discover and MasterCard).
Flea treatments, intestinal de-worming and most all vaccinations are given to animals upon entering the facility; while, blood work, spay/neuter operations and vaccinations for Rabies are provided at the point of adoption.
To view photos of adoptable animals, visit Animal Control's Facebook page.
Dog vaccinations include: Adenovirus 2, Bordetella, Canicola, Distemper, Grippotyphosa, Icterohaemorrhagia, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus 2b, Pomona and Rabies.
Cat vaccinations include: Calicivirus, Chlamydophila, Rhinotracheitis, Panleukopenia and Rabies.
Vaccination boosters are given on an as needed basis.
Representatives from Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro's Division of Animal Control welcome the opportunity to speak to youth groups, civic clubs and community organizations on issues pertaining to: animal adoptions, licensing and safety. To schedule a free speaker presentation dial (330) 643-2845.
In a continuing effort to promote our services to citizens, the Division of Animal Control consistently participates in community events that promote responsible pet ownership, such as: animal adopt-a-thons, spay-and-neutering clinics, pet-friendly outdoor art exhibits and much, much more.
According to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC), citizens who own, keep or harbor a dog more than three months of age are required to purchase a dog license on an annual basis.
For the nominal fee of $18, a dog license places citizens into compliance with the state law, provides citizens with proof of ownership documentation and the legal authorization to visit area dog parks and participate in pet-friendly community activities. All funds generated from the sale of dog licenses are used to feed, house and vaccinate abandoned animals in need.
Dog licenses must be renewed annually from December 1st through January 31st, or within 30 days of acquiring a new dog. Puppies must be licensed by the time they reach three months of age. Citizens who fail to meet these deadlines may be penalized with a $18 late fee. The transgression can also escalate to fines, legal citations and jail time.
Licenses for dogs providing assistance to disabled persons are free of charge and valid throughout the duration of the animal's life. Proof of training must be submitted with the application.
Dog licenses are sold at numerous locations throughout Summit County. To find the location nearest you visit the Fiscal Office at https://fiscaloffice.summitoh.net/index.php/dog-licensing.
The County of Summit Division of Animal Control practices euthanasia in an effort to protect the health, safety and general well being of citizens and control the local animal population.
The County of Summit Division of Animal Control can assist you with relieving the suffering of a beloved pet. Basic prices for euthanasia services are listed below.
Additional costs may be added on depending upon licensures. Miscellaneous animals are euthanized for $25. Please call for accepted animals. Skunks are not accepted.
FINDING A MISSING PET
To find a missing pet, the County of Summit encourages citizens to visit the Division of Animal Control and personally view the dogs and cats being housed. In 2019, this hands-on process led to over 500 animals being reunited with their owners.
In order to redeem a lost pet, a valid form of state identification must be presented. Fees associated with providing food, housing, vaccinations must be paid in full before leaving the facility with your pet. If a citizen is redeeming a dog, a license must me purchased.
Time is of the essence when locating a missing pet. The Division of Animal Control operates under the strict policy of holding licensed animals for 14 days before evaluating the pet for adoption; whereas, non-licensed animals are evaluated after three days.
Dogs and cats brought to the Division of Animal Control are immediately examined for owner identification materials (i.e. a dog license, a name tag and/or a microchip). If ownership data is discovered, our staff immediately notifies the registered owner and the redemption process is set in motion.
Missing Pet Reports may be filed with the Division of Animal Control in person or over the phone by calling (330) 643-2845.
The County of Summit Division of Animal Control is a proud member of the Summit Animal Coalition (SAC), an animal welfare group made up of the following organizations:
- Friends of Pets
- Golden Treasures
- Golden Retrievers in Need
- Humane Society of Greater Akron
- One-of-a-Kind Pet Rescue
- Pet Guards
- Paws & Prayers
- Paws with Pride
On the national level, the County of Summit Division of Animal Control serves as a proud partner of Petfinder and PetSmart.
Summit County Animal Control Volunteer Policy
We appreciate your interest in volunteering your time and energy to help the homeless animals of Summit County. As a volunteer, you are required to follow the guidelines set forth in this policy. All volunteers will be required to abide by all policies for their safety as well as the safety of all animals in our care. Failure to comply with the policies set forth by Summit County Animal Control may result in immediate termination as a volunteer.
1. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older –Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and have a signed parental waiver. Every Volunteer must complete a liability waiver.
2. Volunteers will not make any remarks either verbal or through internet communication that challenges, discredits, disparages or negatively impacts Summit County Animal Control’s mission or services. Volunteers’ presence is to enhance the capacity of the paid staff by completing tasks as requested by staff. Volunteers will be respectful and others will be required to respect you as well.
3. The Director of Administrative Services will designate two Animal Control staff members as the Volunteer Coordinators. The two Volunteer Coordinators will designate a volunteer as the Volunteer Ambassador. The Volunteer Ambassador will be advised on policy decisions that impact the volunteers and serve as a liaison between Volunteers and the Staff of Animal Control.
4. Volunteers will not criticize or disparage any other volunteer. All volunteers serve to help promote the well-being of the animals housed at Animal Control. If there is an issue with another volunteer, you will bring it to the attention of one of the Volunteer Coordinators immediately.
5. Volunteers are not to interfere in daily shelter operations or business, including, but not limited to: adoptions, intakes, redemptions, euthanasia, etc. Volunteers will not actively engage with members of the public about their business at Animal Control—including in the parking lot. If a member of the public needs assistance, you will immediately notify one of the Volunteer Coordinators. Volunteers are permitted to politely and casually interact with members of the public as part of their routine activities. Volunteers will not make representations regarding the adoptability of the animals or the medical or behavioral condition of the animals.
6. Volunteers will not make any medical diagnoses. Volunteers may use the provided note cards to write their medical concern about a particular animal and place it in the suggestion box. Any medical diagnosis is to be made by the staff Veterinarian. At that point the appropriate treatment plan will be devised or an appropriate rescue organization will be contacted by the Summit County Animal Control Staff only.
7. Volunteers will not post photos or descriptions of animals in custody of Summit County Animal Control on social media. All social media will be controlled by Animal Control and its approved affiliates. Animal Control recognizes the value of utilizing social media to promote the availability of animals for adoption and intends to use social media for this purpose. Volunteers will be permitted to “share” the posts/pictures of Summit County Animal Control. If a Volunteer disparages Animal Control, its employees, or other volunteers on social media, your access to the official Summit County Animal Control page could be limited.
8. Volunteers will not make any claims regarding the health or temperament of any animal at the facility. You will not comment in person or on social media about the suitability/adoptability/medical condition of an animal.
9. Volunteers will not contact shelters or other rescue organizations about animals. If you have a concern or suggestion, contact a staff member by alerting one of the Volunteer Coordinators. If you believe a specific rescue should be contacted about a particular animal, please notify one of the Volunteer Coordinators. This is required so that there is an official point of contact who can determine whether an animal is still available to transfer or adopt.
10. If a volunteer is contacted regarding Animal Control or a specific animal, you will direct the person to a staff member or volunteer coordinator or contact one of the Volunteer Coordinators directly.
11. Volunteers are not to give the animals any food outside the dietary needs prescribed by the Summit County Animal Control Veterinarian. This includes any outside special canned food, homemade treats, human food. Any donated food or treat items must be approved by Animal Control Staff.
12. Volunteers will abide by the times set forth for the volunteer hours.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 11:00am-4:45pm
Wednesday 11:00am-6:45pm Saturday 11:00am-2:45pm
Volunteers will exit the facility promptly at the end of volunteer hours. We ask that all animals are placed back in their kennel and all volunteer activity has ceased 15 minutes prior to closing, unless requested by a Summit County Animal Control Staff member.
13. Volunteers are permitted to walk various dogs through the facility and through the yard. When walking dogs, volunteers will be required to use a Martingale collar, which will be provided. Any dog not wearing a Martingale collar will not be permitted at any time to be walked outside the facility or placed in any outdoor holding kennel.
14. Dogs will be walked within defined areas which will be posted at all exits.
15. Volunteers will not be permitted, at any time, to walk a dog wearing any of the following: A dog license (of any year), a rabies tag, a microchip tag, adoption tag or identification tag of any sort. Volunteers will also not be permitted at any time to walk a dog that’s kennel has been marked Owner ID.
16. All volunteers are required to carry with them at all times a plastic bag to clean up any feces from the outside areas and to clean any dirty kennel before returning the animal to it. If you need assistance with this activity, notify a staff member or Volunteer Coordinator.
17. Volunteers will not remove animals from their kennel for any reason other than to walk, bathe or socialize the animal. Volunteers will not rotate an animal to a different kennel for any reason. If you need assistance, notify a staff member to assist you.
18. Volunteers will not be permitted to use their phones while engaging in volunteer activities. If the need arises to use the phone, you will kennel the animal you are with and step outside to use the phone.
19. Volunteers are not permitted to be in “staff only” areas. All doors are clearly marked. Volunteers are only allowed in these areas while being accompanied by a staff member. Staff only areas include pits/isolation dog holding areas, intake, storage rooms, medical, euthanasia rooms, laundry, garage bays, grooming and office areas.
20. Propping of any door, especially an exterior door, is strictly prohibited.
21. Volunteers will engage in a way that reflects well on Summit County Animal Control. There will be absolutely no tolerance for foul language, racial slurs or any disrespectful behavior toward a staff member, another volunteer, or a member of the public. If this behavior occurs, you will be terminated as a volunteer.
22. If at any time, a Volunteer engages in behavior that jeopardizes the health, safety, or well-being of any staff member, member of the public, other volunteer, or animal in the care and custody of Animal Control, you will be terminated as a volunteer.
Volunteers are a key asset for Animal Control. The intent of all of our policies is to ensure the safety and well-being of our animals, volunteers, staff and the members of the public who come to visit. The specific goal of the volunteer management policy is successful conflict resolution. If a Volunteer violates one of the policies as set forth previously in this document or otherwise demonstrates behavior that reflects poorly on Summit County Animal Control, the following procedure will occur:
Incident #1: Written Documentation and Required Follow up from Volunteer as determined by the Manager of Summit County Animal Control
Incident #2: Dismissal from Summit County Animal Control Volunteer Program
No, dogs are not permitted to run loose. Dogs must be physically confined or restrained upon the premises of the owner by a leash, tether, adequate fence or secure enclosure to prevent escape. When outside these boundaries, dogs must be leashed and under the immediate control of some person. These conditions apply except for when a dog is lawfully engaged in hunting or training purposes and is accompanied by the registered owner. Codified Ordinance 88-360, Section 505.02. (A)
Dial (330) 643-2845 to report a nuisance animal not living in the municipalities listed below:
Akron Animal Warden
(330) 375-2320 or 311
Cuyahoga Falls Police