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Trumbull County dog adoptions above national average

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Close to 2.7 million shelter animals are adopted each year, out of the 7.6 million that enter shelters nationwide.

In Trumbull County, the percentage of those who find new homes is much higher.

With the help of volunteers the ongoing goal is to make sure every pet has an owner.
"They really make wonderful pets, because they're so thankful for the attention and new homes," said Toni Libbey of Bazetta Township.

Libbey says the dogs who end up at the dog warden's shelter want nothing more than companionship. She and her husband volunteer to walk the dogs and help to socialize them if they're having a tough time adjusting.

Whether they're stray or unclaimed by their original owners, 98-percent of the dogs in Trumbull County warden shelter eventually find a warm and loving home, up from 96-percent last year.

The executive director credits networking with other shelters and their volunteers for the growing exposure.

"We have over 5,000 people who come here now through our front door," said Gwen Logan. 

Another helpful option is the foster program.

Potential owners can care for a dog and if they form an everlasting bond, the adoption fee of $50 then includes free micro chipping and the first round of heartworm and flea and tick prevention medication.

Pit bulls are the most common breed to end up in Logan's care.

"You do have to have a certain temperament in order to train them, and to be firm with them," Logan said. "They're very loving, they love people, but a lot of people are afraid, because of some of the hype out there."

This is the season a local farm donates to help the shelter's vet expenses during the year.

Pumpkins, cornstalks and Halloween treats are on sale outside the Warden's office to directly benefit man's best friend.

Pumpkins for Pups lasts through October 29. The donated fall harvest items are on sale Monday through Friday from 9:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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