WARREN - The Tribune Chronicle is giving dog lovers the opportunity to sponsor or adopt a canine from area shelters.
The Adopt-A-Dog campaign was created in conjunction with the Trumbull County Dog Kennel and the Animal Welfare League.
Toni Libbey of Cortland, a volunteer at the kennel, approached the newspaper with concerns about the dogs living at shelters and pounds. She said though the adoption rate at the Trumbull County Dog Kennel has improved, there are still plenty of dogs that need owners. The kennel euthanizes all canines left without homes or the money for proper treatment.
Libbey started volunteering after learning through the kennel's Facebook page that it allows people to visit with the animals and give them the love and attention she said they deserve.
"I began volunteering by walking the dogs there. I started to fall in love, and then my kids started to come and fell in love. When you work with the dogs, you realize what they need," Libbey said.
Now she hopes others will follow suit and have the same effect.
To sponsor a dog, contact Kathleen Dydell at the Tribune Chronicle, 330-841-1659.
Though a lot of volunteers come and go at the kennel, Libbey said more should be done to give the dogs a proper home.
The Adopt-A-Dog campaign allows local animal lovers to get involved, whether it's through sponsoring, fostering or adopting.
Tribune Chronicle Classified Supervisor Kathleen Dydell said there's already been an overwhelming number of responses and a limited amount of available dogs for sponsorships.
"They each paid $15 to sponsor a pet, but the number of sponsors exceeds the supply of dogs," she said.
As of now, 27 dogs have been provided by both the Trumbull County Dog Kennel and Animal Welfare League.
Originally, there were eight dogs from the local kennel up for adoption, but sponsorships grew and there weren't enough pets to provide all the donations to. Dydell and Libbey then decided to open up the adoption campaign to the Animal Welfare League, giving a second chance to its adoptable dogs.
A few dogs from the kennel were properly trained as a part of a prison project. Libbey said the canines go there to receive basic training, get spayed or neutered and given shots.
"We have two dogs that finished the program, one that will finish and a couple that will enter the program," Libbey said.
She said the prison program is a wonderful training process, and because local pounds and shelters have limited space, any effort that helps increase pet adoption is ideal.
"Pounds get full. Many dogs have to get euthanized. We need to get them out and moved into homes," she said.
Aside from sponsorships, options included temporary foster homes or simply volunteering at shelters.
"There are so many way to help down there," Libbey said.
Dydell agreed, stating that sponsorships are a great stepping-stone, but adoption is the campaign's ultimate goal.
Since there was a wave of support from the community and the first batch of dogs provided by the kennel and welfare league are currently sponsored, potential sponsors are currently wait-listed until next month. If interested in participating in the Adopt-A-Pet campaign, Tribune Chronicle's director of advertising, Kim Bergman, said sponsorships will be accepted in the future for the month of November.
"It's a start. We'll publish this every month until we use up all donations. People are so caring and giving around here. They showed that," Bergman said, referring to the success of Taste of Home and Make A Difference Day the past few years.
The Adopt-A-Dog campaign advertisement in today's Tribune Chronicle includes pictures of sponsored dogs, the shelter where they're staying, and their sponsor's name.
Though these dogs have sponsors, Libbey and Dydell stress they're still in need of a home-temporary or permanent. The shelters listed may be contacted.