Geauga County dog ​​sitter Matthew Granito received a shipment of 23 puppies and six adult dogs in need of loving homes.

The dogs come from MoCo Mutts, a Tennessee shelter that sometimes relies on the Geauga County Department when they have an excess of animals in need of homes.

The puppies jump excitedly onto the crate at the Geauga County Dog Shelter. (John Butler – The News-Herald)

“We normally do strays in the county, but we are more than willing to help other shelters in neighboring counties and beyond if they don’t have space,” said Patricia Evans, junior assistant sitter. . “People at MoCo Mutts in Tennessee do a great job with these animals, so we like to help them out when they have more dogs than they can handle.

MoCo Mutts also delivered 12 puppies and nine adult dogs to the Geauga County Dog Warden last month and all of the puppies were adopted in a single day.

A volunteer carries puppies inside the shelter after their long drive from Tennessee. (John Butler – The News-Herald)

The shelter pays for all dogs to be spayed and neutered and provides supplies to adoptive families.

“We want to make sure every dog ​​is taken care of and has the best possible start,” said Cindy Sedivy, senior dog caretaker. “Every dog ​​walks out of here with vaccines, vaccines, a license, a bag of goodies and a dog bed. When you adopt a dog here, we want to make sure everyone leaves with everything they need.

The puppies jump into their kennel cage, eyes wide with wonder and innocence. (John Butler – The News-Herald)

The shelter also checks each dog for heartworm and other illnesses to ensure they are healthy.

Sedivy says if someone is interested in adopting and already has a dog, they should bring the animal up for adoption. This will allow the dogs to get to know each other before they are brought home.

The dogs Lilo and Stitch look at the new kennel they are in. (John Butler – The News-Herald)

In addition to puppies, the shelter has adult dogs from both this Tennessee delivery and oldies available for adoption. Among the dogs hoping to be adopted are Timothy, Hooch and Puzzle.

“Timothy is a 4 to 5 year old, mountain heart mix and is very energetic and seems to like other dogs,” said kennel assistant Cherie Rosenberger. “Hooch is 1-2 years old and we are doing our best to find a good home for these wonderful dogs.”

Hooch waits in his cage until someone comes to adopt him. (John Butler – The News-Herald)

The shelter is asking anyone looking for a new pet to bring home to come see the dogs currently at the kennel. It is their hope that every dog ​​will find a loving home.

“In 20 years of working in Geauga County, it’s been great to not only help dogs in our area, but in other places as well,” Granito said. “It’s a special feeling to know that these dogs are going to give and receive love and happiness to their human family.”

The shelter typically welcomes over 700 dogs a year and is always looking for volunteers to help with their dogs.

The pup licks the crate as it moves excitedly through the new space. (John Butler – The News-Herald)

It costs $200 to adopt a puppy and $120 to adopt adult dogs.

The shelter is located at 12513 Merritt Road in Chardon, anyone interested in adopting a puppy or volunteering can visit the shelter or call 440-279-2180.

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