TWINSBURG, Ohio — Adorable critters at the Humane Society of Summit County have a swanky new home to reside in as they wait to find a loving family and a new place to call home.
Aptly named “Critter Country,” the new addition to the shelter allows rabbits, Guinea pigs and other critters to stay in small suites that are more enclosed, secure, quieter and overall less stressful than their previous enclosure, which resembled more of a cage than a cozy abode.
Louise DiLullo, director of development for the humane society, said in recent years they have received an influx of rabbits and guinea pigs because of hoarding and animal cruelty situations.
“In recent years, we have cared for between 120 and 150 small pets annually, including rabbit, guinea pigs, mice, rats and hamsters,” said DiLullo.
The updated space allows visitors to get a better view and opportunity to meet and adopt the animals.
At any given time, DiLullo said the enclosure, which has 11 smaller enclosures in the space, can hold any variety of species at the same time, with the same species being put together in one enclosure.
The Fowler Family, who regularly volunteers at the shelter, and Metis Construction Services, a local company in Kent, helped with the construction of Critter Country.
"Now when visitors come into the shelter, they will be greeted with the Critter Country," said DiLullo, who says the space is now more welcoming, particularly for children who want to adopt an animal.
Right now, six Guinea pigs and one rabbit are making themselves at home inside the new enclosure.
Their adoption fees for small animals are:
- Rabbits $40
- Guinea Pigs $20
- Rats $10
- Mice $5
- Hamsters $5
Visit them at 7996 Darrow Road in Twinsburg.