Kissy Bear, rescued from Berlin Center, needs loving home

By Elise Franco


The only surviving dog of 29 recovered by local animal agencies during a raid in Berlin Center needs someone special to give her a home.

Kissy Bear, a 2-year-old English shepherd, has been at the Animal Welfare League in Lordstown since the August raid and is ready for adoption, said Barb Busko, AWL president.

Busko said Kissy Bear was among the 29 dogs AWL and Angels For Animals removed in August from a barn on a Berlin Center property. She said Angels took 25 of the dogs and AWL took four, but Kissy Bear was the only survivor.

“When she came to us, she was very shy. ... When you have an animal that’s not socialized, it gets to the point of being almost feral,” she said. “She’s come a long way.”

Busko said volunteers work every day with Kissy Bear, socializing her and getting her used to being around people.

Barb Holsinger, AWL volunteer, said she’s spent much of her time with Kissy Bear and described steady improvements in the dog’s demeanor.

“The first time I got her into the field, I had to walk around with her on the leash,” she said. “But the next time she started sniffing around on her own, ... Slowly, she eventually started to put her tail up and wag it at the other dogs.”

Holsinger said the long-haired canine is loving and has never shown signs of aggression. She said Kissy Bear is spayed and was in good health upon rescue.

“She’s always really gentle and sweet, and she’s timid and does get scared sometimes,” she said.

Busko said Kissy Bear’s adoption will be free to the right person, and described her potential owner as someone who is kind and has patience.

“It will take someone willing to work with her and teach her,” she said. “You’re not going to get her completely turned around overnight.”

Mary Busko, full-time AWL volunteer, said the best fit for Kissy Bear likely will be someone with a lot of extra time to spend with her. She said the dog seems to feel at ease around puppies but not always other grown dogs, and smaller children might frighten her.

“We would love to have special people willing to work with special cases like Kissy Bear,” she said.

Barb Busko said usual adoption rates are between $65 and $130 for dogs and between $65 and $100 for cats, but during the month of December AWL will accept donations instead.

Anyone interested in Kissy Bear or another animal can visit the Animal Welfare League at 545 Brunstetter Road SW between 1 and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday or call 330-394-4122.

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