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The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to host annual “Meet Your Best Friend”

You will be hard pressed not to find a four legged companion to take home.
You will be hard pressed not to find a four legged companion to take home.
Mark Horning & Co. Photography

Meet ‘Buddy’ (he's the black lab/husky mix pictured below) Buddy was found wondering around Browns Stadium last year nearly starving. He was taken to Geauga County Animal Rescue where he was cared for by a wonderfully well trained staff. Last year, Buddy, was the very last dog on the footpath (among hundreds of rescued animals) at the annual “Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo” and with a nuzzle of my hand became part of our family. Each year, most of the animal rescue organizations come to the Cleveland Zoo for a day to raise awareness of the problems with unneutered pets as well as hundreds of dogs and cats that would love to share your home.

This is Buddy.  We found him last year at the "Meet Your Best Friend At The Zoo"
This is Buddy. We found him last year at the "Meet Your Best Friend At The Zoo"
Mark Horning

On June 14th, 2014 before you check out all the exotic animals inside the Zoo grounds, stop by and say hello to the folks who are dedicated in helping the abandoned dogs and cats of Northeast Ohio. Chances are if you are looking for a new pet you will find one here or at the very least see photos of other adoptable four legged friends. The event runs from 1:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Since its beginnings back in 2001, “Meet Your Best Friend At The Zoo” has matched over 800 pets to their new families. The event takes place at the Zoo’s Ticket Plaza and is free of charge.

For the family looking for a new family member, adopting makes more sense than buying from a store or breeder. Along with being more affordable, you adopt a pet that comes with an extra set of love because they realize how lucky they are to have you pick them as a companion.

Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo takes place under tents, outside the Zoo on the Ticket Plaza, and is free. For health and safety reasons, visitors should leave their current pets at home. Each participating rescue group sets its own adoption fees and policies.

Northeast Ohio's most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $12.25 per person, $8.25 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480.

For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo or call (216) 661-6500.