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Fall in love this season at Furburbia

In an off-the-beaten-path location at the Tanger Outlet Center there is a collection of one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts whose value far surpasses the merchandise offered by all of the surrounding vendors. Furthermore, this particular gift is offered at a significant discount and is guaranteed to fit just about any size family.

The shop in question is called Furburbia and the product is basically unconditional love wrapped in fur. A labor of love, supported by Summit County Friends of Animals, Furburbia houses orphaned dogs and cats with a goal of placing each one in a "forever home."

Two high school interns greet visitors between taking the merchandise out for walks, filling their water dishes and fluffing their bedding. In the meantime, five staff members and the director come and go on various rescue missions or to finalize adoption placements.

Underneath the front desk an assortment of canines curl up to nap or wag their tails at new visitors while their feline counterparts loll in their hutches in the last rays of afternoon sun. In the rear of the store several full grown dogs occupy a row of kennels, each labeled with a heart rending story of abandonment and a plea for a new family.

It is hard to leave the premises empty handed., especially after learning that the inventory also includes a number of pets currently staying off premises with foster families. For instance, adoption specialist Cathy Clark points to digital pictures of a litter of 13 puppies and their sweet-eyed, wirehaired pointer-mix mom. The multicolored bundle is currently being cared for by a local family but will soon outgrow its quarters and will need several permanent homes. Thanks to Friends of Animals though, the litter is being nurtured and socialized so that when they make their debut at Furburbia they will likely be irresistible.

According to a recent Friends of Animals newsletter, the storefront at the outlet mall has helped to significantly increase the number of adoptions and the group is hoping reach their goal of placing 600 animals by the end of the year.

For those who might not be ready to adopt a pet, or whose homes are already claimed by a family pet, Furburbia also offers an array of head-turning logo-wear, proceeds from which help to fund pet food, boarding and vet care.

Furburbia is proof that Summit County residents care about animals, not just their own, but those without homes too. That says something important about our community, something that deserves everyone’s support.

The adoption center is located below the Mrs. Fields store at the Tanger Outlet Center at Kimball Junction and is open weekdays from noon to 5:30 p.m., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

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