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Meet-Our-Mutts in March: Brecksville

Saturday, March 18, 2017








Creek View Commons
8249 Chippewa Road
Brecksville, Ohio 44141

12:00 to 3:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of pet pampering at PetValu. Our volunteers will be chaperoning five lucky dogs to spend the afternoon with the customers and associates of PetValu.



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Meet-Our-Mutts in February: PetValu

February 18, 2017








Creek View Commons
8249 Chippewa Road
Brecksville, Ohio 44141

12:00 to 3:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of pet pampering at PetValu. Our volunteers will be chaperoning five lucky dogs to spend the afternoon with the customers and associates of PetValu.

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Meet-Our-Mutts in February: Pet People

February 4, 2017


19565 Detroit Road
Rocky River, OH 44116

12:00 to 3:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of pet pampering at Pet People. Our volunteers will be chaperoning three lucky dogs to spend the afternoon with the customers and associates of Pet People.



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Pet People: Hearts & Paws Fundraiser

January 27, 2017 to February 12, 2017

ITS THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! We are so excited for another Hearts for Paws campaign! All of the donations from the Rocky River store will go to Secondhand Mutts.

Stop and shop at Pet People in Rocky River and show your support for our mission and cause.

Pet People
19565 Detroit Road
Rocky River, Ohio 44116


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Crocks for Critters

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Third Annual Crocks for Critters
10 am to 5 pm

W. J. Green Lodge – Berea
Lodge Features: Partially open and partially enclosed shelter with fireplace, electricity, picnic tables, grills, restroom facility, swings, volleyball court and horseshoe pit.

Location Info click here

This is the third annual Crocks For Critters. While the Browns offer us nothing after the regular season we need something to hold us over to our holiday, THE NFL DRAFT. Enter Crocks For Critters. Crocks For Critters is a Browns Tailgate Party to benefit a local animal rescue. The Rescue featured this year is “Secondhand Mutts”. We will be collecting items for their rescue as well as taking monetary donations. Secondhand Mutts will be present with dogs that need forever homes and will have some cool raffle baskets as well.

Simply make a crock pot, or a dish, bring a couple of bucks and an item from the wish list below to donate. Maybe bring along some cold ones? Enjoy a day of eating, drinking, playing cornhole, talking Browns and helping out a good cause.

The good news does not stop there. I have 1 definite Browns Alumni making an appearance (Felix Wright So far)  and possibly  two more. Come on down to Crocks for Critters, a tailgate for a good reason. Go Browns!

P.S. Making something is a good idea… If you can’t make anything, donate a bit more. (The Giant Eagle Potato Salad kind of stuff usually ends in the trash) Share the event!

Secondhand Mutts Wish List:
Postage Stamps
Costco Gift Cards to purchase dog beds and food
Nature’s Domain brand Turkey & Sweet Potato dog food (Costco)
Diamond brand Turkey & Sweet Potato formula dog food (available at most pet stores)
Kirkland Puppy Food (Costco)
Bil-Jac frozen dog food
Diamond brand Puppy Food (available at most pet stores)
Large Towels
Amazon gift cards
Palmolive or Dawn
Leashes (no retractable leashes please!)
Made in the USA Dog Treats
Flea Preventative: NexGuard, Frontline, Sentinel, Advantage, etc.
Karunda Beds
Items to make gift baskets: restaurant gift certificates, wine glasses, movie tickets, wrap and stuffing for baskets, durable dog toys, etc.

For more information call Eric at  860-707-0595

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Meet-Our-Mutts at PetValu in Brecksville

January 28, 2017








Creek View Commons
8249 Chippewa Road
Brecksville, Ohio 44141

12:00 to 3:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of pet pampering at PetValu. Our volunteers will be chaperoning five lucky dogs to spend the afternoon with the customers and associates of PetValu.



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Meet-Our-Mutts at Pet People in Rocky River

January 7, 2017


19565 Detroit Road
Rocky River, OH 44116

12:00 to 3:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of pet pampering at Pet People. Our volunteers will be chaperoning three lucky dogs to spend the afternoon with the customers and associates of Pet People.

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Meet-Our-Mutts at Pet People: December

December 3, 2016


19565 Detroit Road
Rocky River, OH 44116

12:00 to 3:00 pm
Cecelia, Buckwheat, Kringle and Gomez










Join us for an afternoon of pet pampering at Pet People. Our volunteers will be chaperoning three lucky dogs to spend the afternoon with the customers and associates of Pet People.

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8th Annual Barkfeast with Celebrity Chef Omelette Station

Saturday, January 21, 2017

pennylaneIn Memory of Penny Lane (see her story below)
Fundraiser to cover medical expenses for The Extra Mile program

barkfeastPancakes! Local Chef Omelet Stations! Mimosa Bar!
Vegetarian Meat Option Available!

Full Service from: 9:00 AM to 12 PM
Omelette Service: 9:30-11:30 AM

Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Dining Hall
Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood
1355 W 70th Street
Cleveland, OH 44102

Parking is available in the church parking lot or on the streets around the church.
Please consider carpooling or walking if you live in the area. 

There is plenty of seating in their dining hall to accommodate large groups so please put together a table of friends and family. Kids are welcome too! Check out last years pictures on our Facebook page photo album.

Four years ago we introduced a new twist and we have several local chefs who will be serving custom made omelettes from 9:30 to 11:30 am. There will be plenty of fresh ingredients to order a yummy omelette to your liking. We will be serving buttermilk and chocolate chip pancakes, breakfast potatoes, sausage, bacon, turkey bacon, vegetarian sausage, and orange juice. Fresh brewed coffee compliments of Rising Star Coffee Roasters. Plus, enjoy the Champagne Mimosa Bar (drink tickets are $3)!

Local Celebrity Chef Line-Up & Omelette Creation:

Eowyn Adams of Sodexo
Vegetarian Mexican omelet-roasted peppers and squash,  black beans, queso fresco cheese topped with pico de gallo and cilantro

Matt Harlan of B-Spot
Smoked Salmon Omelet:  Pickled red onion, feta, arugula, lemon-dill creme fraiche

Rob Geul of Jammy Buggars
The Billy Goat:  creamy goat cheese, wild mushrooms, sweet peppers and spinach

Michael Nowak of Black Pig
House Made Beer Sausage, Braised Kale, Herbs, Brie

Ricardo Sandoval of Fat Cats, Lava Lounge


Prices & Tickets (includes coffee/juice):
$18/adults – Pancake Breakfast (no omelette)*
$25/adults – Pancake Breakfast, Omelette*
$8/kids 12 and under – Pancake & Scrambled Egg Breakfast
$3 Adult Alcoholic Champagne Mimosa Drink Ticket (not available online)
*Price includes one alcohol drink ticket
We highly recommend advance purchase.
Cash, checks and credit card purchases will be honored the day of the event.


Raffle tickets will be sold for various raffle baskets!

Coffee Station Sponsored by:
Rising Star Coffee Roasters

Dessert Station Sponsored by:
Velk Construction & Remodeling

In Memory of Penny Lane

Adopted: October 25, 2013 – Passed Away: November 4, 2016

1380052_10151927519681122_1376039592_nTake a stroll down memory (er….Penny) lane with us…..Penny Lane had been evading the Crawford County dog warden for 3 weeks before she was finally picked up behind a Bob Evans. Once they finally caught her they tested her and found out that, not only was she extremely under weight, but she also had heartworm. With this diagnosis, she faced certain euthanasia. This is where Secondhand Mutts stepped in. They already had a foster home in mind: Steve and Michelle had fostered Rollo, another heartworm positive Secondhand Mutt and they were familiar with the recovery process. Penny was transported directly to Steve and Michelle’s home. OOnce she had reached a healthy weight, they took her to Gateway Animal Clinic for her Heartworm Treatment and she began her long journey towards recovery.

PennyLane_xrayHeartworm treatment can be very hard on a dogs system and can even be deadly if the dog is not properly cared for post treatment. Like so many dogs that have to go through the heartworm treatment process, Penny Lane had some complications after her first round. She was very painful, she would often spike a fever and she even started coughing up blood. She made many trips to Gateway, where they did several x rays of her heart and lungs to make sure that she didn’t have blood clots and “dead heartworms” in the lungs. The doctors there changed around her medications and added some steroids to help her along the way and eventually she started feeling better. It was during her recovery from her first round of treatment that Michelle and Steve fell in love with her sweet nature. They couldn’t imagine adopting her out to anyone else and made the decision to make her part of their family.

penny_mattressAfter three months of strict supervision and rest and the diligent care she received from Michelle, Steve and the Doctors at Gateway Animal Clinic it was time to do Penny’s second heartworm treatment. She headed back to Gateway Animal Clinic and was dropped off in the morning. Michelle and Steve expected a call later in the afternoon telling them that the treatment had been completed, however, that’s not what happened.

Dr. Brian at Gateway Animal Clinic contacted Becca at Secondhand Mutts and told her that Penny’s heart was too weak to undergo another treatment and that they would like to schedule a meeting with Michelle, Steve and Becca to go over their findings. The three of them headed straight to the Vet to hear the news. Dr. Brian informed them that after her first treatment, her heart had endured a significant amount of damage and was enlarged to the point that he was no longer comfortable going through with her second treatment. He was concerned that another treatment would push her over the edge and kill her.

Dr. Brian explained to them that the best course of action would be to get Penny on Heart medications, antibiotics and Steroids to help her heart, and to continue with her monthly Heartworm PREVENTION as directed. The plan at this time is that we will recheck her heart again in 3 more months. If her heart has decreased in size, and if it is strong enough at that time to undergo treatment, then we will give her another round of heartworm treatment. If it is not, then we will depend on the “slow kill” method to deal with the remaining heartworms. Eventually the adult heartworms that are still in Penny’s heart will die off of old age (after about 2 years), and they won’t be able to reproduce because the heartworm Prevention kills BABY heartworms.

Until then, Steve and Michelle are keeping Penny quiet to give her heart as much rest as they can. Her favorite activities are laying on her mattress and chewing her bone. She always has a smile on her face and has even found a favorite spot on their couch. She seems genuinely thankful that her life has been saved, time and time again. She remained happy and comfortable in her new home, surrounded by love for the following three years. Sadly, on November 4, 2016 Penny’s heart gave out. She was home when she passed surrounded by her human family of 3 and her 2 canine brother and sisters who welcomed her so warmly three years prior.

“Heaven is a little bit brighter tonight cause our girl got her wings. Penny waited until we were home and she passed on her own with Steve and me by her side. Penny, Sweet P, Penny Prozac, you will be missed. You were loved so much, from the minute we laid eyes on you, you were our girl. And we didn’t even know it. You are the only dog I’ve ever had that fell off the couch once a week and you’ll be our dumb blonde forever. I know that your heart was just too big, literally and figuratively. I hope that heaven has real live chicken squeaky toys, and baby mattresses strewn about, and plenty of bones for crushing. Rest easy Sweet P. There’s no heartworm in heaven.”

~ Steve and Michelle P., Bedford, Ohio

The Barkfeast History


Eight years ago we saved the life of Scramble, a senior Doberman Pinscher who was thrown from a truck and taken to a shelter in Youngstown, Ohio. He was heart worm positive and needed a second chance on life. He found that at Secondhand Mutts when he met his angel and foster dad Bradley Lunder. Scramble spent months receiving medical treatment and was welcomed into Brad’s home until he passed on July 5, 2010. In his honor we celebrate his life and raise money and awareness for other heart worm positive dogs in our program.

The funds raised at our Pancake Barkfeast allow us to care for dogs we take in who test positive for heartworm.  The Pancake Barkfeast is held to raise funds and awareness for the dogs in our program that are heart worm positive. It can cost up to $700  or more per dog to treat them for heart worm. In 2013 we treated 5 dogs that tested positive for heartworm, one who had serious complications and our expenses to treat these five dogs exceeded $7,000.




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Meet-Our-Mutts: Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival


 The festival will be open for the public.

September 17-18, 2016

Located in Lincoln Park in Cleveland’s historic Tremont neighborhood, a multiracial and multicultural festival features fine art, sculpture, jewelry, children’s activities and programs. Additional food booths,musicians and performers all day long.

SUNDAY: 12 PM – 5 PM


The 18th Annual Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival returns to Lincoln Park. The mission of the Festival is to celebrate the cultural and artistic diversity of Tremont and Greater Cleveland by encouraging the artistic and cultural endeavors of its visual and performing artists.

The weekend Festival is comprised of four categories or program areas which include: Children’s-hands-on arts, historical, and educational projects; Community-area non-profit organizations presenting material about their mission and services; Cultural-food sales by Tremont churches, other non-profit organizations, and Tremont restaurants reflecting the ethnic diversity of the neighborhood; and sales of paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, and photographs created by Tremont and Northeast Ohio artists.

Artists who are accepted into the Festival through the jurying process are eligible for consideration by the jurors for the Festival’s top three prizes.

The Festival will also have music and dance performances both Saturday and Sunday on one main stage located near Kenilworth Avenue between West 14th Street and West 11th Street.

Admission to the Festival is free. The Festival is sponsored by Merrick House and co-sponsored by Tremont West Development Corp. and Cleveland Ward 3 Councilman Joe Cimperman.

Come on up to Lincoln Park and meet our adoptable dogs. Here is the schedule of what dogs will be at our booth. Our booth is located at the Kennilworth and West 14th corner of the park.

 Saturday Dog Schedule

11:30-1:30 pm:

1:30-3:30 pm:

3:00-5:30 pm:

Sunday Dog Schedule

12:00-1:30 pm:

1:30-3:00 pm:

3:00-4:30 pm:

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Our Adoptables Are
  • Socialized in a cage-free dog daycare environment
  • Dog-Friendly
  • Cat Tested (upon request)
  • Fostered in real homes
  • Spayed or Neutered
  • Temperament tested
  • Veterinary Health Checked
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Distemper Vaccinated
  • Rabies Vaccinated
  • Bordetella Vaccinated
  • Heartworm Tested
  • Microchipped
  • Flea Preventative
  • Heartworm Preventative
  • Groomed prior to adoption

Services provided by
Gateway Animal Clinic

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