The Foundation has a new Furry Friend

Summer Becomes First Furry Friend

John Yarsa and his therapy dog Summer are an incredible pair. John says Summer can brighten anyone’s day, and we have to believe that’s the real reason why Summer has so many pairs of sunglasses. Barberton Community Foundation staff had the pleasure of meeting Summer in early August. The staff was so delighted by her, they decided to make her the first “Furry Friend of the Foundation.”
John and his wife Laura worked together to train Summer. Laura especially believed in Summer and wanted to share her with the world. Laura sadly passed away last year, and John has continued to make visits to local organizations with Summer. You might have read about some of Summer’s activities. She’s participated at Barberton Public Library’s “Paws to Read” program, visited residents at Pleasant View Nursing Home, Summit DD, and more. John said he’s sharing Summer’s story because it’s important to remind people of the importance of therapy dogs. “She’s really something special,” said John. “I’d like to encourage more people to consider training their dogs for therapy work.”
As a Furry Friend, we have asked Summer to remind everyone that we have two funds that benefit our four-legged Barberton residents: The City of Barberton Dog Park Now and Forever Fund, which was established to maintain the dog park at Decker Park, and the Heart of Gold Humane Fund, which assists low-income Barberton residents spay or neuter their dogs and cats and also assists with the cost of rabies vaccines through One of a Kind Pet Spay/Neuter Clinic. Both funds are active and accepting donations. Visit and click “donate now.”
Thank you, Summer for being the sweetest girl and thank you, John for sharing her with us.
Barberton Community Foundation