Hometown Hero duo has heart for rescue dogs

Hometown Heroes

Scott and Kim McCuskey, a husband and wife duo, help our community by making sure our canine friends are taken care of.

Together, they run a pet resort in Boardman and do what they can to help rescue dogs in need.

On a typical day, Pet Lodge USA on Market Street is filled with dogs.

“We have doggy daycare, we have overnight care, we have full grooming, we have a public pet wash, we have a pet taxi service,” Scott said.

They consider their facility a pet resort, not a kennel.

“When they stay here, they all have private suites. They are all air-conditioned, they all have TVs in them,” Scott said.

The suites are enclosed and do not look into any other suite. The dogs don’t actually see the other dogs around them, cutting down on stress.

Each TV can be tuned to a channel of the owner’s choosing, providing ambient sound the pups are used to hearing at home.

Sadly, not every dog in the resort has a home. Many are rescues.

“We’ve had countless pups come through. Some intentional surrenders, some that were left behind,” Scott said.

He and Kim both serve on the board for Friends of Fido, which helps the Mahoning County Dog Pound find homes for rescues. Scott is also vice president of Angels for Animals.

In many instances, they and Pet Lodge staff help care for rescued dogs.

“We just teach our girls to go in slowly,” Kim said. “We have gate cards that tell everyone how to handle an iffy pup.”

The McCuskeys often pay for the dogs’ medical costs out of their own pocket.

“We cover 100 percent of the expense of their care here,” Scott said. “Their spay, neuter and heartworm test and vaccinations. Everything — and we simply do it in hopes of finding them a good home.”

To learn more about Pet Lodge USA and for information on how to get involved with the organizations they help, visit them online:

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