#FurryFriendFriday pets

Hoss has been at the shelter for a very long time and that confused look on his face is because he doesn't understand why someone wouldn't want him.

Dogs

• “Mhera” is a 3- or 4-year-old, female shepherd mix who’s not great with young children and has no interest in other dogs, but she does know how to sit and beg and walks well on a leash. If you would like an application for this little lady, please email rockhaven83@gmail.com. Likes: alone time, nature documentaries, when things go her way. Dislikes: goldfinches, artificial sweeteners, people on Facebook who can’t make a post without mentioning the essential oils/dietary supplements/acne creams they sell on the side.

• “Hoss” is a male pit bull, 2 years, who has been waiting at the shelter for several months, wondering why no one seems to want him. He’s fine with other dogs but absolutely not fine with cats. About 60 pounds. Very friendly, loves everyone he meets, and is always up for a ride in the car. He’s very strong and has a lot of playful energy. He’ll need a home with a fenced yard and no small children. If you would like to fill out an application for Hoss, please email rockhaven83@gmail.com. Likes: hot dogs, bratwursts, steak. Dislikes: cats, when someone steals his spot on the couch when he was only going to be up for a minute, getting wet.

• "Hecate" is a female pit mix, brindle. Came to the shelter full of milk, but the shelter hasn't been able to find her owner or any puppies. Likes: steak, a nice salad, heavy metal music. Dislikes: no easy access to birth control, the rising cost of health insurance, pickles.

• "Lucy" is a young, female mixed dog, brindle and white, aroung 30 pounds. Likes: watching robotics videos on YouTube, unicorns, sweets. Dislikes: cold weather, when the History Channel blames everything on aliens, fizzy drinks.

• "Pax" is a male red tick coonhound, about 8 months old. Will not hunt. Sweet boy, with lots of puppy energy. Likes: small and furry animals, tofu, watching decades of ice dancing on YouTube. Dislikes: Slow internet speeds, being underestimated, when he walks around trees and gets sap on his paws.

• "Dionysus (Denny)" is a 1-year-old Lab mix, tan and white, with a curly tail. Very sweet and gets along well with other dogs. Likes: frivolity, general revelry, rocking out at karaoke night (David Bowie is his specialty). Dislikes: uptight people, the idea of pickle snowcones, the practice of pickle snowcones.

• "Yukon" is a male, husky. Likes: snow, getting what he wants, doing what he wants. Dislikes: the idea of "no" and all associated words, getting up early, mushrooms.

• "Pony" is a 4-year-old male Lab. He's around 70 pounds, good with kids and other dogs, but does need to eat separately or he'll eat everyone else's food, including cat food. No issues with toys; just food. Needs help with housebreaking. If you would like to fill out an application for Pony, please email rockhaven83@gmail.com. Likes: goofing around, snack liberation, swimming (in water? in nacho cheese? Doesn't matter — he's flexible). Dislikes: bad cell service, when the car hits a pothole, anti-climactic movie endings (He gets invested. Screenwriters, do not let him down).

• "Alf" is a senior coonhound, male, acts younger than his teeth suggest. Shelter staff say they've yet to hear him bay. Likes: snoozing with you on the couch, bluegrass music, watching reruns of Friends. Dislikes: rabbits (living or cooked), country rock, getting his ears in his water dish.

Cats

• "Wynifred (Wynn)" is a torti with big, pale eyes. Very social. Likes: guard duty through the window, listening to audiobooks, blogging. Dislikes: Twitter, socks, loud and sudden noises.

• "Oscar" is an orange tiger cat. There's another very similar to him at the shelter. Likes: a mixture of dry and wet food (you have to guess at which ratio — he'll let you know when you're right), when his water is at exactly 58º, being treated like royalty. Dislikes: reality TV, people who post from conspiracy websites without doing anything to check to make sure they're not spreading garbage, silly putty.

• "Schnooks" is an adult gray tiger cat. Likes: drinking water drip by drip from their paws, staring at ghosts, French bread. Dislikes: ghosts, dust mites, fish sticks.

• "Klein" is a male tiger cat. He's quite large, but very social. Likes: gossip, snuggles (on his terms, though, please), a nice salmon filet (grilled with a vegetable medley on the side). Dislikes: when his milk ring gets stuck under the couch, poltergeists, leaf vegetables.

• "Solas" is a black cat with white socks and goatee. Likes: hunting ghosts, begonias, napping on your pillow. Dislikes: ketchup, the way cold medicines do not taste like they're advertised, magnets.

• "Morpheus," "Phoebe" and "Phantasos," are tiger cat siblings (male, female, male), about a year old. Like: Greek food, sleeping, magic. Dislike: nightmares, horror movies, the Clash/Wrath of the Titans movies.

Adoption fees include rabies shot and normal cost of spay and neuter. Adoption cost for dogs is $80 and $50 for cats. The return-to-owner fee is $10, plus a $2 per-day board fee and proof of rabies shot or another $10.

Shelter hours are Monday through Friday, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Closed on Sunday and holidays. Contact Salem Animal Control or the Salem Shelter at 812-883-3673 or Washington County Animal Control at 812-883-5999.

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