#FurryFriendFriday pets


• "Sheba" is a 2-year-old Mastiff mix, about 60 pounds and needs to gain a few. She was abandoned with "Jax" for about a week after her previous owners moved and didn't take the dogs with them. Likes: televised tennis, Christmas lights, hot dogs. Dislikes: raw broccoli, Furbies, being abandoned.

• "Frisk" is a male beagle mix. Likes: Vin Diesel movies, hot dogs, chasing squirrels. Dislikes: Olives, slow cars, being stuck inside on nice days.

• “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. 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.

• “Calla” is a pit mix, 2-3, brought in with another dog in October. She would like to find someone who will take care of her. Likes: chicken nuggets, romping outside, going for walks. Dislikes: thunderstorms, puddles (could get her feet wet), Frank Sinatra.

• Another "Sheba" is a plott hound mix, female, 2-3, around 50 pounds. Likes: eggnog (not spiked, please), popcorn, romping in the snow. Dislikes: green peppers, shellfish (living or dead), The Godfather movies.

• “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.

• "Jacques" (pronounced "Jock") is a middle-age, male terrier mix. May be best as an only child. Likes: soft and warm napping spots, a squirrel-free yard, super hero movies. Dislikes: blinky lights on trees, squirrels, sliding on slippery floors.

• “Barnaby Jones” (AKA "Chip" or "Sherman") is a 2- or 3-year-old beagle mix who had a pretty horrific and untreated case of fleas, but his hair is back and he's looking quite handsome. Very social and playful, about 40 pounds. If you would like an application for Chip, please email rockhaven83@gmail.com. Likes: Taco Tuesday, flea heartworm preventatives (proper care in general, really), beef jerky. Dislikes: willful negligence, fleas, various other pests.

• “Hera" is a female beagle who recently had pups. Likes: when things are quiet, classic rock, birdwatching. Dislikes: general lack of affordable access to birth control, the smell of fish, canned meat.

• “Sassy" is a Walker hound, 2, female. A bit of an escape artist, she can get out of a 4-foot fence and requires physical fencing taller than that. Likes: freedom, collecting wall art with the saying "Live like someone left the gate open," curating her Pinterest boards. Dislikes: restrictions, when a pin on one of her Pinterest boards gets deleted because the original pinner stole something copyrighted, fake British accents.

• "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.

• "Sugar" is a pit mix, 1-2, female. She's working on housebreaking and loves to hang out with kids. She's around 50 pounds. If you would like an application for Sugar, email rockhaven83@gmail.com. Likes: bounding, looking out the window, watching Grey's Anatomy. Dislikes: Shonda Rhimes (how many favorite characters have to die before you're satisfied, Shonda? How many?), televised fishing (really?), when her phone doesn't ding when she gets a message.

• "Koda" is a male husky mix, 2 years, about 60 pounds. The family who surrendered him said he is housebroken. Likes: snow, prancing in the snow, being a drama queen. Dislikes: having to come inside from the snow, getting his paws wiped off, The Establishment™.

• "Sansa" is a female shepherd mix. Needs to be an only child. Likes: lemon cakes, naps, really good barbecue. Dislikes: dry hamburgers (she'll still eat them, but come on, burgers aren't that hard), mustard, being woken up before noon.

• "Orion" is an 8-month-old, male mastiff-Pyrenees mix. Sweet and loveable with some growing to do. If you would like an application for him, please email rockhaven83@gmail.com. Likes: romping, sticks, ear scritchies. Dislikes: loud voices, when his biscuits get soggy, making mistakes.

• Another "Hoss," this time, a male shepherd mix, 2, kicked out of the house by jealous Yorkie siblings. His humans tried to make it work, but the Yorkies weren't having it. If you would like an application, email rockhaven83@gmail.com. Likes: Scrolling through his human's Twitter, cheesecake, rampant organization. Dislikes: when the Pinterest button takes you to the blogger's whole Pinterest account instead of saving that recipe to your board, when commercials on the radio repeat twice in the same commercial break, bad driving.


• "Catherine the Great" is a female, Maine Coon mix, with a calico pattern on the back of her neck. Purrs constantly. Surrendered due to a divorce. Likes: snuggling, amusement park rides, LARPing. Dislikes: snow, rain, when she forgets her coffee in the microwave and it gets cold.

• "Teddy Bear" is a male cat with lots of personality. Likes: being snuggled (but on his terms), watching uncomfortable weather from the comfort of the couch through the window, ending dust bunnies. Dislikes: carrots of any kind, unexpected ghosts, the existential dread he feels once weekly.

• "Jenny" is a 7-year-old calico cat, front declawed. Likes: watching out the window, binge-watching CNN, reading The Atlantic. Dislikes: when outside the window is boring, people who yell, election season.

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.



I just love the( likes and dislikes) on the Furry Friend Friday pet descriptions! Someone is a genius, that writes them.

Hi, genamorris! This is Kate Wehlann, the Leader staff writer, and I get the fun task of writing the descriptions. I used to just list what the animal shelter website, but that got boring, so I started giving them likes and dislikes and naming the pets that didn't already have names. The AKA names in parentheses are names given to the pets after I initially named them on salemleader.com. My hope is the descriptions might make people take notice of pets, especially the ones like Hoss the pit, who have been there for several months now, and hopefully find them homes. I'm glad you like them!

Someone is a genius for writing the "likes and dislikes" on the furry pets descriptions.

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