#FurryFriendFriday pets

Longfellow, Antonio, Lily and Francessca are all waiting for you at the shelter!

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 lovely 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.

• “Reese” is a female Lab mix, 1 year, about 45 pounds. Shelter staff say she could use some obedience training. “Instead of putting in the time and effort to help a young dog, they brought her to the shelter. Owner said she is hyper and a runner. Sweet girl. A little time and training and she will be a great dog.” Likes: room to run and play, learning new skills, antiquing. Dislikes: long lines, when couponers take all the sale items leaving none for people who only want one or two bottles of shampoo (then sell them on local for-sale Facebook pages), broccoli.

• “Rocky” is a male, boxer mix, about 1 year old, around 50 pounds right now, but needs to fill out a bit more. Likes: Really tough chew bones in red or blue, but not green, apple cores, rolling in blankets until he’s a burrito. Dislikes: caramel sauce (sticky), hip hop music, being picked up off the ground.

• “Carolina” is a female Lab mix, black, about a year old, may be best as an only dog, but the shelter is continuing to evaluate her. Likes: good spicy barbecue, banana pudding, chilling on the beach. Dislikes: rudeness, lumpy biscuits (she’ll eat them, but she’ll be disappointed), rain right after she got her hair done.

• “Finchley” (AKA Bentley) is a red tick-heeler mix, about 50 pounds. Likes: African violets, corn chips, frolicking. Dislikes: angry parrots, carrots, shouty commercials.

• "Antonio" is a white boxer, 5, around 55 pounds. Likes: Bacon, Netflix cooking show marathons, making fine French pastries. Dislikes: watching racing of any kind, being put in a costume, televised fishing.

• “Reuban” (AKA “Buddy”) is a male boxer mix, brindle and white, 2-3 years old, about 50 pounds. He always looks so worried; perhaps he was concerned he might not ever get moved into a foster home. His luck has changed. He is now in foster care and is much happier and outgoing now. If you would like an application for Reuban/Buddy, email rockhaven83@gmail.com. Likes: quiet days at the lake, chasing bubbles, watching TV shows about cars. Dislikes: bad cable connections, the beeping from the microwave (food shouldn’t have to make that noise), celebrity gossip on the news.

• “Francesca” is a heeler-terrier mix, 1 year, about 40 pounds. Likes: comedians who yell everything, over-grilled chicken, those rye croutons. Dislikes: fortune cookies, raisins, spiders.

• "Hector" is a black and white, male pointer mix, 1 year old, about 45 pounds. He started hanging around someone's house and after a week of not being able to find an owner, they brought him to the shelter. Submissive. Likes: hanging out in the backyard, barbecues, when someone gets up and he can take their seat. Dislikes: having to give up the seat he rightfully stolen, rainy days, dust.

• "Otto" is a black and white, young adult pit mix, found chasing cars on 135. Likes: cars, trains, planes. Dislikes: buses, boats, bicycles.

• "Helle" is a black Lab mix, about a year old, around 40 pounds, submissive to other dogs and good with kids. Likes: Greek food (except olives), bounding on green, grassy hills, napping in the sun. Dislikes: stairs, social media (except Instagram), the color fuschia.

• “Astoria” is a Lab-terrier mix, about 3 years old, around 35 pounds. No dog issues. Social and quiet. Likes: pasta, foreign films, country music. Dislikes: Roombas, lint, bobby pins.

• “Miss Bear” is an Aussie mix, 5 years old, spayed. Probably best as an only child, needs physical fencing as she chases cars, door darter, but good with kids and cats. Likes: freedom, wide-open spaces, catching cars. Dislikes: the conundrum of what to do with a car once she’s caught it, lack of anyone paying attention to her for the slightest moment, the smell of fish.

• “Chance” is a male beagle mix, about 2 years old, about 35 pounds. He showed up at someone’s house, but their dogs didn’t like him, so they brought him to the shelter for a shot at a home where everyone did like him. Still, he doesn’t seem to have problems with other dogs. Likes: romping, making friends, those little pumpkins the size of baseballs. Dislike: angry, barky dogs, squirrels in his yard, the rise of social media.

• “Rufus” is a black Lab, between 4 and 6 years old, around 65 pounds, who spent the first years of his life on a chain. He’s not as confident as other dogs and may not have had much interaction with other dogs. Likes: interior decorating, finger (paw?) painting, goldfinches. Dislikes: chains, being alone, being in a crowd.

• "Disney" is a 2-year-old female, Catahoula-shepherd mix, about 45 to 50 pounds. Surrendered because her owner could no longer keep her, but her previous human said she's good with kids. Likes: DreamWorks movies (ironically enough — they just take more risks with storytelling!), kitchen appliances used as weaponry in movies, mice with high-pitched voices. Dislikes: angry ducks, villians with motifs in any color but green, pumpkin seeds.

• "Rico" is a boxer-hound mix, about 50 pounds. Outgoing and very social. He's OK with other dogs and his previous owner said he's been around smaller dogs in the past. Likes: bodies of water (oceans, lakes, ponds, streams, creaks, your glass of water you left out within tongue's reach), beef jerky, ska bands. Dislikes: sand, canned tuna, people who think "cups" are an instrument.

• "Nova" is a pit mix. She lost her leg either due to a trap or it being shot off, but she gets around just fine on three. She's social with people and other dogs and is currently in foster care, but just wants a forever home. For an application to adopt her, please email rockhaven83@gmail.com. Likes: scampering, long rambles through the woods, wiggling. Dislikes: inhumane traps, mint anything, mushrooms.

Cats

• “Yum Yum” is an orange male cat, 6 years old, neutered, well fed, cool with dogs. Likes: boxes, finding an extra piece of kibble behind his bowl, being adopted. Dislikes: having to actually climb into the boxes, when he can see the bottom of his bowl through the food (he’s about to starve), static electricity.

• “Mrs. Flufflesworth” is a female cat with beautiful green eyes and dark brown markings. Likes: chasing the red dot, having to be out among the rabble, carbonated beverages. Dislikes: lint, that one guy who compared her to Chewbacca, squash.

• “Fizzywickett” is a young adult cat, beautiful. Likes: Chicken nuggets, lightly fried fish fillets, evenings at the symphony. Dislikes: anyone who makes fun of her name, anyone who forgets the second “T” in her name, when people clap between movements at the symphony.

• "Optimus Prime" is a kitten, yellow and black stripes, superpowered ears. Likes: law, order, justice. Dislikes: the Law & Order television franchise, cowardice, Decepticons.

• “Beelzebub” is a long-haired white kitten, about 8 weeks old. Likes: torturing the damned, tending their sulphur pits, playing with brimstone. Dislikes: harp music, lint, feathers.

• “Pip” is a long-haired gray and white kitten, about 8 weeks. Looks like a soulful-eyed dust bunny. Likes: the color pink, being a cat, their own magnificent hair. Dislikes: vaccums, sneaky pickles, getting water on their face while getting a drink.

• “Wix” is a gray tiger kitten. Not angry, just disappointed. Likes: reading classical literature, detailed embroidery, heavy metal music. Dislikes: celebrity gossip, quilts too heavy for the weather, glitter.

• "Reba" is a female, dilute calico. She came in with a litter of kittens and now it's time for her to find a forever home. Likes: safe and reliable birth control, visits to the spa, pumpkin spice lattes. Dislikes: Reese's cups with the Reese's Pieces in them (why, Hershey? Why?), lukewarm water, getting dirty.

• "Orion" is an orange and white cat who turned up at the shelter wearing a collar with a bell. Shelter staff are sure there's an owner somewhere.

• "Rey" is an adult dilute calico, turned into the shelter when her owner had to move. Likes: watching the occupants of fish bowls, when humans stay put, hiding in dresser drawers. Dislikes: phone notifications that sound like birds, when humans wake her up to take pictures for their Instagram accounts, hand sanitizer.

• “Lily” is a male tiger cat (yes, male), wo was brought to the shelter because his human could no longer care for him. He’s very sweet and loving and is ready for a new home. Likes: classic rock, shiny rocks, rocking with you in a rocking chair. Dislikes: the overall passage of time, Cheez-Its, rap music.

• "Jinxie" is a female Siamese cat, adopted from the shelter and then returned. Her new owner said she wasn't using the litter box; however she is a front declaw and sometimes they don't like coarse litter because it hurts their feet. She's never any litter box issues at the shelter. Likes: watching synchronized swimming, extreme dust bunny elimination, managing her own social media empire. Dislikes: getting wet, the vaccum, canned tuna (freshly grilled or baked or not at all).

• "Longfellow" is a long-haired gray kitten. Likes: pursuing their PhD in European literature, grunge music, pretzels. Dislikes: mustard, snow, reality television.

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 Tuesday through Friday, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 11 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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