#FurryFriendFriday pets

Oreo, Paisley, Buddy and Choo Choo are waiting for you at the shelter!


• "Athena" is a husky-shepherd mix, female, 1-2 years old and around 45 pounds. She was found in Pekin as a stray and may be best as an only dog. Likes: waxing poetic, getting her own way, her own kiddie pool (or grown-up pool with a floatie). Dislikes: bath time, houseplants, Irish tapdancing.

• "Zoey" is a 1- to 2-year-old, female Lab mix, black and white, about 35 pounds, surrendered by her family when they had to move. She's mostly housebroken; she'll go to the door to ask out but you have to watch. She doesn't give you much notice. She loves to play with other dogs, but would do best with a tolerant dog. Zoey hasn't learned how to greet other dogs properly and will be right in their face. Nothing wrong except some dogs might have a problem with her exuberance. If you would like an application, please email rockhaven83@gmail.com. Likes: her toy ball, her toy bone, long rides in the car that end at the park or the lake or the woods or … Dislikes: car rides that end at the vet, tomatoes, ocean pollution.

• "Gertie" is a 2-3-year-old basset mix, about 45 pounds, low to ground like a basset hound. She's currently in foster care, living in a house with multiple dogs. She's not really a player but is right there with all the others. Not sure about cats. Seems to be housebroken. If you would like an application, please email dragondog.dc@gmail.com. Likes: hosting magnificent garden parties, sniffing things, rollicking comedies featuring Will Ferrell. Dislikes: cleaning up after magnificent garden parties, when things sniff back, poverty.

• "Paisley" is a Lab-pit mix, female, one year old, about 45 pounds. She has a pretty, brindle color and is good with other dogs. Has a Lab face, with a white chest and socks. Likes: meandering through the garden section of Walmart, meandering through the toy section of any pet store, frolicking. Dislikes: peanuts with the shells on (she'll eat them, but is it really too much to ask for shelled peanuts?), pollen in her nose (out of her nose is fine), hornets.

• "Maverick" is a young adult pit bull, tan and white, about 50 pounds. He showed up at someone's house and when they called the number on his collar, the person who answered said they would come and get him. That was a week ago, so the people who found him called to have him picked up and taken to the shelter. Maverick is an easy-going, social guy. Likes: ear scritches, belly scritches, a nice chicken salad. Dislikes: Tuna salad, when people see dandilions and insist they're just weeds (they have flowers, so they're flowers; live a little, people!), when he accidently drops some kibble into his water bowl.

• "Duke" is a brown and white huskey, about 45 pounds, surrendered because his owner did not have enough time to housebreak him. He's a good, handsome boy. If you would like an application, please email rockhaven83@gmail.com. Likes: playing in the snow, sleeping in, singing along with the radio. Dislikes: Mondays, not getting his way, American cheese (he'll eat it, but you can do better).

• "Briita" is a 6-month-old pit mix, tan, cute with a short, little tail, about 35 pounds. She seems unsure how to play with other dogs but thinks she can get the hang of that quickly. Likes: making friends, romping, daydreraming. Dislikes: the idea and practice of celery, being told 'no,' ants.

• "Kendall" is a 2-year-old male Lab-hound mix, about 45 pounds. Seems to do better with female dogs. Likes: sunny napping spots, dismantling the establishment, thwarting his enemies. Dislikes: male dog drama, super loud trucks, pickles.

• "Bella" is a heeler mix, 1-2, about 35 pounds, with beautiful blue eyes. Surrendered with her sister, Oreo, because they kept escaping from their pen and tearing up the garden. She's scared and shy at the shelter. Likes: gardening, fine literature on audiobook, rampant organization. Dislikes: Clutter, rap music, aphids.

• "Oreo" is a heeler mix, 1-2, about 45 pounds, one blue eye, one brown eye. Surrendered with her sister, Bella, because they kept escaping from their pen and tearing up the garden. Oreo is the more outgoing of the two. If you would like an application, please email rockhaven83@gmail.com. Likes: weeding, collecting heirloom seeds, counted cross stitch. Dislikes: finches, overcooked squash, recipe blogs where the first 10 paragraphs are the life story of the blogger instead of getting to the point with the recipe (COME ON, CHERYL, JUST TELL ME WHAT I NEED TO GET AT THE STORE! I DON'T CARE WHAT COMES TO YOUR MIND WHEN YOU SEE LEMONS!)

• "Hannah" is a 2-year-old catahoula mix, about 45 to 50 pounds. She was surrendered with her mother when her owner died and may be best as an only dog. She's gorgeous and great with people. Likes: live action role-play games, listening to her stories, gummy candy. Dislikes: being lonely, Mondays, pollution.

• "Amber" is a 4-year-old catahoula mix. She was surrendered with her daughter when their owner died and may be best as an only dog. She's shy, but social. Likes: sparkly rocks, tacos, autumn. Dislikes: having to leave her sparkly rocks outside, when all the fillings fall out of the tacos because of the crunchy shell, when all the autumn leaves get soggy.

• “Miss Bear” is an Aussie mix, 3 years old, spayed. She acts like a true border collie, always looking for something to herd. She will run a fence and chase cars. She also stalks cats. Staff and her foster humans say they aren't sure she would harm them, but that this may be related to her prey drive. She wants to be top dog, so she needs to be with an experienced dog owner who knows how to work with her or as an only dog. If you would like an application for adoption, please email dragondog.dc@gmail.com. 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.

• "Forseti" is a 4 1/2-year-old male wire-haired fox terrier mix, about 25-30 pounds. Surrendered when his family moved. He's good with kids, OK with dogs and hasn't been around cats. If you would like an application, contact rockhaven83@gmail.com. Likes: pretzels (crunchy and soft), animal-themed knickknacks, dramatic comedies. Dislikes: when his collar shifts and his tags are stuck on the back of his neck, baths, car rides with no open windows.

• "Red" is a male, tan and white, Lab-pit bull, about 50 pounds. Came into the shelter as a stray. Likes: beef wellington, rampant profanity, fine dining. Dislikes: undercooked chicken, overcooked waffles, propriety.

• "Choo Choo" is a chocolate Lab, about 8 years old. He was surrendered because owner did not have enough time for him. Lonesome Choo Choo went to the neighbors every day to lay on their porch. He seems to do better with female dogs and needs some exercise to get the extra weight off (don't we all, Choo Choo. Don't. We. All.). Likes: lounging, potato-based snacks, meat-based snacks. Dislikes: jogging, celery, drama.

• "Sam" is a 2-year-old, male, Walker coon hound, about 60 pounds. He's beautiful with dark, bright colors. He was surrendered by his owner after his owner got hurt and isn't able to hunt. He got Sam two years ago with the intent to train him to hunt. Likes: romping, catching stuff, peanut butter. Dislikes: being kept just for what he's being trained to do, being given up because the activity a human had in mind didn't pan out, dill.

• "Buddy" is a huskey mix, 1 1/2, male, about 50 pounds. He was turned in because he wouldn't stay away from chickens. Underground fences for huskeys, including huskey mixes, aren't generally effective. He has been around kids and other dogs and is great with both. He's in foster care, so if you would like an application, email dragondog.dc@gmail.com. Likes: watching old movies, sticking his head out the window and letting the wind whip his tongue around as you drive through the countryside, a good scratch. Dislikes: when stories create drama with a couple in a committed relationship or even marriage by having one person want kids and the other person not because who is in a relationship that long without having that conversation?, burnt popcorn, birdseed.

• "Bart" is a male, 2- to 3-year-old silver Lab-pit mix, between 45 and 50 pounds, shorter legs. What a gorgeous boy! He has the longer hair of a Lab and that gorgeous blocky head. He loves to play with other dogs and staff say they have never heard him bark at the shelter. If you would like an application, please email rockhaven83@gmail.com. Likes: HBO comedy specials, streaming radio on long car rides, chicken tenders. Dislikes: when no one wants to play, when it rains and he can't romp in the yard, mosquitos.

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, Monday 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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