• "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.
• "Hank" is a 4-5-year-old male pit mix, very nice, plays well with other dogs, around 55 pounds. Likes: corndogs, mustard, gardening. Dislikes: when people call hot dogs "franks," allergy season, when the bachelor gives the rose to the wrong girl on TV.
• “Hoss” is a male pit bull, 2 years, who has been waiting at the shelter for several weeks, 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 email@example.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.
• "Chief" is a shepherd-heeler mix, about 1 year old and about 45 pounds. He's all white with some brown speckles on the tips of his ears. He can hear. Needs a home with older children (10 and up) because he loves to herd and is not a fan of cats or chickens in the worst way. He belonged to an Amish family that was getting ready to shoot him for chasing their chickens, but another man at the property said he would take him instead of letting them kill Chief. The man already had another dog and couldn't keep him, so he brought him to the shelter. Likes: organization, sorting things into groups, chicken prepared any way the chef likes. Dislikes: firearms, the smell of onions, baked potato chips.
• "Rusty" is a male Lab-boxer mix, around 2 years and 55 pounds. Likes: egg rolls, the rise of Twitter, political memoirs. Dislikes: gossip magazines, the entire idea of hummus, budget cuts for public education.
• "Arabella" is an older, female chocolate Lab. Likes: reruns of the Golden Girls, rides in the car, going BMX biking events. Dislikes: Hawaiian shirts on non-Hawaiians, shag carpeting, when people put those plastic covers on all their furniture.
• "Millie" is a 2-year-old female, brindle and white, surrendered with two others. Likes: cooking shows, soft beds, stolen cupcakes. Dislikes: hunting shows, mud, bread and butter pickles.
• "George" is a senior male chocolate Lab. He has some cataracts, but lots of spunk. Shelter staff believe he'll be a great dog for the right person. Likes: watching reruns of "Cheers," naps, participating in competitive speedboat racing. Dislikes: cars without sunroofs, people who won't let him put his feet on the headrests so he can stick his head out of the sunroof, just safety rules in general.
• "Triton" is an American bulldog, male, 7 months, looking for a new home as his last family is expanding. He needs some work with manners and is very active. Likes: ruling the seven seas, a nice seaweed wrap, all-you-can-eat shrimp deals at restaurants. Dislikes: when his wayward teenage daughter trades her voice for a pair of legs, ocean pollution, oil spills.
• "Daisy" is a 3-year-old female, black and tan, surrendered with two others. Likes: late-night conversations, watching the sun rise, waffles (extra syrup, hold the butter). Dislikes: iced tea, the notion of gluten-free bagels, people who leave dogs on chains in the backyard and only visit them to put food in their bowls.
• "Reginald" is a redtick hound mix, male, 2-3 years old. Likes: looking puzzled until someone gives him a treat, watching documentaries on Netflix while you're at work, chasing leaves in the fall. Dislikes: televised fishing, unrealistic historical fiction, sticky stuff.
• "Winston" is a 2-year-old male Mastiff, around 65 pounds. Likes: being really big, kittens (not as a snack), superhero movies. Dislikes: anti-pit/anti-mastiff rhetoric, getting up before the sun, most karaoke.
• It’s kitten season, so there’s lots to choose from. With the first round of shots and the spay/neuter costs included in the $50 adoption fee, they shelter is more or less paying you to bring kittens home. Come by and check them out! If you surrender a litter of puppies or kittens, you can get the mothers spayed for free — call 812-883-3673. Giving kittens and puppies away for free does not help the community’s pet overpopulation problem. Animals adopted from the shelter are spayed or neutered.
• "Pringle" is a gray tiger kitten, 8 weeks. Likes: stalking dust bunnies, climbing, hang-gliding. Dislikes: when their claws get stuck on the carpet, sneaky pillows, totalitarian dictatorships.
• "Dez" is a tiger kitten who watched their sibling get adopted without them. Likes: watching DIY TV but not actually finishing any projects, playing around on Pinterest, gently tipping items off of tables and onto the floor (hush, it's art). Dislikes: those online lists of Pinterest fails (more like failure to follow directions), when couples on those real estate shows are a little too Stepford, greasy egg rolls.
• "Calliope" and "Thalia" are two young adult calico sisters. Like: funny poetry, great music across genres, snarky characters in TV dramas. Dislike: fake Greek food, limericks, lazy storytelling in long-running TV shows.
• "Marble" is a young adult cat, mostly white with darker markings on their back. Likes: purring like a motorboat, nuzzling, screaming at flies. Dislikes: water beds, mittens, systemic racism.
• "Missa" is a female calico who came into the shelter with her kittens. They're old enough to be weaned, so she's on the hunt for a nice, peaceful forever home where she can live out her empty nest years. Likes: free childcare, nights to herself, chillin' in her leggings and a glass of Pinot Meow (yes, cat-friendly wine is a thing). Dislikes: the lack of access to reliable and affordable birth control, deadbeat dads, when her water bowl is only half-full.
• "Lord Flufferton" is a male Maine Coon mix, currently in foster care. If you would like an application for this handsome guy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Likes: tuna steak, watching out the window for invaders, sitting in front of fans so his hair blows around like he's in a shampoo commercial. Dislikes: overcooked pasta, reality television (except for Real Housewives — it's like watching a train wreck; you can't really look away), orange-scented furniture polish.
• "Zeta" is a gray-striped kitten. Likes: scampering, auditing college classes, jazz music. Dislikes: when humans aren't suitably impressed with her offerings of slain ants she spent whole seconds hunting, westerns, tomatoes.
• "Brenda" is a mother cat ready to find a nice place for an empty nester to settle down. Likes: Broadway soundtracks, listening to podcasts, Purrkinstocks. Dislikes: bad drivers, rowdy teens, people who want to defund NPR.
• “Kore" is an adult cat who was brought in with untreated ear mites and has one ear smaller than the other. Likes: programs that teach ASL in schools like any other language course, music with melody, peaches. Dislikes: the state of the national budget, gas prices, static electricity.
• "Senka" is a beautiful, black spayed female cat with her first rabies shot, so she's ready to go home with you today. Likes: bird watching, fine dining, the new Wonder Woman movie. Dislikes: toxic masculinity, catcallers, getting stuck between the window and the blinds while on watch.
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.