Pets of the Week

Jared Bentley • Jan 11, 2018 at 4:04 PM

The weather has been nuts this winter, with temperatures dropping and rising faster than the Bitcoin market, and the animals at the shelter are making the most of it. Sweaters on Monday, outdoor running on Wednesday, and the majority of the day still spent in a tiny, concrete cell.

Those hours are the most difficult. The lonely times when these prospective pets wish for nothing more than a few kind smiles and words, and some contact from a loving hand. If you think you can do that, please visit. Once you’re there, you’ll find it hard not to want to help.

If that’s the case, volunteer. If you can’t volunteer, donate what you can. Especially if you can donate your home and family to a dog or cat who deserves it. Adopt a shelter pet, and you’ll love every day of it for the rest of their lives.

This week’s Pets of the Week:

• Bear is a seven-and-a-half-year-old neutered male Beagle who loves people. He has a big smile and a loving personality and soaks in love at every opportunity. He is a cuddler and a companion, and is used to being the only dog in the family. Take him home and let him show you why this breed is so popular. 

• DB Cooper is a black adult male domestic short hair who loves to be held and wants you to pet him for hours. He is loving and sweet and in need of company - he’s willing to give as much as you can take. He is also a polydactyl feline who exhibits no difficulties getting around - he’s just got some extra toes to count. 

• Simon is a five-to-six-year-old neutered male Retriever with a very shy and timid demeanor. He is said to take a while to warm to other dogs, but when I was there, he visited freely and tried to make new friends. He is a big, handsome dog. Kennel-trained and very kid friendly, and ready to go home with you.

• Maggie has been at the shelter for more than a year, and she sure could use a break from the every day monotony. She needs a home, and this black and white nine year old spayed female would be a great addition to yours, if you have the room and the time. She is camera shy, but loves people, and wants to prove it to you, so pay her a visit and spend some time. 

You can visit the Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter at 3411 N. Roan St., or visit them online at tailchaser.org. You can also call at 423-926-8769.

Other local shelters:

Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter

135 Sycamore Shoals Road


Unicoi County Animal Shelter

185 N. Industrial Drive, Erwin

Phone: 423-743-3071

Bridge Home No Kill Animal Rescue

2061 Tenn. Highway 75, Blountville


Kingsport Animal Shelter

2141 Idle Hour Road


Sullivan County Animal Shelter

380 Massengill Road, Blountville


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