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
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