Pets of the Week

Jared Bentley • Apr 5, 2018 at 3:28 PM

Today was my first trip back to the Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter since its closing a few weeks ago. There are plenty of healthy, deserving animals still on hand here, still waiting for a wonderful person or family to stop in, visit, and take them home.

They are all in need of love. All in need of a home. All in need of family. And they all deserve it.

Can’t you help them out?

Since closing due to the scare delivered by the parvovirus, the shelter has gone overboard cleaning and scrubbing and making sure the animals have a safe and clean environment in which to live, but that has also left them in a bit of a bind.

While cleaning, they got rid of all their bedding and hard toys for the dogs, so they sure could use any help or donations you could afford to give. If you can’t open your home to a new pet today, please open your heart and make a donation to your local shelter. You’ll be glad you did.

This week’s Pets of the Week:

• Sandy is a spayed adult female domestic short hair who loves the sun, a lazy afternoon, and a good lap to lay in. She has black and white coloring, and would really love to go home with you - she was picked up on Market Street over by the John Sevier Center, and has not been claimed - so, pay her a visit and see if she would be right for your home.

• HokeyPokey is one of the sweetest, cutest, little dogs you will ever see, and he is scared to death. A three-and-a-half-year-old, tan and white, male Jack Russell Terrier mix, Pokey is very shy and wary of anyone who approaches, but if you take the time to let him get to know you, he will be your friend and play mate for life. So sweet, and so handsome —he needs a home with someone who recognizes it.

• Grizzly is a young adult, neutered male domestic shorthair. He is an orange Tabby, and would gladly be your best friend in exchange for a good cuddle. The name may be misleading, because there is nothing bear-ish about this cat, he is cool, calm, and collected, and would love the chance to show you. Come visit, and see for yourself.

• Rafiki is a three-year-old white male Maltese with a little body, bug heart, and huge personality. He was the hit of the shelter when I arrived, and seems to be on a lot of wish lists and requests from people looking for a good dog to take home. If you think you might want a dog like Rafiki in your home, visit the shelter and check on his availability and status.

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

Other local shelters:

Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter

135 Sycamore Shoals Road, Elizabethton


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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