Shannon and her staff work very hard to provide the animals housed here with the best possible life they can. There’s a lot of attention and love given, and a lot of familiarity developed between the people and the animals, which makes for a great dynamic during my visits — I get to see which dog or cat has made an impression that week.
This week, I got to meet Mouse, who is the current shelter dog, it seems. A chubby little old Chihuahua, Mouse seems to have a free run in the cat rooms, and helps keep an eye on things. If you get a chance, stop by and visit him. He’s a lot of fun to hang out with.
Mouse is not one of my picks for pet of the week, though, because there were several I had already visited with who quickly took the distinction.
Here are this week’s Pets of the Week:
• Jackie is a 6-year-old female Jack Russell Terrier mix with an overly outgoing personality and an incredibly sweet demeanor. She is scared of the camera, and still not comfortable in the shelter setting, so someone should take her away before she becomes so. I can assure you that in the time I was with her, she was extremely well-behaved.
• Bambi is a beautiful, young Pitbull mix who is more than ready to be a part of your family. She is so very sweet and scared, and her eyes will tell you that she doesn’t want to be at the shelter any longer. Tan and white and slender, Bambi would be the perfect dog for a young, active family looking for a smart, engaging companion for a young one to grow alongside. Come take her home!
• Panda is a black-and-white adult female domestic short hair who is currently nursing five adorable kittens. While it is uncommon for someone to adopt a mother and her full litter, I’ll still hold out hope that there’s someone out there who wants to take the whole family home. Come visit with Panda and her children and they might just have you thinking the same thing.
• Joey is another mother nursing a litter, and if you even stopped for a moment to consider the idea of adopting a family, keep in mind that Joey has only three kittens — an even better ratio of new additions for your home! Joey is also a black-and-white domestic short hair, and her kittens are sweet and dependent. She is a dedicated mother and very active with her little ones. Come see for yourself!
You can visit the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter at 135 Sycamore Shoals Drive, Elizabethton, or call 423-547-6359.
Other local shelters:
Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter
3411 N. Roan St., Johnson City
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