Pets of the Week

Jared Bentley • Dec 13, 2018 at 4:30 PM

With the holidays upon us, keep in mind that there are hundreds of animals in need at your local shelters, whether you’d like to send them gifts of treats, blankets, food, or toys - or whether you’d like to bring one home (if you are responsible and willing enough to do so).

Can you think of a better gift for a child/person or a prospective pet than a warm new heart and home? If you have the space and the inclination (as well as the time and patience), then I urge you to visit your local Animal Shelter and spend time with some dogs and cats. Spend an afternoon, and find the newest member of your family. Take them home. You’ll be glad you did.

This week’s Pets of the Week were found during a visit to the Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter:

• Jake is a lovable, five-year-old, tan-and-white, male Pitbull with a wonderful personality and temperament. He has been neutered, and has a few issues —he has impaired vision that keeps him moving slowly, but he’s smart enough to cope and adapt and lead a positive, fulfilling life. He is very sweet and calm, and ready to deliver kisses at your home.

• Letty loves people, and people seem to like her pretty well, also. This white and tan Jack Russel/Beagle mix is three years old and active, and she loves kids and playing with other dogs. Having spent time with cats as well, she is ready to go to any home filled with love, so pay her a visit and give her a chance!

• Pookie is a five-year-old, white and tan, neutered male domestic short hair who likes lounging, playing, and purring. He’s a big boy with a great personality, and is quite shy and quiet when you first meet him. I think if you took this handsome fella home, however, he’d be the perfect companion. Give it a shot!

• Squirtle is another handsome, young cat looking for a home. He is only five months old, and his cream and white coat assures that this active, young tabby will stand out amongst the others. He is very sweet and curious, and loves to play (Don’t all kittens?), and he would love to be a part of your home and family.

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