Pets of the Week

Jared Bentley • Apr 18, 2019 at 3:18 PM

It was a beautiful afternoon as I drove to the Washington County Animal Shelter today, hoping to see some wonderful, friendly faces.

I got my wish —in the form of four amazing animals who all need a home (and a fifth who just got one). If you think you might have the room on your heart or home for a loving new family member, keep in mind that your local shelters are always looking for good people to pair with good pets.

This week’s Pets of the Week:

• Red and Jelly are friends and roomies at the shelter, and they look after and care for one another as any close pair would. The sad part of such a sweet relationship is always when a breakup occurs, and that is just what’s happening to these two. Jelly, a six-month-old Chihuahua, has been adopted, leaving the five-year-old, chocolate Aussie mix (Red) all on his own. Red is a wonderful friend and protector, and loves to spend time with other dogs, cats, and kids of all ages. He’d be the perfect fit at your place - I promise. Just give him a chance, and don’t leave him at the shelter all by himself.

• Dean (or Pumpkin) is a handsome, laid back, and very sweet orange Tabby who wants to find a home. A one-year-old, neutered male, this domestic short hair loves people and playing around, but is a little confused as to why I wanted to take his picture. Why don’t you take him home and start snapping a few of your own.

• Beth is a sweet and beautiful, six-month-old, spayed, female domestic short hair with a soft cream coat and a lot of heart. She loves people and has an amazingly sweet disposition. She is still a little scared and hesitant to let you go straight to petting or holding, but she gets comfortable once she trusts you, and has a lot of love to give. Share some love and warmth with her this spring.

• Rocky is a very sweet, very active, very handsome boy. A big, white German Shepherd mix, this fella needs a lot of attention and space. At two years old, he has a lot of life to share, and he loves to keep moving. Dealing with heartworms at the present moment, he will soon be ready to go home  —so make sure you have a lot of energy and room for him to run, because once you meet him, you’ll want to take him home.

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