Pets of the Week

Jared Bentley • Sep 4, 2019 at 10:42 AM

There was a decent crowd when I visited this week, and the staff at the Washington County Animal Shelter always keeps things clean and moving, so it wasn’t quite as depressing as it sometimes can be to visit animals in captivity. It also helps when you see people who like to be hands on with the animals, walking dogs, petting and holding cats, and sitting and spending time. Here are a few of the animals they got to spend time with —our Pets of the Week:

• Salt and Pepper are two-to-three-month-old male gerbils who like to run and play, eat and sleep, and do all the things gerbils are prone to do. If you think you might like a pet at home, but you don’t want the responsibility that comes with owning a dog or cat, gerbils can be somewhat less worrisome and easier to care for, and they’re super cute little bundles of hair and fun as well. Come visit Salt and Pepper.

• Rabbits! There are several furry little bunny rabbits on hand at the shelter right now, both male and female. Most are fuzzy and white, with some of those adding some spots along the way, but there is also a big, friendly, two year old, male, brown rabbit named Wanderer who would love to go home with someone soon. If you like rabbits, you need to visit the shelter soon, and make room for new additions.

• Rieko is a sweet, little fella with a jet black coat and a big heart. He loves people, loves being held, and loves playing and having fun. He is six weeks old, very active and playful, and very open to being a part of your home and family. Pay him a visit!

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