#FurryFriendFriday pets

Selti, Francessca, Professor Vividworth and Reuban/Buddy are waiting for you at the shelter!

Dogs

• “Mhera” is a 3- or 4-year-old, female shepherd mix who’s not great with young children and has no interest in other dogs, but she does know how to sit and beg and walks well on a leash. If you would like an application for this lovely lady, please email rockhaven83@gmail.com. Likes: alone time, nature documentaries, when things go her way. Dislikes: goldfinches, artificial sweeteners, people on Facebook who can’t make a post without mentioning the essential oils/dietary supplements/acne creams they sell on the side.

• "Perry" is a beagle mix, 2 years, male, about 40 pounds. He has no issues with other dogs and is quite social. Likes: the "Homeward Bound" movies, popra (is seen frequently lip syncing to Josh Groban), roasted broccoli. Dislikes: roasted cauliflower, Cheese Wiz (only the real stuff for him), country music.

• "Reese" is a female Lab mix, 1 year, about 45 pounds. Shelter staff say she could use some obedience training. "Instead of putting in the time and effort to help a young dog, they brought her to the shelter. Owner said she is hyper and a runner. Sweet girl. A little time and training and she will be a great dog." Likes: room to run and play, learning new skills, antiquing. Dislikes: long lines, when couponers take all the sale items leaving none for people who only want one or two bottles of shampoo (then sell them on local for-sale Facebook pages), broccoli.

• "Skye" is a 5-month-old female mix. Turned into the shelter because her humans didn't have time for her. She's not completely housebroken, but the family said she didn't make a mess in the house. If you would like an application for Skye, please email rockhaven83@gmail.com. Likes: salad with creamy dressing, watching the yard for anything that moves, Twitter. Dislikes: vinaigrettes in any way, shape or form, when people treat ordering coffee like it's a hobby, Snapchat.

• "Baxter" is a chow mix, about 5 years old. Ran out of a cornfield and narrowly missed being hit by a car. He's a bit thin, but still around 50 pounds. Shelter staff have not observed any issues with other dogs and he didn't not show any interest in cats. He's a fluffy, social boy who's hoping his luck holds and he finds a new home soon. Likes: pickle chips, ice cubes, de-frizz serum. Dislikes: humidity, soap that smells like baked goods (that soap is full of lies), car shows.

• "Diva" is a heartworm-positive, 3-year-old pit bull mix. She's undergone her first heartworm treatment and is doing well. Rescue only. She hasn't had a great life and was apparently chained up at some point. She had wounds on her leg and foot from a chain being wrapped around her back leg and digging in. She is calm and quiet and good with other dogs. About 30 pounds. Likes: space to wander alone with her thoughts, someone to snuggle with, ice cream (no chocolate, please). Dislikes: chains, her lack of access to responsible heartworm prevention, email scams.

• "Finchley" is a red tick-heeler mix. Likes: African violets, corn chips, frolicking. Dislikes: angry parrots, carrots, shouty commercials.

• "Reuban" (AKA "Buddy") is a male boxer mix, brindle and white, 2-3 years old, about 50 pounds. He always looks so worried; perhaps he was concerned he might not ever get moved into a foster home. His luck has changed. He is now in foster care and is much happier and out going now. Likes: quiet days at the lake, chasing bubbles, watching TV shows about cars. Dislikes: bad cable connections, the beeping from the microwave (food shouldn't have to make that noise), celebrity gossip on the news.

• "Francesca" is a heeler-terrier mix, 1 year, about 40 pounds. Likes: comedians who yell everything, over-grilled chicken, those rye croutons. Dislikes: fortune cookies, raisins, spiders.

• "Millie" is a female, chocolate Lab-pit mix, about 1 year old, about 35 pounds. She hasn't been taken care of very well. Her ears have very little hair and she has scabs on both ears. Nonetheless, she gets along fine with other dogs and is a pretty happy girl. She's currently in foster care, so if you would like an application, please email rockhaven83@gmail.com. Likes: regular flea, tick and heartworm treatments, when the people leave so she can flip her pillows around pretending she's a juggler in the circus, when she gets the pillows tidied up and she's where she's supposed to be before the humans get home. Dislikes: pineapples in general, ostriches, sad music.

• "Wendi" is a female, young adult dog, abandoned by her previous human and a neighbor brought her to the shelter. Likes: romping, fetch, rolling in the grass. Dislikes: tornado sirens, police sirens, firetruck sirens.

• "Chase/Clark" is a shepherd-retriever mix, about 40 pounds, with a beautiful coat and beautiful eyes. Heartworm positive. Likes: organization, weeding, watching DIY videos on YouTube. Dislikes: not being able to complete the projects on the DIY videos, getting dirty, when people litter.

• "Astoria" is a black Lab, about 3 years old, a bit uncertain at the shelter. Likes: pasta, foreign films, country music. Dislikes: Roombas, lint, bobby pins.

"Lucky" is a male, Lab mix. Surrendered for killing chickens. Likes: playing in the sun, sleeping in the shade, leftovers (preferably from your plate). Dislikes: anything more formal than business casual attire (no ties ever; hard to tie without thumbs), soggy French fries (he'll eat them, but he won't be happy about them), mean, barky dogs.

• "Miss Bear" is an Aussie mix, 5 years old, spayed. Probably best as an only child, needs physical fencing as she chases cars, door darter, but good with kids and cats. Likes: freedom, wide-open spaces, catching cars. Dislikes: the conundrum of what to do with a car once she's caught it, lack of anyone paying attention to her for the slightest moment, the smell of fish.

Cats

• "Yum Yum" is an orange male cat, 6 years old, neutered, well fed. Likes: boxes, finding an extra piece of kibble behind his bowl, being adopted. Dislikes: having to actually climb into the boxes, when he can see the bottom of his bowl through the food (he's about to starve), static electricity.

• "Zuri" is a black kitten. Likes: pretending to be a panther, Ritz crackers, watching "The Aristocrats." Dislikes: poorly made local commercials, alfalfa, getting their claw stuck on carpet.

• "Georgette" is a beautiful gray, stripey cat. Likes: exploring, climbing filing cabinets and rearranging your filing system, lurking behind doors and pouncing on your feet as you walk past. Dislikes: totalitarian governments, facism, pickles.

• "Selti" is a Russian blue mix. Likes: blini, those little nesting dolls, Tchaikovsky. Dislikes: Capitalism, kvass, bears.

• "Phantom" is a gray tiger cat. Likes: sneaking, watching you from behind that boot by the door in the kitchen, sticky rice. Dislikes: Andrew Lloyd Webber, little half-face masks, opera.

• "Mischief" is a black and white kitten. Likes: discord, chaos, meatloaf. Dislikes: sparkling water, poorly mixed pudding mix, sand.

• "Gayne" is a gray kitten, 4 months. Likes: Being the boss, complex mathematics, the half-built rocket ship they're currently working on in your garage. Dislikes: getting dirty, when engineers won't take them seriously because they're a cat, lasers.

• "Santana" is a white cat with some markings. Likes: Latin music, black magic women, waiting for the king and queen of soul to sing around. Dislikes: when you turn your back on me, baby; being a victim of their time; beautiful distractions.

• "Wix" is a gray tiger kitten. Likes: reading classical literature, detailed embroidery, heavy metal music. Dislikes: celebrity gossip, quilts too heavy for the weather, glitter.

• "Professor Vividworth" is a calico cat. Likes: medieval poetry, anything by Edgar Allen Poe, purring. Dislikes: bowtie pasta, when people disagree with her on Twitter, podcasts that have long introduction songs.

Adoption fees include rabies shot and normal cost of spay and neuter. Adoption cost for dogs is $80 and $50 for cats. The return-to-owner fee is $10, plus a $2 per-day board fee and proof of rabies shot or another $10.

Shelter hours are Monday through Friday, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Closed on Sunday and holidays. Contact Salem Animal Control or the Salem Shelter at 812-883-3673 or Washington County Animal Control at 812-883-5999.

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