#FurryFriendFriday pets

Jacque, Pearl, Ellis and Fisk 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.

• "KK" is a female heeler mix, about 45 pounds, whose previous owner had to move and couldn't take her with them. Previous owner said KK was great with a child with special needs and another individual who was in a wheel chair. Housebroken and fine with other dogs. She is scared at the shelter and unsure why she is there. She has some hair loss on her back from flea dermatitis. Likes: cheese, pats, fine porceline figurines. Dislikes: fleas, the current state of the economy, beans.

• “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.

• “Rocky” is a male, boxer mix, about 1 year old, around 50 pounds right now, but needs to fill out a bit more. Likes: Really tough chew bones in red or blue, but not green, apple cores, rolling in blankets until he’s a burrito. Dislikes: caramel sauce (sticky), hip hop music, being picked up off the ground.

• “Carolina” is a female Lab mix, black, about a year old, may be best as an only dog, but the shelter is continuing to evaluate her. Likes: good spicy barbecue, banana pudding, chilling on the beach. Dislikes: rudeness, lumpy biscuits (she’ll eat them, but she’ll be disappointed), rain right after she got her hair done.

• “Finchley” (AKA Bentley) is a red tick-heeler mix, about 50 pounds. Likes: African violets, corn chips, frolicking. Dislikes: angry parrots, carrots, shouty commercials.

• "Ellis" is a female heeler mix, 1, needs a job. She's a working breed with a lot of energy. Shelter staff say she will be great dog when she has a way to get some exercise and burn off that energy, so she's not a dog for someone who does not have an active lifestyle. Likes: bounding, doing leaf pile cannonballs, sheep. Dislikes: boredom, small spaces, Heath bars. 

• "Antonio" is a white boxer, 5, around 55 pounds. Likes: Bacon, Netflix cooking show marathons, making fine French pastries. Dislikes: watching racing of any kind, being put in a costume, televised fishing.

• “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 outgoing now. If you would like an application for Reuban/Buddy, email rockhaven83@gmail.com. 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.

• "Hector" is a black and white, male pointer mix, 1 year old, about 45 pounds. He started hanging around someone's house and after a week of not being able to find an owner, they brought him to the shelter. Submissive. Likes: hanging out in the backyard, barbecues, when someone gets up and he can take their seat. Dislikes: having to give up the seat he rightfully stolen, rainy days, dust.

• "Otto" is a black and white, young adult pit mix, found chasing cars on 135. Likes: cars, trains, planes. Dislikes: buses, boats, bicycles.

• "Helle" is a black Lab mix, about a year old, around 40 pounds, submissive to other dogs and good with kids. Likes: Greek food (except olives), bounding on green, grassy hills, napping in the sun. Dislikes: stairs, social media (except Instagram), the color fuschia.

• "Jacque" is a male catahoula mix, between 1 and 2, about 45 pounds. Likes: peanut butter, orange-scented cleaners, building forts in the living room with the couch cushions. Dislikes: tea, doilies, plastic bottles as toys (how DARE YOU! — HE DESERVES REAL TOYS! IT DOESN'T MATTER THAT HE WILL PLAY WITH PLASTIC BOTTLES MORE OFTEN THAN THE EXPENSIVE TOYS FROM THE PET STORE).

• “Astoria” is a Lab-terrier mix, about 3 years old, around 35 pounds. No dog issues. Social and quiet. Likes: pasta, foreign films, country music. Dislikes: Roombas, lint, bobby pins.

• “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.

• "Tiernan" is a male, black Lab mix, 2-3 years old, about 45 pounds. Likes: European stand-up comedy, true crime shows, adult coloring books. Dislikes: tennis balls starting to get stringy and frizzy, slippery hardwood floors, bad Twitter feeds.

• “Chance” is a male beagle mix, about 2 years old, about 35 pounds. He showed up at someone’s house, but their dogs didn’t like him, so they brought him to the shelter for a shot at a home where everyone did like him. Still, he doesn’t seem to have problems with other dogs. Likes: romping, making friends, those little pumpkins the size of baseballs. Dislike: angry, barky dogs, squirrels in his yard, the rise of social media.

• “Rufus” is a black Lab, between 4 and 6 years old, around 65 pounds, who spent the first years of his life on a chain. He’s not as confident as other dogs and may not have had much interaction with other dogs. Likes: interior decorating, finger (paw?) painting, goldfinches. Dislikes: chains, being alone, being in a crowd.

• "Disney" is a 2-year-old female, Catahoula-shepherd mix, about 45 to 50 pounds. Surrendered because her owner could no longer keep her, but her previous human said she's good with kids. Likes: DreamWorks movies (ironically enough — they just take more risks with storytelling!), kitchen appliances used as weaponry in movies, mice with high-pitched voices. Dislikes: angry ducks, villians with motifs in any color but green, pumpkin seeds.

• "Rico" is a boxer-hound mix, about 50 pounds. Outgoing and very social. He's OK with other dogs and his previous owner said he's been around smaller dogs in the past. Likes: bodies of water (oceans, lakes, ponds, streams, creaks, your glass of water you left out within tongue's reach), beef jerky, ska bands. Dislikes: sand, canned tuna, people who think "cups" are an instrument.

• "Nova" is a pit mix. She lost her leg either due to a trap or it being shot off, but she gets around just fine on three. She's social with people and other dogs and is currently in foster care, but just wants a forever home. For an application to adopt her, please email rockhaven83@gmail.com. Likes: scampering, long rambles through the woods, wiggling. Dislikes: inhumane traps, mint anything, mushrooms.

Cats

• “Yum Yum” is an orange male cat, 6 years old, neutered, well fed, cool with dogs. 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.

• “Fisk" is a striped kitten with a white chest and socks. Likes: riding the roomba, graham crackers, dipping her paw into her water bowl and drinking water drip by drip from her toes. Dislikes: pumpkins, when people buy them knicknacks, dry erase markers.

• "Athos, Porthos and Aramis" are three kittens — two stripey brown, one black — one of whom is very ready to get out of the shelter. Like: TV quiz shows, Dancing With the Stars, selling cheap jewelry on eBay. Dislike: envelopes that aren't self-adhesive, offensive people, duels.

• "Wanda" and "Pietro" are a pair of orange-striped kittens. Like: going really fast, warping reality, comic books. Dislike: Hollywood's take on most books, the current minimum wage, getting their feet wet.

• “Wix” is a gray tiger kitten. Not angry, just disappointed. Likes: reading classical literature, detailed embroidery, heavy metal music. Dislikes: celebrity gossip, quilts too heavy for the weather, glitter.

• "Orion" is an orange and white cat who turned up at the shelter wearing a collar with a bell. Shelter staff are sure there's an owner somewhere.

• "Reba" is a female, dilute calico. She came in with a litter of kittens and now it's time for her to find a forever home. Likes: safe and reliable birth control, visits to the spa, pumpkin spice lattes. Dislikes: Reese's cups with the Reese's Pieces in them (why, Hershey? Why?), lukewarm water, getting dirty.

• "Pearl" is a 3-year-old female cat, gray and white, sweet. Dropped off at the shelter after her owner was evicted. Likes: watching fish tanks at Walmart, running hard through the house at 2 a.m., attending mysterious cat meetings to which no human is invited. Dislikes: when humans try to follow her to the mysterious cat meetings, running out of nip just when life is the most stressful and no one with thumbs is willing to go to the store to get more, social media drama.

• "Jinxie" is a female Siamese cat, adopted from the shelter and then returned. Her new owner said she wasn't using the litter box; however she is a front declaw and sometimes they don't like coarse litter because it hurts their feet. She's never any litter box issues at the shelter. Likes: watching synchronized swimming, extreme dust bunny elimination, managing her own social media empire. Dislikes: getting wet, the vaccum, canned tuna (freshly grilled or baked or not at all).

• "Longfellow" is a long-haired gray kitten. Likes: pursuing their PhD in European literature, grunge music, pretzels. Dislikes: mustard, snow, reality television.

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 Tuesday through Friday, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 11 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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