Our mission: To contribute to a better life for animals and to inspire public awareness of animals' needs.
- To provide a safe haven for homeless animals and secure for them permanent, loving and responsible homes
- To prevent and alleviate animal suffering
- To work toward ending the problem of pet over-population through accessible spay/neuter services
- To serve as a source of information and assistance regarding the care and well-being of companion animals
- To prevent the euthanasia of healthy and treatable companion animals
Take Us Home, Please!
These very special dogs (long-time residents at the Adoption Center) have all had their adoption fees sponsored and prepaid. Please tell your friends and neighbors.
[ Contributors to this page: MD = Michelle Deering, JS = Jim Swallow, PT = Peggy Templer ]
Bear's philosophy: Why waste money on toys when there are STICKS? Bear is 4 years young and is happiest when he stretches his Pointer mix legs and uses up some of his boisterous energy. Twigs, limbs and branches have met their match!
Just throw a stick and watch Bear go! Bear needs to learn some manners regarding how to show his enthusiasm. But he is a hoot to watch and the volunteers that work with him love him dearly.
From the beginning, Bear has been, well, a Bear. If he was smaller, his exuberant antics would be cute. But at 80+ lbs, Bear is a real handful of canine energy. As a volunteer, I took him on because it is clear he needs exercise and attention and I have learned to love him dearly. He tries so hard to be a good boy. And the thing he has with sticks is so funny. When Bear feels happy, he expresses it by grabbing the nearest stick and wrestling around with it. He's also a great swimmer and will chase a stick far out into a pond.
For dogs with very high energy, like Bear, the kennel is a stressful environment. The noises, smells and confinement cause him anxiety which Bear exhibits by "spinning" in his kennel and jumping on people. He intimidates other dogs because he will run right up to them and want to play. But if the other dog lets him know he's too rough, Bear will retreat.
When he is in a class environment, Bear shines. He knows sit, down and heel. He loves the discipline and attention. When Bear is on a walk, he is easy to handle once away from the shelter grounds and if he gets too excited, a stick or cookie helps him to find his focus again. Bear needs consistent daily training and someone to keep him up on his manners. He needs a active home and due to his high energy might do best in a only dog household with older respectful kids.
Griz is friendly and loves getting his head scratched. He knows sit, but will need a strong person who will stay on top of his manners.
Griz is not sure of strangers and other dogs on a walk, but he will listen to commands. He is selective with dogs in our playgroups: likes some but not others. Griz will play with Mel for a little while and once tired he will just lay in the sun for the rest of the morning.
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Kual (10) and Luna (6) were a bonded pair who shared everything. Then we lost Luna. Kual is a little shy and got courage from big sister Luna, so now he needs a loving home even more than ever.
Kual loves to linger and smell everything. Kual is laid back waiting for someone to tell him if it's worth the trouble of getting up. He is both gentle and sweet. — MD Kual does have hypothyroidism and will need to be on lifelong thyroid medication. Cats? With proper introduction.
Mel has always been a people dog and we love taking photos of her because her face is so expressive. Mel will do great in a family with older children, but just remember she is a strong girl who needs someone to keep up on her manners. She has had a DNA test that came back with: American Staffordshire Terrier, Bulldog and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.
Don't let a girl named Mel give you the wrong idea. Mel is the most beautiful girl you will ever see. With her adoring and engaging eyes and infectious smile, she makes it clear that you are the center of her world. At first, she can't restrain her enthusiasm and has to jump for joy when you arrive. After getting to know you, she will sit and wait for you to give her a treat and leash her for a walk. She loves to go for walks, chase balls and swim. She is easy with most other dogs, but would love to chase a cat. Your wish is her command, as she desires so much to please. In exchange for your love and attention, she will give you her devotion and prove it with her look and smile. — JS
Dixie will make a great addition to a fun-loving family. Win her heart by tossing sticks for her. Dixie's volunteer dog walker brought her home and she seemed to like her fenced garden and understood when the house cat told her, No. She didn't have an accident inside and she did not beg.
Dixie is in the Buddy program: In-house Obedience Training - knows sit, down, heel, loose leash walking, recall (comes when called) and on desensitizing her for fearful behavior. She is timid with new people and just needs some time to get to know you. Dixie is asking for a patient, loving someone with a quiet home. Cats? With proper introduction.
Leo loves playing with other dogs in our playgroups and was in the Buddy program: In-house Obedience Training- knows sit, down, heel, loose leash walking and recall.
Leo is timid with new people, but once he gets to know you he is a sweet, lovable dog. Volunteer dog walkers are working on desensitizing Leo's sometimes fearful behavior. He doesn't seem to mind cars and likes older children. A patient and sensitive home would brighten Leo greatly. Cats? With proper introduction
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