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It is our job as well as our passion to unite deserving pets with appropriate families. Here is a sampling of some of the wonderful animals yearning for permanent homes with local families. Please visit us at the Adoption Center to meet these sweet animals. We are always pleased to arrange trial adoptions to see if one of these dogs and cats, or any of the many others ready for adoption, would fit into your home.

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Wolfie is new to us here. He is getting along great with staff and volunteers, can be choosy with his dog friends though. He is an older gentleman of 6 years old and comes with some training which is always nice. Wolfie walks on a loose leash and knows sit. He will do best in a family with older children since he can still become excited and want to jump up. He loves to run and chase toys, still learning fetch.

Buddy is a two year old black lab mix. He's handsome, smart and playful. Buddy loves walks and attention from his people. He has shown us he will be easy to train and responds well to correction.


Buddy has shown us that he is VERY selective with other dogs. A meet and greet is an absolute must if there are other dogs in the home. Other than that Buddy loves walks, tummy rubs, and is a ton of fun to be around. He would do best in a home that is very active. Buddy has a lot of energy and can play all day!


Molly is a 7 year old, 102 pound German Shepherd. She came to us as an owner surrender. We are hoping to place her in a home who can give her the basic training she needs.



Molly has showed us that she is very energetic and loves to play with her toys. She needs leash training but seems to have good manners. At 102 pounds, she could use more walks and less treats! She is very selective with which dogs she likes. She would do great in a athletic family with older kids! She deserves all of the love and affection in the world!

Blu Roan is new to us and did sometime to adjust to everyone. Now she is loving the doggie playgroups with the other dogs and loves attention from the staff and volunteers. She would do great in a family with older children. She loves the water and will need daily exercise with her medium to high energy. She does know sit, but will need a basic obedience refresher course.

Blu Roan

Blu Roan has a loving and playful nature. She will rub against people like a cat. She is easily startled by loud noises and moving cars on her walks, but happily rides as a passenger. When she is excited she can be a little mouthy. She was surrendered to MCHS because her owner could no longer care for her due to health issues. Blu is waiting to find her forever home!

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Rocky is a 8 month old Shepherd mix. He is a very calm dog for his age! He is good on a loose leash but could use basic obedience training! He came to us as an adoption return because he was not getting along with other dogs. We have been putting him in playgroups with 5-6 dogs and he does absolutely wonderful.

Rocky has a giant loving heart easily seen in his loving eyes. Rocky adores people and loves learning new tricks or playing with his other friends he has made here at the shelter. It takes him a little bit to adjust to new surroundings, but once warmed up he is a very sweet, loving guy. He wants to fill your home with affection!

Flip is a approx. 8 month old Border collie mix. He is unsure on how to be a dog. Flip needs to learn that the world is a safe place. He'd benefit from another dog to show him the ropes. Once Flip trusts someone, he is all jumping jack, wagging, and smiles. He is seeking a devoted human to help him feel safe and secure


Flip came to MCHS because he was running loose on Mitchell Creek and it took six days to catch him. When he came in, all he wanted to do was hide. It took a couple days before Flip realized that we were trying to help him and that he had nothing to be scared of. It takes him a bit to get used to new people. Once he is comfortable, all he wants is to be loved on! Flip needs some basic obedience and leash training, but does respond well to correction. Flip has been put in playgroups with up to 12 dogs and behaved really well. He seems to be OK with cats but proper introduction is an absolute must! Flip would do best in a home where his energetic needs can be fulfilled!


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

Bear's philosophy: Why waste money on toys when there are STICKS? Bear is 5 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 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.

Contributors to this page:
SB = Susan Burke
MD = Michelle Deering
JS = Jim Swallow
PT = Peggy Templer

Please note that this page is updated once a week, and pets shown here may have been recently adopted. Please visit us at the Adoption Center for up-to-the-minute access to available pets.

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Geo is the most cuddly and affectionate 6 year old around. She flops on her back for belly rubs and loves playing in puddles. Geo does great with the younger dogs and can relax and enjoy the flowers with the older ones too here at the Adoption Center. She will not tolerate a cat though.

Geo will need a strong handler who will need to stay up on her manners and basic obedience once home. New surroundings and new smells might intensify her high prey drive. She might do best in a quiet home as the only animal. She does have an allergic skin disease that requires prescription flea control and possibly a hypoallergenic diet. Don't let this stop you from giving this sweet older girl a second chance.

Tank is in the Buddy Program: In-house obedience Training where he is learning sit, down, and loose leash walking. He is easy to train and in one walk learned turn around. Very treat orientated.



Tank loves to play catch: he will go and go and go and tire himself out with chuck-it throws. However, you need two balls because he will not release one unless there is another to chase. And leave time to wrangle the balls from him with a treat when it's time to go because he won't release it without another option, and will try very hard to snatch the ball back up in his mouth. Tank doesn't show well in his kennel, but he's lovable as soon as he gets to know you. He is selective with dogs, likes some but not others.


Tatum is friendly, full of energy, and loves playing with other dogs. This Lab/Mastiff mix does need some Basic Obedience Training; He gets so excited and will jump up on you to say Hi.



Copper is an older charming mixed breed with a heart of gold. He will do great in a family who understands his needs or with a single person to spoil him for the rest of his years. He might be best as an only dog as he loves his people and does not want to share them.


Copper loves people attention, but at 7 years old he can be choosy with his dog friends. He is a sweet boy who is also house trained. He enjoys playing with his rope toys and teddy bear.

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Iris is very friendly and would love someone to call her own. She is a dominant female and will need a strong handler to keep up on her manners. Iris asks for daily exercise to let out all of her energy and a secure fence yard. She knows sit, but can use some loose leash training. No livestock please. We are still getting to know Iris and will have more observations to come.

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