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By Nancy E. Bennett

Friday, February 16, 2018

And Then There Were More

Oscar, 14 years old, male, dachshund. Autumn, 12 years old, female, dachshund mix

What a difference a few weeks can make. At first we had no dogs, then last week we told you about two at the shelter and two more potentially coming. Well, now we have three available dogs at the shelter, two in foster care and two more possibly available soon.

As for the two that were hinted last week to be coming, they have now entered our foster care system. Oscar is a 14-year-old dachshund and Autumn is a 12-year-old dachshund mix. Both are adorably sweet and well socialized with people and other dogs.

Lucee, 7 years old, female, cattle dog/whippet mix

At the moment, they can be seen by arrangement but soon they should be visiting the shelter on a regular schedule. Being older dogs and well bonded with each other, they are looking for one family to adopt them both.

Also new to us is Lucee, a super-cool, medium-sized mix who enjoys playing ball. She is an athlete who would enjoy an active family. Her body shape resembles that of a whippet but we are told she has some cattle dog in her as well. She is a 7-year-old dog with energy but also settles down nicely.

Not to be overshadowed by the new arrivals are Forrest and Phoebe.

Forrest, 7 years old, male, 35-pound mix

You may remember 7-year-old Forrest from last week as the boy with the big ears. If you like dogs who lean into you for a hug, then come meet Forrest. If you like dogs with some pep, then come meet Forrest. If you like dogs that seem happy all the time, then come meet Forrest!

Update: Phoebe has been adopted! Phoebe, a 5-year-old small dog mix, received a lot of attention last week and she is loving it! At first overwhelmed by meeting new people, she now takes it all in stride. This popular girl will likely be heading to her new home soon.

Tags, Microchips, GPS

A few weeks ago, we urged you to make arrangements for your dogs, in case something happens to you. We started that topic by saying that we get a lot of dogs, due to their owners dying (Phoebe, Oscar and Autumn came to us that way). Well, many dogs also enter our system as strays.

Some of these dogs were clearly neglected, but others look like cherished family members, so we are shocked when no owner turns up. Perhaps the dog wandered much farther than the people thought, but there are simple ways to make sure you can find your dog again if he goes missing.

At the very least, you should have a tag on your dog with your cellphone number. Dogs or owners who cannot handle tags jingling should look into collars with the phone number embroidered directly on them or check out the Boomerang tag that slides right onto your dog's collar.

Consider microchipping your dog AND be sure to register your information with the microchip company. Don't forget to update the company if your information changes. Updating is less of a worry than ever since people rarely change their cellphone numbers.

If you have a bolter, wanderer or escape artist, you might want to look at a GPS tracker for your dog. They can be attached to the collar and come in a variety of prices. Then, all you do is check the app on your phone to see exactly where your dog is.

Shifts Needing Volunteers

We are always interested in volunteers who have experience with dogs of all sizes. If you are 18 or older and are interested in volunteering, we invite you to visit the shelter and learn more about our program. We have a great need for volunteers for our afternoon shifts, especially Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


The shelter is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to noon, Sunday from 3 to 5 PM and also on Monday and Thursday from 3 to 5 PM.

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