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Pets of the week

Staff Reports • Updated Apr 11, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Last week, readers were introduced to Annie. This week, meet Starsky.  He’s a 4-year-old black-and-white Labrador retriever mix that weighs 69 pounds. He and Annie, thought to be his sister, were found as puppies and abandoned on a country road. They were taken in, cared for and loved by a nice family. But now their human mom has become disabled and is no longer able to care for them. Even though the handsome young man has been through a lot recently, he is adjusting well. Starsky loves to get belly rubs and enjoys getting attention in general. He was raised in a home with other dogs, inside cats and children. That makes him a well-rounded guy who will fit in just about any home. He’d love to have you come meet him and with an approved application, anyone can adopt him for $40, thanks to a partnership with Best Friends. Starsky is neutered, current on vaccinations and micro-chipped.  All New Leash on Life dogs must be adopted to families willing to have their pets be allowed inside – especially at night. No dog is allowed to be put on a “tie out” or chain outside and should be walked on a leash when not in a fenced yard.

Mele is a 3-year-old 12-pound beautiful shorthaired Calico. She was found as a stray and came to New Leash on Life looking for her forever home. Mele is sweet and loves attention but also gets her “cattitude” on when she’s had enough and just wants to be left alone. Isn’t that just like a cat. She would like to be the only cat, as she doesn’t want to share love and attention with any other feline. Mele is litter box trained, spayed, micro-chipped and current on vaccinations. Her adoption fee is $85. 

All cats must be indoor only and shall not be declawed.

 For anyone not ready to commit to adoption, ask about New Leash on Life’s seven-day sleepover program for dogs and cats. For anyone who already has their limit of four-legged family members should consider becoming a ‘Guardian’ to help homeless pets each month. Visit newleashonline.org and click on programs, then Guardian Guild for more information.

Starsky, Mele and many other wonderful dogs and cats are available for adoption at New Leash on Life’s Adoption Center at 507 W. Baddour Pkwy. in Lebanon.  The center is open for adoptions Tuesday through Friday from noon until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Also visit the Luv-A-Pet Center at the Mt. Juliet PetSmart during regular store hours to meet more of New Leash’s wonderful kitties available for adoption. Dogs are also available for adoption each Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at the PetSmart in Mt. Juliet at Providence Marketplace. For more information, call 615-444-1144, look for New Leash on Life on Facebook and visit newleashonline.org.

At Country K-9 Rescue, this silly grin belongs to a puppy named Speck. Speck is about 6 months old, a heeler mix, happy and friendly. He gets along great with all visitors and other dogs. He is neutered, current on shots and micro-chipped.  He came with some skin issues. They were treated and are clearing up quickly. Speck has good leash skills, rides well in a crate and seems to understand housetraining.  To meet this speckled pup, contact the kennel at 615-444-8011.

Also at Country K-9 Rescue, whoa, hold on there. Is all that fluffiness just one cat? Meet Crackerjax, and yes, there is just one cat in the picture. In fact, all of him won’t fit in one picture. This boy is about 5-6 years old, and one of the fluffiest cats volunteers have ever had at the rescue. Crackerjax is extremely friendly and easygoing. He is healthy, neutered, current on shots and feline leukemia/aids negative. Get a gander at that cotton-puff stub tail. For information on the unique and loving kitty, contact Annelise at 615-594-0099 with a call or text.

One of the goals at Country K-9 Rescue is to reduce unwanted litters by promoting spay and neuter of area cats and dogs. Anyone who needs spay and neuter assistance or information on area programs is welcome to contact Country K-9 Rescue at fixwilson@yahoo.com, or call 877-449-5395 and one of the volunteers will go over available help.

It’s kitten season again – a time when many feral or free-roaming cats produce more feral and free-roaming kittens. The litters rarely do well on their own, and if they survive, they just continue to add to the stray pet problem. Anyone who knows of free-roaming cats in need of spay or neuter, call 877-449-5395. Country K-9 Rescue volunteers can loan traps and arrange spay or neuter. The problem won’t go away and will only get worse unless there’s help from the people who know of the situations. Help the shelter end the cycle of homeless pets.

At the Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter, sweet little Lucy came into the shelter after she was captured after spending many weeks at a local school. She was so happy and thankful to finally have a safe place to sleep and a meal.

Lucy had an injury to her eye that wasn’t treated, so it never healed. After trying to save the eye, the decision was made to go ahead and remove the eye for Lucy’s comfort. She recently had the eye removed, no one would ever know. It does not slow her down one single bit. She is a loving and happy little dog. She has no lingering health issues due to her eye.

Lucy is around a year old and only 30 pounds. She’s perfect size for any home. Lucy is great with everyone and can’t wait to have a home she can call her own.

She will soon be spayed, but she will require a special needs application due to her eye and recent surgery. Her adoption fee is $75.

Call the shelter at 615-773-5533 to schedule an appointment to meet this sweet girl, or come during “open hours” on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The shelter is at 115 Industrial Drive in Mt. Juliet.

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