Pets of the Week

Staff Reports • Updated Mar 7, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Sweet, sweet Millie, why is it taking such a long time to find a loving home for her?  She’s been at New Leash on Life since September. It isn’t because she’s not pretty.  In volunteers’ eyes, she’s beautiful. 

Is it her age? She’s only 8 years old. Volunteers expect her to have many good years ahead of her.  The good news is, she’s past the puppy chewing stage. Could it be because she’s a lab-pit mix? Volunteers have seen that she has the best personality traits of both breeds. She’s affectionate, loyal and loves to be around people, especially children. Surely no one holds it against her that she came from a puppy mill and hoarding situation. That wasn’t her fault. She does have one strike against her. She isn’t very good with other dogs so she will need to be an only pet. But lots of people only want one dog. Besides, she’s showing signs of wanting to interact with other dogs; they just still intimidate her. 

Millie has been through a lot, but she is definitely showing signs of trusting people.  Her favorite thing to do is hang out in the New Leash director’s office and lounge in one of her office chairs. She even greets visitors to the office with a smile.  

She just hasn’t had the right person come along yet. But don’t worry, they will, and the New Leash take good care of her until that happens.  

Millie is spayed, micro-chipped and current on vaccinations. If anyone comes and meets her, it’s pretty certain they will fall in love. Thanks to a partnership with Best Friends Animal Society, anyone can adopt Millie for $40 with an approved application.  

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.

Oliver has had some twists in his life. Having come to New Leash on Life from a local animal control, he is now ready to find his fur-ever family. He is a handsome 3-year-old shorthaired buff-and-white tabby that weighs a little more than 14 pounds. This big boy is shy and taking some time to adjust to his new surroundings. Oliver would love to meet anyone and see if you they give him the love for whom he is looking.  He is litter box trained, neutered, micro-chipped and vaccinated. Anyone can come meet him and talk to the staff about reduced adoption fees, thanks to a grant from the Petco Foundation. 

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

Get tickets now for the 2017 New Leash on Life Spay-ghetti Dinner on Sunday, March 26 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Painturo’s in Lebanon.  All proceeds will benefit New Leash on Life. Tickets may be purchased in Lebanon at the Adoption Center, Lebanon CrossFit, Houndstooth Grooming, Boarding and Doggie Day Care and Capital Real Estate Services.

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.

Millie, Oliver 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 guy is big and fluffy enough for two names, Tank and Big Love Muffin. He was found recently as an outside roamer, but he has all the manners of a gentlemanly inside guy. He is older – maybe 8-10 years – and has tested feline immune virus positive, which just means he has to be an only cat or a cat in a house with other calm, friendly cats. He is neutered and current on shots. For information on Tank, contact his foster, Susan, at 615-495-8531.

Also at Country K-9 Rescue, there’s Rush. He’s a male Chihuahua mix that’s about 5 years old and weighs 15 pounds. He is extremely friendly, loves children, other dogs and tolerates cats well. Rush is healthy, neutered and current on shots. This little guy is located with a foster home in Macon County. For more information, contact his foster at 615-561-6039 or email tennessee@nctc.com. There will be an adoption fee of $125.

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 almost 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 Rosie was found as a stray in Mt. Juliet. She is a small-sized pit bull, around a year and a half old. She is gentle, doesn’t jump, rarely barks and is an extremely mild-mannered young lady that loves attention. Volunteers recommend a home with no cats and no other female dogs. They would also like for anyone to bring any pets they have to the shelter to meet with her before final adoption to see how they interact. She is spayed and up to date on her vaccinations. 

Her adoption fee is $75. Rosie will require a bully breed application in addition to the shelter’s normal adoption application. Call 615-773-5533 to make an appointment to meet this sweet girl.


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