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Pets of the week

Staff Reports • Updated Feb 21, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Who needed roses for Valentine’s Day when a Daisy can be found in the home all year long? Daisy is an adorable almost 1 ½-year-old, golden-and-white Chihuahua-terrier mix that only weighs about 11 pounds. She’s really petite.  

She came to New Leash on Life from a local animal control and is ready to bloom in her fur-ever home. Daisy loves to be around people; she gives love and kisses to everyone she meets. She has made friends with Kathleen, a 3-month-old puppy that is almost bigger than she is. They play together during the day and sleep together at night.  

Anyone who currently has a dog should bring it to the adoption center to meet Daisy and see how they get along. Anyone who doesn’t have another dog and is looking for two, Daisy and Kathleen would love to go home with them. Daisy is spayed, micro-chipped and current on vaccinations.  

Anyone can come meet the sweet little lady and talk to the staff about reduced adoption fees thanks to a grant from the Petco Foundation. Spring is just around the corner.  Wouldn’t someone like to brighten up their home with a Daisy?  

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.

What a wonderful band of brothers these three boys are.  Sasha, Smokey and Bubba were found with their umbilical cords still attached when their mom got scared and ran away but didn’t come back. The family who found them five years ago bottle fed them and took care of them until now when issues came up, and the family could no longer keep them. Sasha is a stunning longhaired, brown Tabby that weighs almost 17 pounds. He loves attention and getting love but prefers to come to someone instead being picked up. Sasha is litter box trained, neutered, micro-chipped and vaccinated.  You can come meet this awesome young man and talk to the staff about reduced adoption fees thanks to a grant from the Petco Foundation. 

The three brothers have only known each other until now, however, volunteers know it will be difficult to find someone able to take all three and do not expect them to go together. 

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.

Daisy, Sasha 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, it’s not quite spring, but it’s Blossom time. Meet Blossom the beagle. She’s a nice gal about 8 years old. OK, maybe a year or two more, but she’s not telling. Blossom came from an area animal control facility – no one was looking for her. She is healthy now, spayed, current on shots and heartworm negative. She has good manners and controls her “beagle bark” well. She plays well with other dogs and loves visitors. For information on this lady, call the kennel at 615-444-8011.

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.

At the Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter, every now and then a special dog crosses the path, and the shelter has to do something to help. Just such a dog walked into the shelter Jan. 26. 

Amber is a 1-2-year-old redbone hound mix found abandoned by a volunteer in Mt. Juliet and brought to the shelter. She was underweight, filthy, covered in fleas with several minor wounds and was acting strangely. Volunteers soon realized her peculiar behavior was because she was nearly blind. A local veterinarian came to look at her and diagnosed her with severe juvenile cataracts. After clearing Amber of any medical conditions that could have caused the cataracts such as diabetes, shelter director Dawn Ambrose and volunteer coordinator Karen Franklin took her to a clinic in Nashville that specializes in veterinary ophthalmology to see if Amber was a candidate for eye surgery. 

The specialist discovered her left eye would remain blind, and there was nothing that could be done for it. However, her right eye is still healthy and would benefit greatly from surgery to remove the cataracts. 

Amber’s surgery is going to take a big chunk out of that fund, the shelter seeks the public’s help. 

The surgery is scheduled for Feb. 28, and the shelter needs to raise $3,000. Visit mjshelter.com and click on the PayPal link to make a donation. Any donations received in the next two weeks will be applied to Amber’s surgery fees. Donations may also be mailed to the shelter at 115 Industrial Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122.

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