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Pets of the Week

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Sweet Maria is a tan-and-white Labrador retriever mix that weighs a little more than 40 pounds. Born in September 2016, it’s a wonder what her gentle eyes have seen on her journey to this place in time. New Leash on Life volunteers do not know her history, but they’re learning more about her. Maria loves people and can’t wait to meet all the new friends who come by to see her at New Leash on Life. She is a quick learner and already knows some basic commands. Maria is spayed, micro-chipped, current on vaccinations, and her adoption fee is only $75. Maria is a loving gal that dreams of that special person who will be her best buddy.  

All New Leash on Life dogs must be adopted to families willing to have their pets 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.

They call her Pixie, which probably makes someone think of a mischievous little spirit that likes to cause a ruckus. That’s not her right now but, with someone’s help, she thinks it could be one day. I haven’t had much experience with humans. They’re a mystery to her, so she’s looking for someone who understands her and is willing to give her time to adjust.  The staff at New Leash on Life has been really good about spending time with Pixie, and she’s actually getting more comfortable with them.  

Pixie may greet someone with a hiss, but once they pick her up, she will melt into them for comfort. She has even started giving nose nudges recently. She just needs time and a special person who will give that to her. Born in August 2016, Pixie is still just a baby, so with time, patience and love, she just needs the opportunity to be a special companion to a special person. Pixie is litter box trained, spayed and has started her kitten vaccines. Anyone who thinks they might be the perfect fit for Pixie may come by the animal shelter and meet her. With an approved application, anyone can adopt her for $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.

Maria, Pixie 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, here’s what’s known about Elliott. Elliott was found wandering in a neighborhood, picked up by local animal control but was never claimed by an owner. The animal control officers described him as calm, quiet and gentle. Volunteers took Elliott into the rescue to find another home for him. He arrived with old wounds on his neck – maybe a bite, maybe from being on a chain – but all is healed well. He is heartworm negative, neutered and current on shots. He is about 4 years old, weighs 60 pounds and maybe a lab-setter mix? Elliott is basically a dork. He does not jump on visitors but will approach gently for a petting or treat. He is quiet but will bark at thunder. He is learning to keep his kennel area clean and has decided that hot dog treats are the best. Elliott walks nicely on a leash and rides well in a car crate. Anyone who would like to meet Elliott and maybe take him for a walk or share a hot dog treat with him may contact the kennel at 615-444-8011. 

Also at Country K-9 Rescue, Jones is here. Even though he has a simple name, this kitten is full of personality. Jones is about 8 weeks old, playful and happy and quite the talker. He is tested feline leukemia negative, started on shots and will be neutered before adoption. He was around other cats and is fine with them as long as they don’t mind him playing with all their toys. Jones is in a foster home. For information on meeting him, contact Annelise at 615-594-0099. 

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, Apollo and Ashton are brothers that are about 6-7 months old. They came into the shelter with bad upper respiratory infections and underweight. They are now healthy and looking for their forever homes. They can be adopted together or separate. Apollo is extremely loving and will purr all day while he gets cuddles. Ashton can be a bit shy and reserved until he gets to know someone, but then he will also turn on his purr machine and lull them to sleep while he gets cuddles. They are fun and playful and waiting for just the right family. 

Both are neutered, and their adoption fee is $75 each.

Anyone who would like to meet Apollo and Ashton may call 615-773-5533 to set up an appointment or come during open hours Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

 

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