Shelter Pet of the Day

Dog #581 at Rabies Control in Jackson, TN, as pictured on Facebook.

Submitted by reader Nicci who writes:

This boy came in as a “stray” with an akita mix looking dog.  Apparently a note was left on the owner’s door, but no one has come for them.  His stray hold is up on Tuesday 5/29.  If he is still there when the place opens up on Tuesday, my husband and I will get him out of there, get him tested for HW, have him altered if needed, etc.  but I would much rather have someone who has more room for him step up and adopt him first!  I will pay his pull fee ($38) for anyone who wants him and is willing to give him a good home.

Very little information is available on this dog.  Vaccination/heartworm/reproductive/overall health status is unknown.  Temperament and age are unknown.  If anyone has any additional info on this dog or is interested in talking with Nicci about him, please leave a comment here.

Rabies Control

146 Miller Ave.

Jackson, TN  38305

(731) 668-4211

This shelter’s kill rate is unknown.

Shelter Pet of the Day

Dog #A241047 at the Memphis pound, as pictured on the PetHarbor website.

Looking at this dog’s face is causing my heart to crumble. This is what MAS has posted about him on PetHarbor:

This DOG – ID#A241047

I am a male, black Labrador Retriever.

The shelter staff think I am about 2 years old.

I have been at the shelter since May 19, 2012.

Can anyone help him?  We have a fund that readers have donated to which can help with vetting – just need a compassionate person to care for him.  He looks like he’s come up short so far in life on being told what a good boy he is and how much he is loved.

Shelter Pet of the Day

Dukie is at UPAWS in MI. He needs a home as an only pet, preferably with an owner who eats a lot of peanut butter. (Photo from UPAWS on Facebook.)

Submitted by Reva Laituri, president of UPAWS in Michigan, who writes:

A small group of 4-H children visited our shelter recently. As they quietly filed in past the reception area, one of our supervisor’s, Rachel, noticed they kept their heads down or turned away, and avoided looking at her. She then realized they were all physically challenged in some way… a scarred face, amputated limb, etc. She immediately knew who they needed to meet and invited them into our office where one very special resident resides… Dukie, a 7-1/2 year old American Bulldog/Pit Mix.

We first became acquainted with Dukie in October of 2010 when his owners surrendered him because they could no longer care for him. They informed us a tree had fallen on him five months earlier, leaving his right front leg paralyzed. He was examined by a local vet and we were informed the leg was not causing him any pain and did not need to be amputated at the present time, however, it could become a possibility at a later date. Dukie was soon adopted, but was returned a year later because he had attacked another dog. Other than for that one incident, he was described as a well-mannered dog who liked to snooze in bed with the kids. When Dukie was again placed up for adoption last fall, potential adopters were told in no uncertain terms he could never be around other animals and never left tied up outside unsupervised. He was adopted in November and returned in December when, after being left unsupervised he attacked a neighbor’s dog. Dukie has been with us ever since. During his stay at the shelter, it has never been difficult to keep Dukie away from other animals and we know there is a perfect home for him… it is just a matter of finding it.

For many shelters Dukie’s history of aggression toward other animals is reason enough to kill him. But we, and many, many visitors to the shelter, see in Dukie a spirit and gentle soul that overrides his aggression issues. For we see a Dukie who LOVES people. He greets everyone at the office door with a wagging tail and a goofy grin and will listen intently and give you his undivided attention when spoken to. Dukie does seem to have a special connection to children. He is more than tolerant of them climbing all over him… he actually enjoys it. Adults and children who have gotten to know him stop in the office all the time to rub his belly (one of his favorite things), scratch his ears, or just say hello. Even though he is a big dog, he walks great on a leash and requires little in the form of exercise. He is totally happy with short walks or a fenced-in yard where he would like to spend time watching the birds and chipmunks or retrieving his tennis ball.

Back to the 4-H group. As the children rounded the door and saw Dukie coming to greet them, the first thing they noticed was his paralyzed leg, the second thing they saw was his wagging tail, followed by lopsided grin. There was a chorus of “He’s just like us,” followed by one child saying, “Dukie’s strong; we can be strong, too”.

As you might be able to tell, we love Dukie and want him to have a real home, where he can share his huge heart with a permanent family. He has a very special gift to share with people and there needs to be an environment where that can be given freely. We even think he would be an asset in an institutional setting where no other animals would be allowed. He has a very special and unique way of reaching into and touching people in ways not often seen. He has a spirit that transcends his disabilities and gives hope and encouragement to those who most need it.

UPAWS has a very small shelter and to keep Dukie separated from other animals, he has been living in the office – a space usually used to house the annual overflow of cats that occurs from May through September. We are already needing the space, which could accommodate up to a dozen cats. If anyone can help us place Dukie, please let us know. We are trying everything we can think of… contacting rescues, other shelters, re-marketing him… one volunteer even set up his own Facebook page, “Help Dukie Find His Forever Home”. Our manager takes a new photo of him almost every day and adds a little caption.

Dukie has been sponsored, so his adoption fee is already 100% paid. He is neutered and is up-to-date on his vaccinations. In addition, we will transport him to you, pay for any and all medical costs (including amputation of his leg, if necessary). Also, if you are a shelter or rescue and want to consider a trade, we are very open to that possibility also. We are at the point that we think Dukie just needs a new pool of potential adopters; people are so used to seeing and hearing about him on our website, he has become “old news”.

To view Dukie’s video and read his website bio, please visit or visit his Facebook page.

If you think you can help Dukie find a home, or to get more information about this awesome dog, please contact Lareina at 906-475-6661 or e-mail her at

UPAWS is a no kill shelter, open to the public seven days a week – 12:00PM to 4:00PM;  Thursday 12:00PM to 6:30PM.  The shelter is located at:

84 Snowfield Road
Negaunee, MI 49866

Phone: (906)475-6661

Shelter Pets of the Day

Georgie and Milkshake, a bonded pair of pets at the Allegany Co Animal Shelter, enjoying some outside time together.

Submitted by Peter who writes:

This is Georgie (brown) &  Milkshake (black/brown), two female Shepard mixes about 3 years old. Milkshake & Georgie came to the Allegany County Animal Shelter with several other dogs from their family. Milkshake & Georgie are both very friendly and lovable, have an extremely close bond. Milkshake can be adopted out by herself and would do great on her own. Unfortunately Georgie will fall into depression when she is separated from her sister. Georgie would like to find a home together with Milkshake or with another dog that can become her companion. However, we would prefer to adopt them out together.

For more info and contact:

The Allegany Co Animal Shelter is a no kill shelter in MD.

I just love these happy looking girlfriends – everything about them from their names to their smiling faces to the fact that they are BFFs.  Please share them with your dog loving friends to help them get some added exposure.  It’s always a challenge to try to find a home for a bonded pair of pets so every share helps.  I bet Georgie and Milkshake would be perfect for someone who wanted to have a couple of easy keepers around the house who wouldn’t be constantly in your face for attention.  Plus their names are Georgie and Milkshake and you’d get to say that every day.  “These are my girls Georgie and Milkshake…”  OK, I’ve said their names enough now.

Updated: Shelter Pet of the Day

Photo by Jody Fisher.

This senior lady Pibble (ID #238955) at the Memphis pound was submitted by reader Jody who writes:

I saw her when I was at MAS. She is incredibly sweet. All that she wanted was to be petted. She would close her eyes as if she was in pure ecstasy, as I rubbed her face and body! She definitely has many scars.  I fed her treats right out of my hand and she was so gentle! This girl has had a rough life – please, if someone could find it in their heart to open up their home to this senior dog, you would help this dog live out her final years knowing what a warm bed and a loving heart would feel like. Every pet deserves this!

Photo by Jody Fisher.

Details for this dog can be found on PetHarbor.

Update:  Per MAS, the hold that Jody placed on this dog will be terminated at 12:30pm tomorrow.  Sorry for the short notice but this is how things work (or don’t) at MAS.  If anyone is considering rescue/foster/adoption for this dog, action is needed before 12:30pm Wednesday.

Shelter Pet of the Day

A listing from MAS on Click to enlarge.

Despite the Memphis pound’s listing for this pet, he looks to me to be an elderly male Boxer type dog.  If you know of any Boxer rescues who may be able to help him, please share.

Shelter Pet of the Day

Kelly, an adoptable dog at ARNO in Louisiana.

Kelly was submitted by reader Callie who sent me a link to a post about her:

Kelly needs a person who will love her unconditionally without the need to take her to a dog park where she might become overstimulated and get into a fight with another dog. Kelly needs a person who isn’t even that fond of dog walks, but instead is happy to live with Kelly inside and then play with her until she is exhausted in a fenced back yard. Kelly needs a person who is willing to be firm but loving, patient but a leader, and someone who will understand her scars and not expect more from her than what she is, a dog who needs only a human to love her.

Can you be that person? Can you offer Kelly a chance at a wonderful life in a home and a backyard without feeling the need to take her places where she might be too overwhelmed to go? Kelly has so much love to give to someone, she loves all people and wants badly to please and now, after taking her into my small space, a home as far as she is concerned, I am determined to find somewhere and someone for Kelly to call her own.

If you would like to meet Kelly, please email or stop by our shelter at 271 Plauche Street in Harahan to meet Kelly between 3-7 any day of the week.

ARNO is the group whose members so generously helped us with Mario when we needed an immediate safe place for a feral dog to go.

271 Plauche St.
New Orleans, LA 70123

Shelter Pet of the Day

Van, a male Pibble, ID #11-15813-1, submitted by reader Karen.

I love how the one remaining ear has fought to hang on! Van is at:

Seattle Animal Shelter

2061 15th Ave W

Seattle, WA 98119


This shelter’s 2010 kill rate was 19%.

Shelter Pet of the Day

El Capitn was submitted by reader Daniela who was very impressed with the write-up for this fabulous kitteh.  It really is super and it concludes as follows:

I’m about 5 years young, by the way. I feel great and I have a lot of things left on my bucket list so plan to have me around for a long time yet, ok? I’m totally healthy too so don’t be planning to sneak me to the vet all the time! My adoption fee is $50, unless you are also a senior citizen over 60 years, in which case my adoption fee would only be $10. (I’m a bargain!!!) I am neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, tested for FIV/FeLV, and ready to rock. If you want to come meet me, please fill out an adoption application for me by visiting

El Capitn is at Safe House Animal Rescue League in Mendota, IL

His phone number is 815-407-7233

Email Safe House Animal Rescue League

Surrey Says

Please help network these wonderful Beagles at the Tipton Co Animal Shelter in TN.  This is the place where I got Surrey.  They seem to have lots of Beagles and Beagle mixes!  I pulled the info in the captions directly from the Helping Tipton County Animal Shelter Animals Facebook page.  Please visit that page and/or call the shelter directly for additional info.

Tipton County Animal Shelter

8621 Hwy 51 South

Brighton, TN


The hours are 8:00-4:30 Monday-Friday and 8:00-12:00 on Saturday.

Male, cage C-6

Female, cage E-2. "We have someone who has offered to pay the adoption fee for this sweet girl! You will get a voucher for her spay and rabies shot."

Female, cage D-8.


Female, cage E-1. "We have someone who will pay the $50 adoption fee for this girl!!! You will get a voucher for her spay and rabies."


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