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Animal shelter 02-16-14

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The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! Dogs and cats are great at chasing away the blues on cold nights, so adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:

petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m., Monday — Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends. 

Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of the favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care. 

All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

CATS 

Aleah —  A 5-year-old, spayed, female with the most beautiful coat! She is a long-haired calico, and she would love for you to come see how soft her fur is! She likes to observe the cat room from her perch atop the cat tower, but she will quickly come down for attention when a friendly volunteer walks in the door. She relishes attention from humans, but she can get easily worked up, so she would most likely be better with older, gentle kids rather than young children. She is also reported to do well with other respectful cats and even dogs if given a proper introduction! Aleah also sticks out the very tip of her tongue when she’s happy — it’s very cute!

DQ —  An 8-year-old, neutered, male, Manx cat who lost his home due to a divorce. DQ likes the comfort and security of his own space, so he is currently in his own cage where he can hang out without being bothered by other cats. He is very frightened by new situations, so it might take him some time to adjust to a new home, but he would certainly love the comfort and security of a forever home and person! When a shelter volunteer was in the cat room earlier this week, DQ came out of his bed and lounged on the floor of his cage for some pets, which is big progress for this lovable guy. The volunteer had never even seen his cute little stumpy tail until that day. 

Ella — This very pretty, 4-year-old, spayed, female, Siamese mix is looking for a quiet home where she can be the only pet. Her family is very sad to part with her, but the stress of sharing a home with other cats has affected her health. Ella’s veterinary care is up to date, and she needs insulin twice a day. A less active home will probably make her diabetes easier to manage. To meet Ella in foster care, call 662-3503. 

Mountain —  Mountain is a young, black and white, neutered, male kitty. He was originally part of a feral cat colony living on Alabama Street, and he has been in foster care since August. While in foster care, he learned that humans can actually be really nice, and he is learning to accept and appreciate gentle pets from volunteers. For more information about adopting Mountain, call his sponsor at 470-6973.

Sassy —  A big and beautiful, 5½-year-old, chocolate point Siamese. This spayed female was surrendered for not getting along with the other cat and dog in her home, but she is slowly adjusting to life in the cat room and has been OK with other residents, as long as Sassy as her own high perch to hang out on. She is shy at first, but her previous owner said Sassy can be sweet and cuddly once she trusts you. Sassy has very good manners, and knows not to scratch your furniture as long as you provide her with a scratching post! Sassy would prefer a home with no children. 

Stormy —  A 2½-year-old flame point Siamese. He was recently surrendered, so shelter staff and volunteers are working hard to get to know Stormy. Right now, his favorite location is on top of the cat kennels, where he can keep an eye on all the commotion going on below him. He is reported to not do well with kids, but stay tuned for additional information as volunteers work hard to help Stormy warm up a bit. 

Xena —  A spayed, female, orange tabby, surrendered for expressing her dislike for sharing her family with other cats. She can be a bit hissy with other cats in the cat room, but she has learned to get along with them as long as they don’t bother her too much. She enjoys being petted and she will let out a cute little chirp when she’s happy. She would prefer to do without the presence of children, but she could probably learn to live with other felines if given a little bit of time to adjust. Shelter staff and volunteers think that she can probably rapidly deal with any “annoying” canines in the household too!

Ziva — This beautiful, white and gray tabby is an 8-year-old, spayed, female that loves to observe the cat room from atop a cat tower, so she can keep tabs on all the cats. She was surrendered for not getting along with the other cat in the household, but she has been OK with other cats coming up to say hi, so she will probably do fine in a multi-cat household if given a proper introduction and time to adjust. One volunteer recently learned that she loves to be cuddled, as long as she can lie in her bed and not have to be in your arms. She would do best in a home without young children or dogs.  

DOGS

Barney —  This 4-year-old, American Bulldog was adopted from the shelter a few years back, and he has been returned following some family issues. He is currently in a foster home and his foster parents and doggie siblings are working to make him feel more comfortable and come out of his shell a bit, so stay tuned for more information about this big guy. Small children make him nervous, so we are recommending a new family without little kids. 

Bronson — An 8-month-old pit mix. His foster mom reports that in a low-key foster environment, he is really starting to come out of his shell. He is still a bit dependent on other dogs for confidence, and he would love to have a dog buddy in the house to help show him the ropes and give him a little more confidence. He also loves play-dates with other dogs! To meet Bronson, call his foster home at 501-0790.

Mario and WeeGee — Young Rottweiler/cattle dog mix brothers. They have been kept outdoors their entire short lives, and they would love a home where they will be loved and treated like a member of the family instead of being outside all day. They are reported to be coming out of their shells. They have a habit of jumping on people, so shelter volunteers are currently working to get these two cute brothers socialized and trained in preparation for their forever home(s)!

Marky —  This Golden Retriever mix has found himself homeless due to the difficulties of divorce. He is 7 years old, who was originally adopted from the shelter as a puppy. One of our volunteers describes him as the easiest dog! She says that he walks perfectly on a loose leash. He loves kids, and gets along with cats and friendly dogs too. He’s ready to get back into a routine with daily walks and plenty of company!  He has just been groomed so is looking his very best!

Noelle —  A 12-14 week old female pit mix puppy, black with white markings that came to the shelter as a roamer on a very cold day —  good thing some kind folks found this little girl! She is very gentle and quiet. She has been spayed and is living in a foster home with other dogs and children. To meet Noelle call 412-3451. 

Onyx — The shelter offers another well-adjusted family dog for you! Onyx was born and raised in a foster home. He will make an amazing family dog as he loves kids and other dogs, and gets along fine with cats. He turned a year old on Jan. 6 and is estimated about 65 pounds. He  knows all his basic obedience and loves his off-leash hikes. Call 433-8617 for more information.

Petunia — This lovely, fun yellow lab mix is now available for adoption. She is good with other dogs and loves to play with toys.

Sonny and Cher — Twelve week old, brown, shepherd mix puppies found at an RV park. They are now available for adoption and can go home with their new families after vet visits this week.  Both are very social and love to be around people. Just remember that they are puppies and will need a commitment to training.

ROAMERS

• A darling, young, muted, calico kitten was found at Gold Street apartments.