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Animal shelter 05-04-14

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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, so come 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 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

DQ — An 8-year-old, neutered, gray and white, male Manx cat who lost his home due to a divorce. DQ likes the comfort and security of his own space, but he is slowly gaining confidence in the cat room and is now out in the communal area with other cats. He is a bit shy at first, so it will take some time for him to adjust to a new home, but he would certainly love the comfort and security of a forever home and person! Having a safe space to retreat to, such as a small covered bed, will help him adjust to his new home. He can be easily frightened by loud noises and changing situations, so he would do best in a home without children. His cute little bobtail always surprises shelter visitors! 

Stormy —  A year old flame point Siamese. A few weeks ago, Stormy went to the vet for a routine dental cleaning, and the vet noticed that he was having difficulty urinating. It turns out that he had some pretty painful bladder stones…poor guy! But, Stormy is finally starting to feel better after having surgery to remove the bladder stones and getting his teeth cleaned, so he is all ready for his new home! Stormy has recently graduated from his own large kennel to roaming in the cat room, and he has quickly warmed up to volunteers — he even curled up on a volunteer’s lap the other night! He is still learning how to get along with other cats in the cat room, so he would probably be better as an only cat or as a companion cat to a mellow, non-dominating cat that is willing to relinquish most of the attention to Stormy. 

Smirky — Smirky is an extremely shy all black cat who was trapped a few weeks ago in Pajarito Acres. She hasn’t quite figured out that the shelter isn’t such a scary place, and shelter volunteers are working hard to socialize this petite girl so that she is ready for a new home soon. Check back for more information about Smirky as shelter volunteers and staff work with her. 

DOGS

Chrissie — Chrissie is a senior boxer mix who still has lots of love to give! She is full of energy and very playful. She enjoys the company of people and other dogs. The other day, a volunteer took Chrissie into the cat room to see how she does around cats, and she was more interested in their food than the cats, so she probably would be fine in a home with cats as well! For more information about Chrissie, call her sponsor at 501-0790. 

Fergie — Tan and white, female, German Shepherd mix with long hair. Right now, she is still a little scared, but she is quickly warming up to volunteers and shelter staff and will probably be ready for visitors soon. Younger kids make her very nervous, so she would be best in a home with calm, older kids or no children at all. 

Irwin — Irwin is a big, goofy German Shepherd mix. He is 5 years old and is a very friendly boy. Because of his breed, he is predisposed to some hip issues, and he prefers not to have that area petted. He showed no signs of resource guarding during his temperament testing, so he would probably be fine in a house with slightly older children. He would love to find a home with a family that does a lot of outdoor activities!

Jeffy and Baby — Jeffy is a 5-year-old Shepherd/Husky mix and Baby is a 5-year-old Cattle Dog mix. These two were recently surrendered together, and they are very close-knit, so they are keeping their paws crossed that they will find a forever home together! They are reported to do well with cats, kids and other dog friends. Jeffy loves to lie on his back and ask for tummy rubs! These two buddies will be temperament tested this week, so stay tuned for more information about them. 

Rocky — A recently surrendered Terrier mix. He is still a little nervous, but he is slowly warming up to the shelter environment. He was recently groomed by Diana of ‘Yours Truly Grooming’, and he looks like a brand new dog! Check out his “before” picture on the Friends of the Shelter Petfinder page, and then come visit him at the shelter — you will be amazed at the difference! He has his summer cut and is ready for fun in the sun with a new family. He has been enjoying the company of some of the shelter dogs, particularly Wriggs, and he would probably enjoy a canine friend to hang out with while his humans are away!

Scarlet — Scarlet is an 8-year-old, female, black and white Husky. This “Special Needs” girl has suffered from seizures her whole life, but they are fairly well controlled with Phenobarbital. She was surrendered for aggression towards the cats in the house; therefore she would be best in a home with no cats. She is extremely shy at the shelter, so shelter workers were a little surprised when she seemed to warm up a young boy who was very gentle with her! Scarlet’s new home will have to be patient and will also need to be willing to continue her medication in order to help control her seizures. 

Wriggs — A 7-year-old, black lab who was recently surrendered with his cat friend Hero due to a family move. He got to go on a special outing to the KRSN recently and he loved every minute of it. The volunteer who took him said that he was well-behaved indoors, happy to jump into the car and ride quietly in the back seat, and very eager to meet new people and go new places. He does tend to pull a bit when he’s walking on a leash, so he might need a little bit of help with learning leash manners. Wriggs would be a wonderful addition to any family! 

Yummy — Yummy is a young, border collie mix who was brought to the shelter with an injured leg. Yummy’s front leg had to be amputated, but he was already used to getting around without it, so he has quickly adjusted to life as a tripod! He is very goofy and playful, and he loves to bow in front of you to entice you to play with him. Yummy hasn’t been vaccinated yet, since the surgery to take care of his leg was more important, but he is still available for adoption — he’ll just need to go back to the vet’s office soon in order to get his vaccinations, and he probably should not interact with other dogs in your home until after he is vaccinated. For more information about Yummy, call his sponsor at 501-0790.

ROAMERS

• Brindle colored hound mix, picked up on Wednesday. 

• Lab mix picked up earlier in the week. 

Information on roaming animals is limited, if you are missing your animal, please stop in or call the shelter.