Four stray and surrendered animals found their forever homes at last weekend’s adoption event
By Anna McNeill
The Clare County Animal Shelter and it’s volunteers have been working hard to get the animals in need of loving homes out in the public eye.
Each month the animal shelter volunteers visit two local stores two times a month to help these animals in need get out of the shelter’s kennels and get some extra attention.
DAYS, TIMES & LOCATIONS
The first Sunday of each month the volunteers set up shop at Discount Variety in Harrison, located at 3384 N. Clare Ave. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The second event is the fourth Saturday of the month at the Family Farm and Home in Clare, located at, 10360 S. Clare Ave. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Click the map below to see the locations of Family Farm and Home, Discount Variety and the Clare County Animal Shelter.
BEFORE THE SHOW
On Saturday, March 22, six volunteers loaded up three dogs and five cats from the Clare County Animal Shelter at 10 a.m. After walking all the dogs to make sure they wouldn’t have an car-ride-accidents, the team hit the road at 10:30, Clare bound.
THE SET UP
The Clare County Animal Shelter’s animal control vehicle pulled up to the store front and the volunteers started unloading three crates. As they walked into the store and began to set up, the fourth dog, Josie, who had been at the shelter for months, was already in the process or getting adopted.
Trainer and volunteer, Shyann Hilla, had take Josie to teach her some extra manners and Josie’s new owner was ready and waiting at Family Farm and Home for her newest family member.
As Josie was pouring on the charm, the other dogs and the nervous cats waited with the truck’s cage doors open for their chance to be moved into the building to try and find their new human companions.
As the volunteers passed by the truck with tables, chairs, signs and paper work, Maude the beagle couldn’t stay quiet. Shoppers had to stop by the truck to see what all the commotion was about.
Once the cages and tables were all set up, the cat’s in their cages were set up off the ground on the larger table, away from dog’s prying eyes and paws, and the dogs got walked one more time before everyone settled in between the lawn mowers and the patio furniture.
MEET THE ANIMALS
JOSIE-the white Pit Bull Terrier, as was already said, had a loving new family member waiting patiently for her when the
volunteers arrived at the shelter. Josie had been brought into the shelter back at the end of January. She had been found as a stray on Cranberry Lake Road in Harrison. She had been wearing a collar, but had no identification on her.
Josie sat at the shelter for two months, which usually means only one thing for dogs and cats, but the shelter believed in her.
Josie made and appearance at the adoption event at Discount Variety on March 2 where she had a few people interested in her, but nothing came through for Josie that day.
With her happy-go-lucky personality, Josie and her new owner walked out of Family Farm and Home, both with smiles spread wide across their faces.
MAUDE– is a pure bread beagle who was surrendered to the shelter by her owner. She is papered and adores attention and, as in typical beagle form, she is a very good hunter.
Maude is almost 4 years old and is a very sweet lady. She sometimes gets irritated with the younger dogs, but has had no problems with people young or old.
During her time at the adoption event, she was looked at by many people, but wasn’t able to find a forever home. So, for now she will be staying with the animal shelter who will be pushing to get this girl a home that she so wants.
WOODY- is a pit bull terrier mix who was brought in as a stray with his buddy Blue. The sleek tan and white boy was a bit nervous and jumpy at the beginning of the event, but as things started to calm down after the set up, Woody got into the groove of the adoption event.
Woody is a young boy, the volunteers could only guess by his teeth that he is between 1 and 1 1/2 years old.
He was a ball of energy who was so happy to meet this little guy (pictured right) that he just had to give him some big doggie kisses.
Woody wasn’t adopted at the event on Saturday, but Monday Woody found his forever home!
BLUE- is thought to be a mastiff mixed with either lab or pit bull terrier. He came in as a stray with Woody (above) and his big boy is pretty much bomb proof.
Blue was the star of the show with his lazy personality and big goofy smile. Blue spent most of the adoption event at the feet of the volunteers, spread out on the cool tile floor. He would get up and pour on the charm when the potential to get petted was present.
He is also thought to be around 1 year old (based off of his teeth) and was luck enough to find a loving home with a new mom, dad and siblings to call his own.
LIBBY– is a very sweet grey and white girl. She was found as a stray in Clare.
For most of the event, she was too scared of her new surroundings to leave the corner of her carrier cage. After a few hours, she finally turned and faced the isle with the volunteers and was noticed by passersby and given some needed attention.
Libby didn’t find a forever home, but got some potential interest from a few people who gave her lots of pets.
GARFIELD– the big orange tabby was a big hit among the patrons of Family Farm and Home. With his big beautiful eyes and bright shiny coat, no one could pass up a look at this big guy.
Although he got a lot of attention and loving on at the event, Garfield still found himself back at the animal shelter at the end of the day.
Garfield was found as a stray in Harrison and was brought into the shelter.
He is a big guy who has his playful spurts, but would be just as happy laying on a lap all day.
SLICK– is a young, playful and smart little guy. Slick was an owner surrender, so he had a home at one point. He is a very curious cat who has some oddly dog like mannerisms.
At the adoption event the volunteers noticed that he would stare at people shopping and cock his head like a dog trying to hear what is going on. He also likes to watch people eat, which means he may have been fed table scraps in his past home.
Slick is one of the most cuddly cats that the shelter has had in a while and boy does he love to play!
Slick was also passed up and had to head back to the animal shelter, but that didn’t phase him. He still wanted to play with the volunteers after they loaded him back into the shelter’s kitty cages.
BABY- was surrendered to the shelter by his owner. After Josie’s successful adoption, he was the next in line!
Baby was already neutered and front paw de-clawed and in need of a loving home that would keep him indoors.
He has found two new sisters who will love and play with him for a long long time.
This poor guy was so scared when the event started that the volunteers were very happy to see him get adopted right away. No more hiding in the back of his cage, Baby made out just fine.
SMOKY- is a big ole tom cat that was loving on everybody who would stick their fingers into his cage.
He looks a big rough and tumble, but he was such a lover, licking and giving kisses, nuzzling and soaking in all the attention.
Smoky was the last animal of the day to get adopted to a loving home with this little cutie as a new best friend (pictured right).
At the end of the day, this meant that the volunteers only had to load up two dogs and three cats!
Check out the slide show below to see all the fun that took place at the adoption event.