26 dogs are now available for adoption, fostering

With tails wagging and souful searching eyes, the current canine residents of the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley are eager to greet guests who might be looking for a forever companion.

There are currently 26 dogs available to adopt or foster, according to HSOV director Tim Cole.

“For the year from January (2017) to now, we have taken in 1,675 dogs and 1,649 have either been adopted or sent to rescues,” Cole said, adding that there are 35 spaces for dogs at the site but none will be turned away.

“The goal is to find these dogs homes or to reunite them with their owners,” he said.

Many times, dogs are surrendered. But there are times when a dog makes a quick escape from home and is picked up and taken to the shelter. In that instance, Cole recommends microchipping.

“Every dog that comes in, we wand them to see if they have a chip. That’s the easiest way to return a dog to its owner. And we offer it here for only $20,” he said.

And as a reminder, in these cold temperatures, if you are cold, so is your pet. Bring them inside or make sure they have adequate warm housing.

Here is a snapshot of four of the furry friends at the shelter. To inquire about adoption or fostering, contact the HSOV at 740-373-5959.

Beautiful Brandy

This 8-year-old Beagle is a regal lady, sporting a tri-color coat of black, white and reddish tan.

“The man that brought her in said she couldn’t breed anymore, so he had no use for her,” said Maranda Markwood, a shelter staff member.

While Brandy has only been used for utilitarian needs and has not known the love of being someone’s pampered pet, she is ready to retire in style. She has a wonderful disposition and would make a great companion, ready to rest at someone’s feet.

Brandy is up to date on her shots and has lots of personality. She was surrendered on Dec. 5.

“She is good with most other animals and with children,” Markwood said.

The sweet-faced Brandy also has the distinctive hound dog voice that just begs for petting and love.

Laid-back Lowell

Named for the area where he was picked up by the dog warden, Lowell is a 6-year-old coon hound who needs someone willing to give him the extra attention he needs.

“He has a skin condition, caused by an immune system problem,” Markwood said. “We would prefer that he goes to a home where he can stay indoors until his skin clears.”

Lowell has a beautiful face, showing signs of gray hair around the muzzle, and is very wise with a gentle demeanor.

He has been at the shelter since July and would be perfect for a family where he is the only dog. He could also do well in a situation where there is a slow introduction to other pets.

In typical hunter fashion, Lowell is very curious and likes to use his keen senses to track down anyone who will give him gentle scratches on his head.

“He is a volunteer favorite,” Markwood said.

Joyful Jake

While he might look intimidating, Jake is really just a big baby.

The boxer/pit bull mix is just over a year old and loves to play, especially with squeaky toys and anything else he can throw around. He’s been at the shelter since Dec. 8 and is not neutered, but will be upon adoption. The $125 fee to adopt dogs includes spaying or neutering and vaccines.

“He was an owner surrender, we’re not sure why. But he plays a little rough and doesn’t seem to know his own strength,” Markwood said.

As a puppy, he needs someone willing to take the time to train him. Jake is very muscular, with a square frame, and beautiful unique tan and white markings.

“Jake is not good with cats but might do well with a docile female or a larger breed puppy to play with,” Markwood said.

Fiery Flash Gordon

Flash has been relagated to the muzzle room section of the shelter, but mainly because he is reactive toward other dogs. Once he is out and away from the barking and jumping, he is a big huggable pup.

Flash was a stray who was turned in by a citizen on Oct. 8. He is a 2-year-old brindle colored black lab mix.

“When we got him, he was extremely emaciated,” Markwood said. “We’re still trying to put weight on him because he has such a high metabolism.”

Flash would be good as the only dog, or with a younger female dog that doesn’t show dominance. He is inquisitive and would need someone who could give him a lot of attention, which he would give in return.

“He is super lovable,” Markwood said.

If adoption is not for you but you would like to help, fostering and even volunteering to walk and play with the dogs at the shelter is also an option. To view all of the dogs at the shelter, visit petfinder.com.

How to help

They Light Up Our Lives

¯ Fundraiser for the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley will continue throughout the month of December.

¯ Remember and honor pets by symbolically buying a light for $5 per pet on the Christmas tree displayed at American Flags and Poles store on Front Street. Pictures of pets are also being accepted to be put on the tree.

¯ Forms can be picked up at all veterinarian offices, the HSOV and many businesses. They can be dropped off at the HSOV and American Flags and Poles store throughout December.

¯ All proceeds will go to the HSOV.

To adopt

¯ Visit the shelter at 90 Mount Tom Road Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

¯ Call 740-373-5959.

¯ Go online hsov.org or petfinder.com to see available dogs.