(Posted Oct. 6, 2023)
The following are among the pets up for adoption at the Humane Society of Madison County. All adoption fees for cats and dogs are 50 percent off through Oct. 31.
Blanco is an American bulldog-mix weighing approximately 70 pounds. His estimated birthday is June 2017. Blanco is a special boy because he is deaf. He is extremely sweet and loyal and can’t wait to meet the right person or family to take him home.
When Blanco first arrived at the shelter as a stray, he was anxious and didn’t like to be separated from the staff. That was most likely due to his hearing impairment. He would need a family who would be patient and have time to really work with him daily. He is very treat motivated (he especially loves cheese), super smart, and should do well learning all kinds of hand gestures and commands. He already knows to sit when you hold up a treat.
Even with his hearing impairment, Blanco barks and whines, and because he can’t hear himself, he barks loudly. He always keeps his kennel tidy and will bark to let you know he needs to go potty. He would do best in a home with no small children due to his size and strength and the fact he could not hear them. He is strong and needs some guidance when walked on a leash. The staff has been working with him, so he doesn’t pull too badly anymore. If he does decide to pull, he needs to have someone strong enough to handle him.
He has met a couple of dogs at the shelter and seems to do better with dogs that match his size than with smaller ones. He would need to see how he does in a meet-and-greet. He did a quick walk through the shelter’s cat room with a dog trainer. She feels he would probably do just fine in a home with cats. The shelter staff notes that white dogs are prone to skin issues and some allergies, and Blanco has had treatment for that at the shelter. He may need ongoing treatment in the future.
This squishy-faced cutie is the definition of a “good boy.”
Regular adoption fees for dogs vary: shelter dogs are $180, prison dogs are $250, puppies are $300, and popular pure-breeds are $400. Through Oct. 31, all adoption fees are half-off of these prices. The price includes: a Home Again microchip, set of shots, deworming, heartworm testing (if old enough), spay or neuter, and a one-year rabies shot (if old enough). All dogs adopted must leave with a county license at an additional cost of $17; this fee is cash only. Adoption fees can be paid by cash or credit card.
Jaspurr and his brother, Jude, were brought to the shelter by a nice person who found them out and all alone. Jaspurr has an estimated birthdate of March 6, 2023. He is a handsome, sweet boy, and the shyer of the two. He warms up pretty quickly when he knows he can trust you. He loves cuddling and playing with his brother and the other kitties in the shelter’s cat room. If there is a lap to be found, Jaspurr and Jude will find it, and sometimes at the same time.
Jaspurr would love to be adopted with his brother, Jude, as they adore one another and Jude helps Jaspurr to be more outgoing. Kittens do best in pairs, so please consider adopting both boys if you have room in your heart and in your home.
Would you like to meet Jaspurr and maybe Jude, too? Then fill out an application and schedule a meet-and-greet.
The regular adoption fees for cats are $100 for kittens up to 6 months old and $80 for cats 7 months and older. Through Oct. 31, all adoption fees are half-off of these prices. It includes: a FeLV/FIV test (if old enough), spay or neuter, set of shots, deworming, and a one-year rabies shot (if old enough). Fees can be paid by cash or credit card.
General Humane Society info
The Humane Society is located at 2020 Plain City Georgesville Rd., West Jefferson. If you are interested in adopting a pet, fill out an application online at www.hsmcohio.org or call the shelter at (614) 879-8368. The shelter is open by appointment.
The Humane Society appreciates donations of supplies; call for a list of items.
Paws & Pals Dinner
The Humane Society will hold its annual Paws & Pals Dinner on Oct. 28 at Der Dutchman in Plain City. Reservation forms are available in the shelter’s lobby 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday or online at Paws & Pals Dinner. Among the silent auction items are framed, signed jerseys from Ohio State University football standouts Eddie George and brothers Nick and Joey Bosa.
Ohio Senator Stephanie Kunze and State Rep. Brian Stewart who represent Madison County and Mark Finneran with the Humane Society of the United States toured the Humane Society of Madison County shelter on Sept. 28.
In 2022, the shelter cared for more than animals and spayed/neutered over 309 pets before adoption. According to Meg Werner, the Humane Society’s executive director, the shelter is on target to serve even higher numbers before 2023 is over.
Currently, the shelter has more than 43 dogs and 112 cats on the waitlist to come into the shelter, and there is no guarantee they will all be served.
Both government officials asked many questions about the shelter’s functions and needs. Werner explained that the Humane Society board and staff are discussing ways to better serve the residents and animals of Madison County.