Mercury and Peanut looking for forever homes

(Posted Feb. 23, 2024)

The following are among the pets up for adoption at the Humane Society of Madison County.


Hi! My name is Mercury, and whether you like to rock out to “We Are the Champions” or stare at the constellations and planets, I’m your boy. My favorite things are walks in the park, tummy rubs, and things that smell like bacon (“It’s A Kind of Magic”). My dislikes are squirrels who don’t stand still, not getting enough treats, and stuffed toys that spontaneously disintegrate (“Another One Bites the Dust”).

I’ve been at the shelter a while now, and I’m pretty sure the staff members all love me, so I’m not sure why no one has taken me home. I try not to bark when I see new people, but it’s so exciting, and I just want to climb into their laps for a cuddle. I really just “Want Somebody to Love.”

Since I’ve been at the shelter, I’ve made some new dog friends, and I’ve learned how to go for walks on a leash. “I Want to Break Free” of shelter life and find my forever home.

Mercury has an estimated birthdate of Oct. 28, 2021 and weighs 52 pounds. He loves to get all the pets and cuddles, and he especially loves time in the shelter’s dog run. Any toy is his favorite, but he especially likes toys that squeak. He already knows sit, down, and shake. He is very treat-motivated and smart, so learning other tricks and commands would be no problem.

Mercury has been introduced to cats and did well. He has met and played with male and female dogs and would probably do best with a dog who matches his energy and desire to play. Because he is rambunctious, he would do best in a home with older children. He does well with car rides and loves going to the park with shelter volunteers.

Adoption fees for dogs vary: shelter dogs are $180, prison dogs are $250, puppies are $300, and popular pure-breeds are $400. 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.


Get ready to fall in love with Peanut. If you’re looking for a Netflix and chill buddy, this gorgeous torbie is your perfect match. Peanut is a calm, laid back girl who loves to be around people. In fact, she’s the shelter’s office kitty and spends her days managing the staff.

She has an estimated birthdate of Feb. 18, 2019. She has spent 20 percent of her life in the shelter, and the staff doesn’t understand why she hasn’t been adopted.

Peanut was diagnosed with diabetes about a year ago, but she is in remission and does not need insulin. She eats a special diet of Proplan Veterinary DM food. The diet likely will need to continue to keep her weight and health in check.

Peanut is a huge fan of kitty scratching posts and cardboard scratchers and has requested that her forever home have some for her to enjoy. She has been introduced to many dogs in the office, and she has done very well. She spends most days in the company of a dog or two. But she doesn’t seem to be a big fan of other kitties. Peanut has experience with children, as she was around them in her previous home.

Adoption fees for cats are $100 for kittens up to 6 months old and $80 for cats 7 months and older. It includes: a FeLV/FIV test (if old enough), spay or neuter, a Home Again microchip, a 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 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.

The Humane Society is looking for bakers for the spring bake sale set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 30 at Tractor Supply Co., 300 Lafayette St., London, and Tractor Supply Co., 5525 W. Broad St., Columbus. Baked goods can be dropped off at the shelter between 1 and 5 p.m. March 29.

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