Pets up for adoption: Benji and Delilah


(Posted Nov. 2, 2021)

The following are among the pets up for adoption at the Humane Society of Madison County. If you are interested in adopting a pet, fill out an application online at or call the shelter at (614) 879-8368.



Benji is a young dog that came to the shelter as a stray. His approximate birth date is Nov. 27, 2020. He stayed in a home for a few days, and this is what the family sent about his experience:

“Hi, there. I’m Benji, and I’m full of love, kisses, and tons of energy. I get along with everyone, and I mean everyone. I get so excited when I meet new people that I just can’t control myself, and I jump and try to say hello, but it comes out as a bark.

“I love to go on walks and explore everything around me. I just can’t sniff enough. You do need to watch me though, because I also like to eat everything I come across on the ground, and I mean everything. Because I love to go on walks so much, I do tend to pull on my leash a bit, so I will need some training in this area.

“Speaking of food, I love to eat, and I love my treats. If you tell me to ‘sit and wait’ while you get my bowl ready, I will sit like a gentleman, but the minute you put my food down, watch out, because I will go for it like it’s my last meal. So, maybe only let adults feed me.

“I know all the basic commands–sit, stay, heel, stop, enough and drop it. Because of all my energy and because I think I’m a lapdog and not a big dog, I would probably do best in a home with a fenced yard and no young children. Just look at my sweet face. I know you will love adding me to your family.”

Benji doesn’t mind being around cats and ignores them for the most part. He is full of life and loves to play with other dogs. Although Benji plays well with other dogs, he does not like to share his things (food, treats or toys) with other dogs, so he would need to be the only dog in his forever home. On playdates, food, treats and toys should not be in the mix. Benji is a smart pooch and takes cues very well from people. Give this baby a chance, and you won’t regret it.

Adoption fees vary for dogs: shelter dogs are $150, prison dogs are $200, puppies are $250, 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. Fees can be paid by cash or credit card.



Delilah arrived on June 11, 2021. She is a tuxedo kitty and has an estimated birthday of Dec. 11, 2020. During her first few days at the shelter, she was really scared. To help her gain confidence, a wonderful volunteer took her to her home so she could be in a home setting and learn to trust people. Delilah is making great strides in her foster home. She is now more loving and social.

Delilah is not around other animals, but she is loving the human attention. Her foster momma reports that she perks up and comes running to be petted and is OK with being picked up. She will require time to get used to new surroundings and a new family, but once she is comfortable, she will be her family’s lifelong best friend.

The adoption fee is $80 for kittens up to 6 months old and $60 for cats 7 months and older. It includes: a FeLV/FIV test, 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.

Humane Society Info

The Humane Society of Madison County (HSMC) remains closed to the public but continues to accept applications for adoptable pets, schedule meet-and-greets for adopters, and schedule appointments when possible for the public. To request an appointment, send email to, call (614) 879-8368 or visit HSMC on Facebook.

Shelter visitors are asked to wear a mask at all times.

The Humane Society is located at 2020 Plain City Georgesville Rd., West Jefferson, The shelter appreciates donations of supplies. For a list of items, call (614) 879-8368.


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