Phoenix and Walt are available for adoption


(Posted June 9, 2022)

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


Hello, my name is Phoenix, and I’m looking for my forever home. I am a female and about 2 years old.

When I arrived at the shelter, the staff discovered I had little trust in humans because I had very little interaction with them. So, they called a really nice lady who volunteered to take me to her home where I could work on some of my issues, like shyness, in a quieter environment.

I would be very happy as an only cat but could live with dogs and cats if they are the quiet type. I still like to hide on occasion if I feel scared or stressed, but after everything calms down I come back out to show my cute, little personality.

The family that chooses to take me home will have to be patient with me while I adjust, but once I am comfortable, you won’t regret your decision to adopt me.

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.


Walt arrived at the shelter over the winter as a transfer from another shelter that was overcrowded. Walt’s breed is up in the air. He likely is a mix of all sorts of breeds, but one thing is fore sure: he’s a big, goofy boy. He weighs around 65 pounds and is about 1.5 years old with an estimated birthday of June 2020.

Walt is a very happy, funny guy who loves attention from humans. He is currently in the prison training program where he is working with a trained handler to focus his attention and direct his puppy-like energy to positive things, like basic commands, leash training, and even some agility course training. The training program has been doing a lot of good for him because he is learning to suppress the puppy behaviors that should have been addressed when he was a small pup.

Walt likes other dogs and communicates very well with them. Because he is such a big boy, he should only go to a house with other dog(s) who match his size and energy level. Regarding cats, he loves them so much that he wants to play with them as if they are big doggos. It could stress out a cat to bring a dog like Walt into the home, so the shelter staff recommends a cat-free home.

He would do well with older kids who have experience with big, bouncy dogs and who won’t be easily knocked down. If he went to a home with small children, he could accidentally knock them over when he gets the zoomies. Speaking of zoomies, it would be great if a forever home for this dude included a fenced-in area so he could run off his energy. If not a fenced-in yard, then he will need to burn off his big boy energy in other ways, such as with an active family that regularly enjoys activities like hiking and running.

Walt is seriously an amazing dog who deserves the world.

Adoption fees for dogs vary: 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.

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.

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 appreciates donations of supplies; call for a list of items.

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