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Meridian Pet of the Week: Bear

Bear, 5, is part corgi and part border collie, and is still full of puppy energy. She loves playing fetch (she loves her ball) and going for runs. Bear knows all her basic commands. She is said to be good with kids over 8, and is house- and kennel-trained. In her last home, Bear did not always get along with her dog companion because of her dominant personality, and may do best in a home with no other dogs. She can be protective of her people, and may show aggression towards outsiders, so she needs a handler able to work with her. Overall, she is a sweet girl, and would make a great companion for anyone with an active lifestyle.

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Canyon County Pet of the Week: Dusty

Dusty, 7, is a large Lab retriever mix, weighs 78 pounds and has a marbled blue/black short coat. She knows sit, stay, lay down, wait, fetch, and before she eats she will sit and wait until you tell her “eat.” She loves toys and treats and people. She is calm and gentle, and loves to play. She would be best in a home with older children. Dusty loves to go for walks, but pulls on the leash a bit so that could be something to work on. Dusty gets along with most dogs, but is an Alpha female so meet and greets are mandatory. No cats for this girl. She is spayed, microchipped and vaccinated.

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Ada County Pet of the Week: Boo Berry and Captain Crunch

Boo Berry and Captain Crunch, each 7 months, are a bonded pair of young rabbits that need to find a home together. Boo Berry is a petite spayed female light brown domestic rabbit. Captain Crunch is a neutered male brown lionhead rabbit mix. They first arrived at the shelter when they were too young for adoption, so they spent time in foster care together. Rabbits that are bonded rarely stray far from one another. They calm each other and should not be separated. Boo Berry and Captain Crunch can be a little timid at first, so they will need a patient owner who will give them time to warm up to their new environment. Anyone interested in adopting should do their research. Rabbits can live for a decade and require specialized veterinary care, as well as daily activity in a rabbit-proof space and a constant supply of timothy. But they are also affectionate creatures that make wonderful pets.

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Meridian Pet of the Week: Sedona

Sedona, 2, is a spayed female Chihuahua. Sedona gets along well with other dogs and knows the “come” command. We had the opportunity to place Sedona in a foster home after a failed adoption revealed some behavioral challenges. Her foster dad, Joel, worked with Sedona to gain her trust. She is now back and waiting for a family to take her home forever. Joel says, “Sedona is a little cuddle bug, a quintessential lap dog who enjoys nothing more than spending time with her human. She does have some trust issues with men, and will do best in a home with a single woman or with a couple as long as the man is patient and calm. She is a very timid and flighty dog. She does better with positive encouragement for doing the right thing, and I’d recommend not disciplining her for doing the wrong thing if possible. She still needs more house training and I emphasize again she needs to be with someone who is patient and understanding of her timidity.”

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Canyon County Pet of the Week: Odin

Odin, 2, is a Terrier mix with a sunny personality and super-cute looks. Odin has done well here with large and small dogs, although being a Terrier mix means that his ideal home may be best without cats and other small critters. Odin is showing promise of house training as he keeps his kennel clean and tidy and does his business outside during his walks. Odin is seeking an active family who will challenge him with daily physical exercise to keep his body and mind healthy. Odin is neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, dewormed and ready to find his forever home.

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Ada County Pet of the Week: Love Bug

Love Bug, 10, is a neutered male domestic shorthair with handsome black and brown tabby markings and bright green eyes. He is a very sweet boy who has unfortunately been through the shelter more than once through no fault of his own. He will make a wonderful, calm companion. Though he can be a little timid at first, he quickly warms up to new people and is a very affectionate boy. Love Bug spent some time in our Women Inmate Social Kitty Retreat (WISKR) program recovering from a kitty cold, but he’s feeling much better now and is ready to settle down in a home of his own.

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Meridian Pet of the Week: Rory

Rory, 2, is a Rat Terrier who recently arrived from a shelter from Utah where he was not doing well because he’s so fearful. Volunteers helped Rory into a foster home where he decompressed. He appeared shy and scared but his foster mom reports that he’s a totally different dog in the home environment; he is pretty curious. He has been good about going out to go to the bathroom. He is good with the other dogs.

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Canyon County Pet of the Week: Miss Muffet

Miss Muffet, 10 months, is a baby Chihuahua. She is tiny at 7 pounds and has a short tan and white coat. She will make a nice companion for a family with no children or older children. If you have other dogs in the home, bring each of them in for a meet and greet as she can be choosy and wants to be the alpha with her companions. She will need to be an indoor dog and have a safe and secure yard for her to play. She is spayed, microchipped, vaccinated and dewormed.

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Ada County Pet of the Week: Roxy Mae

Roxy Mae, 4, is a 40-pound spayed female American pit bull terrier-Chinese Shar-Pei mix. She is a social butterfly who wants to meet every person in the room. She seems to enjoy the company of other dogs as well, though she needs a home without cats because she is overly interested in them. Roxy Mae is well-trained and loves showing off the tricks she knows for a treat. She is underweight at the moment, so her new owners will need to consult with a veterinarian and get her on a healthy diet. (She may be tempted to surf kitchen counters looking for food so keep that in mind.) Roxy Mae needs to live inside with her people and should not be kept outdoors alone for extended periods of time.

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Meridian Pet of the Week: Gracie

Gracie, 1, is back at the shelter. This special-needs pup is a Rhodesian ridgeback. Her canine Megaesophagus is now under control and she uses a Bailey Chair for her mealtimes. Gracie will need to be given food and water in her Bailey Chair for the rest of her life to manage her condition. Gracie has displayed some behaviors that will need to be managed. Like any pup, she is a high-energy dog who needs a lot of attention. Her previous guardian reports that Gracie has the tendency to engage in destructive behaviors and to escape the yard. To address these, the shelter will give adopters resources on crate-training, exercise and positive reinforcement techniques. Gracie can be reactive to others outside of her home but she has been friendly to everyone at the shelter and has not reacted poorly when taken out for walks.

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Canyon County Pet of the Week: Frosty

Frosty, 3, is a male retriever mix who weighs 60 pounds. He is house-trained and strong, so he will need a person on the other end of his leash who is able to hold onto him. He is curious and energetic and will need a home with a securely fenced yard so that he can run and play daily and safely. He’ll enjoy being an indoor dog. He also has a calm and affectionate demeanor. Frosty is current on his vaccinations, micro-chipped and neutered.

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Ada County Pet of the Week: Bugs

Bugs is a young rabbit with a handsome tan- and lilac-colored coat. He is a low-key, sweet boy who enjoys attention. Rabbits are wonderful companions to consider if you work during the day because they can be litterbox-trained and stay safely in a cage while you are out. However, they do require daily activity and hours to roam in a rabbit-proof space — so plan on spending time with them when you get home every day. It’s important to note that they can live for a decade and do require specialized care, such as a constant supply of Timothy hay and water, so do your research before considering adoption.

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Meridian Pet of the Week: Jasper

Jasper, 3, was adopted and then returned to us recently. We’ve learned that he is not fully house-trained and that it takes him awhile to settle into a new location. Please be patient with this guy. Resources will be provided. This boy was transferred to us from Pocatello after waiting too long for his forever home. We just can’t understand why no one has scooped him up yet. Jasper is such a love — affectionate, playful and so far pretty good with other dogs. We’ve been told that he’s dog selective, but he and Harley did very well together on the way here and during intake. And he apparently was not at all phased by a little bossy dog who got in his face before coming here. The volunteers at his previous shelter report that he’s “super sweet,” energetic and more interested in human attention than toys. Which is fine by us. We don’t mind loving on this guy.

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Canyon County Pet of the Week: Prince

Prince, 1, is a sweet Chihuahua. This small boy weighs 8 pounds and has a short yellow coat that will be a breeze to keep clean and looking great. He came to us as an owner surrender because they had acquired too many animals, including several Chihuahuas. Prince, we noted, is friendly but timid around new dogs.

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Ada County Pet of the Week: Ansel

Ansel, 6, is a spayed female domestic shorthair with very pretty gray and white tiger stripes. She came to the shelter as a stray this fall and is still waiting to find her forever home. She has an independent spirit and is happy to entertain herself. She enjoys keeping watch over her surroundings — she’d love to gaze out of windows in her new home. Ansel needs to be the only cat in her home, but she does enjoy the company of people and is a very sweet, attentive cat. She will happily cuddle and sit on your lap. She’s ready for life outside of the shelter.

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Meridian Pet of the Week: Candi

Candi, 6, is a boxer/Lab mix. She was transferred from another facility, where spending too much time in a kennel has caused sores to develop on her legs. She is currently on antibiotics and pain meds that appear to be helping. Candi is said to be good with kids, and has plenty of energy for playing. Her wiggly tail is a sign of her happy attitude and loving personality. She is both kennel-trained and house-trained, and has walked well on her leash. Candi would do best in a home where she spends most of the day with her humans.

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Canyon County Pet of the Week: Bingo

Bingo, 1, is a playful domestic shorthair cat. She sports a short, easy-to-care-for orange, brown and white coat and has beautiful amber-colored eyes. Bingo’s favorite activity is playing with her feather wand. She is good with other cats and resides in the colony room with six other felines. She enjoys being petted and cuddled and is generally just a cool cat. She is spayed, vaccinated and dewormed.

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Ada County Pet of the Week: Fluff Monkey

Fluff Monkey, 8, is a 20-pound spayed female domestic longhair. She had matted fur that had to be shaved when she arrived at the shelter, but she will have a lovely black and white coat when it grows out again. Despite her age, Fluff Monkey has a playful side. She can also be very affectionate and enjoys cuddling. She’ll start purring when you pet her. She is a big girl who needs to lose some weight to live a long, healthy life; her new owners should work with a veterinarian to get her on a safe diet.

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Meridian Pet of the Week: Harley

Harley, 8 months, was transferred to us from Blackfoot. This shepherd pup loves to give kisses. If you just sit still and let him love on you, he’d be a very happy little dude. Harley is good with other dogs so far.

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