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Pets

Canyon County Pet of the Week: Arrow

Arrow, 7, is a medium-size Australian Cattle Dog mix who weighs 65 pounds and sports a handsome tan and white short coat. Sadly, his owners had to move into an apartment and surrender Arrow due to lack of space and no yard.

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Meridian Pet of the Week: Wilbur

Wilbur, 3, is a male who arrived from a rural shelter in Idaho. This handsome guy knows how to work it for the camera. We are so in love with his adorable mug, and his delightful personality is a bonus. When he was taken in at the former shelter, he was understandably very frightened. The poor guy tried to bust out of his kennel and banged up his nose a bit. The family that surrendered him reported that he was good with smaller dogs but not big ones. He has been neutered since arriving here, and because he’s still recovering, we haven’t tested him with other dogs yet. Wilbur has been relatively nonreactive when he sees other pups. Wilbur has grudgingly learned to go in his kennel, but he’d still much rather be walking by your side or cuddling in your lap. He doesn’t quite understand that he’s a little big to be a lap dog. Come meet Wilbur in person. Be prepared to fall in love.

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Ada County Pet of the Week: Achromatic

Achromatic, 6, is a domestic shorthair with a handsome black coat. He is a calm, easy-going boy. Achromatic is a great cat for someone who works long hours because he has no problem entertaining himself. He will happily watch birds through the window and bask in the sunlight while you’re away, then lounge next to you on the couch when you’re home. He enjoys attention and adores ear scratches. He will be a very loyal, mellow companion.

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Meridian Pets of the Week: Ellie and Loki

Ellie and Loki, 1, are fixed best friends. Ellie (long-haired female) and Loki (short-haired male) are house-trained, and they both get along well with children of all ages, dogs, cats and other animals. Ellie and Loki previously lived in a home with children, so they’d do great if adopted by a family again. Of the two, Loki is the more energetic and outgoing — he’ll be the first to greet you. Ellie follows his lead when it comes to meeting new people, but she calls the shots when it’s mealtime. Ellie and Loki are a bonded pair, which means they will only be adopted out together.

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Canyon County Pet of the Week: Mona

Mona, 3, is a beautiful brindle American pit bull terrier blend. She is a medium size at 41 pounds. She’s house-trained; knows sit, stay, lay down; loves toys and treats and loves to play fetch with tennis balls. This fun girl pulls on her leash, so needs a strong handler to walk her and help her with some more leash-training. She reacts a lot to other dogs outside and would be best in a home without other dogs. Any children in the home should be older than 12 and the home should be cat-free. A meet-and-greet with family, including any dogs in the home, is required before adopting Mona. She may try to establish dominance in the home in time. Mona’s owner surrendered her due to her aggression toward their other dog. Mona is vaccinated, micro chipped and spayed.

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Ada County Pet of the Week: Margot

Margot, 4, is a 48-pound spayed female brown and white cattle dog mix. She is a friendly, affectionate girl. She needs an active family. Once she has her exercise, she would love nothing more than to curl up on the couch with you. Sometimes she’ll try to get attention by jumping up, so her new people need to work a bit on her manners. She is crate-trained, which is a great advantage that her new owners should continue to utilize. She needs a home without cats because she will try to chase them. Her history with children is unknown, so she will need to be introduced to any kids slowly and carefully monitored.

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Meridian Pet of the Week: Scout

Scout, 2, was transferred from a shelter in Utah, surrendered by his family after reportedly escaping with the other dog in the home. During one of his excursions, he may have shaken and killed a small dog (but the circumstances are unknown), and he reportedly has a high-prey drive and went after llamas. Scout has displayed no negative behavior at the Meridian shelter. He needs someone willing to work with him and manage his mental and physical needs. Scout has lived in a foster home with one of the Meridian shelter’s volunteers and her dog for the past week with no trouble. His foster mom says he knows how to sit, shake, lie down and is kennel-trained. He has shown progress in his potty training during the week.

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Canyon County Pet of the Week: Raul

Raul, 2, is a Rottweiler mix who was recently surrendered to the shelter through no fault of his own. He is house-trained, gets along with some dogs, but will need a cat-free home. He’s a bit strong on the leash, so need someone with a strong grip. He knows the “sit” and “shake” commands and loves treats. He will require a securely fenced yard so that he can run and play safely. He is able to jump up, so he will need a tall fence. He will do better in a home with older children as he can “play nip” at times when he gets excited. He’s sweet, affectionate and loves to receive attention. As always, bring in the whole family and other household dogs for a meet-and-greet prior to adoption. The shelter’s trained staff will properly introduce everyone. Raul is current on his vaccinations, micro-chipped, and neutered.

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Ada County Pet of the Week: Franchesca

Franchesca, 1 1/2, is a spayed female domestic shorthair with white and gray markings and golden green eyes. She is a sweet and friendly girl who will start rubbing against your legs as soon as she sees you. She loves to be scratched behind her ears. She still has quite a bit of kitten playfulness and loves to chase after toys. Franchesca does not like other cats and would prefer to be the only animal in the home.

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Meridian Pet of the Week: Nala

Nala, 6-7, is spayed, up-to-date on shots and microchipped. She is a shy little girl who does well with dogs and cats. Nala is house- and kennel-trained. Nala would prefer to be around adults, and not kids. It was reported that Nala bit a child, but the records are confusing. She has shown no signs of aggression at the shelter. Nala was previously sheltered at a facility in Arizona, and we know that Nala has been through a lot of upheaval and that explains why she doesn’t like to be picked up from the front and why she’s reluctant to move out of her safe kennel space when she meets new people.

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Canyon County Pet of the Week: Drake

Drake, 6, is a Chihuahua mix with a beautiful tan and white coat. His owner surrendered him for personal reasons. Drake likes to cuddle and enjoys playing with other little dogs. He’s also content lying on his blanket or in a little kennel. He is not a barker. He appears to be house-trained. Drake is a little shy at first. He seems to like men and women equally. He loves to go for walks. Drake is neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. Come on in with the family, including dogs, to meet this sweet boy.

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Ada County Pet of the Week: Junior

Junior, 5, is a 60-pound neutered male black and tan German shepherd-Siberian husky mix. He is rather stoic, but he will warm up and come sit next to you with some encouragement. Junior was rescued from a hoarding situation in central Idaho with a number of other dogs. He needs caring, patient owners who will help him move past the issues brought about by his upbringing. For example, he will need gentle introductions to things that most dogs find normal, such as TV noises and vacuum cleaners. His new owners should reward him for being brave and social, as well as teach him proper manners and obedience commands. He should be kept on leash, crated when alone and never left unsupervised outside until he has become well-acclimated to his new home. He needs a home with just adults or children older than 12.

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Meridian Pet of the Week: Budda

Budda, approximately 4, is a tank of a dog, but he doesn’t seem to know it. He has nice manners, takes treats gently and walks pretty well with a harness. Budda seems to think he’s a hound, so when going on walks, he’ll follow his nose. He will most likely mark much of the journey as well. Budda previously lived in a home with a small child before being surrendered to another shelter. He is reportedly house-trained but very dog-selective.

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Canyon County Pet of the Week: Rosco

Roscoe, 4, is a male Australian cattle dog mix who was recently surrendered to the shelter through no fault of his own. He is a bit timid at first, but will warm up nicely. He is house-trained and well-behaved on a leash. He gets along with most dogs, but will need a cat-free home. He knows the “sit” command and loves treats and toys, in addition to people, attention and cuddle time and tummy rubs.

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Ada County Pet of the Week: Bambu

Bambu, 10, is a spayed female Siamese mix with tortie lynx point markings and blue eyes. She is a senior girl who was surrendered to the Idaho Humane Society due to inadequate housing in her previous home. She is affectionate and loves to be petted. Bambu would benefit from a healthy diet to lose a couple of pounds. She would love a calm, quiet home of her own and will make a wonderful mellow companion.

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Meridian Pet of the Week: Gus

Gus, 12, is a Lab-hound mix. Gus’ foster mom, Lisa, says he’s had a tough life. He was rescued from a shelter a couple of years ago by an elderly couple; each passed away in the last two months, leaving him without a family. He is quiet and gentle. Gus gets around slowly, with a limp from arthritis in his shoulder and damage to a hip. His backend is a little weak and can slide out from under him. He would do best in a home with a lot of carpeting to give him stable footing, and no stairs. Gus is house-trained, doesn’t jump, bark, chew on things or chase cats. Gus would require a home where he can get the extra care an older dog with his issues requires.

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Canyon County Pet of the Week: Roxy

Roxy, 14, is a female border collie mix. She is medium size, weighing 42 pounds. Although she is 14, she is active and energetic. Roxy’s owner surrendered her due to their life changes, which left them unable to care for her. Roxy is affectionate, likes to play fetch, is good with cats, knows “sit” and is leash-trained. She likes treats and loves her belly rubbed. Roxy is not house-trained, so would need someone willing to take the time and effort to help her learn. She needs a warm dry kennel in the winter and plenty of cool shade on hot days. Roxy does have some separation anxiety when left alone for too long, so the ideal new owners might be those who are home a lot of the time.

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