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Meet the Treasure Valley’s Pets of the Week (April 8-14)

A boy with epilepsy wrote a winning story about his special dog

Parker Rogers, 14, submitted a story to Petco about how his rescue dog, Toby, instinctively learned to detect his seizures. The story won a $5,000 grant for Labrador Retriever Rescue of Fresno from the Petco Foundation. Rogers' family adopted the
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Parker Rogers, 14, submitted a story to Petco about how his rescue dog, Toby, instinctively learned to detect his seizures. The story won a $5,000 grant for Labrador Retriever Rescue of Fresno from the Petco Foundation. Rogers' family adopted the

Local pets are available for adoption in the Treasure Valley through the West Valley Humane Society, the Meridian Canine Rescue and the Idaho Humane Society. Here are three featured pets from local rescue shelters:

Meet the Meridian Canine Rescue’s Honey

This week the Meridian Canine Rescue would like to introduce Honey! She’s got a pep in her step, a doggie smile on her face and a heart full of gold. About a year old, now fully vetted and ready for adoption, Honey has decided that Idaho isn’t half bad. The people here enjoy walks as much as she does. They appreciate quality time in the play yard, too. And, even better, they are as food-motivated as she is. Talk about a match made in Heaven!

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Honey is available for adoption from the Meridian Canine Rescue.

Honey is looking for a family that will appreciate her optimism. Even though some new things scare her (transport in a big van? a little intimidating), she is willing to venture outside of her comfort zone and hopeful that each new person she meets and each new place she explores will bring her nothing but joy. That kind of energy is contagious. We know that Honey has met kids and other dogs and behaved well. We aren’t sure if she’s housetrained, but we bet she’s willing to learn. Did we mention she is consistently inconsistent with ‘sit’ and ‘shake’?

If you’re looking for a sweet, glass-half-full kind of dog, then come meet Honey at the rescue.

Meet the West Valley Humane Society’s Mareena

Mareena is 46-pound, 3.5 year old Australian cattle dog blend who arrived at the shelter in mid-February and was totally overwhelmed — likely because she was not exposed to many situations in her former home. Her personality has begun to blossom, and we have learned that she is a smart and sensitive sweetheart. She takes a little time to warm, but loves everyone.

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Mareena is available for adoption through the West Valley Humane Society.

Because of her low confidence, we think that she will be most comfortable in a home with bigger kids. She is a working breed, so daily exercise and mental enrichment will be important for her. Mareena’s special adoption fee of $80 includes spay, current vaccines and microchip. She is ready to go home today! Come meet Mareena at West Valley Humane Society, 5801 Graye Lane, Caldwell, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday - Saturday.

Learn about her and other adoptable pets at www.westvalleyhumanesociety.org.

Meet the Idaho Humane Society’s Pluto

Pluto is an 11-month-old, 51-pound neutered male German Shepherd mix. This goofy boy just loves to be the center of attention! He adores being close to people and lives for praise and affection. Unfortunately, Pluto still has a lot of puppy-like tendencies and one of his ways to get attention is by jumping up. Invest in a good obedience class and help Pluto learn that there are better ways to greet people than trying to give them kisses in mid-air. He already knows “sit” and is capable of learning so much more!

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Pluto is available for adoption from the Idaho Humane Society.

Pluto has a LOT of energy and natural athletic ability so he will need an active family that can include him in daily physical activities. Hiking, running, long walks, and fetch are just some of his favorites! Pluto will likely be best with older children who can handle his size and energy.

He gets along well with dogs but can be overwhelming during play. A dog introduction is required to make sure play styles and personalities are compatible! Poor Pluto has been returned and adopted several times because of his energy and puppy-like antics. He needs a patient owner who will focus on training and positive reinforcement. We’re confident that Pluto could provide years of fun companionship for the right person.

Visit Pluto at the Idaho Humane Society (#40549820 - Kennel 420).

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