Adoption Tips (updated Oct. 19)

As quickly as dogs arrive at and leave the shelter, it’s difficult to maintain a complete and up-to-date inventory of photos. Please keep in mind, then, that the photos you view don’t show all the dogs currently at the shelter. The best way to see the dogs waiting to be adopted is to pay us a visit.

Of all the things to remember when you bring home a dog, here is perhaps the most important — Dogs are like children.  They don’t automatically know what you want them to do. You need to teach them with love and patience. Do this, and you’ll have a wonderful new family member. The alternative is an adoption that doesn’t work, and a dog that, sadly, is returned to the shelter, wondering what it did wrong.

Puppies are cute and cuddly, but older dogs also are lovable, and don’t need as much training.

Most shelter dogs are mixed breed rather than purebred, with one breed usually dominant.  Mixed breed dogs make just as good pets as purebreds and in many cases are healthier, with fewer medical problems.

Just because a dog is large doesn’t mean it can’t be a good indoor dog.  Many large breeds of dogs – for example, boxers, German shepherds and Labrador retrievers — can do well inside just as long as they get regular exercise outside.

Many dogs come to the shelter with heart worms. However, this condition is curable, thanks to advances in animal medicine. Treatment includes standard monthly heart worm preventive that every dog should be on. For example, a Laurens County resident who adopted two heart worm positive dogs reports that when he took the dogs to his veterinarian for their one-year checkups, both dogs were heart worm free, thanks to the monthly heart worm preventive he gives them.

Dogs are pack animals. Consider adopting more than one dog.  You’ll multiply your affection, protection, entertainment and security.

 “We who possess dogs, cats and other animals are more than simply their owners. Our animals depend on us for shelter, water, food, medical care, attention, companionship and affection. We are their guardians.”



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Juno’s looks suggest a hardy blend of breeds from both the canine sporting classification and the hound classification.  In other words, this young male is a blend of energetic, intelligent, affectionate and loyal – eager to please and eager to play. He enjoys romping about the exercise runs when a volunteer dog walker provides that too infrequent opportunity. On the other hand, he also enjoys the hugs he gets when he tries to be a lap dog. He’ll make a fine companion for family members of all ages.

Howl-o-ween Saturday, Oct. 25

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Scrappy is your basic, 5&10 store variety, hound dog.  The American Kennel Club recognizes more than two dozen types of hounds so maybe a better way to describe Scrappy would be to look at him as the sort of dog that could have lived in the Old West.

Perhaps one of Scrappy’s ancestors was a puppy cowering under a saguaro cactus from the blasts of a winter wind, a stray of the range found by a cowboy who carried the shivering pup back to the bunkhouse nestled inside his jacket; a young dog that sat patiently on the front porch of the cookhouse in the evening, bathed in the yellow beam of lantern light shining out through the open door, knowing he could count on the men sitting around the table to turn and toss him a piece of biscuit, a pork chop bone, a chunk of baked potato; a mature dog that bounded around the fence of the corral barking at the bucking leaping horses trying to throw off their riders; an older dog whose favorite place to rest were the recesses of the barn, where it could see any strangers coming up the long drive toward the cluster of log and adobe buildings he watched over so faithfully.

          Scrappy might not have lived in a land and time of cattle drives, chuck wagons, longhorn steers, six-shooters and on-the-trail camp fires. His rough-around-the edges looks do suggest he has had a hard row to hoe.  During these, his first few days at the shelter, he moves slowly and carefully. But, he’s a sweet dog, cautious but obviously enjoying a gentle hand stroking behind his ears or ruffling the fur of his neck.

Large dogs that have just arrived are frequently underweight, so Scrappy will be filling out.  He currently shares a pen with female husky ‘Nilla. That’s her peaking around his shoulder from inside one of the houses in the exercise runs.

The shelter staff look forward to that day when the right person, the right family, comes along and realizes the love and comfort they’ll provide for Scrappy will be more than repaid with love and loyalty from this shopworn but gentle dog. 



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Nilla is a Siberian husky blend.  The giveaways are her thick goat and piercing blue eyes. Huskies are frequently associated with sled dogs in Canada and the northern woods of Canada, with good reason.  They have enormous endurance and an intense desire to work.  Nilla is a typical husky in that she is a friendly, dignified dog. She currently shares a pen with Scrappy, a hound blend.  That’s the two of them peeking out from a shelter in one of the exercise runs.

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Nilla is a Siberian husky blend.  The giveaways are her thick coat and piercing blue eyes. Huskies are frequently associated with sled dogs in Canada and the northern woods of Canada, with good reason.  They have enormous endurance and an intense desire to work.  Nilla is a typical husky in that she is a friendly, dignified dog. She currently shares a pen with Scrappy, a hound blend.  That’s the two of them peeking out from a shelter in one of the exercise runs.



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Si is a young Norfolk terrier. The Norfolk is one of the smallest working terriers, is prized by farmers for being a tough, loyal and active dog This terrier is one of the smallest working terriers and is known for its toughness, loyalty and charm. Si is a sweet little guy and will do just fine in either city or country living.



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Jerry is a young American Staffordshire terrier male. The “Am Staff” is officially recognized by the American Kennel Club as a friendly, people-oriented dog that is a sweet and loyal family companion and guardian.

Unfortunately, because this breed was originally bred in England 200 years ago for the vicious practice of bullbaiting in a ring, or “pit,” and maintains its original strength and powerful build, “pit bulls” continue to be used today by subhumans that use them for the barbaric “sport” of dog fighting.

This is especially tragic because their nature is the very opposite of such cruelty. For example,  one of the volunteers here at the shelter recalls how he has personally known seven American Staffordshire terriers over the years and every one has been a very affectionate, lovable dog.

Here’s something else to keep in mind.  Remember Petey, the canine mascot of the 1920s and ’30s motion picture group of kids called alternately “Our Gang” and “The Little Rascals”? Petey was an American Staffordshire bull terrier.  And, remember the old RCA Victrola advertisements that showed a dog sitting with a cocked head looking at the megaphone on an old-timey record player, with the slogan, “His master’s voice.” The dog that was the model for the original painting was a part fox terrier and part American Staffordshire bull terrier.

So, if you’re looking for a sweet, loyal, lovable pal to play with and watch over you and your family, consider Jerry. He a sweetie.



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Carly is a pointer, a breed known as “The Cadillac of Bird Dogs.” She has the pointer’s traditional look of power, intelligence and nobility. Pointers were first bred in England in the mid 1600s. Originally used only to point, over the centuries, they’ve evolved the double ability of both pointing and retrieving.

Pointers’ speed, endurance and energy make them naturals in the field. As a hard and fast runner, the pointer also makes an excellent companion for runners and cyclists.

Pointers are naturally competitive and eager to perform, and also make excellent family pets since they are playful, love people, and are alert and protective.  They definitely enjoy sharing the indoor comforts of their family.

Pointers do need plenty of exercise, and do best when someone commits to giving them at least an hour of exercise a day. This means a home with a large fenced yard is a necessity.  These are not apartment dwellers.

Carly is just out of the puppy stage but she already walks well on a leash. She still has a shyness about her but with love and patience, she’ll soon develop the outstanding traits for which the pointer is known. She already warms up quickly to volunteer dog walkers who have exercised her more than once.



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Gomer is a good ol’ boy Labrador retriever. This young Lab definitely exhibits features for which Labs are so popular – good-looking, athletic, playful and eager to be around people. Adopt him into your home and you’ll discover the Lab’s keen desire to learn and follow instructions, and its overall disposition and abilities that make it one of the leading breeds in the country.



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Lightning is a German shepherd, a breed whose keen intelligence, courage, strength, agility, speed and desire to learn make it the world’s leading police, guard and military dog.

Due to their love of people, playful nature and strong sense of loyalty, they also make wonderful family dogs – eager to join in daily activities and remain protective of their people and their home.

The black and tan coat is the most familiar type of German shepherd coloring. Lightning’s black coat makes her a truly distinctive looking dog. She is just out of her puppy stage, which means she is ready to settle down and begin learning commands and obedience from the family to whom she will provide her love, devotion and protection.

In addition to her unusual black coloring, Lightning has another characteristic that’s a bit unusual for a German shepherd.  She loves — absolutely loves — to chase tennis balls.  As long as you keep throwing them, she’ll keep chasing after them.  That closeup photo of Lightning looking so intently at the camera was taken by holding a tennis ball just above the camera.  So, in her case, it wasn’t “Watch the birdie.”  It was “Watch the tennis Ball.”



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Wesson is a young female who appears to be a blend of Labrador retriever and Manchester terrier. The Lab is well known as a highly intelligent, energetic, playful, eager-to-learn family friendly dog equally comfortable outdoors and in. The less commonly known Manchester was originally bred in England to hunt rats and other vermin, Today, is has evolved into a lively, sharp-witted, intelligent dog that is extremely loyal to its owner. Manchester terriers are good watch dogs and do equally well in urban and rural environments. In the exercise runs, Wesson is very playful with other dogs and also enjoys any attention volunteers give her.


Pumpkin & Her Pups: Oct. 17



Friday, Oct. 17

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Pumpkin’ seven puppies celebrated their fourth week birthday by continuing to mature in terms of feeding and exploring.

Pumpkin still nurses two or more times a day.  The look on her face is a blend of love and resignation. More and more of the puppies’ food, though, is from pans holding puppy chow soaked in warm water.

The pups have evolved from crawling to staggering to waddling.  As they explore into the back yard farther and farther away from the dog house, they look like seven, happy little drunken sailors exploring one bar after another.

Yipping that sounds alternately happy and irritated emit from the six black chunkies and one brown chunky while they roam across the grass and tussle with one another.

As he continues to foster the young family, Mike the Midwife muses that he had evolved to Willy the Wet Nurse and now he feels like Bubba the Baby Sitter. In addition to regular feedings, he spends spare time on the grass letting the puppies crawl over him and chew on his pants legs. He says he has a better idea how the main character in Gulliver’s Travels felt when the Lilliputians tied him to the ground and crawled about him.

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Friday, Oct. 10

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Pumpkin’s seven children are three weeks old today, and their foster parent, Mike the Midwife, has begun the weeks-long weaning process.  As per his veterinarian’s advice, he’s been feeding puppy chow to Pumpkin so she’ll pass on the high amounts of nutrients and vitamins to her puppies through her milk.  This evening, he began the puppies’ gradual switch from their mother’s milk to puppy chow.

He soaked the hard pieces in warm water for about10 minutes, then poured it into a cake pan.  H didn’t know how quickly the pups would take to this new way of feeding and was delightfully surprised when each of the seven dove right in after he carried them to the cake pan and set them down with their noses in it.

Mike has been letting Pumpkin into the rest of the back yard with the family’s four other dogs. She seems to enjoy this time away from her seven pups and enjoys lying in the shade with a smile on her face. Call it a form of “Mother’s Afternoon Out.”

The puppies have matured a lot in the past week.  Their little eyes are now open. They’re walking a lot more (though “staggering” probably is a better word since they teeter and wobble around, stumbling over one another and flopping over when they trip on a rough place in the dirt). And, their mewing has been replaced by growling.

Mike is fairly sure there are three females and four males.  He’s new at this puppy business so he’s not 100 percent sure yet. Once he knows this is the demographic breakdown, he’ll be figuring out what to name them. Any suggestions?

Friday, Oct. 3

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Pumpkin’s seven puppies are two weeks old now. They’ve transformed from scrawny little moles in appearance into plump little pups, scrabbling about the dog house and scrambling onto the ground in front of the entrance. They frequently emit high pitched squealing and meowing when they’re not busy nursing or sleeping, their two primary activities at this time.

This morning, foster parent Mike the Midwife weighed three of the puppies on a mail scales. Their combined weight was seven pounds. That’s 2 1/3 pounds apiece. All seven in the litter are the same size, no apparent runts at this time.

Pumpkin is packing away her thrice-daily feedings of puppy chow augmented with homemade chicken and vegetable stew, and is drinking copious amounts of water. Mike has to refill her water bucket at least twice a day.

The folded over throw rug on the floor of the dog house is remarkably clean. Pumpkin definitely doesn’t allow her responsibilities as a dutiful mother prevent her from being an excellent housekeeper.

Mike’s two other large dogs were excited and curious when Pumpkin first arrived. A chain link fence separates that section of the yard Pumpkin is in from the rest of the yard. Whenever Mike went through the gate, the two dogs tried squeezing through with him to check out the newcomer. But, they behaved themselves after he threatened to ship them off along with Pumpkin to the circus as a dog act, and call them “Pumpkin, Bumpkin and Lumpkin.”

Friday, Sept. 26


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It’s been seven days since Pumpkin gave birth in the backyard of the Humane Society volunteer who is fostering her.   (We’ll call him Mike – Mike the Midwife.)

At first, Mike thought the Labrador retriever/Staffordshire bull terrier mix had given birth to five puppies. That’s all he could see in the darkness of the doghouse.  On Saturday he counted nine pups. By Sunday afternoon, two of them hadn’t made it. He buried them under a tree just a few feet from their seven siblings, who are doing just fine.

At first, Pumpkin and Mike the Midwife disagreed on where the puppies should stay. When Mike went out to check on the family Saturday morning, he discovered that Pumpkin had moved her litter from the doghouse to a hollow she’d dug against the house and privacy fence. Mike returned the pups to the comfort and security of the dog house. Pumpkin sat and watched. When he returned to the back porch, he watched as Pumpkin disappeared into the doghouse, came out with a puppy in her mouth, carried it to the depression she’d dug, then returned to the house to bring out each of the other pups one at a time.

Convinced that the dog house was better than a depression in the dirt for a cleaner and more protected environment from rain, wind and sun, Mike again moved all the puppies back into the house.  Again, Pumpkin returned them to the depression she had dug.

After giving the situation careful thought, Mike moved the doghouse to the corner of the yard Pumpkin had chosen. Pumpkin accepted that compromise, and mom and kids are now settled in comfortably.

A folded-over throw rug provides extra padding from the plastic floor, and a card table placed in front of the house offers extra protection against wind and rain reaching the litter as they nurse and sleep.

This is Mike’s first litter of puppies to care for. He’s following veterinary instructions to keep a bowl of puppy chow and a bucket of water under the card table/front porch so Pumpkin can eat and drink whenever she wants.

Several times after moving the house, he discovered a puppy squirming and squeaking on the ground just outside the doghouse entrance. Since the two-inch lip across the bottom of the entrance obviously wasn’t high enough, Mike cut a five-inch-high piece of plywood to fit across the inside front of the house. By the time the puppies are big enough to get over that barrier, he hopes they’ll be old enough and smart enough to climb back in.

Friday, Sept. 19

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When Pumpkin came to the shelter, this sweet-natured Labrador retriever/Stafffordshire bull terrier mix was already in the family way. In order to provide her with a quieter and more comfortable environment in which to give birth, a volunteer agreed to foster her … and not a minute too soon.

Pumpkin moved into her temporary quarters in a quiet, shady back yard on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 18. Somewhere between 3 and 6:15 p.m. on Sept. 19, she gave birth to five puppies.

Here are two photos of Pumpkin and her quintet, taken about six hours after the big event. We’ll provide a photographic update of the family every Friday evening in the weeks to come, so you can watch the puppies as they grow and begin checking out the world outside their doghouse.

We don’t know the sexes of the five pups yet. Nor do we know the breed of their father, since dogs don’t arrive at the shelter carrying briefcases containing family trees. However, if the five are anything like their mother, they should combine some pretty impressive characteristics.

The Staffordshire bull terrier was first bred in the 1800s when coal miners in Staffordshire, England bred bull dogs with small local terriers similar to the Manchester terrier. The result was a very courageous, obedient and highly intelligent dog. Combined with a natural compassion and affection for its family, especially children, the Staffordshire bull terrier makes a sweet-tempered member of the household. They do require a firm hand in discipline due to their strength and determination.

Labrador retrievers were first bred in Newfoundland, Canada to assist fishermen in hauling in nets and catching fish that had escaped from the lines. Labs rank as the most popular breed in the U.S. due to their keen intelligence and eagerness to please. They’re affectionate and playful, full of energy and playfulness,




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Cher is a Labrador retriever blend. This young adult female is a typical Lab – gentle and easy going. Labs are highly intelligent and eager to please, which makes them easy to train. For two years running, they have been the most popular breed in America. The family that adopts Cher will be getting a great companion.



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Maxie is a typical beagle – friendly, happy-go-lucky, curious, full of mischief and good humor – traits that make beagles great family pets. When cartoonist Charles Schultz created his comic strip “Peanuts” in 1950, it seems appropriate that character Charlie Brown’s dog, Snoopy, would be a beagle. The lucky family that adopts Maxie will be bringing a female version of Snoopy into their home, an addition to the household guaranteed to add plenty of fun.



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This young adult appears to be a blend of Norwich terrier and Norfolk terrier. The Norwich was developed in England to help farmers control predators such as foxes and rats.  The Norfolk, one of the smallest working terriers, is prized by farmers for being a tough, loyal and active dog. Sweetie, then, can be expected to blend such characteristics as fearless, tough, brave and loyal – a fine addition to your famly.



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Maya is a young American Staffordshire bull terrier, a breed commonly, and incorrectly, referred to as a “pit bull.”  What’s unfortunate about this breed is the bad reputation they’ve developed because they’re abused and used for dog fighting. The truth is, the Staffordshire bull terrier is officially recognized by the American Kennel Club as a friendly, people-oriented dog that is a sweet and loyal family companion. While it’s true that the breed was bred to fight bulls in spectator rings (or, ‘pits,” hence their name), that was in England 200 years ago. With the outlawing of that barbaric “sport,” American Staffordshire bull terriers have evolved into today’s family friendly dogs, despite their continued use by subhumans in the vicious and depraved practice of dog fighting.

Maya was involved in a dog fighting ring in Laurens County that was investigated by the FBI and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. While the investigation was underway, arrangements were made for Maya to stay at the animal shelter. Now that the investigation has been completed, Maya is free to be adopted.

Maya is extremely affectionate with the volunteer dog walker who regularly exercises her. She loves to climb into his lap and get hugs, petting and babytalk. With the right owner, she could be just as sweet. However, due to her background and health complications, the home she is adopted into may not have children, or dogs or other animals.




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Caroline is a young female cocker spaniel.  Spaniels are a bit deceiving in their appearance.  With their long silky hair, they look like lap dogs.  However, they were bred to hunt.  They are extremely sturdy gun dogs, able to cover territory rapidly, flushing game and retrieving only on command.  Cocker spaniels are gentle and intelligent dogs, and take readily to a household environment.  Keep in mind though that, despite their relatively small size, they are an active sporting breed, and need daily exercise.



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Sandy is one of those dogs whose heritage is hard to figure out.  He looks to be a little bit of cocker spaniel, papillon, basset hound and a handful of terriers.  What we know for sure is that he’s a cheerful little guy who loves to play with other dogs when he shares an exercise pen with them.  When the Labrador retrievers in adjacent runs begin racing back and forth along the fence that separates them, little Sandy valiantly attempts to keep up with the big boys, his little legs churning madly and his tail wagging fiercely as he relishes the fun and excitement.  Sandy definitely will liven up the home of the family that adopts him.



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Those piercing blue eyes of this part Siberian husky, part German shepherd could be looking at you from the pages of a Jack London novel in the frozen forests of the Alaskan wilderness during the Klondike gold rush of the late 1890s.

The husky in Pierce gives him enormous endurance and a desire to work – a legacy of this breed’s use as a sled dog in cold and snowy climates around the world. The husky is a friendly, dignified dog. When combined with the intelligence, loyalty and work ethic of the German shepherd, you have in Pierce a dog that will make a member of your family you will both love and be proud of.



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Lacey is a smooth fox terrier mix. This breed originated in the British Isles in the 1600s to help farmers drive fox and other quarry from their underground lairs. True to the breed, this young female is alert and energetic, which would make her an excellent watchdog. Lacey has a sweet and affectionate disposition, and loves giving hugs. She would be a fine addition to your family.



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Fluffy is a young male dachshund with a bit of terrier mixed in. Dachshund is German for “badger dog.” This breed originated in Germany to hunt badgers both above and below ground. Fluffy is a typical dachshund; he has a lively cheerful personality. Just like the typical dachshund, he is a lovable little fellow and will make an energetic and loyal companion and great family pet.


Happy Tails #10 — Emma and Teddy: All in the Family

Emma, Teddy, MarketplaceA leisurely stroll with the family dogs through a neighborhood park on a summer’s evening — a pastoral alternative to contemporary electronic clutter.

Over the years, Rebecca and her two children — Coby, age 13, and Hope, age 12 — had fostered dogs but had not had dogs of their own. When they moved to Dublin, they decided it was time to bring a permanent dog into their family. So, they paid a visit to the Dublin/Laurens County Animal Shelter.

“We fell in love with Sweetie” a mixture of chow and golden retriever, Rebecca says.

They filled out the adoption papers, brought the dog home, and changed her name to Emma.

“She’s an extremely high energy dog so we keep her well stocked with bones and toys,” Rebecca says.

After allowing Emma to settle in, they realized the new family member would be happier with another dog in the home. Back to the shelter went the family, where they saw Red, a male chow mix.

“He was very calm and laid back and we realized he’d be a perfect complement to Emma.”

So, Red returned to the family home, where they changed his name to Teddy.

“Emma seemed pretty happy when we brought him home,” Coby says.

“Emma definitely is the dominant of the two,” Rebecca says. “She loves to play fetch whereas Teddy is not as much into it and tends to stay in the background and watch Emma.”

While Rebecca, Coby and Hope are gone during the day, the two dogs have the run of the back yard, which is enclosed by a chain link fence and a privacy fence. For shelter, they share a dog house.

Rebecca describes the two newest members of the family as “good security dogs. … Emma is the playful one but she’s also very defensive and barks a lot.” Both don’t hesitate to bark at any strangers walking by, and “they join in the chorus when other dogs in the neighborhood bark.”

The family feeds Emma and Teddy dry food twice a day.

“We take turns feeding them,” Hope says. “My brother feeds them in the morning and I feed them at night.”

“Teddy had food issues at first but those have slowly gone away,” Rebecca says. “We feed them outside and place their dishes about 10 feet apart.”

On most evenings, the family goes for a walk through the neighborhood and around a nearby city park. Depending on Rebecca’s work schedule, they walk anywhere from a half hour to about 45 minutes. Both dogs walk well on leashes though “Emma is a little harder to control,” Rebecca says. “Hope takes Teddy and Coby walks Emma.”

Hope sums up how the human members of the family feel about the canine members. “They’re playful, they’re lovable, and they’re adorable,” she says.






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Solitaire is a young male spaniel. His coloring, size and physique indicate the dominant breed in him is the English springer spaniel. This breed of hunting dog is like the Energizer pink rabbit; its energy, enthusiasm, tough powerful body, and desire to please allow it to keep going and going and going under the most adverse hunting conditions.

Springers love their families and make excellent house pets, though they require regular exercise and their long silky coats require regular brushing and trimming. One of the enclosed photos is of Solitaire after a volunteer washed and clipped his hair (on Aug. 15). So, you can see what he looks like with long and cropped hair.

It will be a happy day for Solitaire when he is adopted into a family that appreciates his good looks and sweet personality, whether indoors with his people or dashing about in fields and woods.

July 19 adoption day a solid success

Three dogs and two cats were adopted at the July 19 special adoption day held at the Petsense pet supply store in the Dublin  Mall.

The Dublin/Laurens Humane Society offered a 25 percent discount on all adoption fees that day from animals adopted at Petsense, in honor of the store’s three-year anniversary at its Dublin location.

The Humane Society’s partnership with Petsense includes bringing dogs from the animal shelter to the store every Saturday afternoon from 12 to 2:30, a half dozen, permanent feline towers housing cats available for adoption, and an ongoing photo display of dogs waiting to be adopted.



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Stan is a Labrador retriever puppy who likes nothing better than chasing tennis balls and playing in water. Shelter employees have a hard time keeping Max’s water pan filled since the chocolate colored pup enjoys using his pan as a swimming pool. That pretty well fits the average Lab, since they were bred to retrieve in water. It’s not surprising that Labrador retrievers currently are the most popular breed in the country since these handsome animals are easily trained, eager to learn, intelligent and even-tempered. As a Labrador retriever, Stan will be equally comfortable in the field as a sporting dog and in the home as a family pet,




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Poor Scottie. Usually, mixed breed dogs blend together fairly smoothly their different types of breed. Every so often, though, the result is a bit unusual or, in the case of this young male, a bit comical. With his classic hound’s head and overall physique, but a long body and stubby legs, Scottie looks like a Labrador retriever that was cut off at the knees. This young male combines the good natured demeanor of the Lab with the slightly silly personality of the basset hound, which has been called “the clown prince of the dog world.” Adopt Scottie, and you’ll be adding quite an interesting, entertaining, lovable goof of a guy to your home.


Easy Money

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Easy Money is a young, male Labrador retriever. Labs are currently the most popular breed in the U.S. These handsome animals are easily trained, eager to learn, gentle, intelligent and even-tempered. They’re equally comfortable in the field as a sporting dog and in the home as a family pet. Easy Money currently shares a pen with Marigold, a female Labrador retriever mix. Easy Money is just as friendly with Marigold as he is with any other dog he shares an exercise run with. He’s just a good old boy.

Discounted adoptions day a huge success for animals

More than 30 dogs and cats were adopted from the Dublin/Laurens County Animal Shelter on Saturday, June 21, when the adoption fee was temporarily reduced 50 percent.

“We’re delighted at the tremendous public response to this special event,” said George Pierce, executive director of the Dublin/Laurens County Humane Society. “We adopted out eight dogs and cats, and another 23 dogs and cats were pre-adopted, which means the males need to be neutered and the females need to be spayed, and then they can be taken home by the families who adopted them.”

The discounted adoption fee was $62.50 for dogs and $42.50 for cats. The normal fee is $125 for dogs and $85 for cats. Fees include all vaccinations, medical tests, spaying and neutering.

Pierce attributes the success of the day-long event to “teamwork. It’s all about teamwork by everyone involved.

“We have a dedicated bunch of volunteers and they organized and spearheaded everything. Special credit goes to those teen and pre-teen volunteers who helped out. Kelly Gardner, Scotty Hall, Lauren Loftin, Lindsey Loftin, Katelyn Weeks, Madison Weeks and Will Wiegand all did a fine job. They’re a credit to themselves and to the adults in their lives who have instilled in them the importance of reaching out to help others through compassion and hard work.

“The employees working at the shelter that Saturday had a much heavier workload than usual dealing with the crowd that poured through the front gate, but they came through like gangbusters and stayed an extra hour to ensure we accommodated everyone. Their work didn’t end then because there’s still a lot of paperwork and logistics involved to ensure all of the pre-adopted animals are prepared to be taken to their new homes.

“I also want to acknowledge members of the Humane Society’s board of directors who came to the shelter. They provided support and encouragement throughout the day.

“Finally, of course, we have those compassionate people who showed up to adopt so many of our animals. This is the first time we’ve had an event like this. As is always the case with anything held the first time, we had to deal with a number of problems that occurred. However, our visitors were very understanding and willing to help us to get past these problems, for the sake of the animals.”

Pierce said he’s working with volunteers and employees to analyze what took place so that future such events will be even more successful.

“We’re not sure when our next reduced adoption fees day will be but as soon as we decide the date and details, we’ll let the public know,” he said.

Saturday’s “50 percent off” day was held to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dublin/Laurens County Humane Society, which was founded in 1964.



Who says our cats don’t get enough to eat? Prissy is orange with blue eyes and the size of a small European country. This hirsute cat may need to be brushed frequently to keep her free of hairballs.


Jai Jai

Jai Jai

Jai Jai is a gray and orange calico kitty with green eyes. She is shy and sweet. She is spayed and ready to go home to a good family.


If you're considering adopting one of our pets, then that's great! It is important for you to know that there are a few different steps involved. Please follow the link for more information → Adoption Information