Pets of the Week

Jared Bentley • Oct 24, 2019 at 3:58 PM

Visits to the shelter can be therapeutic at times. Sometimes, there’s an animal there who puts a smile on my face for the rest of the day. Most of the time, however, it can get you pretty down.

Today was one of those down days, as the wonderful dogs and cats lining our local Johnson City shelter’s kennels seemed more despondent than usual, and very much in need of visits, attention, and love. It could be the change in season, or maybe just a slow day for visitors, but I sure would like to know more people are traveling to spend time with these very loving dogs and cats (and others).

If you find yourself with a little extra time this week, or at any time for that matter, take a drive to one of your local shelters and visit with some fine prospective pets. The staff at each shelter (who work hard and deserve recognition and help) would love to see you, and would love to help you find the perfect pet for your home or family. Take the time, and take a chance.

This week’s Pets of the Week:

• Cameo is a sweet and handsome, cream, white, and orange tabby who likes to lay in the sun, and loves attention (word up). He is a one-year-old, neutered male, and he would love to go home with you as soon as you can take hime. Make it happen!

• Screech is an eight-month-old, spayed, female torbie with a dark, shiny coat and a loving disposition. A little hesitant at first, with an attitude you can see in her photo, she warmed up quickly and was very appreciative that someone was there to visit. Give her some constant love, and take her home.

• Spruce was initially very stand-offish when I moved towards him, but he enjoyed the company once he saw I was friendly. He is a nine-week-old, neutered, male domestic short hair with a soft, black and white coat, and he’s a big fan of scratches and rubs.

• Starr, a one-and-a-half-year-old, spayed, female, gray tabby, was sleeping soundly until I rudely interrupted and woke her. She didn’t complain, though, as she moved right over to greet me and enjoy the visit. I bet she’d do the same at your house, if you gave her a chance - come pay her a visit!

You can visit the Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter at 3411 N. Roan St., or visit online at wcjcanimalshelter.org. You can also call at 423-926-8769.

Other local shelters:

Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter

135 Sycamore Shoals Road, Elizabethton


Unicoi County Animal Shelter

185 N. Industrial Drive, Erwin

Phone: 423-743-3071

Bridge Home No Kill Animal Rescue

2061 Tenn. Highway 75, Blountville


Kingsport Animal Shelter

2141 Idle Hour Road


Sullivan County Animal Shelter  

380 Massengill Road, Blountville