Pets of the Week

Jared Bentley • Updated Apr 2, 2020 at 11:15 AM

During this time of crisis, my dog has been invaluable. He’s been a great source of friendship, entertainment, and love, and I’d hate to think of being stuck at home without him.

For those of you who feel responsible enough to care for an animal, and missing out on the love a pet can bring, maybe you should check your local shelter’s social media pages and see about the possibility of adopting or fostering a new friend. It could be a blessing to help cure the stay-at-home blues.

A few of the fine dogs and cats at the Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter headline this week’s Pets of the Week:

• Puff is a twelve-year-old, gray-coated, domestic medium hair who would make a wonderful companion for someone who likes peace and quiet and friendship. He is diabetic, but does not need insulin injections - his diabetes is regulated by a special food, and he remains active and sweet. Take him home today!

• Baby Girl is a two-year-old, gray and white, domestic short hair with a lot of personality and love to give. She is a talker, and purrs a lot, and would be a great source of fun and friendship while stuck at home. Pay her an online visit, set up a time to pick her up, and see for yourself!

• Goofy is a favorite of the staff at the shelter. A young hound mix, he is super sweet, housebroken, and loves kids, dogs, and cats. Shelter director Tammy Davis says she has never heard him bark, and believes he would be a perfect pet. When he arrived at the shelter, he could not walk or use his back legs. It took weeks of physical therapy for him to walk, and now he’s running and playing! Take him home so he can do that at your house!

• Ziploc is a super-sweet girl and another favorite at the shelter. She is kind of shy, but warms up to you quickly and loves to be loved. She came in with a litter of puppies, but all of her pups have been adopted, leaving her alone and lonely at the shelter. She needs a quiet, calm house and a place to call home —if you can offer that, please give it a shot.

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