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Family loses loved one unexpectedly; homes needed for beloved pets

As we muddle our way through the COVID-19 crisis, some of life’s inevitabilities go on with no regard for the difficulties the virus presents. Births, deaths, accidents, milestones; all things that, whether joyous or tragic, inconvenient or catastrophic, continue to occur. I feel especially bad for those that have lost a loved one during this period and been unable to proceed with the normal practices that help us through the grieving process.

Last week there was a sudden and unexpected death in our community that had nothing to do with the virus. This loss from out of the blue, left six dogs, ages 7 to 14, without the only home they had ever known.  Within a few short hours, their beloved owner was gone and they were brought to the shelter.  Aside from the family’s shock and grief over the loss of their loved one, they were devastated by their inability to take in the dogs.

Now it’s our mission to have all these dogs in good homes as quickly as possible. The one thing that we can do for the family is give them the peace of mind of knowing that these pets, that have only known a loving and devoted owner, will be given a new lease on life.

Five of the dogs are small Jack Russell Terriers or mixes and the oldest is a medium size Lab/Jack Russell Terrier mix. They have done remarkably well at the shelter; in spite of being confused and nervous, they are constantly seeking attention and thrilled when the staff comes to their kennels. One of the small males has already been adopted and we were able to get two of them into foster care right away. It’s our goal to get them all into permanent homes in a short amount of time in order to make their adjustment period less stressful.

A lot of us have extra time on our hands right now so what better time to bring a new pet into the family? Although these six dogs are not puppies, if you know anything about Jack Russell Terriers, you know that they are happy, spirited dogs well into their old age. Abby, Lilly, Johnsin, Boomer and Bubba are all ready and willing to get out of the shelter and onto your sofa. I am told that they love to snuggle and although they’ll consider a dog bed, they’d rather be sleeping by your side.

The shelter is open for adoptions by appointment only. So if you’re interested, visit sjras.org to view the pets and fill out the questionnaire so that we can help you meet your match!

By the way; our little goat from last week has been adopted! I also found out that he had been gotten as a pet (not for the stew pot) by the original owners but that they were unable to keep him in a residential area. It’s sometimes hard to resist a cute, fuzzy face but make sure you research zoning and permit restrictions if you’re thinking of acquiring any animal that is considered exotic or livestock.

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