Adopted animals have an innate ability to open us up to an entirely new world—one that begins with love. While each comes with their own history, adding a four-legged friend to your family is just what two local shelters hope you consider. Executive Director of the Humane Association of Warren County Joanne Hurley says that people should adopt to help reduce the population of homeless animals. The nonprofit shelter and adoption center houses an average of 300 animals and provides a variety of care services. Nearby is Myles Ahead Rescue, founded in memory of Director Janel Hemrick’s son, Myles. The shelter’s goal is to adopt out 365 animals each year. Say hello to these four furry fidos looking for their forever home and put adoption atop your wishlist.
Bisbeth - Humane Association of Warren County | 513.695.1176
Extra spry and playful for her age, Bisbeth is an 8-year-old lab that was surrendered with her brother, Baxter, due to their owner’s health. While many immediately gravitate to a new puppy when considering adoption, Joanne says that the need for senior adoptions is large and growing. “Unfortunately due to age, senior dogs will most likely be passed over many times,” she says. “But the love and companionship they can offer in the last years of life is unlimited.”
Ready for some good news? Both Bisbeth and Baxter were adopted immediately following our photoshoot! #forevertogether
Fern Gully - Humane Association of Warren County | 513.695.1176
At the first meeting, Fern Gully may not take much interest in you as a stranger … but get her out of her kennel and she’ll light up the room. Not only is Fern Gully playful and interactive, but she’s got a sense of humor too. The two-year-old dilute brindle mix often gets the “zoomies,” and loves running around with her favorite human. Bring her home, snuggle up and get cozy as you watch the classic animated movie she was named for.
Shrek - Myles Ahead Rescue | 513.673.4012
Rescued from a kill shelter, Shrek and his sister, Fiona, came to Myles Ahead as part of a large litter in mid-September. He is a possible shepherd/labrador mix and as typical a puppy as one can get: rambunctious and full of life. Prior to adoption, Shrek and Fiona will be fully vetted—they will be spayed, neutered, receive all vaccinations and parasite control and will be microchipped. While adding a young one (or two!) to your home is exciting, Janel reminds potential adopters that taking on a puppy is a huge responsibility and it should be taken seriously. “At Myles Ahead, we strive for adoptions that are for the lifetime of the pet and we do all we can to build that stability,” she says.
Fiona - Myles Ahead Rescue | 513.673.4012
Sister to Shrek, Fiona is also a possible shepherd/labrador mix. Like her brother, she has lots of energy and is always up for playing. Running in a field or backyard is fine for Fiona, but give her a pond or pool (or maybe a bathtub this winter) and she’ll be in her glory. This pup loves water. While Janel would love for Fiona to find her home this holiday season, she issues a word of caution to potential adopters: “Many times, puppies are seen as a wonderful gift for the holidays,” she says. “It’s important to know the person and know that they are capable of caring for an animal. They will take lots of time and effort—and potty training in the winter can be a difficult situation.” However, Janel adds, welcome a pet into your home during the holidays and you’ll be thankful you did.