Pet of the week

Published 8:49 am Tuesday, February 23, 2021

BY KARI KUH

DBCHS

This week our featured pet is Chance, a handsome 2-year-old chocolate lab. This sweet boy is energetic, full of life, and looking for a home with active humans. He was adopted previously, but it wasn’t the right fit, so he’s back on the market!

Chance is a super-smart doggo who likes to learn new things. He’s currently living at the Northpoint Training Center in Burgin (Northpoint Trained Canines Program), as part of DBCHS’s Mutts With Manners program.

Chance and other Mutts With Manners dogs learn basic obedience training, socialization, and behavior modification while enjoying one-on-one companionship with a carefully screened inmate as their trainer. Mutts with Manners graduates are AKC Canine Good Citizen certified, too.

Chance loves to run with his person and take long walks. He’d be a great hiking partner, too. He’s good with other dogs and would enjoy living with a canine playmate.

Due to COVID concerns and safety protocol, Chance has been at Northpoint for several months and unable to meet potential adopters. Thankfully, we can now schedule off-site meet-and-greets while following CDC guidelines for safety, so Chance has a chance to finally find his furever home.

If you’d like to adopt Chance or another Mutts With Manners dog, please visit https://www.dbchs.org/muttswithmannersdogs to complete an online application.  A Mutts With Manners volunteer will contact you to set up a meeting.

February 23 is World Spay Day, and February is National Spay and Neuter Month. There are countless reasons that spaying and neutering your pet is essential to their health and happiness.

Neutered males are less likely to mark their territory by spraying, and they’re no longer at risk of contracting testicular or cancer. It also reduces their desire to roam.

Spayed females are less likely to get reproductive cancers, and of course, it prevents them from having a litter of unexpected kittens or puppies. Rest assured: there is no truth to the old wives’ tale that neutered pets are missing out by not having a litter.

Spayed and neutered pets are often more relaxed, less aggressive, and more affectionate, also. And no, altering them will not make your pets fat and lazy.

Spaying and neutering your pets will help prevent overpopulation, so fewer animals end up homeless in shelters or on the streets. Please do your part: call your vet to schedule an appointment or check out this list of low-cost spay and neuter clinics in the area https://www.dbchs.org/spay-neuter-clinics.

The Danville-Boyle County Humane Society was established in 1972 to promote companion animals’ humane treatment through sheltering, adoptions, community education, and spay and neuter programs. DBCHS is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dependent on monetary gifts from generous individuals and businesses in our community.

To donate, please visit DBCHS.org/give or mail a check to DBCHS P.O. Box 487, Danville, KY 40423-0487. Your monetary gift will make a difference in a pet’s life, and we appreciate every contribution. Thank you for your support!