Pet of the Week – May 26

Published 8:07 pm Thursday, May 26, 2022

Our featured pet is Fisher, a good-looking mixed-breed dog with big ol’ awesome ears! Fisher came to us as a stray, so we only know what we have observed during his time at the shelter and what we know we adore. We estimate that this russet-colored pup with golden eyes is around a year old, with lots of life left to live.

Fisher is a lover, eager to meet new people and get pets and snuggles. He has plenty of energy but isn’t overwhelming. Fisher is food motivated and can already sit for a treat, which he takes gently from your hand. This bodes well for future training; you will be able to teach him to stay, lay down, and more with a bit of effort.

Fisher recently got neutered and has been a champ; he hasn’t messed with his sutures. Because of his stitches, he hasn’t been able to join doggy playgroups, so we don’t know how he does with other dogs. Given his laid-back attitude, I bet he would do nicely!

No matter what, this big-eared charmer will make an excellent pet for someone who is looking for a happy, fun, and loving dog.

Fisher is fixed, vaccinated, and microchipped. Please bring your family and dog for a meet and greet Monday – Friday between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Before visiting, complete an online application: https://bit.ly/2Qo4EfE. Can’t make it to the shelter during open hours? Email me at karikuh@dbchs.org to make an appointment.

Did you know? Shelter euthanasia is likely the most common cause of death of companion animals in the U.S., and that was previously true in Boyle County. The traditional model of sheltering leads to high rates of euthanasia – for various reasons: illness, overcrowding, and lack of available homes.

Thanks to a professional shelter assessment funded by the Bluegrass Area Development District (2018) and continued support from leading animal welfare experts, Danville-Boyle County Humane Society (DBCHS) and Boyle County Animal Control put in place evidence-based practices to save more lives.

We learned that the best way to increase live outcomes (the number of dogs and cats leaving the shelter alive through return to home, transfer to rescue, or adoption) is by proactively helping people and their pets.

In the last three years, we’ve developed a series of safety nets to help care for animals beyond shelter walls: securing foster homes for medically fragile and very young animals, providing pet food for folks in need, helping people find new, loving homes for their pets using technology (dbchs.home-home.org), and implementing Trap/Neuter/Vaccinate/Return (TNVR) for healthy outdoor cats.

These programs dramatically reduce intake, which reserves shelter space for victims of cruelty or neglect and sick, injured, or abandoned animals, like Fisher.

The Danville-Boyle County Humane Society is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) established in 1972 that promotes the humane treatment of animals through compassionate care, engagement, and support. To donate, please visit DBCHS.org/give or mail a check to DBCHS P.O. Box 487, Danville, KY 40423-0487. We’re grateful for every gift!