Pet of the Week

Published 12:14 pm Tuesday, April 18, 2023


Contributing writer

Can you ever be too cute? Not according to our Pets of the Week. More than pretty faces, Sunflower and Hope also bring personality to the party.

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Sunflowers symbolize unwavering faith and unconditional love; if you add adorable to the mix, you’ve got Sunflower the pup. Sunflower is the perfect Beagle specimen with the typical tri-color coat and long, soft, floppy ears. The overall effect? Darling.

Four-year-old Sunflower still looks like a puppy with big paws on a petite frame and acts like a puppy, too! A little clumsy, a bit silly, and affectionate. Sunflower hasn’t been able to join playgroups yet, so we don’t have evidence of her doggie manners, but it’s hard to imagine she’d have trouble getting along with anyone or anything.

Sunflower will bloom with any family that provides her with love and attention. Plant her in your home today!

Sweet Hope was abandoned, scared and alone in a cramped crate. You’d understand if she were suspicious of humans, but dogs are resilient; with some love, most can bounce back from neglect, injury, and abuse. Meet Hope, the poster pup for resilience.

When Boyle County Animal Control rescued one-and-a-half-year-old Hope, she was frail, scared, and needed frequent small feedings with around-the-clock care. An experienced foster stepped in, helping Hope “learn how to dog” again.

According to her foster mom, Hope is the perfect pocket pup who just wants to be with you; plus, she’s eager to please and has already learned some new behaviors. Hope plays well with dogs, adores people, and with continued care and rehabilitation, will make a loving, loyal, charming companion.

Everyone wants to adopt a pup with a sad story, and DBCHS is grateful that the tough cases get attention. Remember though, every shelter dog has a story and needs a home, too. Please consider adopting one of the dear and deserving dogs who’ve lived at the shelter for months. See them here:

All of our pets are fixed, vaccinated and microchipped, and you can meet them Monday through Friday between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.  Email for an appointment if you can’t visit during open hours and apply online at

It’s Volunteer Appreciation Week, and the DBCHS is celebrating. Come by the humane society for a Volunteer Appreciation lunch Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy delicious food from Piggin’ Out, compliments of DBCHS, and learn about upcoming service opportunities. Current and potential volunteers are welcome – bring a friend.

Ready to join the team? Foster, lead Dogs Playing for Life playgroups, help with events like the Farmers Market, Earth Day, Doggie Dash, etc. DBCHS is especially eager to secure a volunteer coordinator. Want to know more? Email me: at See you Thursday.

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.