Feeling like having a cat, a dog, or several of them as a companion? Those who find themselves nodding their heads should check out the Santa Barbara Humane Society for an adoption.
For today and Sunday, adoption fees – which could be more than $150 – will be waived. Before going to find out which feline or canine will be the new addition to the household, get to know some of the animals up for adoption.
There is Hydro, the energetic 6-year-old male who gives tender kisses. The house-trained, mixed-breed doggy puts himself to bed around 8 p.m. Though Hydro has been through tough times – he arrived to the Humane Society about a year ago after a fire in Ventura County – his eyes emit a playfulness, and he will most likely do well in a home where folks can keep up with his energy.
And then there is Schatzi, the 2-year-old German Shepherd who greets visitors with so much love and excitement. She came to the Humane Society about half a year ago. Yes, Schatzi is bursting and springing with energy, but she is a well-trained canine. After all, this bilingual dog knows commands in both English and German. Wundersch”nen!
Looking for a more laid-back dog? No problem. Brook, Justin and Rascal may be worth checking out.
Brook is a 7-year-old, whose breed is a mix of retriever and labrador. She loves to sniff the aromas in the air and the ground with patience and care. Like Hydro, Brook is a Ventura County native who arrived to the Humane Society about three years ago. She is battling mammary cancer and her spirit is an inspiration. She exudes sweetness and kindness, though she may not be good with other animals.
Rascal is also 7 years old. He is a fairly recent Human Society member, having arrived less than half a year ago. He loves to cuddle and would do well sitting by your side or on your lap while you unwind or ponder about the world. He even has the whole philosopher beard thing going on.
Despite his issues with his back legs and bladder, Rascal, as his name suggests, continues to be a rascal and explores the world around him, all the while giving you the eye that he wants to cuddle of course.
Justin and Rascal are the type of dogs that will think about the world with you. They probably hang out together when they get the chance.
Justin is 7 years old and came to the Humane Society about a year ago. He lost his eyesight and has taken the blindness as an opportunity to hone his listening skills. Justin’s ears could probably detect the drop of a pin at the opposite end of a house. These extraordinary hearing skills mean he navigates very well once he has learned the crooks and nannies of a space.
Looking for a feline to take home instead? No problem.
Meet Kit, who sports the brooding look of English actor Kit Harrington. She could make the perfect couch potato to watch “Game of Thrones” with, because this 10-year-old loves napping. She may even try to talk to you about how dreamy Jon Snow is, as she is known for her friendly chatter.
There will also be kittens available for adoption, but be prepared for their energy!
Two-month-olds Carl and Patch Tabitha love to play with each other. The siblings are still honing their feline chops and will most likely practice in a house. The kitties would love owners who could keep up with their energy as they enter adolescence.
Those who are interested can check out these animals along with 90 of their friends this weekend. The Humane Society opens the shelter at 11 a.m. For more information, call 805-964-4777 or visit sbhumanesociety.org.