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Adoptable Pets of the Week: January 2, 2015

Want to kick off 2015 with a new furry friend? One of these cuties—all available at Washington-area rescues—might be your match.

Ricky (above) is a four-year-old Catahoula mix who, until recently, had a family who adored him. Unfortunately, a change in circumstances means he is now looking for a new home. Ricky enjoys meeting people and happily greets them if approached. He loves to take walks and is unfazed by city noises such as construction, trucks or ambulances; he’s far too busy sniffing the grass, leaves, and lamp posts. Ricky knows such basic commands as sit, down, and wait, and is eager to learn more. You can meet Ricky at the Washington Animal Rescue League.

Simon is a friendly, two-year-old American Staffordshire terrier mix who likes nothing better than curling up next to you (or on you!) on the couch. Simon is past the puppy stage but is still playful and enjoys short bouts of tug-of-war or chewing on a toy. He knows how to “sit,” is house-trained, and has excellent manners when riding in a car. Simon was born with deformities in his front legs—you might not notice just by looking at him, but it makes walking a little more difficult than it is for other dogs. Simon certainly doesn’t seem to notice, though, and he makes his way up and down stairs without a problem. He loves short walks but can’t go running or hiking like your average dog. For longer walks, he has his own stroller that he loves to sit in. Simon was rescued by the Washington Humane Society in March 2014 after he was found suffering from multiple injuries. Nearly a year later, he’s really ready to find a forever home. Arrange to meet him through his foster mom by e-mailing courtney.zinter@gmail.com.

Nantucket is a two-year-old American Staffordshire terrier mix who loves to cuddle. She gets plenty of exercise as a regular participant in the Washington Humane Society’s People and Animal Cardio Klub (PACK) runs. She’s always ready for an adventure, and though Nantucket gets excited about everything, especially meeting people, she calms down once she burns off some energy. Meet her at the Humane Society’s New York Avenue Adoption Center.

Thor is an approximately three-year-old Rottweiler mix. He weighs about 55 pounds, but has very cute, short legs. Thor gets along with other dogs of all sizes and is fine with kids. He’s an active boy and loves to be included in family outings. He loves belly rubs more than anything. Find out more about Thor and other adoptable pets on the Rural Dog Rescue website.

Army is a beautiful Bluetick Coonhound. He gets along well with dogs of all sizes, but needs a home without cats. He’s most likely around five years old and thinks he’s a giant lap dog. He’s very laid back and generally naps all day in between walks and trips to the dog park. He’s house- and crate- trained and would make a great family pet. Find out more about Army and other adoptable pets on the Rural Dog Rescue website.

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