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Washington’s Adoptable Pets of the Week: March 20, 2015

Looking for a furry friend? One of these cuties—all available at Washington-area rescues—might be your match.

Bandit is a four-year-old hound-pitbull mix. This 45-pound boy is very sweet, and he loves kids. He’s even been to a kindergarten class, where all his new friends loved him. Bandit sits on command, is very obedient, and rides well in the car. Meet Bandit at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington (2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr.)

Scotty has been living in a staff office for the past few weeks, since he was having hard time communicating with folks in the main cat room. Scotty is a bit of an independent thinker who doesn’t always express himself very well. He can be extremely affectionate! In fact, one of his favorite activities when he’s feeling particularly sweet is to prop himself up on a shoulder to cuddle and drool until he falls asleep! More often than not, you’ll find Scotty in play mode. Scotty is an active 1-year-old who requires a good deal of exercise to keep entertained. He particularly enjoys string toys, which is ideal for his rather aggressive play style. He also will fetch bottle caps for you (just like a dog), and enjoys playing with bubble wrap! Scotty will require an experienced cat owner, someone who will respect his cues, but will also work to establish a healthy play routine. He will require an outlet to express his stimulation in an appropriate manner, rather than scratching or biting. Scotty, who is very food-motivated, strikes us as an ideal kitty for clicker training! Meet Scotty at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington (2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr.)

Isaiah knows the best accessory is a smile, and he sure does have a goofy one. This 1-year-old American Staffordshire-Terrier mix might come off a little nervous when you first meet him, but hey, aren’t first dates usually awkward? Hang out with all 57 pounds of this little guy for a few minutes and he will charm your socks off! Isaiah would love to go to a calm, quiet home where he could stretch out his paws and relax in between going on walks and giving you lots of snuggles. Are you the peanut butter to Isaiah’s jelly? Meet Isaiah at the Georgia Avenue adoption center (7319 Georgia Ave., NW).

He-Man is a Pekingese Chihuahua mix. He is approximately three-years-old and weighs about 9 lbs. He’s inquisitive and a little shy at first, but once he warms up to you, he is happy just to be held. He-Man sure has a big personality for such a little guy! He’d be best in a home without small kids or a lot of rough-housing. He loves his people and he is a big snuggler. Meet He-Man at K-9 Lifesavers (34 Rollingside Dr., Fredericksburg).

Maude is a two-year-year old Hound-Lab mix. She weighs about 55 lbs and is a true sweetheart. She is smart, friendly, loving and extremely loyal. She gets along well with other dogs and has had puppies in the past. She rides well in the car and is great with small kids. She is curious about cats, but doesn’t bother them. She is very affectionate and just wants to love you! Meet Maude at K-9 Lifesavers (34 Rollingside Dr., Fredericksburg).

Ned is an adorable beagle who is around a year old. Ned came into a rural shelter with a pack of other beagles, and may do best in a home with another animal to keep him company. Ned gets along well with other dogs and would be the perfect addition to any active family. He can’t wait to find his forever home in the DC area! Please visit the Rural Dog Rescue to learn more about Ned!

Peaches is a sweet beagle mix who was rescued from a high-kill shelter. She can’t wait to find her forever home in the DC area! Peaches is a lover of pets, belly rubs, and sticks! She plays well with other dogs. She is mostly housetrained and working on her basic commands, but has already perfected her fetch. She’s a sweet-natured dog, has the perfect balance of play and relaxation and would be a lovely addition to any family. Please visit Rural Dog Rescue to learn more about Peaches!

This little beagle is as sweet as they come but just too timid to make the first move…or even the second. But if you spend some time getting to know Dolah, her gentle, affectionate nature emerges. Dolah likes other dogs and might benefit from the company of an easygoing canine companion. Most of all, she’s looking for a home where someone who will shower her with love and help build her self-confidence. At 7 years old, Dolah qualifies as a “Boomers’ Buddy,” which means her adoption fee will be waived for adopters 50 years or older. Dolah is currently living in a foster home. Please email adopt@warl.org to arrange a meeting with her, or stop by the Washington Animal Rescue League (71 Oglethorpe Street, NW).

Tali was given up because she is—wait for it, wait for it—too affectionate! Apparently, that was a big turn-off for her human companion. But her loss could be your gain. If you’re looking for a quintessential lap cat, who wants to be with you and interact with you, this gorgeous, long-hair Siamese mix could be your perfect match. And, at 8 years old, Tali qualifies as a “Boomers’ Buddy,” which means her adoption fee will be waived for adopters 50 years or older. Stop by the Washington Animal Rescue League (71 Oglethorpe Street, NW) and get to know this special girl.

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