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Washington’s Adoptable Pets of the Week: June 5, 2015

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

Marshmallow (above) is a two-year-old, 10-pound, domestic medium-haired cat. She came to the Washington Humane Society in February as a stray. Her name describes her perfectly—she’s a fluffy, soft kitty with a mellow personality. She is a little shy at first, but once you get to know her, you’ll see what a big personality she has. Marshmallow loves to have her ears scratched and then roll around on the floor to show off her goofy side. You can meet her at the WHS New York Avenue Adoption Center.

Jazzy is a four-year-old cat. She is incredibly friendly and affectionate, and will run to greet you. She’s playful and very smart—she has already learned how to give a “high five.” Jazzy has a rare condition called Feline hyperesthesia syndrome, which causes episodes of agitation, self-directed aggression, and a characteristic rippling or twitching of the skin. Although the definitive cause of this syndrome isn’t known, it can be treated and managed with medication and behavioral intervention. Since arriving at the Washington Animal Rescue League and receiving medication and the care of its staff, Jazzy’s episodes have already decreased dramatically in just a few weeks. She’s now ready for a home of her own. To arrange a meeting with Jazzy, email the Washington Animal Rescue League’s adoptions department at

Shanah is a sweet, long-haired cat. She arrived at the Washington Animal Rescue League when her owner moved. She’s quiet and social with people—but not with other cats. For this reason—and because she has been declawed—she is looking for a home where she can be someone’s only cat. At seven years old, Shanah qualifies for the Boomers’ Buddies program, which means her adoption fee will be waived for adopters 50 years or older. Stop by the Washington Animal Rescue League and meet Shanah.
Elvis is a goofy Coonhound-mix, approximately two years old. He is crate-trained, good with dogs of all sizes, and loves to play. Elvis listens very well and is calm and mellow for a young dog. Elvis is currently living at a doggy daycare so not only is he looking for his forever family, he also needs a foster home. Elvis would make a great addition to any family. For more information on Elvis, please visit the Rural Dog Rescue website.
Melbourne was surrendered to the shelter by his owners when they could no longer care for him. The shelter staff were told his mom was a labradoodle and his dad was a lab. He is approximately 8 months old and very affectionate. He is very friendly and great with other dogs. Melbourne already weighs about 60 pounds and is not done growing, so he is going to be a big boy. He would be happiest in a home with a fenced back yard and with another dog as a companion. He really loves to play with other dogs of all sizes but a medium to large dog companion would be best. Melbourne is not super high-energy but definitely needs a yard for romping around. He is somewhat scared of the indoors but is quickly coming around and learning to love being inside. He is housetrained and crate trained. Melbourne will make a great addition to any family. For more information on Melbourne, please visit the Rural Dog Rescue website.

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