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Take Me Home Tonight: Adoptable Pets from Alaska Shelters

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Every week, I’m going to feature adoptable pets and events surrounding pet adoption from across Alaska. To the best of my knowledge, each of these pets are still available, and I encourage you to follow the links to find out more about these animals and the shelters that are caring for them.
Alaska ASPCA.
Mimi
Per the ASPCA:

This gorgeous girl is Mimi and she is looking for her forever home. She is a Princess, so naturally she loves to be pampered. Mimi loves a good ear and neck massage. She is a talker too! Stop by the Alaska SPCA and fall in love today.

But, of course, you didn’t hear any of that. Because her glowing eyes are inside your freaking mind. Seriously, look into those majestic orbs. Then click here to bring Mimi Homehome.
 
Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center.
Athena“Please meet Athena, a 1 year old, spayed female, pit bull mix. Very active, outgoing and enthusiastic, Athena has lots of energy and love to spare. She’s very friendly and playful, and loves being with people. She’s lived with miniature Pinschers and did fine, and enjoys playing with the other shelter dogs too. Handles fine on leash, sits politely for treats, is attentive and listens well. She’s friendly with children, but may be too bouncy for really small kids. She’s intelligent and would enjoy obedience training classes. Exuberant and very affectionate, she’ll like a home that can provide plenty of exercise, attention and things to do.”
You know you want your next dog to grow up to be the next beer advertisement spokesperson. Don’t lie. This could happen. Live the dream. Contact the Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center about Athena today. Because LOOK AT HER.
 
Haines Animal Rescue Kennel.
Alaska, Lucy. Lucy, Alaska. Lucy is adorable, comes complete with the different-color-eyes conversation starter, indefensible hug-me look, and is a supporter of public radio. She might even have some NPR-esque segue music hidden somewhere in that perfect middle-head part. We encourage you to investigate. Send us pictures when she completes you.
 
Polar Pug Rescue & Friends.

ruffioRuffio is a 2-4 year old Brussels Griffon/Italian Greyhound mix. What a combination! for a unique companion, look no further! Ruffio is energetic and playful and especially loves a good game of tug-o-war with friends. He is shy but very curious and is great to cuddle with. A patient home, willing to help him learn good, indoor, potty behaviors is what this little fella needs. He is great with other dogs and would love to have a sibling to play with throughout the day.

So, this is what you get when Heather takes the week off from this feature. Here’s my take on Ruffio, who apparently has been hanging around on the internets for a while looking for a forever home: What the hell is going on with this dog? Is it real? How do you mix Italian Greyhound and Giraffe? That can’t be comfortable for anyone.
Someone needs to adopt this dog to hug him eternally for who he is. And to send us a real picture so that we know he actually exists. Otherwise, I’m blaming George Lucas. Seriously, someone adopt and hug the crap out of this guy.
 
Anchorage Animal Care and Control.
sassy

Exceptionally loving and friendly, Sassy is at your side instantly seeking affection. Sassy will jump in a lap and make herself at home. She also enjoys giving kitty kisses to her people. This beauty loves petting and has the softest fur so she’s a delight to pet. With her interactive personality, Sassy is a joy to spend time with. Found as a stray and not claimed, this love sponge is now waiting for a family to love. Previously front declawed, Sassy will need to be an indoor kitty only. A real sweetheart!

Put in cat lovers’ terms: Dude. Look at this cat. This is what will be hovering over your shoulder while you’re relaxing, reading a book, from the cat perch you’ve set up for her. Think about that. Really. The best cats are the ones chalk full of personality. Sassy is, well, sassy. Sassy is rad. Give it a shot.
 
Anchorage Animal Care and Control.
hannibal

This handsome guy is very friendly, easy-going and mellow. His former owners are moving out of state and not taking him along. He’s lived happily with kids 6 and up, and with a Basset Hound. Easy to walk and handle, sits nicely for his treats. Weighs 92 pounds–the proverbial “gentle giant”. A real people pleaser! 8 years old.

His name is Hannibal. And he is everything that should be on an Alaskan postcard. The upright ears, the penetrating eyes, and the oh-my-god-I-freaking-love-the-heck-out-of-you tongue. Huskies smile with their tongues. They let you know how amazingly loyal and in love with you they are by an open-mouthed look of approval. Don’t believe me? Here’s mine:
sage
That’s my Sage. You can’t have her. But you can have Hannibal and enjoy smiles like that aimed at you. I couldn’t tell you how better it makes your life.
I’m not generally in charge of this feature, but I am a huge pet advocate and rescues happen to be my favorite breed. We have three dogs and two cats, all rescues. And I could not ask for better companions. If you’re considering extending your home to a furry creature, I implore you to explore your local animal shelter. Simply put, rescues understand it when you save them and they love you for it their entire lives.
Need proof? Okay, fine. Here’s one more family photo. My wife and my eldest pup:
trill and heather
I wish everyone the joy of experiencing this.