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HCHS playing matchmaker to find homes for its longest residents

Jeff Bobo • Feb 13, 2019 at 9:18 AM

ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Humane Society wants to play matchmaker this Valentine’s Day and help some lucky human find love of the furry, four-legged variety at a big discount.

Through February, the HCHS’s “Lonely Hearts” promotion will be offering a $45 adoption fee discount to anyone who takes home one of the six dogs that have been at the shelter the longest.

At the beginning of December, the shelter was filled to capacity with more than 50 dogs and around 100 cats.

However, Christmas was good for adoptions, and as of Tuesday the shelter was down to 26 dogs, including 15 puppies, and 43 cats.

Before Christmas, the shelter had 13 “Lonely Hearts” longtime residents, but seven of those have since been adopted.

The six “Lonely Hearts” dogs that remain have been in the shelter between four months and a year.

The usual adoption fee is $65, but anyone who takes a “Lonely Hearts” dog home before Feb. 28 will pay only $20.

Here’s a description of each of the six dogs:

Anakin is a male black Lab, 1-2 years old and fixed.

HCHS assistant manager Eddie Hutchison describes Anikan as, “A super sweet heart. He bursts with personality. Very friendly. Very well trained. Beautiful inside and out.”

Anakin came to the shelter nine months ago as part of a rescue.

Bandit is a male black Lab/boxer mix, 2-3 years old and fixed.

Hutchison: “He has a nice, gentle nature with people. Very attentive. Very Smart. Follows simple commanda like sit and lay down. He loves having his belly rubbed.”

Bandit came in as part of a rescue along with six other dogs about a year ago.

Cinnamon is a male yellow Lab, 1-2 years old and fixed.

Hutchison: “He’s also a super sweet, very smart, loves to play fetch or anything to do with toys or playing. A super all-around dog, and he gets along with other animals.”

Cinnamon was brought in six months ago as a stray by Church Hill Animal Control.

Dakota is a male rat terrier/black Lab mix, about 5 years old and fixed.

Hutchison: “He’s the smartest dog at the shelter. Very spunky for his age. Loves to play and be outdoors. Very loving.”

Dakota was brought in about a year ago as part of the same rescue as Bandit.

Hugar is a male rat terrier/black Lab, about 7 years old and is not fixed.

Hutchison: “He’s very sweet. He’s low activity and low maintenance, but he still has a lot of spunk in him. Let Hugar spend his last chapter of life at a loving and warm home away from the shelter.”

Hugar was brought in about a year ago as part of the same rescue as Bandidt and Dakota.

Allie is a female black Lab, about 1 year old, and is fixed.

“She’s been extremely skittish since she’s been here, and I believe she may have been abused. She’s very skittish with people at first, but once she gets to know you, she opens up a lot more.”

Allie was dropped off at the shelter by her owner about four months ago.

“People get excited when they see puppies and everyone wants a puppy, and they are cute and fun, but there are so many older dogs that get overlooked,” said HCHS manager Sandy Behnke. “Some are abandoned, some taken to shelter because owners were moving and, some owners passed away. On this Valentine's Day let's give each and everyone of these lonely souls who are desperately looking love a fur-ever home. They still have so much love to give back.”

Anyone interested in adopting one of the HCHS’ six “Lonely Hearts” dogs, or any of its other dogs and cats, is encouraged to visit the shelter during business hours (noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday) at 5180 Highway 11-W on the far east end of Rogersville.

For more information, call the shelter at (423) 272-6538 or visit the Hawkins County Humane Society’s Facebook page.

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