Pets of the week: David Rose is young and energetic. Fred has been waiting a long time for a home

Leonor Wertheimer

JACKSON, MI – David Rose and Fred are just two of the many animals at Cascades Humane Society that are looking for loving forever homes.

David Rose is an adorable puppy. He actually is one month past being a puppy, but behaves like one. He’s a fun, playful, energetic little guy, who’s still on the small to medium side and will probably not grow too big.

The only downside to all this puppy behavior is that David Rose can get mouthy – only in a playful and curious way, nothing ever mean. He will need a patient owner who can make sure he gets some good, positive reinforcement training. In the meantime, he gets lots of bones and toys to play with.

This handsome boy is oh-so-special to those at CHS. Fred, who is only 5 years old, has spent six months of his life at the shelter. Before arriving at CHS, Fred spent his days roaming Jackson as a stray for an unknown amount of time.

Fred really wanted to find his new fur-ever home, but he was just too shy to find his match. Visiting rooms were scary and hiding under blankets became a safe space. Luckily, with some time and tender-loving care from staff and volunteers, Fred has come out of his shell.

He enjoys greeting us at the front of his cage with welcoming chirps, receiving scratches under his chin and taking treats from the palm of humans’ hands. We think Fred might do better in a calmer environment and with someone who will give him time to acclimate to his new home at his own pace. After all, change can be scary (but exciting).

Cascades Humane Society, 1515 Carmen Drive, is open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. All visitors are being asked to wear face masks to comply with state orders regarding COVID-19.

All dogs and cats at Cascades Humane Society have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and given parasite protection prior to adoption. Those who adopt pets also receive a free wellness checkup from any of 24 area veterinarians.

Dog owners wishing to adopt another dog are required to do a meet and greet with their dog and the dog they’re choosing to adopt.

CHS also has added services to its Spay and Neuter Assistance Program. The service, available during scheduled spay or neuter surgeries, includes vaccines, heartworm testing for dogs, FIV and FeLV testing for cats and dental procedures.

CHS also has a Pet Food Pantry to help families going through financial hardship. CHS accepts cat or dog food donations, as long as the food is in its original packaging. Donors can drop off food by the pole barn behind the facility. The Pet Food Pantry is open from noon to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month.

Those considering adopting David Rose, Fred or another pet can apply to do so here. For more information, call 517-787-7387.

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