Alice is a sweet and gentle dog, who came to us from a Utah shelter last January. She was very shy with new people — especially men. In fact, one could say she was downright scared of men. It didn’t seem to matter what they did or how gently they spoke to her. She just seemed uncomfortable around them.
Alice’s caregivers went to work using positive reinforcement training methods to change her opinion of men in particular, and also to make meeting any new people less worrisome.
Vince loves sitting in the sun surrounded by his many kitty friends ― especially Teller. He is shy, but when Teller is getting human attention, Vince wants a little of that love, too. He will wander over, and “accidentally” allow a few fleeting soft pets. He then acts like that contact was purely a coincidence and that the silly human petting his friend Teller got a little over excited and pet him, too. He’ll retreat, groom himself and act nonchalant.
Napping is an important component of looking and feeling your best ― especially if you are a resident of Marshall’s Piggy Paradise. Tippy Toes always looks her best and is a volunteer favorite because of her charming and gentle ways. She loves it when volunteers fuss over her. She enjoys having her ears gently scratched and will roll over for a belly rub at the slightest invitation.
Ever wonder how we choose names for the animals at the Sanctuary? They get a name when they arrive — before we really know them — and sometimes it’s challenging! Naming Holy Moly though was easy. This big, gorgeous, rambunctious boy was rowdy. When he gets the zoomies you can’t help but scratch your head and mutter, “Holy moly.”
Koda is new at the Sanctuary. He was adopted as a kitten, but things didn’t work out in his home. Koda had been behaving in a way that seemed a little aggressive. Lucky for Koda, we understand that sometimes the only way a cat can let you know something is wrong is by acting in a way that demands your attention!
There has never been a more energetic, focused cookie catcher in the whole wide world — or at least here at the Sanctuary. It’s good to be involved with sports and have a hobby or two. Wilson is a well-rounded fellow in that regard. Wilson’s hobbies are geology and archaeology. His penchant for excavating large holes in his run is legendary, but did you also know that he collects rocks?
Congo knows how to lay on the charm. He has great manners, gets along with most other dogs and is a googly-eyed love bug who aims to please. Congo has been with us since 2012. He was in a prison dog program, but he was young, and that environment was a little too chaotic for this sensitive guy. He arrived with some behavioral baggage, but in the years since, he has worked hard to overcome them. He recently went on his first sleepover with a volunteer and it was a complete success.
Booker arrived in January of 2017, and everyone has been smitten since. Like cats with rich amber eyes? He's your guy. Prefer blue eyes? Guess what - still your guy! From any angle, this guy is perfect. I visited with him a few days ago, and he was really very at ease. He groomed one of his friends for a moment or two, gave me a head bonk, and then settled into a sunny spot for a nap.
On a sunny winter afternoon I reacquainted myself with Tiny Tim. It took all of one minute. Happy Feet (one of his many nicknames) has never met a stranger. He is bright, playful and always eager to “help” a volunteer with whatever task is at hand. Folded towels need to be inspected, toys need to be tested, etc. He is a busy boy.
Cowboy and Pancho are great friends, and on a sunny afternoon they were caught napping together. Horses will only lay down to sleep when they feel really safe. In this case we aren’t sure if it’s their other horse friend or the turkeys that made them feel so secure. But it doesn’t matter all that much. They are safe, and their enjoyment of the warm sun is written all over their sleepy faces.
I caught this guy in mid-yawn. Poor Eli, now all I can do is compare him to a basking shark ― not terribly dignified, but not too far off. He is in good health despite having feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). He is a smart guy and loves food puzzles, which helps him use his brain and regain his joy of eating.
Tabasco is a petite female hound. She’s about four years old and loves nothing more than to play fetch. She’s sweet, a bit silly and eager to please. She came to us from a neighboring community. Seems she’s been an outside dog, but we have high hopes that she’ll get the hang of life inside a home.
If you are looking for a lot of hound in a pint sized package, contact us to learn more about Tabasco.
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During the cold and gray winter months, you can find Chauncey and his best friend, Henri, cuddled up together in their warm cozy bed on top in the laundry room at Benton’s House.
This friendship is pretty special. Some might even say it’s magical.
Henri arrived with some pretty severe health issues and had been given only a few short months to live — three to be exact. That was more than three years ago.
The word “tortitude” is a word used to describe the irascible attitude of tortoiseshell-colored cats. They can be strong-willed and independent — yet not so independent that they won’t let you know when they need something from you. Eliana’s tortitude comes into play daily. She uses that strong will to overcome her mobility challenges. There is no keeping this feisty feline from her favorite bed on the catio.
Jolene arrived in February of 2014 from a network partner in Indiana. She was unsocialized and unlikely to be adopted when compared with fluffy friendly lap cats. This girl has taken her time warming up to us. But after she checked and double checked that she was safe, she is slowly making friends with the humans in her life.
A home that understands her cautious yet curious nature would be rewarded with soft looks and slow blinks from a kitty who just wants to feel secure.
Aurora is a longhaired kitty with the most distinguished mustache. She is lively (some might say feisty), vocal and mesmerizing ― at least to me. Aurora is blind. Yet watching her move around Benton’s Lobby, you might not even notice that she is without sight. Then she tips her head up toward the sound of your voice, and you see that mustache. It’s all over at that point.
“Can I help?”
“Hi, I’m Maddox”
Maddox is a lanky confident kitten with the brightest eyes and personality. The world is his playground and absolutely nothing slows him down. He would have crawled into my pocket if I had let him. This guy had his mind set on charming me. It worked. He is very much like a puppy. So if you want a black Lab masquerading as a cat, you should meet Maddox. I wouldn’t be surprised if he learned to fetch.