Homeward Animal Shelter offers free pet seminar

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Adoptable Pet Profile: Sammo at CATS Cradle Shelter

Name: Sammo
Gender: Male
Size: Large
Age Range: Adult

The current reigning office cat at CATS Cradle Shelter is a thirteen-pound black beauty named Sammo. He became office cat last summer because he didn’t take well to large colony sizes, preferring to govern his own territory—namely, the desk and the filing cabinet—in peace.

In typical cat fashion, Sammo tends to be stubborn and particular about his preferences. If he wants to sit on your lap, he won’t be persuaded otherwise. If he decides he no longer wants to be petted, he’ll make it known with a swipe and a hiss. He’s more affectionate towards men but is not opposed to female attention.

Sammo has also shown his willingness to compromise, as he currently shares the office with two other cats, Einstein and Gloria. Though he took his time getting used to them, eventually he ceded control and gave Gloria the run of the kitchen and allowed Einstein the softest bed on the cat tower.

In addition to being neutered and current on his vaccinations, Sammo is a polydactyl cat, meaning he sports extra thumbs due to a genetic abnormality. In the past, sailors and fishermen considered polydactyl cats good luck, as they kept boats free of rats while their extra thumbs helped them balance on slippery surfaces.

Polydactyls are also called Hemingway cats, as writer Ernest Hemingway collected them, starting with a white six-toed cat given to him by a sailor. Even now the Hemingway Home & Museum is home to hordes of them, which increases its appeal as a tourist attraction.

For more information on Sammo and other adoptable cats at the shelter, head to their website at catscradle.org.

- Sarah Nour

Homeward Animal Shelter offers obedience classes for the month of January

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To celebrate National Train Your Dog Month, the Homeward Animal Shelter is offering a six-week obedience class, with limited time slots available on Tuesday and Wednesday nights starting on the 26th. All proceeds will go toward aiding the cats and dogs that reside at the shelter.

National Train Your Dog Month began in 2010, as a means for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers to raise awareness of responsible dog ownership. January was chosen due to the high number of dogs bought or adopted during the holiday season. Dedicated to educating the public, as well as raising funds for scientific research, the APDT has over 6,000 members worldwide.

For more information, call 701-239-0077 or head to homewardshelter.org.

- Särah Nour

Adoptable Pet Profile: Harvey at Homeward Animal Shelter

Name: Harvey
Breed: Mixed
Gender: Male
Size: Large
Age Range: Young 

Homeward Animal Shelter has a relatively new addition named Harvey, a Labrador retriever / German shorthaired pointer mix. According to his profile, he’s good with other dogs and with kids, but not good with cats.

Labrador retrievers are currently the most popular breed in the United States. Initially bred to work alongside fishermen (pulling in nets and retrieving stray fish), Labradors now commonly work as hunting dogs, guide dogs, and in search-and-rescue missions. As a sporting dog, Labradors are easy to train and must be kept busy with outdoor activities, such as jogging, biking, hiking, or swimming.

German shorthaired pointers are also a sporting breed with a high energy level, and require rigorous exercise and training. Having been bred to track and retrieve hunting game, pointers have a high prey drive, which is not ideal for owners with smaller animals. However, they are generally not aggressive and make loyal companions and vigilant watchdogs.

As a mix of two intelligent, athletic breeds, Harvey would make a wonderful pet for anyone who leads an active lifestyle and loves the outdoors. He is housetrained and up-to-date with his vaccines, so potential owners will not have to worry about those things. As an added bonus, the adoption fee has been sponsored by a generous donor, so those looking to adopt him can do so at a lower price.

For more information, call the Homeward Animal Shelter at 701-239-0077 or stop by the shelter to see Harvey for yourself. Adoption applications are available online.

- Särah Nour

Missing Posters at the Homeward Animal Shelter

Below is a series of photos I took of the bulletin board during my last trip to the shelter. Click to enlarge. For more information on missing pets, head to Lost & Found Pet Information on the Homeward Animal Shelter’s website.