The Humane Society of Ray County has a selection of adoptable cats and dogs at its shelter. Adoption days are Saturdays and Sundays from 1-3 p.m. at 200 S. College St. (the old county jail). For info, call: 816-776-8576 or 816-456-4976.
Adoption fees are $110 for dogs or $80 for cats, which includes spay/neutering, shots, tests and registered microchipping for dogs.
Chester is the shelter’s September special and can be adopted for $55, including shots, neutering and microchipping.
He is a 6-year-old red and whiter pointer and is really a special needs dog. When he came to the shelter he was literally skin and bones, according to a shelter volunteer.
“I had never seen a dog so skinny,” said Gloria McFadden, who helps in the adoption process by photographing pets for the newspaper. “He was full of all kinds of worms. We took him to the vet, of course, and now he no longer has worms nor is he at all skinny.”
When Chester came to the shelter, volunteers were told that he wanted to hunt but couldn’t because of a limp he develops in his back legs and hip.
“He now wants to be a lap dog,” McFadden said. “Chester is 60 pounds so he is too big to be a lap dog, but he does love it if someone sits beside him, pets him and rubs his tummy.”
Chester has been in the shelter over a year and it’s likely he’ll need to be housebroken again, the volunteer said. He also picked up the habit of jumping up on furniture, so he will need to unlearn that trick.
“Even though he has some flaws, we really think he is a sweetheart,” McFadden said.
Also up for adoption is Honey, a female beagle mix who weighs 24 pounds and is around 2 years old.
She’s a new arrival at the shelter and so far has been very quiet – typical of a newcomer to the shelter. She’s also very sweet, McFadden said.
It’s thought Honey is a full-blooded beagle, but without any pedigree papers the shelter refers to her as a mixed breed.