A canine for Christmas? Pets get homes for the holidays

Local Humane Society adopts out 80 cats, dogs over weekend

By Dave Kern, Columbian assistant metro editor


Updated: December 23, 2013, 2:24 PM


Did you know?

Humane Society for Southwest Washington is at 1100 N.E. 192nd Ave.

Hours are noon to 6 p.m. today and noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday. Thursday through Sunday, they are noon to 6 p.m.

Pet prices start at $25. There is a 75 percent holiday discount until Dec. 28 for cats six months and older.

360-693-4746 or Humane Society for Southwest Washington.

Getting to know a pet

There are four cat-socialization rooms and four dog-socialization rooms at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington shelter to allow owners and pets to see if they are compatible.

The Lazzaretto family has a Christmas decision: Should Jolly the pup join Joey the Labrador in their Yacolt home?

On Sunday afternoon Christi Lazzaretto, 43, and her son Justin, 10, seemed taken by the 3 1/2-month-old papillon at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.

"He's playful and cute," Justin said of Jolly.

"I think his name fits him. He's very jolly," Christi added.

But they wanted the dogs to meet to make sure that 9-year-old Joey, a white Lab, would approve. However, they learned that adult dogs cannot mix with puppies who have not had all their shots.

So, Christi said Sunday night the family is leaning toward getting Jolly.

"We're still thinking about it," she said. "It's a big decision to have another one." The decision will be made today, Christi said.

The shelter was busy with families adopting animals over the weekend. Janet Sword said 53 cats and 27 dogs were adopted on Saturday and Sunday. She is an adoptions counselor at the shelter. "We're getting calls like crazy for kittens for Christmas," Sword said.

She said the shelter is fine with holiday adoption as long as family members have met the pet and the adoption is not a holiday surprise.

Russell McGraw said the shelter has 113 cats, 42 dogs and nine puppies available. All pets have been given their shots and are spayed or neutered. He is the manager of animal care operations at the shelter.

Paul and Kim Rosen, both 57, of Vancouver wanted a cat, as their beloved Sydney died about seven weeks ago.

They found one Sunday.

"This is Emma," Paul said. Emma, 6, is a long-haired dilute calico. "I saw her on the website. She looked like a former cat, Gizmo."

"She jumped into my lap and into my heart," Paul said. Because of a holiday discount, the Rosens took Emma home for $21.

Emma joins Toby, 7, and the two will have a chance to get used to each other as Emma will be in her own room but be able to look at Toby through a glass door.

Another happy Vancouver couple was filling out the paperwork to adopt Maloxi, a 5-year-old Chihuahua-mix.

Susan Palmer, 41, and Dennis Foote, 40, who are engaged, had adopted 5-year-old Max on Black Friday, Nov. 29. Maloxi, who was found running with Max on the streets, was not available then. On Sunday he was.

"I'm really happy they're going to be back together," Palmer said.

Foote said he was happy because "she (Palmer) had puppy fever."

"We're starting our family," Foote added, smiling.

The shelter is open today and Tuesday if this is your year to get a pet at the holidays.