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Why Not Me? Meet Cherokee!

07/24/2019 by Katie Virdell
July 24th, 2019 by Katie Virdell

mixed breed dog for adoption

We’ve partnered with Pawsitive Alliance for the #WhyNotMePets campaign to give difficult-to-home pets an extra paw up. These lovable pets are ready to find their forever homes. 


Breed: Boxer/Alaskan Malamute Mix  

Age/Gender/Size: 4 ½ years / Female / Large (over 60 pounds)

Likes: Belly rubs, spending time outside in the fresh air and snow!

Special Considerations: Needs a single dog home w/out kitties; prefers women & kids ages 12+

This week, Healthy Paws is proud to showcase a beautiful girl by the name of Cherokee! Cherokee has been a guest with Hotel Wags via Wags to Riches Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, which has been serving Central Washington since 2008. This darling lady is ready to find her fur-ever home, and would love to spend some time with you for a meet and greet!

At only 4 ½ years of age, Cherokee has many years to shower her new family with affection. She is an adorable gal by all means. A statuesque blonde, Cherokee has “highlights” of white & cream, warm brown eyes and one playful floppy ear to boot! Though a little shy at first, it is only a matter of treats in the belly for Cherokee to become your new BFF. The volunteers at Hotel Wags have worked with her in terms of training, and report that she has proven herself to be a smart, confident cuddlebug!

Cherokee loves getting out in the fresh open air for leash walks, or to romp and play around in the yard with her toys. Being a girl of taller stature, a backyard with a fence 6+ feet is ideal. Cherokee especially looks forward to wintertime in the Northwest, when it comes to the occasional snowfall. Needless to say, she had a blast frolicking in the abundant white stuff this past winter!

Looking to be the only furry child in the house, Cherokee prefers to keep all snuggles to herself! This means no canine or feline siblings, however mature kids ages 12+ will make for a great family dynamic. Though Cherokee mostly enjoys the company of women, she can definitely be swayed by the right guy. It is all a matter of trust and treats – lots of treats!

Wags to Riches Animal Rescue and Sanctuary would love for Cherokee to meet and impress you with all that she knows, followed by belly rubs of course! If you think that this sweet-tempered companion is the right match for you, please visit their website at and fill out an adoption form. As with all dogs adopted via Wags to Riches, regular veterinary care is of the utmost importance; be sure to include a vet reference with your application form. Cherokee’s adoption fee is $275, and she is spayed, microchipped, up to date on all vaccinations and parasite-free (courtesy of a negative fecal test). Won’t you stop by and meet Cherokee today?

Adoption fee?

People are sometimes surprised to find out that most animal shelters have an adoption fee. They might think, “Wait a minute! You got this animal for free so why are you charging me to take it off your hands?” This way of thinking ignores both the costs of housing animals as well as their medical care.

Here are some of the things your adoption fee usually covers:

  • Spay/neuter for dogs and cats of age
  • Vouchers for spay/neuter for puppies and kittens too young to be altered
  • Deworming and parasite medication
  • Core vaccines
  • Microchipping (at some shelters)

All of these services are recouped in the standard adoption fee, but at a fraction of what you would have to pay most veterinarians. In fact, adopting a pet at a shelter is a net financial gain for most responsible pet parents in terms of the cost of care.

Every Wednesday, Healthy Paws will highlight a new pet from Pawsitive Alliance’s #WhyNotMePets campaign. Visit the #WhyNotMePets page for a list of adoptable dogs and cats.