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Why Not Me? Meet Honey Bear

02/26/2020 by Katie Virdell
February 26th, 2020 by Katie Virdell

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: Redbone Coonhound/Shepherd Mix

Age/Gender/Size: 1 year / Female / Medium (less than 60 lbs)

Likes: Adventures, running and treats

Special Considerations: Needs a no-kitty home, kids over the age of 12 years are ok

Meet Honey Bear! She gets her name from not only her beautiful honey-brown coat, but because she is as sweet as the treat. Honey Bear is available for adoption through the Kitsap Humane Society. They are a private, nonprofit animal shelter that serves Kitsap County (WA), and has been caring for animals in need since 1908.

Though she is a bundle of energy, Honey Bear is keen on snuggling with her human to no end. Honey Bear used to be a stray and is still adjusting to life indoors with a human family. She can be a little shy, but once she warms up, you’ll understand how she got her name. She’s a snuggler and will nestle up to you until it’s time to play. When it comes to fun and games, Honey Bear may need a little direction with the concept of fetch, however she can give you a run for your money with a good game of tag. She is still learning the ropes with training, but with time, patience and positive reinforcement (treats!), Honey Bear will have her commands down pat.

Given that she is a Redbone Coonhound, Honey Bear’s hound dog characteristics will shine when it comes to kitties and chickens – it is just so tempting to chase them around. She will need a fenced yard that she can run around in. Honey Bear will also make an excellent running or hiking partner for anyone who is up for adventure. Since she is such a boisterous gal, any kids in the family should be at least over the age of 12. It’s hard for her to contain all that energy, and little ones run the risk of being knocked down.

If you are looking for a new companion to sweeten your days, come down to the Kitsap Humane Society to visit Honey Bear. We know that she will fill up your heart with love and devotion. To learn more about the adoption process, please visit You may also email An adoption fee applies, and Honey Bear will go home with her new family spayed, microchipped, vaccinated, de-wormed and given an initial flea treatment. There is also a free post-adoption exam through participating veterinary hospitals. Come meet Honey Bear 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.