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Why Not Me? Meet Phoenix!

02/06/2019 by Colleen Williams
February 6th, 2019 by Colleen Williams

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: Hound mix

Age/Gender/Size: 2 years old / Female / Medium at 40lbs

Likes: Rope toys & tug of war!

Dislikes: Not being able to howl at the moon

Special Considerations: Because she’s boisterous, she’ll need a fenced yard and older kids

Phoenix is a hound mix and weighs about 40 pounds. She loves to play with rope toys. Her previous family had to take her back to the shelter because of a lifestyle change. She’s a sweet girl who is hoping for a second chance to show that she is the perfect companion. Staff at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley in Burlington say that 2 years old is the perfect age to adopt a dog because they are over the puppy stage and just need basic training. She knows commands like “sit” and “stay.”

Phoenix does not have any special needs, walks well on a leash, and will need a fenced yard as she is very high energy. She jumps a lot so she will need training to stay off of people and younger kids may be too little to handle her.

“She would really enjoy a life where she could go hiking and running or boating,” said Tiffany Lebow-Rezba, an operations assistant at the shelter. “Anything to keep her active throughout the day.” Shelter staff said she would do best in a home with older kids and maybe somewhere away from the city as she has those telltale hound vocal chords: “She might not always be the best dog in the city because she does have the ability to howl and sometimes in city when you’ve got lots of neighbors, that can get a little annoying to the neighbors,” said Lebow-Rezba. “She’s not super loud, but she does definitely has some of that hound sounds.”

Phoenix has been fully vetted and spayed. If you are interested in adopting Phoenix, contact the Humane Society of Skagit Valley (Burlington, WA) at or call  (360) 757-0445.

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.