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Why Not Me?: Pets Available For Adoption

04/01/2021 by Katie Virdell
April 1st, 2021 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.  

Please take a few minutes to acquaint yourself with this month’s featured pets – Draft, Shelby, and Lacey:

Name: Draft

Breed:  Greyhound

Age/Gender/Size: 5 ½ years / Male / Large

Likes: Practicing his commands, other greyhound friends

Special Considerations: No cats, small dogs, or children

Contact: Greyhound Pets, Inc.

Adoption Fee: $500 

Is there a draft in the room? There certainly will be for one fortunate family who brings home this sweet boy, just in time for Greyhound Adoption Month  (April). An inquisitive gentleman, Draft wants to learn all about the world around him. With that, he would be an excellent adventure buddy, but he wouldn’t mind just hanging out at home, as long as he is around his people. 

When Draft is lying down on his bed for a siesta, he does prefer his space. Barriers around his bed area are an easy solution in avoiding any aggravation. Draft is, however, working with his foster mom and a behaviorist on learning some great commands and manners. He so far has been earning gold stars! Continuing the progress made with Draft’s training is essential in his new home to reinforce the good habits that he is learning. His adoption includes four training sessions with Crawford Canine Connection. 

Like most greyhounds, Draft will need to be in a kitty-free home; small dogs and children are not recommended. Draft would do very well in a home with a larger canine companion who shares his confident nature.

To find out more information about Draft and learn about the adoption process, please visit the Greyhound Pets, Inc.’s adoption FAQs regarding requirements and what to expect here:

Name: Shelby

Breed: Labrador Retriever/Border Collie mix   

Age/Gender/Size: 7 years / Female / Large

Likes: Co-piloting on car rides, learning new tricks and skills

Special Considerations: No children under 10 years old, no cats or chickens 

Medical Considerations: History of seizures – on medication

Contact: Kitsap Humane Society

Adoption Fee: $75

Shelby the dog Do you LOVE to play and hang out with your family? Well, we sure know someone who does.  Shelby is up for anything and everything. She loves outdoor adventures but is also perfectly content with spending time indoors snuggling. As she loves to use her nose, Shelby would enjoy a go at snuffle mats or other scent games hide and seek. Did we mention how smart this gal is? Shelby is doing fabulous with learning her commands and definitely has many more tricks up her furry sleeve. 

Shelby has a history of seizures and is on a medication that controls them well. She will need regular visits to your veterinarian for follow-up care to help manage her seizures. Since she would rather not be by her lonesome, Shelby would do best with a family that spends a lot of their time at home. If a car ride is in order, however, she will be right there with you, ready at the helm. Shelby will need a home with a fenced-in yard – no apartments, please. Besides a fellow calm canine companion, it’s not recommended that she live with other pets or chickens.

Are you interested in welcoming a new furry family member like Shelby? Email a completed application to If Shelby is your gal, mention the foster-to-adopt program when you submit the adoption application. Additional adoption information can be found on the Kitsap Humane Society’s website at Please note that due to COVID-19 safety measures, they are working on an appointment-based system; only Washington state residents may apply due to quarantine measures.

Name: Lacey

Breed: Domestic Shorthair  

Age/Gender/Size: 12 ½ years / Female / Small

Likes: Wand/feather toys, cheek rubs

Special Considerations: No dogs, no small children, on prescription diet

Contact: Homeward Pet Adoption Center

Adoption Fee: $50

Lacey the catThis little lady is looking for a furever family to spend her golden years with. Lacey loves attention, is very sweet and will let you know with her head butts and loud purrs. Chin scritches, and cheek rubs are her favorites. Aside from a steady supply of snuggles and pets, Lacey is really in need of a quiet atmosphere with cozy hide-y holes to stretch out and snooze in. She isn’t all rest and no play, however, once you bring out the peacock feathers! Though she is a mellow senior kitty, Lacey will show you her feisty side as she enjoys a good session of wand toy play. 

Lacey can be a bit shy at first in opening up and will need a new home that is patient and willing to give her the time required to settle in and find herself. A family that has a predictable routine and provides a tranquil environment will be the best fit for Lacey. Adults and teens are the best-suited companions, so children are not recommended. Though she will need a dog-free home, Lacey will get along with fellow cool, mellow-minded kitties; she will just need a slow introduction. Lacey does have Irritable Bowel Disease, however, it is well-managed with a prescription diet.

If you feel that your home is the right fit for Lacey, we urge you to reach out to Homeward Pet Adoption Center. They are currently available via appointment only. Please contact 425-488-4444 to speak with an adoption counselor and get scheduled! To get a head start on the process, you can also fill out a cat adoption application

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