Every Friday, The Citizen features a pet available for adoption from the Finger Lakes SPCA of Central New York.
This week, we spotlight Jessy.
Q: Who is your best friend?
A: That would be my buddy, and everyone else's buddy, Woody! And guess what? After a very long time, our Woody just got adopted and went home, so I am in the market for a new BFF. There are always several good prospects here, so I think I might develop a questionnaire that my shelter people can fill out on all of the possibilities. However, I do have my eye on this really nice newbie named Cooper. He's only been here for three days, and he looks like he might be in need of a BFF, too.
Q: What has been your worst experience?
A: So, I'll be brutally honest. I was adopted from here once, when I was a tiny puppy. I was adopted with one of my brothers. Well, it turned out that I sort of liked being the boss of him and he didn't like it much. So my family decided that I should come back here and look for a new home. Coming back was tough, and not a very good experience at all, but probably the best thing for everyone. My brother has his life and I am now looking for my new life and family, again. I can be yours — come and check me out!
Q: If you could describe yourself, what would you say?
A: I am still a puppy and I am growing both physically and every other way. My mom was a fairly large girl. Her name was Bella and I think I might take after her size-wise. She was also very sweet - and I am absolutely sure I take after her in that respect. Because I am still young, I have a lot to learn. I am a blank slate and I love to soak up new things - such as sit - stay - down! I'm working on those and I think that a basic obedience course would be a good thing for both me and my new humans. Come to visit with me - I'll show you how awesome I am!
Q: If you could visit any place in the world, where would that be?
A: First of all, I hope my new family will do a DNA test for me. Then I will know who and what I really am. So, my shelter people are thinking that maybe there might be some collie thrown into my mix. While I don't have the beautiful long coat, there may be other characteristics that lend some truth to that assumption. Anyway, even if I don't have one DNA strand that is collie, I think I might like to visit Scotland, and specifically the Highlands. That's where the collie gained its magnificent reputation as a first-class herder. That would be a fun trip!
Q: Do you have an interesting fact to share?
A: I do. I have some cat facts for you today. Did you know that cats are one of, if not the most popular pet in the world? Did you know that there are over 500 million domestic cats in the world? And did you know that cats and humans have been associated for nearly 10,000 years? And finally, did you know that cats conserve energy by sleeping for an average of 13 to 14 hours a day? These are facts about cats. And you thought I was going to talk about collies, right?
Q: Please tell us what your dream family looks like.
A: Well, my dream family would be the typical dad, mom and maybe a kid or two. I want a family that will do whatever it takes to make me happy, and I will return the favor. I will make my family proud to call me theirs. I want a family that will not give me away because they are moving or because they are having a baby or because they have found a puppy they like better. I want a family that will keep me healthy. I could go on, but you get the picture.
Q: Do you have any advice for our good Citizen readers?
A: I do! And, speaking of cats, my fellow canine friends and I want to promote the awesome adoption special for cats that is going on right now and through the end of June. June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. We are full to the ceiling with the best cats on the planet. The special is that these fab felines are available for half of the regular adoption fee! That would include all vaccinations, FIV/FeLV testing, treatments for parasites and spay surgery. That's an incredible bundle for just pennies. So, after you have visited with me, please check out my feline friends and make one of them your new BFF. Thank you and love, Jessy and friends.