Sunday April 20, 2014

TRU animal-graduates looking for new homes

Five cats and four dogs wishing for homes for the holidays

Judy, top left, Fern, top right, Tootsie, bottom left, and Sarge.

While students and staff head home for the holidays, a few dogs and cats in the Thompson Rivers University animal health technology program are looking for a place of their own.

Instructor Sonia Walczak said Monday all of the animals leaving the program have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, tattooed, microchipped and dewormed.

All that for $75 and you get a lifetime of love.

The program takes about 20 cats and 13 to 15 dogs each semester. Students learn with them and some even adopt them at the end of the term. But there are always a few left who need homes.

This time around, there are five cats and four dogs wishing for homes for Christmas.

Sarge was rescued from life in a small kennel. Now that he’s out, the year-old coon hound needs a home with lots of room for his pent-up energy and lots of people for his social nature.

He also needs a little training, but responds well to food, she said.

On the feline side, Tootsie is a 1 1/2 year old white female who was turned in at the Kamloops SPCA as a stray.

She has a big crook in her tail and a gentle, quiet personality. She’s also deaf, which means she would have to be an indoor cat as she wouldn’t hear outdoor dangers.

Walczak said descriptions of all of the animals are posted under adoptions on TRU’s website at

“We would love to get them out of here by the end of the month,” she said.

To arrange for a meeting with program staff and the animals, call 250-828-5174.

The other animals seeking homes are:

* Halston, a two-year-old husky/shepherd cross who would do best in a quiet home where he can have lots of attention from his owners. He is affectionate and gentle and prefers human companionship. He has a medical issue so needs a special home.

* Judy, a Shiba Inu cross who is about three years old. She is a calm, quiet dog and is not overly affectionate but does enjoy pets and walks. She does not get along with small dogs and would do best in a quiet home with older children.

* Smokey is a handsome one-year-old border collie. He is shy and nervous around new people and situations. He loves to be outside and go for walks. He is a social with other canines. He would fit into a quiet home where he can get lots of daily exercise and attention.

* Fern is a year-old gentle cat who likes to play with the other cats. She is a bit shy but once she warms up, will happily greet you with a little chirp or meow. She loves head scratches and attention.

* Spock is a sweet and friendly two-year-old male. He can be shy and nervous and would love to live in a quiet home with another cat.

* Tecumseh is a handsome, friendly cat. He loves to cuddle and have a chin scratch. He is about four years old.

* Wednesday gets sweeter as she gets to know you. She gets along well with the other cats at TRU and loves exploring. She would be better suited for a home with older children as she only likes to be picked up for short periods.

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