Always Sunny

Paws Along the River for Christmas

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Sunny

The weather notwithstanding, conditions are Sunny at Paws Along the River Humane Society.

Sunny, a one-year-old yellow lab mix, was picked up as a stray not long ago and taken to the humane society.

She is a very happy, gentle, playful dog who was born with only two fully functional legs.

“She only has two working legs, but man, can she run circles around us,” Animal Care Technician Michele Bova said. “She’s amazing.”

Sunny has some use of her left front leg and will be evaluated soon regarding her right rear leg.

“The back leg is completely useless,” Bova said. “The concern is her hip joint.”

Officials have put off having Sunny spayed in case amputation is recommended and both procedures could be done at once.

Visitors to the Paws site can look in on Sunny. But when she might be available to go home with someone is still up in the air.

“She is up on the adoption site, now” Bova said. “It all depends on what the vet says is the best course of action.”

An adoption is not a simple matter of first-come, first-served. “We like to match to each individual situation,” Bova said. “We will adopt to people who work. We will not adopt as gifts.”

Wish list

Sunny is far from the only animal awaiting adoption at the humane society and caring for all those animals takes time and money. officials are looking for help with both.

There is a wish list on the humane society Facebook page with items that would help.

The list includes everything from Purina cat and kitten chow to Kong toys, collars and leashes, blankets and towels, to copy paper, stamps, garbage bags, laundry soap, bleach, and lint rollers.

A donation of cleaning supplies “saves us from having to go out and buy it,” Bova said. That means more money spent on the animals.

Items that can be sold at Paws and Shop Thrift Boutique also benefit the animals. The list of acceptable items can be found at “All proceeds of sales at the thrift store benefit the humane society,” Bova said.


“We’re always looking for volunteers,” she said. “We have a room full of cats who need to be cuddled.”

There is a litter of seven-week-old husky puppies that need exercise every day.

And there are many other tasks for willing volunteers.