AGE: Meet Spirit, a 6-year-old female Australian Shepherd. You may be drawn to her good looks, but she is not for the first time dog owner.
PERSONALITY: Spirit will do best in a home with a fully-fenced yard where she can romp. She plays well with other social dogs, but is reactive on-leash. She is protective of her family in the home, and settles down well once you tell her all is well.
HIGHLIGHTS: She is house-trained, knows basic commands and bonds quickly with her family. She is good with children, but true to her breed, will chase cats.
AVAILABLE: At the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Hwy., between Talent and Phoenix, open 7 days a week.
COST: Spirit’s adoption fee is $105. Adoption includes a free one-hour in-home training and a wellness visit at a local veterinarian office. Spririt is spayed.
OTHER RESOURCES: Southern Oregon Humane Society, www.sohumane.org; C.A.T.S., www.kittensandcats.org; Sanctuary One, www.sanctuaryone.org; Spay/Neuter Your Pet (SNYP) – low-cost options; www.spayneuter.org.