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Tail-waggers of the week: Hera & Oddball

Meet a couple of the many great companions available at our local animal rescue groups: Hera and Oddball.


Say hello to lovely Hera. This shy, sweet girl was taken out of an abusive situation and have been living with a foster who just loves her! Hera is around 3-years-old.  She walks well on a leash and is housebroken. Hera is great with kids, loves to play (chew toys keep her busy, especially if you have to leave), and she likes being a couch potato.

Hera is friendly to new people, and generally a pretty quiet girl. She does best on fish-based food as she has some allergies to grass and certain meats.

She does have a few things you will have to work on too… she is a counter surfer and sometimes get into the trashcan or if there is food she can reach. She is afraid of storms and loud noises, and she doesn't really like going in the kennel. She had tick fever but is all better now!

If you want to make Hera a part of your family and keep her inside with you…she is very loving and a great companion!

Hera has passed a health check, is spayed, microchipped, and current on shots. Her adoption fee is $100.

If you or someone you know is interested in meeting Hera, please contact Cherished Tails Senior Sanctuary at cherishedtails@yahoo.com


Check out the incredibly sweet and goofy dude we call Oddball!

This guy lives up to his silly name with his playful personality and fun-loving shenanigans. He is rarely spotted without his favorite toy dangling from his mouth and his goofy half-grin.

Oddball is the perfect age at 5 years young because that is when the ‘crazy’ mellows out and affection is more important than naughtiness. Sadly, his previous people surrendered him to the shelter on his 4th birthday, through no fault of his own. But he quickly decided not to let the past get him down and he set out to win over every single volunteer and staffer he met. He is a very friendly guy. Oddball’s claim to fame is his toy. It’s always with him if he has his way. Toys really helped him get by because truth be told that place was stressing him out and he ended up on the euthanasia list. Until Bridge Rescue got him the heck outta the shelter and life started looking up!

Oddball’s foster says that he is a pretty low maintenance guy. He just wants to know you are there and he will settle right in with a toy. He can self-entertain for hours with a nice bone. His biggest dream? A family of his very own.

Oddball has done well with other dogs his size but no little dogs or cats, please. He’d be even happier to be your one and only.  He is great sidekick material. In his foster home he’s been learning new skills and boundaries. He is housebroken and a pleasure to walk — unless a rabbit runs straight into his path — but corrects easily. He looks small in his pictures but is about 60lbs of muscle. If we had to guess — his father was Yoda and his mother was an American Bulldog.

If you have another pet, we’ll do an introduction to make sure everyone gets along and work together on a plan to ensure a successful transition into your home.

He is neutered, current on shots and microchipped. His adoption fee is $100 to an approved home.

If you’d like to meet Oddball, send his foster a message on his Facebook page Oddball the Goofball or email brdgrescue@gmail.com to set up a meet and greet.<br />He is waiting to win you over, too!

Disclosure: Maria Coxon-Smith serves on the Executive Board of Bridge Rescue for Dogs, Inc.

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Most Tucson rescues are small, volunteer-based non-profit groups who rely on the community to fulfill their mission to save animals lives. Not only do they count on donations from the public to cover costs, they depend on people who are willing to open their hearts and homes to needy animals until they are ready for adoption. If you are interested in saving a life by becoming a foster, you can let local rescues know by registering at Saferlifeline.org.