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It could be wise to adopt ‘Solomon’ or another pet from a local shelter

Solomon is a 5-year-old Rottweiler at the Stafford SPCA. He loves to play with chew toys and basketballs, likes water and sitting on laps despite his size.

Solomon is a 5-year-old Rottweiler at the Stafford SPCA. He loves to play with chew toys and basketballs, likes water and sitting on laps despite his size.

The following pets are among those available for adoption at Fredericksburg-area animal shelters.

FREDERICKSBURG REGIONAL SPCA

540/898-1500; fburgspca.org

Precious, shorthair cat, 2 years old, spayed, black, sweet

Peggy, longhair tabby cat, spayed, 18 months old, white, loving

Tag, shorthair cat, 4 years old, neutered, gray/white, affectionate

Dandelion, buff longhair cat, neutered, 5 years old, friendly

Rock, white boxer, 12 years old, neutered, loveable

Mia, red-tick coonhound, 5 years old, spayed, sweet

Celena, Plott hound–beagle, spayed, 4 years old, energetic

Sampson, American Foxhound mix, neutered, 3 years old, timid

Bernie, Labrador Retriever, neutered, 8 years old, black, happy

(Open house first Saturday of each month at PetSmart, Central Park; second Saturday at Petco, Plank Road; third Saturday at PetSmart, South Gateway Drive; and fourth Saturday at Petco, Worth Avenue, Stafford.)

STAFFORD COUNTY SHELTER

540/658-7387; co.Stafford.va.us; look for link to Animal Control Department. From there, click on Adopting an Animal.

Petey, bulldog mix, male, white and brindle

Comet, hound mix, male, tri-color

Guiness, beagle, male, tri-color

Dakota, husky, neutered, white

Cory, Labrador mix, male, black and white

Harper, Jack Russell mix, female, brown and white

Skid, beagle mix, male, tan and white

Capone and Frank, corgi mixes, males

Chaos, Labrador mix, male, black

Bob, Labrador, neutered, black

Gary, Labrador, neutered, yellow

Jack, German shepherd, male, black and tan

Tippy, pit bull mix, female, chocolate and white

Pit bulls, males/females, assorted colors

Cats also available

STAFFORD COUNTY SPCA

540/657-7387; staffordspca.org

Big Leo, Bull Mastiff, neutered, huge, loveable, needs fenced yard

Beau, Labrador mix, 12 weeks old, male, relaxed but playful

Romeo, Treeing Walker Coonhound mix, neutered, housebroken

Roxie, American Bulldog mix, female, 3 years old, full of energy

Morris, tabby and white cat, neutered, handsome, quiet

Babette, female, 11 months old, spayed, litter box trained

O’rion, Maine Coon–tabby, neutered, 2 years old, sweet but shy

Midnight, black cat, 10 years old, spayed, social

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY SHELTER

540/507-7459; spotsylvania.va.us/animalcontrol

Labrador mix, male, black and white

Pointer mix, female, white with black spots and ticking

Beagle, female, tricolor with red ticking

Hound, male, tricolor

Lillian, Labrador mix, female, reddish brown

Skittles, boxer mix, female, tiger stripped with white

Tommy shorthair tabby, neutered, gray and black

Spankie, medium-hair cat, neutered, gray

Einstein, shorthair cat, neutered, black with white tuxedo

Gus, shorthair tabby cat, neutered, orange

Cats and kittens also available.

COUNTRY CATS RESCUE INC. (Spotsylvania County Feline Rescue Group)

540/207-1589; countrycatsrescue.com

Fatso, shorthair male, black, easy going

Tommy, shorthair tuxedo, male, black and white, likes to cuddle

Fraizer, shorthair tabby, male, orange, independent

Kimmie, shorthair Siamese mix, female, shy

Taz, shorthair tabby, male, orange, special boy

Lizzy, shorthair tabby, female, gray, playful

Sabrina, longhair female, black, beautiful

Cece, shorthair female, white with black spots, shy

Wizard, shorthair kitten, male tabby, brown and white, cute

Cari, medium-hair Turkish Van mix, female, young, sweet

Mittens, shorthair tuxedo, female, black/white, friendly

Charlie, shorthair Siamese–Manx, male, temperamental

Barn cats available

(Adoptions are held at PetSmart and Tractor Supply Company. Event schedule on website.)

KING GEORGE COUNTY SHELTER

540/775-2120; petfinder.com/shelters/VA53

Phoebe, Labrador mix, young female, mostly black, smart

Jojo, pit bull, young male, tan/white, loves to snuggle

Wilson, fox hound, male, tan/white, playful, beautiful

Deuce, pit bull, male, tan, sweet

Isis, pit bull, female, brown/white, friendly

Cats, kittens and barn cats, longhairs, shorthairs, tabbies, torties and calicos available

PET HARBOR RESCUE

703/583-4759; petharbor.org

Howie, Siberian husky, 5 months old, male, black and white, silly

Shaw, Siberian husky, 18 months old, female, black and white, athletic

Fanelli, Siberian husky, 3 years old, female, gray and white, cuddler

Luckett, Siberian husky, 1 year old, male, black and white, animated

Willie, Siberian husky, 2 years old, male, black and white, wooly

Rosemarie, medium-hair cat, female, 2 years old, gray, declawed

Ginny, shorthair cat, 4 years old, female, calico, princess

Judy, shorthair cat, 2 years old, female, calico, acrobat

Liam, longhair cat, 3 years old, male, black, declawed

Goldie, shorthair cat, 7 years old, female, orange/white tabby

(Pet Harbor Rescue and Referral is a Siberian husky and cat rescue. Adoption events are held at Massaponax PetSmart.)

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