So matted that SPCA staff couldn’t tell if he was male or female, two-year-old lhasa aspo pup Pria underwent a name change to Prius once male genitalia was found.
© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
Seven-week-old shepherd mix Anissa is seen at the Prince Albert Pet Valu store during an adoption day on Friday. The pup was named after Playboy cover model Anissa Holmes, who was in town last month for the SPCAs Fourth Annual Fore for Pets Celebrity Golf Tournament, which raised $94,000 for the organization.
Now in much better shape, the abandoned pet was seen up for adoption at the Prince Albert Pet Valu retail store on Friday as part of one of its occasional pet adoption day.
“He’s very sweet, gets along with all the other dogs … has never had an issue with cats, is house-trained, neutered and micro-chipped,” SPCA staffer Meagan Boucher said of the laid-back pup.
Pen-mate Anissa appeared even calmer, fast asleep on Pet Valu's padded floor, her tiny head nestled against the side of the cage.
In the care of SPCA foster parent volunteers for about three weeks, the seven-week-old pup appears “very well-behaved,” Boucher said.
“She’s still a puppy, so she’ll do puppy things,” she added. “She still has to work on house-training, chewing on things -- things like that.”
Since Pet Valu opened a couple years ago, they have proven a valuable partner, Prince Albert SPCA manager Debbie Lehner said.
“Their mandate, Canada-wide, is to work with local SPCAs and do adoption days with those SPCAs,” she said.
In addition to the pet adoption days, Pet Valu hosts cats on a continual basis, in an enclosure next to the business’s front door.
The cats that were not getting adopted (at the SPCA building) were getting adopted by people who were going into Pet Valu … who were more comfortable looking at cats over there. Debbie Lehner, Prince Albert SPCA manager
“We’ve successfully adopted many cats through Pet Valu,” Lehner said.
The enclosure currently hosts two young cats -- Athos, a three-and-a-half-month-old black cat, and Destiny, a 10-week-old black-and-white cat.
Both appear laid back and get along well with each other, Boucher said
“The cats that were not getting adopted (at the SPCA building) were getting adopted by people who were going into Pet Valu … who were more comfortable looking at cats over there,” Lehner said, noting that the current SPCA building isn’t terribly inviting, leading the SPCA to go out into the community with pets as frequently as possible -- the Pet Valu an important ally.
The new SPCA facility on North Industrial Drive, which is currently under construction, will help significantly, with the building boasting an extensive pet adoption area.
Although construction is currently falling a bit behind, it’ll still safely open in “early 2014,” Lehner said, noting that the internal walls are beginning to go up this week.