Animal Harbor, a limited-admission, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization operated by members of the Franklin County Humane Society, has a number of pets that would make great companions.

Pets spotlighted in this edition include Tortuga and Elwood Blues.

Tortuga is a beautiful, 8-year-old tortoiseshell cat.

Shelter manager Emily Holland said, “Although Tortuga may take some time to warm up to you, she is very affectionate once she gets to know you.”

Tortuga suffered from displacement and anxiety when she first came to the shelter, but staff members say she has found the shelter to be a safe place for her temporary home and continues to improve.

“Even though she is doing well here and is finally in a secure, safe environment, she still desires and would thrive best in a home of her own with a patient, loving family,” Holland said.

Tortuga is up-to-date on vaccinations, FIV/FeLV negative, spayed and microchipped.

To inquire about her, please submit an online adoption application at

Elwood Blues is a handsome, blue-eyed, 1-year-old husky mix who has been at the shelter since he was seven months old.

“Elwood has special needs that will require a special adopter and a safe environment in order for him to succeed,” Holland said. “Being dumped in the streets at a young age meant he had very little proper socialization with people or animals leading up to his arrival at the shelter.

“Furthermore, the shelter environment is even more challenging for a fearful and stressed dog like Elwood.”

Even though Elwood has overcome a lot of fear, and the shelter trainer is working to socialize him, personnel say he is still going to need some extra work outside of the shelter with a very committed and confident adopter.

“Elwood is dog-selective, people-selective, and does not get along with cats. He will not be able to go into a home with small children but would do well with older teens if they know how to respect boundaries,” Holland said. “Elwood does have an issue with sight due to his eye placement, and because of that, he can be fearful when caught off-guard.”

Elwood is up-to-date on vaccinations, heartworm-negative, neutered and microchipped.

To learn more about Elwood, please submit an online adoption application at

 To meet these pets and learn about the adoption protocol, call the shelter at 931-962-4472 during open hours Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Check out other adoptable pets at, and enter a drawing on the website for a free spay or neuter for a current pet.

To help Animal Harbor continue to save abandoned pets, send donations to Animal Harbor, P.O. Box 187, Winchester, TN 37398.

Fourth of July safety tips for pets

Fireworks and pets are a bad combination.

More pets get reported missing during holidays involving fireworks than any other day of the year.

To avoid the unthinkable, make sure pets are kept securely indoors before the festivities begin.

If they are anxious, a crate or calming music can help them feel more comfortable. If you recently moved or changed your phone number, be sure to update your pet’s chip too.

The following tips are offered:

● Make sure all doors and windows are securely closed.

● Make their crate or other favorite hiding spot readily available.

● Keep an eye on your guests. Visitors may forget and leave a door or window open.

● Make sure your property is free of fireworks debris before you let your pet outdoors.

● Consider a thundershirt jacket or similar item for your pet if they are prone to fearfulness.

● Keep your pets in a separate, quiet, low-activity room when entertaining.

Ensure your pet’s microchip is up-to-date and they have a readable ID tag.