Foxy is high energy, but sweet

Brittany Fewell, kennel attendant at Clarke County Animal Shelter in Berryville, plays with Foxy, a pit bull mix up for adoption. Josette Keelor/Daily

BERRYVILLE — Foxy, a 2- to 4-year-old pit bull mix, is Clarke County Animal Shelter’s latest longtime canine resident.

An October transfer from Frederick County, where she started on Sept. 26, Foxy has been classified a runner.

She would not walk well on a leash for her owner, which kennel attendant Brittany Fewell said was a first for her.

“I’ve never had anyone surrender a dog to us for that reason,” she said.

But Fewell and other staff have had a different experience with the friendly pooch.

“She walks fine on a leash for all of us,” she said.

Not a fan of cats, Foxy gets on fine with other shelter dogs and doesn’t cage fight like others have been known to do.

Foxy knows the commands to sit, stay and roll over. She also loves toys and playing fetch.

“She would do well in a house with kids,” said Fewell, though she admitted Foxy’s energy and tendency to jump at people might be too much for younger children.

“She has what we call the pit bull stamina,” Fewell said.

“She’s just, ‘I want you to love me,'” Fewell said. “I think she’s going to need an active family.”

Foxy is healthy, though short for her 40 to 50 pounds. She’s spayed and current on all her vaccines and dewormer treatment.

Foxy will need help with house training, Fewell cautioned. The animal’s paperwork says she spent nearly half her time outdoors at her last home.

Fewell said she doesn’t know which other breeds the pit mix might have in her and guesses her age is closer to the 4-year mark than the 2-year.

A long life for a pit bull is 14 years, Fewell said, and risks include hip displacement — the same as for all dogs her size.

Foxy’s adoption fee is $25 by check or money order only.

A recent rule this year requires adoptive families to live within two hours of the shelter in case things don’t work out, and Fewell said that’s because a clause in the adoption agreement asks families to bring unwanted pets back to Berryville — a challenge for pet owners who live far away.

“Nobody wants to make the trip a second time,” Fewell said.

But that doesn’t happen often, she said, and so far this year adoption rates have been good.

In addition to cats and dogs, the shelter hopes to re-home a hamster and a rabbit that soon will be ready for adoption.

The last unusual animal to find a home was a jenday conure, a colorful Brazilian bird that Fewell said sells for $600 at pet stores.

The conure was surrendered to the shelter because it didn’t get along with the family cat.

Contact staff writer Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com

Other pet adoption updates

Clarke County Animal Shelter:  Tea the tortoiseshell cat was adopted Wednesday.
Kacey, the black and tan hound is still available.

Humane Society of Warren County: Rascal the rabbit was sent to Petco.

Winchester  SPCA Animal Shelter:  Ace the cat is still available.