According to staff reports

Many dogs and cats are available for adoption through Burke County Animal Services.

Animal Services Shelter Technician Trinity Johnson wants all the animals at the shelter to find loving fur homes. These are the animals she has chosen to highlight this week.

This week’s dog of the week is Ickis.

“Ickis, a 1-2 year old Staffordshire terrier mix male,” Johnson said. “Ickis is a wonderful boy who loves to play, go for walks, play with squeaky toys and meet new friends. He has never met anyone he doesn’t like; he loves everyone he meets and goes straight to the kisses.

“Ickis would do well with some kids in his life to keep him active, and he’d like to make someone a great cuddly buddy. They really don’t come any sweeter than Ickis. He came to BCAS as a stray and was very underweight and not in his best shape, but just after a few weeks with his friends here at BCAS, he is healthier than ever! Ickis deserves a very big family and would like to meet you today.

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All animals brought to animal services come from different backgrounds and are in different physical condition. Agency staff work to ensure that all animals are cared for while they are in the shelter and in preparation for adoption into their forever homes.

This week’s Cats of the Week are once again a related pair, Scamper and Lovey.

“Scamper is the tabby and white cat,” Johnson said. He is 7 years old and full of love. Lovey is the short haired black cat and he is 9 years old. These cats have spent their entire lives together and would love nothing more than to be together. Their adoption expenses were sponsored in hopes that they could find a forever home together.

“Scamper and Lovey are very sweet and cuddly cats and they love to be around other cats and even dogs. They love to take cat naps and get lots of scratching.

There are no adoption fees to adopt Scamper and Lovey and they are up to date on vaccines, flea control, deworming, as well as sterilization. They are currently in foster care, so please call us ahead at 828-764-9588 so we can schedule a meet and greet.

In addition to this week’s pets, many dogs and cats are available for adoption through animal services.

Animal services try to accommodate as many animals as possible and with the help of foster home volunteers they are able to care for more animals.

There are different fees for people interested in adopting a dog or cat from animal services. The adoption fee for any adult dog or puppy is $125. The adoption fee for any adult cat or kitten is $90.

All animals are up to date on vaccines, flea control and deworming, in addition to being neutered and neutered.

The shelter also offers foster programs for members of the community to help shelter animals without having to make a lifetime commitment. Host families are only required to provide a copy of a valid ID with address and phone number and to sign their Host Family Agreement.

Foster care is free, and animal services provide all necessary supplies, including litter boxes, litter, and food, and the same goes for dogs, per agency policy. Crates are provided, if available. Foster parents are simply asked to transport the animal either to veterinary appointments or to the shelter for updated vaccinations and deworming.

For more information about Ickis, Scamper, Lovey, or any other adoption or foster-related questions, call Animal Services at 828-764-9588 or visit their website at Visit her Facebook page at Burke County Animal Services for more information on adoptable animals or upcoming adoption events.