Losing family is one of the hardest feelings in the world, and for many surrendered and unreclaimed animals at the Habersham County Animal Shelter, that feeling is something they know all too well.
Chupacabra the cat and Pogo the dog, two sweet animals available for adoption with Habersham County Animal Care and Control, are going through just that. They’re waiting for their fur-ever homes after losing their families and stability, and are hoping that soon, they won’t have to wait any longer.
Meet Chupacabra, a young adult male cat with an outgoing personality. He’s a lover of pets, scratches, cuddles and hugs.
This is Chupacabra’s second time at the Habersham County Animal Shelter. He was adopted as a kitten from the shelter, along with his brother and his sister. But when his family had to move to a rental home, he and his brother couldn’t come with.
“It was a really hard day, losing my home, my sister and my human all at once,” Chupacabra said. “Having my brother with me helped me through it. We did everything together, and I’m a really snuggly cat. Having him to cuddle up with made lonely nights a little less cold.”
But his brother, Yeti, was recently adopted. Now he’s alone in the shelter, trying to make new friends, but wanting someone to love him more than anything else.
“Losing him was heartbreaking,” he says. “It’s like the last piece of my old life is gone.”
Chupacabra is affectionate and sweet and wants to be held by anyone who will pick him up. He’s great with other cats, has the sweetest purr and loves to talk— with a meow that sounds a whole lot like he’s saying “hi.”
Now, he’s hoping for better days in the near future, as he makes new friends and attracts the attention of potential adopters with a meow that sounds a whole lot like a greeting.
“Learning how to say ‘hi,’ was a trick I picked up from watching humans,” he says. “I wanted to catch their attention, and that word does it. They always seem surprised to hear me say it. I really hope it impresses someone enough to take me home.”
Pogo, an adult male terrier and pitbull mix, is a friendly dog with a big smile.
Pogo was found lost at the end of the summer by Habersham County Animal Care and Control and was never reclaimed. He’s been waiting since the first of September to go home, and he’s ready to meet his forever family.
“I’m a good boy, and I’ll love you for as long as you let me,” Pogo says. “When my family comes to take me home, I’ll bring them all the happiness I can. Being part of someone’s home and their life is all I could ever ask for.”
He loves to smile and give kisses, and when he gets excited, his tail wags so hard his back legs can barely stay in place. He’s great with other dogs and loves humans.
“I’m so happy to get to share a little bit about myself,” Pogo tells Now Habersham. “I hope that someone will see my picture, hear my story, and come take me home.”
If you’re interested in adopting Chupacabra, Pogo or any of the other animals at the Habersham County Animal Shelter, please call the shelter at (706) 839-0195 to set up an appointment. You may also visit them in person Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to Noon & 1-5 p.m. or on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check out their Facebook page for more information.