Pet of the Week: Can Bilbo be part of your fellowship?


CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman County Animal Shelter volunteer Donna Ruttkay introduces The Cullman Tribune Pet of the Week.

Bilbo Baggins is a 3-year-old beagle on a quest for a shire of his own.  It hasn’t been an easy journey; he arrived at the shelter with minor injuries, but he is making good progress. 

Ruttkay shared, “This amazing fellow's had a bit of a rough time. But it's how we finish, not how we begin that matters!  The sores on his legs are healing nicely.”

Bilbo’s an easygoing low- to medium-energy pet who could have a bright future as a therapy, comfort or companion dog.  Like most beagles, he’s vocal and might sing you a little tune now and then.

Ruttkay calls Bilbo an “all 'round remarkable fellow!”

Animal shelter staff and volunteers work with their dogs to make sure they are accustomed to being around people, walking on a leash and practicing good behavior.  Several of the shelter’s dogs have even been “hired” to work as special needs service dogs.

Bilbo’s adoption fee is $90 which includes: DHLPP vaccine, Bordetella vaccines, rabies vaccine, wormer, general exam at the vet, neutering, microchip, free 30-day health insurance policy issued by 24PetWatch (with valid email only) and a free bag of food from Cullman Pet Depot (you must pay sales tax).

Please consider adopting to give a rescued pet a chance at a happy and healthy life.

Contact the Cullman County Animal Shelter at 256-734-5448 or visit them at 935 Convent Road NE. Reach them by email at

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