(Bonus) Pet of the Week: Get an audience with the Duke of Merle


CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman County Animal Shelter volunteer Donna Ruttkay reported that the shelter is nearing capacity, so we’re sharing an extra Cullman Tribune Pet of the Week.

The “Duke of Merle” came to the shelter starving and emaciated, but he’s putting on weight and getting better every day.  From his features, he may have a little Great Dane in him, though he’s not a really large dog himself. He’s around 2 years old, a laid-back low- to medium-energy pet.  Despite a background of neglect, Duke is still an affectionate “people dog” described by Ruttkay as “my new best friend” who could have a great future as comfort, therapy or companion dog.  

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 therapy and special needs service dogs.

Duke’s adoption fee is $90 which includes the following: 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 cullmancountyanimalshelter@gmail.com.

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W.C. Mann