House hunters
Canines looking for a place to call home

COVINGTON - Two beautiful gals are suddenly homeless - one's a blond, the other a brunette and they are desperately seeking love and affection.

Eighty-seven-year-old Jewell Perkins died in June, leaving behind a generous bequest to the Newton County Humane Society and her two adult Lab-mixes Mollie and Lucy. Her grandson, Cliff Gresham, is hoping to find a new home for the two dogs, believed to be between 7 and 8 years old.

"I always knew I'd have to find them a home, but I can't take them. I have two bulldogs and a privacy fence that has a gap underneath. They may be able to get out under it," he said. "I just want to find them a good home."

The dogs appear to be healthy and well cared for, with shiny coats and friendly personalities. A mobile vet visited the dogs at their home.

"My grandmother was always worried because she didn't want them to go into a bad situation," he said. "She was a very strong animal lover, especially dogs."

Gresham said he is hopeful someone else will find it in their hearts to love her dogs as much as she did. He said he would consider adopting the dogs out singularly, but is hopeful they can stay together.

"I wouldn't want to give up a good home to keep them together," he said. "If we could keep them together, it would be great."

Gresham first turned to the Newton County Humane Society for help in adopting the dogs, but he soon learned if he took them to Newton County Animal Control, they would be euthanized if not adopted within a week.

Betty Belairs, president of the Humane Society, advised him to contact Georgia Rescue and Rehabilitation. That organization was able to include Lucy and Mollie on the Courtesy Listing component of their Web site that is exclusively for families to utilize in the event they need to find a home for their companion animals. It, in turn, listed the two on the national Web site, Petfinders.com.

By visiting www.garescueandrehab.com and clicking on Courtesy Listing, inquirers can read bios of Lucy and Mollie.

Perkins' bequest to the Humane Society amounts to about $7,000, and Belairs said they were pleased and surprised to be named in her will.

"We did not know her. She may have attended an event, maybe one of our Mutt Shows; but she has never been active with us," Belairs said.

She said she had some concerns about placing two older, large dogs, but one never knows when a dog is going to capture a heart.

"I've seen people come into the shelter and say, 'I want a small dog and it can't weigh more than such-and-such,' and then they go home with the biggest dog down there," she said. "They'll just see one that fits them to a 'T.' You never know what effect a dog is going to have on them."

She said she had learned that there are many pluses in adopting an older dog.

"They're already house trained and they've probably had some other training. You're not starting out with a puppy and have to go through all of that," she said. "Older dogs are ideal for older children and older people, in general. They're not as playful as a younger dog would be."

Belairs said there's another plus, too, to rescuing a dog who is used to being loved.

"They really do love you and take care of you. You're all they've got. I've had many of them, and they just make wonderful companions," she said.

Mollie and Lucy are being housed in Newton County. Anyone who is interested in adopting them can contact Gresham at cliffg1979@yahoo.com or 770-823-2883 and/or Georgia Rescue and Rehabilitation at 706-752-1500 or visit its Web site at www.garescueandrehab.com.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.