POW! Brown-Eyed Rustie's a Beagle Through And Through

POW! Brown-Eyed Rustie’s a Beagle Through And Through

“Raising a dog is like a rainbow. Puppies are the joy at one end, old dogs are the treasure at the other.”

  •  KCAC’s Adorable, Adoptable Pet of the Week is written by Tecla Metzel of Kane County Animal Control. Additional photos by Lorena Page Photography.

It’s not easy being an older dog in a shelter, waiting for your next owner to show up to adopt you. People tend to pass you by because you’re showing a little gray or white around the face.


You’re probably not sure why you’re in the shelter in the first place because, once upon a time, you had a home, you had a family that you loved and they loved you. You felt safe and secure until the day a family member brought you to the shelter. Now, nothing in your world makes sense.

Strangers come in and out of your kennel. They walk you, they feed you, but you instinctively know that this is not your new forever home. The only familiar thing that remains is your name — Rustie.

Rustie is about 9-years-old, and he’s a Beagle through and through. His soft brown eyes search your face for some hint of recognition, anything that might remind him of his old life.

It’s easy to tell that Rustie enjoyed the sedentary life. His new owners should be willing to walk him at least once a day, as well as cut back on the amount of treats he’s sure to beg for.

Other dogs don’t interest him a great deal. After a few sniffs, he walks away, perhaps knowing that life’s too short to get to know everyone.

Rustie’s new journey is just beginning. Soon, his forever family will find him, realize he’s the treasure they’ve been searching for forever and bring him into their familial fold.

It will seem as though he’s always been a member of their family, and Rustie will once again be home.

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Congratulations to Roxie, a little Rat terrier-mix that found her forever home. Although a little shy upon first meeting anyone, Roxie warmed up to her new family as though she has known them forever. Rock on, Roxie!

How to Adopt

All Kane County Animal Control adoptable cats and dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on all vaccines, including rabies. They are tested for feline leukemia/FIV and heartworm.

The adoption fee is $200 for dogs and $100 for cats. Adoption of two dogs is $300, and adoption of two cats is $150. The adoption fee for cockatiels is $25.

For more information regarding Kane County Animal Control’s adoptable animals and for an adoption application, please visit www.kanecountypets.org.

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About Kane County Animal Control

It is the duty of the Animal Control Department to:

  • Kane County Animal Control Logo KCAC Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 11.39.45 AMEnsure that all domesticated dogs and cats over 4 months of age are vaccinated against rabies and have a Kane County rabies tag.
  • Ensure that all reported animal bites are given precautionary attention in relation to the possibility rabies infection.
  • Ensure that pet owners are instructed on proper procedures pertaining to animal bites and enforce adherence to these procedures.
  • Contain loose\stray dogs in unincorporated Kane County and those towns and villages with whom contracted.
  • Investigate nuisance dog complaints in unincorporated Kane County and those towns and villages with whom contracted.

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