It's hard to explain why some long-term residents of the Humane Society of Pinellas have been there so long.
Take Maddie, for instance, an engaging brown tabby. She's no kitten, but she's in peak health, inquisitive and friendly. Yet for two full years, pet seekers have passed her by.
At least there's no clock running out for her. The Humane Society of Pinellas does not euthanize based on age, breed or length of time in residence. There's no time limit for an adoptable pet.
At the shelter's open house Saturday, Twila Cole, special events coordinator, hopes residents will consider adopting Special Pets In Need. "The SPIN pets that have been adopted somehow know they have been rescued and they are eternally grateful," she said.
SPIN pets are the seniors, the ones with special medical needs and the ones waiting more than six months to be adopted. Older animals are past the destructive puppy or kitten phase, Cole said, often are housebroken and know basic commands. Younger SPIN pets, like Turbo and Zeda, are sweet but high-energy, so they wait years to be adopted. Cole says it's not a mark against them.
"It just means the perfect home hasn't found them," she said.
A female brown tabby with lots of personality, 7 years old. Her owner left her in an empty apartment. Smart and sociable, she will let you know when she's had enough attention. Best in a home with no small children.K.C.
A big black and white male, 10 years old. A laid-back, somewhat independent personality, he likes to nap. Former owners said he didn't get along with other cats, but he is fine with other cats at the shelter.
A brown male with black tiger stripes, 4 years old. He's friendly with people, sometimes vocal. He may rest in your arms, nap in your lap or find something to play with. Best as the only cat in the household.
A brindled male mixed breed, 7 years old, he loves children and gets along well with other dogs, cats, birds and ferrets. He's a calm cuddler, but will let you know when someone approaches.
A silvery-brown male mixed breed, 2 ½ years old, he gets along well with other dogs. A born athlete, he's sweet, lots of laughs and high-energy.
A brindled female boxer/pit bull mix, 2 1/2 years old, she would be best with a submissive dog. Another sweet bundle of energy, she's happy and affectionate, loves to play fetch and run in the yard.
Theresa Blackwell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 445-4170.