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The ones that never left

Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter's honorary staff

Posted: July 25, 2013 3:15 p.m.
Updated: July 26, 2013 5:00 a.m.

What happens when an animal shelter’s employees form a bond with surrendered animals?

They become honorary staff members, of course. Surrendered to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, Bounty, Viva and Hoss now call the shelter their home.

"They’re all named after paper towels!" Adoption Coordinator Rose Freeman said with a laugh.

Though other cats and dogs given up for adoption come and go at the shelter, the three dogs never left.

"Sometimes placing an animal is not an option," Staffing Manager Charity Boykin said. "They just got attached to the workers here."

Bounty has been a beloved addition since August 2009, a few months after Hoss scurried through the doors June 2009. Almost a year later, Viva came into the picture in July 2010.

More than three years later, the three four-legged canines spend their time doing what shelter workers referred to as "typically lounging around."

Lounging isn’t the only thing the staff and volunteers love about Bounty, Viva and Hoss, however.

Boykin also referred to them as being "shelter overseers" when no one is around.

"If anything comes up when we’re not around, like a coyote or something, they run them off!" Boykin said.

While the dogs may have a knack for making friends and scaring enemies away, problems also arise.

According to Boykin, Hoss is fighting congestive heart failure.

"He takes medication daily, which becomes pretty pricey," Boykin said.

Canines aren’t the only animals that have become shelter staples though. Judas, Benny and Princella are three felines who also roam freely throughout the shelter campus.

While Judas and Benny have no problem lounging around with Hoss, said Boykin, Princella on the other hand has trouble getting along with new canine arrivals to the shelter.

While the cats have been at the shelter for a little less time than the dogs -- two years -- they’re still just as much members as the canines.

To pay Bounty, Viva, Hoss, Judas, Benny or Princella a visit, stop by the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter located at 460 Fair St. in Camden.

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