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Some still wait and wait for their forever home
Remi, 1, attacks a cat toy Dec. 18 at the Green County Humane Society. Remi was a stray and has been at the shelter since July of 2014. While a little shy at first, he is playful and adventurous. His ideal home would probably be somewhat quiet. It you are patient, Remi will show his loving side and will be on your lap. (Times photos: Marissa Weiher)

Green County Humane Society

N3156 Wisconsin 81 (in the Pleasant View complex), Monroe


Open to the public Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and all holidays.

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MONROE - The fuzzy paws and wagging tails of area animals are looking to find a loving home and a warm embrace after spending more than their fair share of time under the care of the Green County Humane Society.

These perky puppies and formidable felines are hoping to officially become pets but so far have been denied the chance. The present they would most treasure over the holiday season would be a new home.

This year, 136 cats have been adopted from the humane society. For dogs, 69 have found good homes. The average stay for dogs at the Green County Humane Society is currently two to three months with cats around the same - but some cats have been at the shelter for more than a year. Because GCHS operates as a no-kill shelter, animals are not euthanized due to lack of space. Rather, they are cared for until an appropriate home is found, however long it takes.

GCHS representative Laci Westgard said the most quickly adopted animals are those younger than a year old, which poses a problem for others who may be past the stage of youthful exuberance.

Dogs are usually adopted a bit quicker than cats, she added. However, there are a few notable factors which determine whether or not a furry friend will find their person. People tend to avoid the color black, whether on cats or dogs. Stereotypes are also common among those adopting. Their focus often shifts away from certain breeds that are assumed to be inherently misbehaved or dangerous.

Ultimately, the main factor is likability. Friendly animals are taken home fairly quickly, while those who are more reserved or not as excitable tend to take a bit more time to find the right companion to take them home.

The shelter tends to focus on the happiness of those who remain longer than the average time, she said. For dogs such as Bolt, who has been at the shelter for about four months, caretakers have two large spaces for the four-legged adventurers to explore as many times as possible throughout the day. The bigger space is a 100-by-150-foot outdoor area for dogs to stretch their legs and get their paws dirty. Westgard noted a goofy St. Bernard adopted on Wednesday who loved being outside more than indoors and took great joy in absorbing as much fresh air as possible when given the chance.

"It really is a nice area for those bigger dogs to run around and play," Westgard said.