Adopt a Pet: Joey, goofy ball of fun and a good student

Joey: waiting for the right family to show up and take him home. Photo: Nancy Rubin

By Joel Lahrman

We’re not sure we can tell you what breed of dog Joey is, but we can tell you that he is a goofy ball of fun who has managed to show he can be a serious student as well.

Joey has now been at Berkeley Animal Care Services for over a year. What’s the hold-up? Unlike many dogs who become easily stressed at a shelter, Joey is very content. He is a volunteer favorite who gets a lot of walks, and he spends most afternoons in the shelter director’s office. But it is high time for him to find a home of his own.

Joey’s long stay at the shelter has given him plenty of time to learn all of his behavioral basics. He can sit, go down, stay, and “leave it”. But Joey is also a fun-loving dog who loves his playtime most of all. He enjoys chasing after tennis balls, and playing with the many dog friends he has made at the shelter. Afterwards, he will stare at you with his baby blue eyes and wag his tail until he gets a nice belly rub.


Too many people have missed out on this lovable galoot, but Joey is undaunted. He is waiting for the right family to show up and take him home for good. For more information about Joey, call Berkeley Animal Care Services at (510) 981-6600.

Berkeleyside’s Saturday column, “Adopt a Pet”, hopes to help match pets with a home and loving owners in our community. We partner with the Milo Foundation, and — from this week — with Berkeley Animal Care Services, to introduce just one of many pets that can be adopted. BACS houses domestic animals from Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville, and Piedmont. They provide a safe haven for homeless pets, as well as adoption services, advice on animal-related topics, lost and found pet reports, and free, or low-cost, spay/neuter vouchers for Berkeley residents’ dogs and cats. Check out the BACS Facebook page and contact them directly to find out about the many wonderful animals that are available for adoption.