AGE: Meet Spirit, a 6-year-old female Australian shepherd. You may be drawn to her good looks, but she is not for the first-time dog owner.

PERSONALITY: Spirit will do best in a home with a fully-fenced yard where she can romp. She plays well with other social dogs, but is reactive on-leash. She is protective of her family in the home, and settles down well once you tell her all is well.

HIGHLIGHTS: She is house-trained, knows basic commands and bonds quickly with her family. She is good with children, but true to her breed, will chase cats.

AVAILABLE: At the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Hwy., between Talent and Phoenix, open 7 days a week.

COST: Spirit’s adoption fee is $105. Adoption includes a free one-hour in-home training and a wellness visit at a local veterinarian office. Spririt is spayed.

ONLINE: View adoptable pets via Friends of the Animal Shelter:, or

LOST & FOUND: or call 541-774-6654.

OTHER RESOURCES: Southern Oregon Humane Society,; C.A.T.S.,; Sanctuary One,; Spay/Neuter Your Pet (SNYP) — low-cost options;