Pet of the Week: Ross

By Madison Bendistis
Elm Staff Writer
The members of Animal Impact, in partnership with the Humane Society of Kent County, would like to call attention to some potential future friends and family members with the Adoptable Pet of the Week Spotlight. Although many college students are not in a position to adopt animals, we encourage students to spread information regarding the featured pets to WC faculty, family, friends, and the Chestertown community.


Weighing about 50 pounds, Ross is a two-year-old Rat Terrier Pitbull mix with brindle fur. Some of you may recognize Ross from his appearance in WC’s fall performance of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” The cast of the show decided to choose an adoptable animal from the Humane Society to play a role in the show, and they were immediately attracted to Ross.
“[He] did amazing. He came out owning that stage, all proud and smiling. He smiled the whole time…I couldn’t be any prouder.” Kennel Technician JP Hooker said.
Ross has also impacted WC students off-stage, as he is an honorary member of one of WC’s athletic teams. Hooker said that, “Senior Erin Smedley used him in her roster video.” The video, which can be found on the women’s soccer website, shows each player introducing herself and kicking the soccer ball to the next teammate. When Smedley introduces herself, she has Ross alongside her and introduces him as well.
Ross has stolen the heart of both WC and the Humane Society. Hooker said, “A lot of people who volunteer at the shelter love Ross because he’s such a sweetheart; what’s not to love?”
Unfortunately, Ross’s history has not done justice to his loveable personality. Hooker said, “We rescued him from another rescue. If we didn’t he might not have been alive.” Ross was one of three dogs who was rescued from his previous rescue upon its closing, and somehow he is the only one still awaiting a home. JP said, “We don’t understand why he’s still here because he’s the sweetest dog in the world.”
Potentialowners should know that “his only drawback are cats…and he has a little bit of an obsession with toys and treats.” However, if you do not own cats, Ross would love to be your new best friend. With an energetic and loving personality, Ross would be anyone’s perfect companion.
If anyone in the Chestertown community, WC faculty and staff members, or even students with families are looking for a playful, affectionate dog, Ross is the perfect pup. You can contact the Humane Society at 410-778-3648 or by emailing

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