VA middle school students write profiles to help adoptable dogs, rats

One worked at Gusteau’s Restaurant in Paris before boarding a cargo ship and entering the port of Virginia.

Another dreams of playing in the NFL and winning the Super Bowl.

And another wants to star in a science fiction film.

The ambitious animals are up for adoption at the Portsmouth Humane Society in Virginia.

As of Thursday afternoon, the shelter has 91 dogs in the building, only two open cages remain and the shelter also has 46 dogs in foster care, shelter manager Amanda McQuarry said.

According to the shelter’s executive director, Alison Fechino, the group’s director of engagement and development recently reached out to teachers at Booker T. Middle School in Newport News for help. Teachers allowed 7th grade students to write profiles for the pets as part of an additional credit public announcement assignment.

Some readers have already inquired about the pets featured and whether any of the dogs are compatible with cats.

“Thank you to the students at Booker T Washington Middle School for these unique, very interesting, amusing and just plain adorable profiles,” Facebook user Lynne Pridgen wrote after reading what the students wrote. “You all made me smile!”

Check out some of the creative profiles below.

Super Nova profiled by Ryan Link, 13

Thank you for your interest in adopting Portsmouth Humane! This is SuperNova. Super Nova is very food motivated and very affectionate. She cares about everyone around him and is also friendly to other animals. Super Nova works as a therapist and loves to help people get through their tough times. Her family includes his brother Marlo (a cat), two parents and a sister. Super Nova hardly sheds, so she doesn’t leave a mess in the house. She is only one year old and ready for adoption. I hope you fall in love with Super Nova as much as our entire crew.

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Titan, profiled by Addisyn Sgambelluri, 12th

Titan the dog

Hi! My name is Titan and I love many things. If you like jogging on the beach, take me with you! I love the beach and I love running. I like to play fetch and play with my siblings. I like to sleep too. My family includes my brother Marley, my other brother Oliver, my sister Harley and my other sister Dixie, my mother Maggie and my father Marley.

Romeo, introduced by Cameron Smith, 13

Romeo the rat

Romeo hails from the street in Paris that housed the famous Gusteau’s Restaurant, home of Remy’s fantastic ratatouille. It is believed that Romeo was Remy’s secret helper, but he became scared when he learned about the risks of staying at the restaurant. With nothing to live on, Romeo boarded a cargo ship and headed for the port of Virginia. After disembarking he made his way to the Portsmouth Humane Society and is now available to help you cook any meal you will prepare in your wonderful home.

Coco, introduced by Grady Morello, 13

Coco the dog

Hello, everyone! Thank you for your interest in adopting me from Portsmouth Humane. My name is Coco! I’m super loving and caring. I listen to my loved ones and appreciate allllll the goodies you give me. My favorite toy is probably a tennis ball, but I also really like squeaky toys. I am currently at an animal shelter looking for people to adopt me.

I am a male and 4 years old. Right now I weigh about 67 pounds so I’m a bit of a big dog. My breed is a mixed American Pit Bull Terrier. One thing about me is that I LOVE the beach and swimming in the waves.

I am currently a Physician at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth. My goal is to be a surgeon one day. I love working in the hospitals because I love helping people! i am a father I have 2 daughters who are black pugs. My wife is an Australian Shepard.

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Saleen Martin is a reporter for USA TODAY’s NOW team. She is from Norfolk, Virginia and loves horror, witches, Christmas and food.

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