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If you’re looking for a special summer love to keep around for years to come, then you may find it in this week’s Pet of the Week.

Brutus is a big, lovable dog who needs your help finding a great home. He’s a 4-year-old mastiff/hound mix who would be a perfect addition to any family.

“He’s very sweet,” said Adoption Counselor Tara Freeman. “His size can be very intimidating when someone comes in looking to adopt. Most people are like, ‘this dog is huge, it’s just not gonna work out because I have a little apartment or I have small children.’ But he is perfect.”

Brutus weighs 60 pounds, but don’t let his size fool you. He’s a very loving and affectionate dog. Even though he’s big, Brutus would be great with any family, but he does need a fenced-in backyard with room to run around.

“Children, especially 7 or 8 years old, would be great to go outside and throw the ball and tumble with the dog,” Freeman said. “But apartment dwellers, they can still have a big dog. It’s just how much time they have outside the apartment. So I think he’d make a great family dog.”

Brutus is neutered, heartworm-negative and has had his first round of vaccinations. He’s great with other dogs and is a perfect mix of calm and playful.

If you’d like to adopt Brutus or any other animals available at the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter call 205-752-9101 or visit The shelter is located at 3140 35th St. in Tuscaloosa, off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near the Shelton State Community College campus.


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