Merida is a little unsure about this adoptions thing, but when she's had the chance to settle in, take stock of her surroundings and de-stress a little, she's sweet as a button. This 2-year-old won't jump in your lap right away, but after a proper introduction she'll be deeply devoted to a lucky few people for the rest of her life. Here's what her foster says: "Once transitioned she becomes the outgoing social cat seen in the shelter. She's still hyper-aware and easily startled and will run and hide if she feel it is necessary. She appears to be very trainable and likes people and she doesn't seem like she has a problem with dogs."

Merida will do well in a quiet adult household, after a proper introduction.

  • Trish is more human than canine and her chosen profession is full time clown. She is truly a one-of-a-kind dog who loves everyone. Trish is 2 years old, weighs 51 pounds and will make an excellent family pet. She enjoys the company of other dogs and might even be able to live peacefully in a home with dog-savvy cats if properly introduced.

    Cat adoption hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m.to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; dog adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at Berkeley Humane, 2700 Ninth St. More details: 510-845-3633, www.berkeleyhumane.org or dogs@berkeleyhumane.org.