LebTown features a different Lebanon County pet each Friday to help us enter the weekend with the best vibes possible.

This week’s pet is Ginger, owned by Kathy and Jerry Thomas.

Ginger is a Rhodesian ridgeback/Lab mix, Kathy explains in an email.

Born in Corpus Cristi, Texas, on Dec. 23, 2020, the pup was abandoned and put into a shelter, she says.


Tragically, Kathy says, in March 2021 the shelter “burned to the ground killing many of the dogs.” Ginger was lucky to survive — even after being hit by a car, captured and placed into another shelter.

“Unfortunately, her first experience in a home was not good and she was sent back to the shelter,” she says. “She then was rescued again, here in Lebanon. Her owner treated her very well, but also realized she was a handful of energy and needed a very active life and larger environment to run and play.”

That’s when Kathy and Jerry came into the picture.

“Ginger is a special dog, who didn’t know what she was missing,” Kathy says. “She was a little confused at first, after being through so many different living situations in her young life.

“We all had to adapt,” she adds. “She has been with us for almost 4 months and she gets to run and play daily on our 10-acre property with woods and water all around. She was afraid of water at first, and not quite sure how to express her built-up energy with her new surroundings, but now willingly goes on long walks in the woods, kayaking and swims like a pro in our pond. She loves to retrieve sticks and toys, and is learning to interact with wildlife.

“She has a home she shares with two cats that are slowly learning to accept her as part of the family. Ginger found our loving home and is the SPICE of our lives!”

If you run into Ginger, be sure to congratulate her for being our Pet of the Week … and for making it through so much hardship before finding her forever home!

Looking for a pet? Check out available adoptions at the Humane Society of Lebanon County.

To nominate your pet, email pets@lebtown.com and include:

  • Your name and your pet’s name
  • Pet’s breed if applicable
  • A little about your pet and why they should be “Pet of the Week”
  • And of course—pictures! Feel free to send high-quality attachments or a link to an online storage service.

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