Before even entering the Hesperia Animal Control building you can hear the piercing sounds of lonely animals: Some dogs are barking for attention, some sit quietly in their cages. Kittens meow and playfully put out their paws, hoping to be noticed.

Among the animals waiting for a new home were these:

A shorthaired dachshund mix -- he looks a lot like a miniature beagle -- waits for adoption. A white tip on his tail, and a brown and white coat, completes this one to two year old's look. Larger dogs were barking but not this guy. He just calmly lied on the floor.

A friendly six-month-old puppy is ready for her new family. This gentle German shorthaired pointer puppy has a liver and white coat. She wagged her tail in a playful manner. Friendly and calm, she didn't even bark with chaos around her.

A handsome Boxer mix, adult male, is very friendly. He is leash-trained and neutered. He has a black and tan coat, with a touch of white. He is a "talker," making little vocalizations when he gets attention. He licks your fingers, lies on his side. Even when others were barking, he wasn't.

Two male kittens are playful roommates: One is black-and-white with long hair, the other is a short haired white, black and gray kitten. They stuck their paws out of cage to play with passing humans.

A handsome male German shepherd is ready to be adopted. This big boy has a tan and black coat. He leaned against cage to be closer to visitors. He is friendly and leash trained. He wagged his tail and never barked.

Sharon Strickland can be reached at 956-7827 or at sharon@hesperiastar.com.