Pet Talk

15 years ago

by Cathy Davis
www.houltonanimalshelter.com

    Please mark your calendar on Wednesday, Aug. 12. This day has been designed as, “Adopt-a-less-adoptable-pet Day” by Petfinder.com. On this day, we will be waiving the adoption fees on all pets that, for whatever reason, have had a hard time finding a home. As an example, we have James, who has no teeth.  He is a male domestic shorthaired kitty who is very loving but he had a health issue that required the removal of his teeth. He is still able to eat a regular kitty diet and is now just as healthy as can be, but because he’s toothless, he’s been harder to place.
    Then there’s Erica, she is the most gorgeous longhaired black and white feline you’d ever want to meet and very loving, but Erica has an attitude (imagine that, a cat with an attitude) so she has been with us for a very long time now.
    There’s Jennifer, who had life-saving surgery to correct an injury. Following the surgery, her hair never grew out around her surgical scar, so she isn’t as pretty as some of the other kitties, but she’s a very loving cat who needs a home just like the rest of them.
    For all the animals that are considered “less adoptable” whether it is their age, temperament, color or special needs, the adoption fee will be waived. We strongly suggest that you come pick out your kitty ahead of time and complete a pre-adoption application so that someone else won’t snatch up your new best friend before you get there. If you tell the staff you are there for the “less adoptable pet” program, they may even let you take your kitty home before Aug. 12!
    Next on the agenda is Saturday, Aug. 22, a giant yard sale at the Congregational Church on High Street. If you have items to donate, please drop them off Friday evening between 5 and 7 p.m. and then come back Saturday and buy something!
    Saturday’s event will be from 9 a.m. till noon and if we’re busy we might stay open a little longer, totally up to you. All items are sold on a donation basis so you have an opportunity to really pick up some great bargains. We hope to have some baked goods for sale, also.
    The next event is so exciting. Rockin the Dog will be held at the Monument Park on, Saturday, Sept. 12. You just have to mark this one on your calendar. There will be a car show, dunking booth, children’s games, contests, face painting, barbecue, and the evening will end with a live band concert from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring RAVOCTA (I hope I spelled that right), an outstanding band of young local performers who knocked ‘em dead during Midnight Madness.
    This event will start with registration for the car show around 11 a.m. The car show will start at noon and there will be a variety of activities throughout the day. The prizes for the car show will be awarded around 4 p.m. There will be a barbecue from 4 to 6 p.m. and then the concert.
    Remember to tell all your friends about this event, it is really coming together to be a wonderful day to help raise awareness and much needed funds for the animal shelter.
    And last, but not least, if you are looking for a new friend, I have to tell you that the Shelter is full of kittens right now, and there are several kittens out in foster care.  You just have to see the pure white kittens that are about 6 weeks old. They should be ready to go in just a couple of weeks and they are absolutely stunning. We hardly ever see so many pure white kitties in a litter like this. While all of our kittens are beautiful and healthy, these little white ones are pretty special.
    If you are interested, call the shelter at 532-2862 or stop by to fill out a pre-adoption application so that when they are ready to go, you’ll already be approved.