Santa Paws plans visits to shelter

14 years ago

Santa Paws plans visits to shelter

By Christine Cowett Robinson

Special to the Star-Herald

So, we survived Thanksgiving and what a wonderful time it was with family. My dogs were wonderful and enjoyed some of the holiday food as well, just not too much. I set my daughters up with a squirt bottle and gave instructions to guard the table fiercely from the cats as we prepared for our meal. It is probably a good thing that Thanksgiving happens only once a year; we all ate until we could eat no more and were thankful for every bite.

FS-GIRL SCOUTS HUMANE SOC-DCX-SH-47Photo courtesy of Tricia Wells
MEMBERS of Presque Isle Girl Scout Troop 21 volunteered at the Central Aroostook Humane Society for “Make a Difference Day” Saturday, Oct. 23. The girls helped clean around the shelter and socialized with the animals. Visiting with some of the cats at the shelter were, from left, front row: Elizabeth Deschenes and Brooke McLean. Middle row: parent volunteer Billie Jo Deschenes, McKenzie Turner, Bailey Roderick, Yessenia Vilar, Hailey Hammond and Olivia Mosher. Back row: Amanda Wells, Kailey McKenney, Miranda Bragan and Jade Greene. Absent when the photo was taken were Scouts Sarah Murphy, Mercades Bragg and Troop Leaders Tricia Wells and Jasmine Cote. One kitten was adopted that day by Troop Leader Tricia Wells and Girl Scout Amanda Wells.

 

There are those who are not so fortunate. We are getting calls about people living in their cars because they are homeless and do not want to give up their pets to go into a homeless shelter. How very sad for the whole family. If you are considering having to go to the homeless shelter but do not want to leave your pet, the Central Aroostook Humane Society is here to help. Give us a call to find out more, 764-3441. And how many others left their dog tied out in the yard where he has been left for years in the cold, while the owners enjoy a feast, inside where it is warm. Both instances make me very sad.

Toast to the Animals was a huge success bringing the shelter over $3,000; and we were fortunate enough that Freddy P’s donated all of the wine for the wine tasting and the space to have this event. It sure was a lot of fun. All the winners of auction items have been contacted. Now we are racing towards “Pictures with Santa Paws” which will be Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is always a magical time of year, our conference room turns into a beautiful winter wonderland, thanks to Sharon Brown, who collects items for this event each year, and our staff who all help to put it all together. You can still purchase doll house tickets; remember the doll house is fully furnished and amazingly beautiful. If you would like tickets, send us an e-mail and we can e-mail you tickets; you can fill them out, send them back and be added to our drawing. We are also raffling off some dog/cat gift baskets at the shelter, as well as an L.L. Bean Backyard Weather Clock, valued at $80, good for use indoor and outdoor, that was also donated to raise money for homeless pets., so please stop by for a variety of ways to help the homeless animals of The County.

Winter is here! The Central Aroostook Humane Society would like to remind you that the weather is getting cold, be sure your pet has a nice warm place to be. Also, adding a few extra calories to your pet’s diet if he is going to be outside is a great idea. One of the best insulators for a dog house is clean, fresh straw. Some dogs drag it outside of their house and lay on it in the snow. Cats also need a warm place to get in from the cold. I provide my kitties who are inside/outside kitties a dog house full of straw as well. I put it on the deck and it gives me piece of mind that my cats are warm and have shelter if they are outside. It is also important, especially in the winter, that animals who are outside have some sort of access to fresh, unfrozen water. Cats and dogs can get hypothermia and frostbite, so be careful and provide a warm place for your pets, preferably inside with you!

Our shelter is full to the brim with wonderful kitties waiting for loving homes. Oh we do have a couple of dogs too, but the cat population is very high. What part of spaying and neutering is not understood? It is so very sad. These cats who are at the shelter are the lucky ones to find us; they are warm, fed and loved. Please feel free to stop by and visit our dogs and cats and give them some love! We welcome volunteers and visitors. If you have a group who would like to tour the shelter, please give us a call at 764-3441 to schedule a time.

Hope to see you this weekend at Pictures with Santa Paws!

If you are looking for a friend for life, please visit the shelter. We are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, or visit us online at www.centralaroostookhumanesociety.org. Please spay and neuter your pets!