Many benefits of shelter pets

11 years ago

Many benefits of shelter pets

By Gloria Towle
Board Member

    Well the countdown is on and the details of our popular “Toast for the Animals” are set for Friday, Nov. 22 from 6-9 p.m. at the Northeastland Hotel. Join us in sampling Maine-made craft beers, enjoying tasty appetizers, listening to live music, bidding on a huge selection of silent auction items, trying your luck at a 50/50 drawing or maybe winning a door prize.

Tickets will be on sale at the Northeastland Hotel, the Central Aroostook Humane Society and at the door for $15. A cash bar will also be available. All of the proceeds will go directly to the humane society for capital improvements for our shelter building. We hope to see you there!
    Once again, our shelter is full of healthy, loving pets of all shapes and sizes that are available for adoption. A common assumption is that all the pets that are brought into a shelter must have something wrong with them. Not true! Pets are surrendered for many reasons, including owners moving to no-pet housing, allergies, an illness, death or other hardship resulting in the family being financially or otherwise unable to properly care for the pet; or simply that an impulsive owner did not consider the time, effort and money required to care for a pet.
    Choosing a shelter pet has many advantages. There are pure breeds, mixed breeds, big and small, active and laid back, young and adult. It may surprise you just what true friend you may find. If you’ve ever been in a pet store or at a breeder, you know how expensive pets can be. Humane societies and rescue groups usually just charge enough to help cover the costs of caring for an animal until it goes to its new home. Pets awaiting adoption have been health-checked and may even have had surgery or other treatment to make sure they’re healthy and ready for a new family.
    Our employees at CAHS care for each animal individually; they love and pamper them all until that right person comes through the doors. We also “screen” prospective adopters to help ensure that the pet suits their personalities and lifestyles. They can also offer support and guidance if you have questions about caring for your new pet.
    Adopting from a shelter helps to combat pet overpopulation. There are simply not enough homes for all the pets that need a family to call their own. Many pets adopted from our shelter are already spayed or neutered prior to being released to their new homes, and state law requires a $100 refundable deposit on those that aren’t. Once proof of altering is shown, the deposit is returned.
    One more advantage is that you are gaining a loving and loyal companion! Pets of all ages can form a strong bond to a new family. You will be providing a deserving pet with a loving and secure home, while at the same time gaining a devoted friend.
    We hope to see you Nov. 22 for our “Toast for the Animals!” Please stop by the Central Aroostook Humane Society, which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed noon-12:30 p.m.) for lunch). Be responsible, and spay and neuter your pets.