Pet Talk (week of September 19, 2018)
As we wind down from our busy summer, we start to think more about our to do lists. With back to school here and the holidays coming up soon we can catch up on what did not get done this summer.
If one of your to do lists is shots for your pets, we can help with that. The Houlton Humane Society is hosting another rabies clinic on Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Littleton Fire Department. Rabies and distemper shots will be available. Shots are good for one year ($20) or three years ($25). Dogs need to be leashed. Cats and ferrets need to be in carriers. No appointment necessary.
With fall approaching, many of us are also thinking about baking or crafting. Do you have a love of baking or crafting and can’t eat or use it all? We can also help you out there too. We are always thankful when people donate items for our bake sales or craft tables. I myself will be doing a few craft fairs and will be willing to sell some items to fundraise for the shelter. I’ll keep you all posted of ways you can help.
Two of my favorite animal crafts are peanut butter dog treats and catnip toys and both are super easy to make.
Peanut butter dog treats
½ cup water
½ cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons of Peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla.
Directions: Blend together. Whisk together 2 cups flour, ½ cup cornmeal, ½ cup oats. Blend with wet mixture to form a ball of dough. Roll out and cut into shapes. Cook 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Allow to cool in oven until crisp and hard. Store in airtight container. My dogs love these!
Four-inch squares of some scrap fabric
Cotton balls or polyester fill
Directions: Take squares and put right sides together, machine or hand stitch edges, leaving a small opening. Turn right side out and stuff with stuffing and a teaspoon of catnip. Hand stitch opening shut. My cats love these.
We have put out a plea for financial help. No amount is too small. Even a couple of dollars in an envelope addressed to 263 Callaghan Road in Houlton would help. We are also accepting returnable bottles. We are also looking for specialized foster parents. Some animals cannot be placed with other animals and need an experienced handler. These animals take a little longer to adopt out as we want to make sure they have the perfect family and also the readiness for that perfect family. If you would like to help in any way or are looking for a pet to bake or craft for let us know. We probably have that special pet you are looking for. If you can help with any of our needs let us know.
We love our volunteers and supporters and we are grateful to the moon and back. As always, don’t litter and spay and neuter your pets!!