Itís 50 percent off for adoptees at RP shelter
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By Mickey Zeldes  December 14, 2012 12:00 am

It’s December, and the holiday countdown has begun in earnest. Since the shelter is full and we’re competing with sales everywhere, we decided to jump into the game with a special of our own. Our goal is to ring in the new year with an empty shelter.

For the last two weeks of the year, Dec. 15-31, all our animals will be available for 50 percent off their regular adoption fee. With school vacation coming up, this might be the right time to add a new family member to your household. Remember, only the price has been lowered. Every animal still receives a full veterinary examination, vaccines, worming, Advantage, testing for feline Leukemia and FIV or heartworms, spay or neuter surgery, and a microchip.

We have some old-timers and long-timers here looking for a second chance. Each is wishing for a home for the holidays. Here are a couple of examples:

What’s could be worse than being a black cat in an animal shelter? Being a senior black cat in an animal shelter. For some reason (superstition, personal biases, etc.), black cats are the slowest to move out of shelters. That doesn’t bode well for Alice, a 14-year-old, long-haired black cat surrendered to the shelter by next of kin when her owner passed away. After a lifetime in one home, it can be hard on an animal to adjust to another, but Alice is such a sweet girl we feel age alone should not prevent her from the opportunity to live out her golden years in someone’s lap. Cats are lucky – they don’t grey as they age and can live for 18 to 20 years or more. Looking at Alice, you would never guess her age. We ran a blood panel to make sure she was healthy and cleaned her teeth so she would be as ready to go as possible. Alice doesn’t ask for much – a lap, a sunny spot near a window and a dish of kibble. Do you have room for Alice?

Next to black cats, the hardest animals to place are big black dogs. They aren’t all mean – honest! Combine big and black with a misaligned breed like pit bull and, well, it’s no wonder Reggie has been with us for a while. Reggie came to us as a stray, so we don’t know his history. We’re guessing him to be 1-2 years old, and everything we’ve seen shows us he is a really nice dog. He gets along with other dogs (that can deal with a big, strong player) and is learning nice leash skills here at the shelter. He would like a home with someone committed to continuing his training so he can become a great canine citizen. He is smart and food motivated, so training is easy.

I’ll continue to highlight a few more of our long-term clients in the next couple of weeks with the hope that by sharing their story, we can help them find a home. Perhaps with the combination of learning about these wonderful animals and a 50 percent discount off their regular adoption fee, we’ll reach our dream of an empty shelter come Dec. 31.

Upcoming events: Free microchips during the month of December. No appointment necessary; bring your pet and proof of residency (offer for RP and Cotati residents only) during our regular open hours: Wednesday, 1-6:30 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 1-5:30 p.m.; Sunday 1-4:30 p.m.

Holiday Vacation Camp (for kids in 3rd-6th grade), . Jan 2-4 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Campers will socialize with shelter animals, play games, do crafts and learn about responsible pet care. Cost is $75, and scholarships are available. Registration is first-come, first-served and space is limited. Applications available at the shelter.

Mickey Zeldes is the supervisor at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter. She can be contacted at

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