|Itís 50 percent off for adoptees at RP shelter
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.