Holiday Pet News! Photo with Santa and more
Yes, it's that crazy time of year. Holiday madness. I know everyone will be busy with Thanksgiving and Christmas preparations and blog time may be limited.
But please take the time to take your pet to PetSmart on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard for pet photos with Santa Claus. Area shelters have certain days to set up, and proceeds of that day go to the shelter. Second Chance & Happy Tails is hosting the Santa pictures on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The cost is only $9.95 ($8.95 with your PetSmart Pet Perks card) and you'll get a framed digital print of your baby (or babies) with Santa Claus. Five dollars of each photo will go to the shelter.
Cats Are Us and the Humane Society usually have a day as well, so I'll post those dates when I learn about the.
TATTOO YOU. An interesting tidbit I received in an e-mail from
Amy of the Clarksville Humane Society:
"A while back I talked to Elaine (Humane Society director) about getting the vet clinics on board with doing some type of tattooing after they spay a pet. We just had Gracie, a new yellow lab on our website, spayed. They opened her up to find she's already been spayed. And, of course we're being charged full price for a spay. This happens frequently in the rescue world... and it's just NOT fair to these pets! I also spoke with Dr. Hackett at Eastview about the possibility and he felt the vet association would get on board with something like that. We could even possibly host a clinic where WE tattoo the pets & educate owners about the importance of it????? Owners could bring the spayed females to us to tattoo."
The Humane Society is going to try to set up an outreach program for this, first contacting vets, then trying to set up clinics. This will be a priority for them for the new year. If you'd like to help with the campaign, go to the Humane Society Web site at: www.clarksvillehumanesociety.org or e-mail them at:firstname.lastname@example.org.
I think this is a great idea. I know tattoos are one method of permanent pet identification, but I don't think it's as popular as microchips or regular tags. This is really a good idea to mark a pet as spayed so they don't undergo unneeded surgery and the shelter doesn't waste money on an unnecessary operation. They struggle enough as it is.
I have Scooter microchipped, because I won one in a photo contest. The Boss said, "Why did you put it in Scooter? He's the one I don't want back if he gets lost!" I think he was only half kidding. Poor Scooter. I put it in him becuase he's my youngest. I know I always promote him as our difficult child, and he was, but he's a good dog, smart and much better now that he's been to dog training! But it's hard to lose a bad reputation once you have it! He'll always be my Dennace the Menace! In the picture above, Scooter poses in his deer hat in honor of Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer. (And Dragon, he is not forced to wear the hat in public--it is only for picture purposes!)
So, do any of you have your pets microchipped? Any special holiday plans?
And if you can't make it to PetSmart for Santa pictures, you can always just donate to the shelters through their Web sites or by sending a check the old-fashioned way. Our pets are lucky--they have good homes for the holidays. Let's all try to do what we can to help as many dogs and cats as we can find their forever homes too.
posted by Sandy at 11/19/2007 09:29:00 AM