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November 26, 2019
Christen Brautigan

Thanksgiving Additions

It’s Thanksgiving and some people are thinking about adding kittens or puppies to their families. While you are making your wishes for kittens and puppies please consider going to your local shelter.

This topic is written with a heavy heart. It is one of the jolliest times for people but can be saddest for the pets. Being an employee of our local shelter for a few years now, I have seen a lot of animals who lose their homes, and I get very emotional. From Thanksgiving to Christmas shelters across the country get slammed with animals. It happens during the summer too, when the kitten and puppy season happens but also during the holidays. People turn in their older or sick pets because they want younger and healthier pets. Or, they get one and it doesn’t get along with the pet that was there previously, so they surrender the one that was there first. I can’t see how someone could do that, but it happens so often.

At the holidays many shelters have a foster program to get the animals out of the shelters for the holidays. These programs go by many names, at Flagler Humane Society, ours is called Home for the Pawlidays. You can foster an animal to make their holidays bright and maybe you'll find out that adding an animal permanently is for you. Home for the Pawlidays starts now. The animal must either be returned or adopted by January 10th.

When you take an animal home, make sure to take dogs on long walks before coming into house, and go slow and stay calm when going into the home. They need to adjust as much as you have too. With cats introduce slowly. Give them one room, show them the litter box and food, I always left a shirt that smelled like me or my sons in the room to cuddle with. Don’t expect things to be perfect, it takes time to get to know the pet and for them to get to know you. I always crate train and it has worked for me plus I know an incredible dog trainer who helps. Call your local shelter for recommendations. Show them lots of love and they will do the same.

There are so many wonderful cats and dogs that need chance to be with a family They vary in age. I personally fall in love with the older ones, most have some kind training. Adoptions at our shelter includes shots, neuter/spay, and microchip and would be a great way to start out the new year. Please pass the word to spay and neuter your pets to help with overpopulation. My menagerie of pets and I wish you and your pets the very best of holidays.