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Bring Joy to Your World

A mirth-filled holiday season is yours for the low price of saving the life of a rescued pet: a mere $25 adoption fee will give you the not-to-be missed experience of opening your heart and home to a new furry family member or two.

Flagler Humane Society is joining national animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society, along with animal rescue groups and shelters across the county, in the “Bring Joy to Your World” annual animal adoption campaign running through Dec. 31.

“So many people don’t realize how absolutely amazing and love-filled rescued pets can be. It’s like they know you save their life. Flagler Humane Society has adorable adoptable pets ready to go home now,” said Amy Carotenuto, executive director. “Whether you have your heart set on a purebred or an All-American mixed breed, you don’t have to pay high prices to have a top-shelf pet join your family. Just come meet our amazing dogs and cats and you’ll fall in love.”

Flagler Humane Society is an active partner in Best Friend No More Homeless Pets Network which offers help and support to animal rescue groups that save lives in their communities.

“Everyday some 11,000 animals are euthanized in our nation simply because they don’t have a home. When you choose to adopt your next pet you are becoming part of the solution right here in Flagler,” said Carotenuto. “That’s why we are proud to partner with Best Friends on this holiday adoption promotion.”

And if you are afraid of folks adopting a pet as a gift don’t be. Pets actually make great holiday gifts and between 1996 and 2000 there were four different scientific studies that found that pets acquired as gifts are less likely to be relinquished than pets acquired by the individual.

The ASPCA published the most recent study on the subject in 2009 and found 96 percent of  people who received pets as gifts thought it either increased or had no impact on their love or attachment to that pet. The vast majority of these pets are still in the home (86%). The survey also revealed no difference in attachment based on the gift being a surprise or known in advance.

The organizational position on pets as gifts is online and it says, “The ASPCA recommends the giving of pets as gifts only to people who have expressed a sustained interest in owning one, and the ability to care for it responsibly. We also recommend that pets be obtained from animal shelters, rescue organizations, friends, family or responsible breeders—not from places where the source of the animal is unknown or untrusted.”

So please come by FHS today if you are wanting a new family member for the upcoming year or know someone that would like one for themselves. We want to see more animals in homes than in our shelter and our staff will make sure to find you the perfect addition to your family.