Posted in animal abuse, cats, dogs, guinea pig, pet health, rabbits, shelter animals

Where’d we be without ‘em?

For one, my cats shed enough fur to fill the vacuum cleaner bag weekly. Housekeeping must be kept up if we’re not going to have a layer of kitty litter dust on all household objects. They leave hairballs in hiding places so when I find them it’s a crusty mass of fur and partially digested cat food that’s become one with the furniture. They meow like sailors at the kitty they see out the window, who’s cruising the neighborhood, then they try to imitate him by finding an upholstered chair and digging it to pieces.

Pets may dig up flower gardens to bury something, but ignore the deer munching on our pole beans and apple crops.

They eat like teenagers in a growth spurt and they sleep like them too.

They act like having a bath is akin to drowning them. Plus it seems likely that they will never grow up, get a job, and move away from home.

But there are many pluses to having pets too. There are times when they find a toy and bat it around with great gusto, giving us some comic relief. They’re there to warm a lap when it’s cold, and there to give you a headbut when you’re feeling down. They don’t mind if you cry because they’ll lick the tears from your cheeks even as you bawl like a baby.

They’ll never be too old to accept your help, or to play hide and seek with you.

They accept us just as we are, whether we’re in a two-piece suit or a ragged pair of pjs, whether we’re spiffed up head to toe, or looking like something that, well, they dragged in. They share our joys and our sorrows, our days of being flush as well as our days in the poorhouse.

They only ask for food to fill their bellies, and a warm place to sleep. But they need to feel safe and wanted, as much as you and I do. For some pets, being rescued and brought to an animal shelter is their first experience with the comfort of being wanted. If you’re looking for a pet, please consider giving a shelter animal a chance first.

Pet Pause

The first FREE Rabies Clinic for 2010 will be held at the Eldred Firehouse in the town of Highland on Wednesday, March 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Eldred Firehouse is located at 6 Proctor Road, next to the Highland Town Hall. Pet parents should bring:
* Bring prior rabies certificate, and receive a 3-year vaccination
* If no rabies vaccine history, your pet will receive a 1-year vaccination
* All pets must be in a carrier or on a leash
* All pets must be at least 3 months old.

Vaccinations will be available for dogs, cats, and ferrets. If you have questions, call Sullivan County Public Health Services at 292-5910 ext 0 or the Highland Town Clerk at 557-6085. This event is being sponsored by: Sullivan County Public Health Services.

Show you care: vaccinate your pet!

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Owned by three cats over age 13