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Oswego County Humane Society’s Home 4 The Holidays Pet Adoption Campaign

OSWEGO, NY – On November 11, the Oswego County Humane Society held its annual Home 4 the Holidays Adoption Celebration and found new homes for 12 pets on that day alone.

Also at the event were a number of other animal welfare groups, including Harbor Hounds Greyhound Rescue, Loki Grrl Rescue, Oswego County Guinea Pig Rescue, NYS Citizens Against Puppy Mills and Paws Across Oswego County all with information about their programs and some with their pets for adoption.

The Bone Diggers 4-H Club members and their dogs perform their winning New York State Fair Routine at Home 4 the Holidays.
The Bone Diggers 4-H Club members and their dogs perform their winning New York State Fair Routine at Home 4 the Holidays.

Santa was available for Pet Photos by Jon Vermilye, and there were books, baked goods and animal paraphernalia for purchase.

In addition, the Bone Diggers 4-H Club presented their award winning dog training routine.

Jo Piersma, coordinator of the event, said, “It was a lot of fun and a great way for animal lovers to meet up with other members of the community, show off their own pets, and maybe find a new pet for the holidays.”

The Humane Society has joined efforts with 4,000 shelters around the world to participate in the annual Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption campaign, founded by the Helen Woodward Animal Center in 1999 and supported by Iams Pet Foods.

The Humane Society is participating in the campaign from October 1, 2012, through January 4, 2013, to do its share to help place 1.5 million pets into homes.

Since the start of the campaign on October 1, the Humane Society has found homes for 63 pets; but there are still many more available for adoption.

On December 15 the Humane Society will hold its “Gifts that Keep on Giving” Adoption day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tractor Supply Company, Route 104 East, Oswego.

There will be a number of teenaged and adult cats to meet, admire and possibly take home and an adoption fee special 2 for 1 sale for these older cats.

“We think that our older cats are just as much fun and way more interesting than our kittens,” said Barb Capella, coordinator of cat adoptions for the Humane Society. “But, the reality is that it is harder to find them homes. So our ‘sale’ adoption fees help us make up for that. They are great cats and worth more than every penny!”

Prospective owners will have the opportunity to choose and pick up their new pet after references have been checked.

Those adopters who are interested in going home with one of these pets should bring veterinary references and, if they are renters, bring written consent from their landlord in order to take the pet home.

They should also bring a sturdy cat carrier.

The adoption fee for teenaged and adult cats is $50, but adopters of two cats will pay only $25 each.

Such fees cover a portion of the veterinary expenses that the Humane Society incurs.

All animals have been spayed or neutered and each animal is current with shots and has also been checked for ear mites and parasites.

All of these animals have been rescued by the Humane Society, sometimes from horrendous conditions.

They are now living in private foster homes and are therefore well socialized.

Foster families have the opportunity to report how well they get along with other cats, dogs and children.

Pictures and more information can be located at the Humane Society’s web site at www.oswegohumane.org

For more information, call the Oswego County Humane Society at 315-207-1070.