OSWEGO, NY ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ There has been more than one and a half million pet adoptions in five years.
In 2006, the Home 4 the Holidays campaign for pet adoptions, sponsored by the Iams Company, reached that national goal.
Of those 2006 adoptions, 20 were right here in Oswego County by the Oswego County Humane Society.
This year, the national campaign hopes to reach 415,000 more adoptions in the nine-week period of the campaign and the Humane Society hopes to find new homes for its 27 cats, kittens and dogs now in foster care.
|Freddie and his foster sister, Tillie, wait patiently for a home of their own.|
“Our pets are well loved in their foster homes. In fact most of them are probably a little spoiled, because they’ve been rescued from horrible situations and we think they deserve it. But we also know they need homes of their own, especially at this time of the year,” said Diane Broadwell, chair of the OCHS animal services committee.
All of those kittens, cats and dogs of different sizes, ages, characteristics and colors will be available for adoption on Nov. 17 at the OCHS Home 4 the Holidays Adoption Day and Fleas Market, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the D.A. Lodge, 178 W. Third St.
There will be lots for animal lovers to do that day.
Local crafters will be there selling their wares; the “Fleas Market” will feature a selection of gently used holiday, pet and children’s items, hundreds of used books, and a bake sale.
Other animal organizations will be there to showcase their services and their pets for adoption; local photographer Jon Vermilye will be available to take holiday pet photos with Santa.
Prospective owners who are interested in these kittens and cats 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.
The adoption fee is $75 for kittens and a special holiday rate of $50 for older cats.
Such fees cover a portion of the veterinary expenses that the Humane Society incurs.
All animals have been spayed or neutered (babies will be spayed or neutered before they are released for final adoption) and each animal is current with shots and has also been checked for ear mites and parasites.
Cats and kittens all have also been tested for feline leukemia and are litter trained.
All of these animals have been 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.
They each need a loving environment where they can celebrate the Holidays!
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.