Tuesday November 26, 2013
LOUISVILLE (November 26, 2013) The holiday season can be a stressful time for families; financially and emotionally, resulting in an increase in surrendered animals to shelters. Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) is asking the public to help by remembering their pets during the holiday season and opting to adopt.
“Do what is best for your four-legged friends and please think twice before making any decisions to surrender your pet to a shelter,” says Louisville Metro Animal Services’ Senior Manager Margaret Brosko.
“In years past, we have seen an increase in owners turning in their pets around the holiday season. Remember, Louisville Metro Animal Services, along with our ASPCA Community Partner, the Kentucky Humane Society are here to help with advice and resources to keep your furry friend with you this time of year.”
Get Pet Help Before The Holidays:
LMAS encourages pet owners to weigh all options before deciding to give up a pet to a shelter. There are many local resources that can help:
• Low-cost clinics: LMAS hosts monthly low-cost clinics providing rabies vaccinations, microchipping and licensing. Upcoming clinics: December 3 and January 14 at the Manslick Animal Care Center (3705 Manslick Road) from 4:00 -7:00 p.m.
• Affordable spay/neuter: Kentucky Humane Society’s S.N.I.P. Clinic offers low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for cats and dogs, which reduces pet overpopulation and can help elevate health concerns and many behavior problems.
• Behavior problems: If you have a behavior question about your cat or dog, talk to the pet experts by calling Kentucky Humane Society’s (KHS) free Pet Help Line at 502-509-4PET (4738). The Pet Help Line provides free advice on all things pet-related.
• Pet food: Area food banks offer free food to people and pets in need. Call the KHS Pet Help Line for a list of local resources, 502-509-4PET.
• Pet boarding and play dates: Hosting a party or traveling this holiday season? There are a variety of pet boarding facilities in Louisville that offer “day play dates” for pets or extended overnight vacation stays—but call early to reserve space for your pet. Also, check with friends and family: many people are happy to provide temporary homes.
Also, please remember the homeless animals that will be spending the holidays in a shelter. Now is the time to start thinking of providing a home for the holidays to an animal in need.
When considering adoption, make sure it is the best time and you and your family are ready. Adopting a pet is a life-long commitment; do your research and talk to adoption counselors throughout the process to find your perfect companion. Also, avoid giving pets as gifts. If you decide to give a friend or family member the gift of unconditional love, make sure they are aware and involved in the selection process.
LMAS is offering holiday adoption specials to make room for incoming stray and owner surrendered animals. Come by to take advantage of select discounted adoption fees. Saturday and Sunday (November 30 and December 1), in conjunction with National Mutt Day, all mutts are $100 off. All available animals are spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and given worm, flea and tick preventatives. Visit louisvilleky.gov/AnimalServices to see adoptable animals.
For more information, contact LMAS at (502) 361-1318 or visit LMAS Animal House Adoption Center, 3516 Newburg Road.