Tuesday October 23, 2012
Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) and The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) are celebrating “Howl-o-ween” with an adoption special October 25-28, 2012.
Adopters who bring a “treat” for LMAS or KHS shelter pets pay no adoption fees for cats age four months and older and dogs age one year and older Oct. 25-28. “Treats” include dog and cat toys, soft treats, bedding, cat litter, canned food, KMR (kitten milk replacer), paper towels and bleach.
The waived fee adoption special is available at LMAS Animal House Adoption Center, LMAS Manslick location and at all nine KHS adoption centers: the Main Campus, East Campus, and seven area Feeders Supply stores. Animal Protection Association cats at the Clarksville, Ind., Feeders Supply are also part of this special.
“Our agencies are joining together on this adoption promotion to ensure more pets find great homes in our community,” says Justin Scally, LMAS director. “Between our agencies, potential adopters have more than 350 wonderful cats and dogs to choose from – all who would love to find new homes this weekend.”
“This will be a fun, family-friendly event,” says Lori Redmon, KHS president and CEO. “All adoption sites are decorated for ‘Howl-o-ween,’ and we encourage adopters to come in costume. Our Main Campus and East Campus will be open until 7 p.m. on Thursday and will provide cookies and cider.”
In addition, LMAS is providing the public with Halloween Pet Safety Tips [EDITOR - see page 2].
All pets adopted from KHS and LMAS have been spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and given worm and flea preventatives – services which are valued at nearly $250. Pets may be viewed online at kyhumane.org or louisvilleky.gov/AnimalServices.
For more information, contact KHS at (502) 366-3355 or LMAS at (502) 473-PETS (7387).
Adopters must pay for any applicable licensing fees, microchipping and microchip registration. Adoption is pending approval of an application process that usually takes an hour or less. The adoption special runs Oct. 25-28 only. The waived adoption fee excludes Legacy Pets at KHS, which qualify for $50 off.
More Information: In August the ASPCA (the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) announced that Louisville was selected as its 2013 Partner Community. The three founding partner organizations—KHS, LMAS and Alley Cat Advocate—are working together to save more animal lives.
Halloween Pet Safety Tips
1. Dress-up is only for some pets. Please do not put your dog or cat through unwanted stress if they do not want to participate in this pastime. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume is safe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure the costume is not flammable or will not get caught on something. Make sure the costume does not have something they may want to rip off and could potentially choke on.
2. Make sure your pet does not get a hold of any treats, especially chocolate. If you do suspect your pet has gotten into something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
3. Be mindful of your decorations. Keep any wires or cords out of reach from your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
4. Don’t forget about lit candles. Pets can knock them over or get burned.
5. Keep pets in a safe environment during trick or treating or partying hours. Even if your pet is very friendly, many people can be scared of pets. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets. Keep pets inside in an area where they cannot reach an open door.
6. Tags, licenses and microchips are an animal’s ticket home. Licensing your pet equals a free ride home. So if Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) officers find a licensed dog or cat on the street, they can identify the animal and improve the chance of a free ride home instead of bringing it into the shelter. An ID tag with your pet’s name, your name and contact information is extremely important if they manage to get away from you. Lastly, microchips work wonders for lost pets. Visit your local veterinarian or LMAS’s Manslick location (3705 Manslick Road) or the Kentucky Humane Society’s Main Campus (241 Steedly Drive) to obtain a microchip for your pet.
7. Help an animal find its way back home. Anyone finding an animal can call the LMAS dispatch number at (502) 363-6609 with the license tag number and LMAS can help you identify the owner's name, address and phone number. Our dispatchers are accessible 24 hours a day. To make a service request simply call 363-6609.
Tips Modified from ASPCA.org