Two Broward shelters are teaming up to find homeless pets new families for the holidays.
The Humane Society of Broward County and Broward County Animal Care will hold a "Name Your Price" pet adoption event on Black Friday, November 28th.
Both shelters will open an hour early at 9:30 a.m. with "door busters," where adoption fees will be waived for select pets. After the first hour, adopters will be able to name their own adoption fee for any pet over the age of 5 months. Regular adoption fees range from $25 to $100.
All pet adoptions from the shelters include spaying or neutering, preliminary vaccinations, microchips, heartworm tests for dogs over seven months, and feline leukemia tests for cats.
While the two shelters are not affiliated with each other, they say they are teaming up with the common goal of finding homes for animals in their care.
On Friday, November 28th, the Humane Society of Broward County will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., while Broward County Animal Care will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thanksgiving Safety Tips
1. Keep your pet on his regular feeding schedule and feed your pet only his regular food. DO NOT give your pet any part of the turkey. While people may think that turkey is safe, often the seasoning from the turkey drippings, along with the skin and gravy can cause pancreatitis — inflammation of the pancreas. In particular, DO NOT feed your pet turkey bones! Turkey bones are particularly dangerous since they can splinter and cause intestinal damage.
2. Secure the garbage pail! Table scraps, food wrappings, bones and other items can be tempting to your pet. Even simple items like aluminum foil and the string from the turkey can be harmful if consumed. Be sure that all trash containers, both inside the house and outside, are securely closed so that animals cannot tear through the garbage for a private Thanksgiving feast.
3. Keep your pet in another room during dinnertime, so they can't sit and beg at the table. This way guests will not be tempted to give them any food.
4. Do not give pets chocolate, alcohol or eggnog! Chocolate is toxic and can affect the heart and nervous system, and eggnog can give them diarrhea. Alcohol can cause coma and even death. Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh water to drink.
5. Most importantly, make sure your pet is wearing proper identification. Pets can easily escape through the front or back doors when guests come into your home. Remember that all dogs and cats (even “indoor cats”) within Broward County must be registered and wear the Broward County Rabies Registration tag on their collar. This is the best way to ensure that your pet is reunited with you if he or she becomes lost during the Thanksgiving holiday or any other day.
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