With Thanksgiving comes the true start of the holiday season and perhaps people out there are looking for something other than presents. For those looking to make a difference and save a life this year, consider pet adoption from area animal shelters. For those who cannot adopt, there are other opportunities to help out and make a difference this holiday season. Here are a few of the Thanksgiving, Black Friday and giving events happening this year.
Denver Dumb Friends League: 2080 S. Quebec St.; 720-241-7081
Name Your Own Price Black Friday – Once again, the Denver Dumb Friends League is offering “Name Your Own Price” specials all day and at all shelter locations, including the Buddy Center in Castle Rock and select Petco and PetSmart locations. The shelter held this promotion last year and adopted out 140 animals in one day. The shelter is hoping to break that record this year. The Denver Dumb Friends League will have extended hours on November 28, 9 AM to 7 PM, and the first 25 adopters will received a $25 IKEA gift card. Adoptions include spay or neuter surgery, initial vaccinations, microchip and a free visit to a participating veterinarian within 14 days of the adoption.
Paws to Give Campaign – From now until January 4, 2015, the Denver Dumb Friends League’s annual Paws to Give Campaign is open. Guests are invited to visit all three shelter facilities – The Quebec Street Shelter in Denver, the Buddy Center in Castle Rock and the Harmony Equine Center in Franktown. Guests can fill out a “paw” decoration with a donation amount and a message, which the shelter displays on the walls. Young and old can write memorials or memories about the special pets in their lives. The shelter will also take in donations of supplies. The supply list is on the website. People can donate to the shelter either online, by mailing a check or visiting a shelter. Please make checks out to Dumb Friends League Paws to Give. The shelter’s goal this year is to raise $20,000.
Foothills Animal Shelter: 580 McIntyre St.; 303-278-7575; @FAShelter on Twitter
Name Your Own Price Black Friday – Also, on Black Friday, November 28, Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden will offer “Name Your Own Price” specials for animals of all ages. This event will occur during regular shelter hours, 11 AM to 7 PM. Pet adoption from Foothills includes spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip and a health check.
Give a Celebration Tag – Consider a unique gift this year by purchasing a Celebration Tag for a loved one and for the shelter. For donations of $75 or more, a name and a one-line message will be engraved on a tag-shaped magnet (2.5×2.5 inches). The magnet will be displayed in the shelter’s lobby for one month, then sent to you to keep or give to the honoree. To show year-round support, donors can order larger celebration plaques ($500 for 4×4 inches; $1,200 for 8×8 inches) that can hold up to four lines of type and will be displayed in the adoption area of the donor’s choice for a whole year. Order one today.
Angels with Paws: 2540 Youngfield St.;303-274-2264
Colorado Gives Day – This cats-only shelter in Lakewood is participating in Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 9. This small shelter specializes in cats with chronic medical conditions, such as FIV, Diabetes, blindness or Hyperactive Thyroid, which often takes a bit of patience and medical care. With treatment, these cats can still live long and loving lives, but it also takes money. Donations on Colorado Gives Day will help. Just $50 covers the cost of vaccinations, spaying or neutering or FeLV/FIV tests on homeless cats. New this year, the Community First Foundation and First Bank will feature a $1 Million Incentive Fund, one of the largest incentive funds in the country. Every non-profit that receives a donation on Colorado Gives Day will also receive a portion of the incentive fund, increasing the value of every dollar donated. Donors can also get online now and schedule donations that will then post on December 9.
Cat Care Society: 5787 W. 6th Ave.; 303-239-9680
November Adoption Special – For the month of November, all cat adopters will receive a free hard-sided, cat carrier to take the little one home. The cat carries are gently used, but sturdy and since new carriers can cost upwards of $50, getting one with the adoption makes things convenient and less costly. Use the carrier to transport the new fur baby to the veterinarian or for holiday travel. Only a few days left for this special offer.
Benefit Wines – Once again, the Cat Care Society is selling Benefit Wines to raise money. Donors can purchase special bottles of wine to give as holiday gifts and a portion of the sale goes back to the shelter. There are six signature wines: Love Me Malbec, Shhh-auvignon Blanc, Prowlin’ Pinot, Cotton Chardonnay, Benny’s Select Merlot, and Kitten Kabernet. Single bottles are $19.99 each or buy a 4-bottle sampler for $78.96 and a 6-bottle sampler for $117.94.
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