SENIOR COMPANIONS – November is “Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month” and the Dumb Friends League is making its case for adopting older animals – along with waiving adoption fees all month long for senior pets 8 and older.
There are many benefits to adopting a more mature companion, the League says. Among them:
* Older cats and dogs are open books—their personalities are already developed, so you’ll know if he or she is the right fit for you.
* Adult pets are past the kitten and puppy phase that often requires an extensive commitment of time and energy.
* Your senior pet is more likely to come house-trained, and may also already know basic commands and manners.
* Older pets CAN learn new things and are great at focusing on you—and on the task at hand—because they’re calmer than youngsters.
* Senior pets don’t require as much daily activity and are perfectly happy snuggled up with you on the couch.
* Mature companion pets will settle in quickly and make themselves right at home.
* Adopting a senior pet is a great option for first-time pet owners. They are ready-made companions and are every bit as loving and loyal as a younger pet.
* Adopting a senior pet is not a less serious commitment, but it can be a shorter one. If you’re not sure where you’ll be in 10 years, or if you too are approaching your golden years, consider adopting a senior pet.
For more information, visit (www.ddfl.org) or call (303) 751-5772.
FOR THE BIRDS – The Gabriel Foundation is inviting visitors to join a toy-making workshop Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ai 1025 Acoma Street, Denver. There will be toys for sale and instruction on how to make creative new toys for your own flock.
Supplies the foundation can use for toy making: pony beads and marbella beads, child- safe wood blocks, paper and plastic straws and coffee stirrers, paper coffee filters, disposable chop sticks, plastic bottle caps, wine corks, newspapers, egg cartons, sisal rope and cardboard.
SPAY-GHETTI – Larimer County’s top three animal welfare organizations – Larimer Humane Society, Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic, and Animal House Rescue and Grooming – will unite for their fifth annual fall fundraiser, “Spay-ghetti & No Balls Dinner & Craft Fair,” on Sunday, Nov. 23, at Embassy Suites Loveland (4705 Clydesdale Parkway, Loveland).
This family-friendly annual event aims to bring awareness of animal overpopulation to the Northern Colorado community and raise funds to support animal welfare efforts.
The 2014 event netted nearly $12,000 for the organizations’ missions. The craft fair, featuring donated handmade goods, will be open to the public from 2-6:30 p.m. and is free to attend. The spaghetti dinner requires the purchase of tickets and will be served buffet-style from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Tickets for the dinner are $15 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12 if purchased in advance by 5 p.m. Nov. 22. Children 5 and under eat free. Register online at (www.LarimerHumane.org) or call (970) 530-2947. Tickets purchased at the door on the night of the event will be $20 for adults and $10 for kids ages 6-12.
MAXFUND’S NEEDS – Maxfund (www.maxfund.org) has put out a call for supplies for its cats and dogs. If you have any of the following, the organization would welcome donations. Please bring them to the shelter anytime its open. Or order items from Maxfund’s Amazon wishlist.
Needs included donations of baby food — either chicken or turkey (Gerber is a good brand). Maxfund’s hunger strike dogs will often eat if they’re offered a hand-feeding of baby food. Also needed: cans of tuna, either water or in oil, for non-eating cats, IV fluids, either sodium chloride or normasol (norm-R) and lactated Ringer.
Finally, Maxfund’s cat beds are getting very worn out. With daily laundering, cat beds don’t last long. If you have new or gently used cat beds, they would be welcomed.
MORRIS FOUNDATION SUPPORT – West Paw Design, a U.S manufacturer of eco-friendly pet toys, has announced a partnership with Morris Animal Foundation (www.MorrisAnimalFoundation.org) in Denver, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing animal health.
To support the Foundation’s efforts to help dogs enjoy longer, healthier lives, West Paw will donate ate $2 for every Zogoflex dog toy purchased from Nov.3 through Nov. 21.
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