This is Missy. She’s a 3-year-old Terrier, American Staffordshire/Mix. She has been at the SPCA since last June, so she could really use a forever home! Go see her and find out if she’s the one that will become the next member in your family! She’s in kennel 81.
It isn’t quite October but that doesn’t mean that it is too early to start celebrating a new month. Oktoberfest always seems to start at the end of September, so that means we can start celebrating ‘Adopt a Shelter Dog’ month early too!
Before you adopt, however, the Lycoming County SPCA wants you to ask yourself:
• Many pets live 10 to 15 years. How old will you be? How old will your children be?
• Is there a chance you could move in the next 10 years? Are you willing to restrict your choice of housing to accommodate a pet?
• If the pet is for a child are you willing to assume the care of the pet? Children must have parental guidance to care for a pet regardless of their age.
• Each breed of animal has genetic characteristics that need to be considered. Have you researched the breed that you are interested in?
• Are you financially prepared for a pet? Consider the following expenses: spaying or neutering, basic veterinary care, flea preventative, heartworm preventative, license, food, grooming.
Personally, I am more of a cat person than dog, but who can resist an adorable dog? Dogs are friendly, loyal, always happy to see you, and are there to lean on when you need them.
Plus, dogs love you unconditionally. My cats pretty much allow me to live in the house because I feed them.
The SPCA has a lot of great dogs just waiting for you to take them home and love them!
Even if you aren’t ready to add a pet to your home, the SPCA can always use a little help. In addition to always-welcome monetary donations, the SPCA is also in need of:
• Laundry detergent
• Fabric softener sheets
• Cash donations to help pay for medicines
• Postage stamps
• Foil bagged dog treats
• Pig ears
• Gift cards for office supplies, department stores
• Gasoline cards for our Humane Officers trucks
• Heavy load trash bags
• Gift cards to purchase interactive toys.
The SPCA does such great work for so many animals in the area and anything you can do to ease the way for them is always appreciated.
Just remember that pets are a huge personal and financial responsibility so please don’t take it on unless you are fully prepared. Dogs especially need a lot of time, attention and dedication.
Every pet at the SPCA is spayed or neutered and up-to-date on all of their vaccines so all they need from you is a home and love!