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Mother’s Day in February? Yes, sort of. Any day now, the Beatrice Animal Shelter will be celebrating a new mom and her pups. And thanks to many kind souls, this is a true feel-good story.

Earlier this month, as the temperatures dropped and the snow was about to begin, a concerned citizen saw a lone dog at the Beatrice Big Blue Dog Park. The problem was that there was no human in the vicinity. The pup had been abandoned and was shivering and huddled up along the park fence.

A phone call to the Beatrice Police Department brought an officer who picked up the dog and delivered her to the Beatrice Animal Shelter where she warmed up and had a good meal. She was named Charlotte, and like the adorable princess in the British royal family, she is winning the hearts of all who meet her.

As part of her medical exam, the imaging study held a surprise! Charlotte is pregnant with five puppies. Charlotte was fortunate to be rescued in time for her to be in safe surroundings where she can get the love and medical attention she needs.

She and the pups will be in a warm, dry environment where they will get the necessary nutrition, vaccinations, medicines and veterinarian exams. Down the road, Charlotte and the young ones will be spayed or neutered and microchipped. And then one day, each will have an opportunity to be adopted into a forever home.

Photos of Charlotte are on the Beatrice Humane Society Facebook page. It is uncertain what breed she is, perhaps a Dachshund or Rat Terrier mix? It doesn’t matter, though, because she’s cute and very sweet.

Shelter staff and volunteers are excited to have babies “in the house”, but the reality is that six needy canines will put an additional strain on the daily operations at the facility. If you would like to be a part of Charlotte’s amazing story, please consider helping her cause by making a donation of supplies, cash or a gift card.

The shelter is asking for puppy pads, Pedigree canned puppy food and paper plates that are used for the pups’ food after they are weaned. If you have questions about these items or other donations, call the Beatrice Animal Shelter at 402-228-9100 during business hours.

Charlotte’s story of neglect and abandonment is heart-wrenching, but it will hopefully turn out to be a happy tale for six happy tails.

Kitten season will soon be here

The snow is still with us, but before we know it, spring will be here. And with the longer days and warmer temperatures comes “kitten season” and lots of cats and kittens in need of homes.

As litters of kittens come into the shelter, it becomes more difficult for staff to keep up with bottle feeding the babies. Foster care-givers are a great resource to help with the little ones that need to eat frequently around the clock.

If you are interested in getting your kitten-fix and hearing more about the foster program, call the shelter for details about signing up to help. All supplies are provided for the fostered kittens.

And it’s no surprise that extra supplies are also needed during this time. If you would like to participate in the shelter’s “Kitten Shower,” you can drop off items at the animal shelter during regular business hours. Needed items include KMR powder formula, Science Diet dry kitten food, puppy pads, cat litter, kitten nursing bottles, stainless steel food/water bowls, baby wipes, Dawn dish soap, Royal Canin starter kitten pate canned food, cotton balls and gift cards to Wal-Mart, PetSmart and Tractor Supply. Cash works, too.

Your help is greatly appreciated as we work with these purr-fectly adorable creatures.

Yappy hour returns this Friday

Round up a gaggle of friends and join the fun at the Beatrice Humane Society’s February “Yappy Hour” on Friday, Feb. 16 beginning at 5:30 p.m. This month’s gathering will be at Tall Tree Tastings on the corner of Fifth and Ella streets in downtown Beatrice.

Enjoy a beverage from the cash bar and visit with friends of the Beatrice Humane Society, shelter staff and volunteers and fellow animal lovers. It’s a great way to wind down the work week and kick off the weekend. Hope to see you there.

February’s Best in Shows

February is not just about Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. Dog lovers everywhere know that it is also known for the Westminster Dog Show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

This year’s competition will be aired in prime time on Monday, Feb. 12 and Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 7-10 p.m. both evenings on channel FS1. The group competitions for the purebreds will be each evening with the coveted “Best in Show” presented Tuesday night.

And while Hal and I always watch the Westminster show, we are especially interested in this year’s premier of the American Rescue Dog Show on Monday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. on the Hallmark Channel.

The show, hosted by Rebecca Romijn and Rich Eisen, invites the viewer to help save lives through the adoption of shelter pets. Competitors include both mixed breed and purebred dogs. Categories are all for fun and include such titles as Best Couch Potato, Best Butt Wiggle and Best Snorer.

Tune in to meet some wonderful dogs that represent shelter dogs everywhere. Now this is “must see TV.”

This column was written by Bette Anne Thaut, board member of the Beatrice Humane Society.

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