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School starts next week, which marks the unofficial end of summer for Beatrice students. But before we put summer 2017 in the history books, there is one more annual activity that you won’t want to miss.

On Thursday, Aug. 24, plan to attend the Beatrice Humane Society’s “Doggy Swim Night” from 6-8 p.m. at the Beatrice water park.

Before the city maintenance team drains the pool to end the season, the water park is “going to the dogs.” Dog owners are invited to bring their canine companions to the event for a fun evening of swimming and splashing.

The $10 donation admits one dog and two humans into the party. Additional humans are one dollar each.

Dogs must be current on rabies vaccinations and should be on leash to enter and leave the water park. All proceeds will go to the Beatrice Animal Shelter.

In the past, dogs of all sizes, ages and swimming abilities have attended. Some jump off the diving board and some splash around in their doggy life jackets, while others prefer to take it all in from the sidelines. It is an amazing party, and in the past three years of holding the event, we have had no fights (human or canine).

For more information about Doggy Swim Night, call the shelter during regular business hours.

Animal Updates

For those of you wondering what happens to the animals that make the news because of some not-so-great circumstances, I have two “Happy Tails” updates that should make you smile.

“Twister,” the very young black kitten that was severely injured in the June 16 storm in Beatrice, is finally up for adoption. The little guy was found trapped in fallen tree limbs and suffered a fractured pelvis, broken tail, broken leg and he was covered in lice.

Thanks to the generosity of a caring community, Twister was able to have the surgeries he needed to make it. Private donations from many concerned animal lovers made it possible to save this special kitten. The bad news was that he had to have his injured leg and tail amputated. The good news is that he is doing well without them.

He is now two or three months old and ready to find his forever home. Because of his medical history and small size, Twister should go to a home with no small children or high energy animals. He will need to concentrate on growing and adapting to his new environment without the fear of being dropped or jumped on.

If you would like to adopt Twister, stop by the new animal shelter and meet him and fill out an adoption application.

Another animal that had a rough start before arriving at the shelter is “Corwin.” This Anatolian Shepherd mix is about seven years old. He is very handsome and is ready to start his new life in a loving home.

Corwin came into the shelter as an abused and neglected canine. There were large patches of fur that he had chewed off his back because of flea infestations. The cone that he was wearing to discourage chewing was so tight that it was growing into his skin. However, the ultimate insult was that his owner was caught beating him in a parking lot. The poor dog was medically compromised and emotionally traumatized. Thanks to a caring staff and volunteers, today he is healthy and looking forward to beginning a new life.

Both Twister and Corwin are poster pets for what the Beatrice Humane Society is all about. Our mission to serve lost and homeless pets is realized every day in many ways. Thanks to everyone who cares enough to help us make it happen.

Postponed Pancakes

In case you marked your calendar for the Sept. 3 pancake feed at the Beatrice Animal Shelter, please note that the event has been postponed until further notice. We are in the process of selecting another date, so please watch for details that will be coming soon.

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

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