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Business is booming at the Beatrice Animal Shelter. It has been a busy September with no sign of things slowing down as October approaches.

Earlier this month, 12 dogs--including six puppies--and a ferret were transported to the Beatrice shelter from Corpus Christi, Texas. The animals that were waiting to be adopted were moved from the Texas facility to Nebraska in order to make room for pets impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Since arriving in Beatrice, all of the animals have been adopted. Special thanks goes to the volunteers who helped care for the pets, to the generous folks who donated cash and supplies and to the wonderful people who opened their hearts and homes to give the critters a second chance.

Shelter staff also participated in an adoption fair at the two Lincoln PetSmart stores this past weekend. Four cats, six bunnies and four dogs all showed up in hopes of finding forever homes. Before the weekend was over, all four cats, four of the bunnies and one dog were adopted. Two other dogs were pre-adopted.

PetSmart partnership helps local pets find forever homes

PetSmart has been a wonderful partner for the Beatrice Humane Society, and we appreciate their willingness to work with us in finding homes for some very deserving pets.

Our shelter has an on-going arrangement with the two Lincoln PetSmart locations that some of our adoptable cats and kittens can meet and greet prospective parents while staying in the stores’ cat condos. Store employees feed and water the felines, clean their cages and socialize them.

The Beatrice Humane Society approves the adoption applications and collects the adoption fees. PetSmart gains happy customers who more than likely will return to the store to purchase food and supplies for their companion animals. It’s a win-win for all of us.

Pedicures and microchip clinic available Saturday

Have you noticed a certain click-click-click on your floors? Is your pet snagging your rugs and furniture? If it’s time for a pet pedicure, you are in luck.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, from noon to 2 p.m., professional groomers will be at the Beatrice Animal Shelter to trim pet nails. It will cost $10 for the first animal and $5 for each additional animal. For senior citizens, the cost is just $5 per pet. No appointment is necessary.

Microchipping will also be available for a $25 fee per animal. It is certainly worth the time and money to know that your pet has a permanent form of identification.

Adopt and shop at Gateway Mall in Lincoln

If you are in Lincoln on Oct. 14, stop by the Gateway Mall to check out animals from the Beatrice Animal Shelter. Representatives from our shelter and three other rescue organizations will be at the mall with adoptable animals from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The “Adopt and Shop Rescue Rally” event is an effort to encourage customers to do some shopping at the mall stores and to meet and greet animals from area rescues.

"Dogs Against Violence" event coming next month

While you have your calendar out, be sure to circle Tuesday, Oct. 24. Since October is both Domestic Violence Awareness month and Adopt a Shelter Dog month, the Hope Crisis Center and the Beatrice Animal Shelter are teaming up for a “Dogs Against Violence” event.

From 4–7 p.m. on Oct. 24, special family activities are scheduled at Charles Park next to the Carnegie Building on Fifth Street. Adoptable dogs from the shelter will be meeting and greeting attendees, and there will be a friendly clown and Julie’s Hotdogs on site.

"Night of the Great Pumpkin" scheduled for Oct. 26

Even though the shelter dogs will not be in attendance, employees and volunteers will be working the crowd at Main Street’s annual “Night of the Great Pumpkin” on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 5-7 p.m. in downtown Beatrice.

Exuberant kids in costumes and masks running from business to business might be stressful for our four-legged friends, so on this night, we leave the promotion of the shelter up to the humans.

Representatives will answer questions about volunteering at our new facility and how to help with donations and supplies. And, of course, there will be trick-or-treat candy for the kids.

It’s a busy few weeks coming up. Try to attend some of the events to meet adoptable animals from the Beatrice Animal Shelter and to learn how you can continue to help the Beatrice Humane Society.

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

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