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Animal blessing to be held Sunday

If you are fortunate enough to have a dog, cat, gerbil or parakeet in your family mix, you know what a blessing it is to have a pet. The unconditional love and friendship that a companion animal brings to our lives is beyond compare.

If you want to honor and celebrate your pets, consider bringing them to the “Blessing of the Animals” on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. on the west lawn of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, located at 19th and Garfield streets in Beatrice.

Blessing animals in a public setting is a world-wide autumn tradition scheduled as closely as possible to the feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, which falls on Oct. 4. In the Catholic tradition, St. Francis of Assisi was a priest of the common man and a lover of all of God’s creatures. He felt a special connection to animals and referred to them as his “brothers and sisters.”

Today, the blessing animals is a way to acknowledge the bond between man and beast and to acknowledge that humans are the stewards of those creatures with whom we share this planet, and that God is the creator of all.

If your pet is overly sensitive or aggressive, consider bringing your animal in a pet carrier, or bring a picture of your pet instead. The Beatrice Humane Society wants to thank Holy Cross Lutheran Church for designating the offerings collected at the service to go to the care of animals at the Beatrice Animal Shelter. It’s a blessing for your animals and for those waiting for homes at the shelter.

For more information about this special event, call 402-239-9798.

Hand out candy at the “Howl-O-Ween” Party

If you are looking for a fun family activity later this month, mark this one on your calendar.

The Beatrice YMCA is hosting a “Howl-O-Ween” pet costume party on Sunday, Oct. 29 at the YMCA from 4-5 p.m. Kids are invited to “trunk-or-treat” for candy as they go from car trunk to car trunk. Attendees will also enjoy live music and food.

The YMCA is currently looking for businesses and individuals to decorate a vehicle or just park and hand out candy from your open trunk. Businesses may use the opportunity to distribute marketing material as well.

The highlight of the event will be the pet costume competition from 5-6 p.m. Dress your pooch in a great costume that he or she can show off for the judges and write down what makes your pet so wonderful. The entry fee is $5 per animal, with proceeds going to the Beatrice Humane Society. For more information, contact Rachael Bauman at 402-223-5266.

Humane Society receives chamber recognition

Every community depends on its non-profit organizations to enhance the quality of life for its citizens. These groups make a big difference with limited resources.

The Beatrice Humane Society is one such organization. Since it was organized almost 19 years ago, it has worked diligently to save thousands of dogs, cats and other critters, and has successfully found forever homes for most of them.

This past week, the work of the Humane Society was recognized, and the group was honored to receive the Non-Profit Business Award at the Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce’s awards luncheon. There are many worthy non-profits in our town, so it was especially humbling to receive this honor.

And, as anyone associated with the organization will tell you, it takes an army of volunteers, donors and adopters to make it all work. Thank you, Beatrice and Gage County, for being a part of the equation for success. Special thanks goes to the chamber for its vote of confidence for the work of the Humane Society.

Looking for Sunshine?

Need a little sunshine in your life? We can help with that. Stop in at the Beatrice Animal Shelter to meet “Sunshine,” a 10-month-old black and white female Dalmatian-Heeler mix.

This lovely lady does well around other animals, she is housebroken and loves to go on walks. Sunshine is spayed and microchipped. She is fully vetted and ready to move into a forever home.

October is recognized as Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month across the country. If you have been thinking about adding a four-legged friend to your household, this would be the perfect time to stop at the shelter to meet Sunshine. She is sure to brighten your day.

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

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