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Next weekend is a big one for the Beatrice Humane Society and the lost and homeless animals it serves. If you have been thinking about adding a furry friend to your family or if you just want to meet and greet some wonderful pets, mark Nov. 10-11 on your calendar.

Thanks to the important partnership between the two Lincoln PetSmart stores and the Beatrice Animal Shelter, some wonderful critters will be at adoption fairs at both locations.

Saturday, our shelter animals will be at the north location at 5200 N. 27th St. On Sunday, they will be at the south location at 2801 Pine Lake Road. Stop in between noon and 3 p.m. both days. Shelter volunteers will be on site to tell you about the cats and dogs and to offer tips on how to care for them.

Furry Friends Fair

Both PetSmart stores work with the Beatrice Animal Shelter in getting cats and kittens adopted. Our feline friends are available to meet potential adopters who can complete applications and go through the shelter’s prescribed adoption process. All fees come back to the shelter. PetSmart employees care for the cats, clean the cages, feed and water them and give them lots of love.

Shelter dogs will also be attending the event. If you have friends and/or relatives in the Lincoln area, this is a great opportunity to have them come to the fair and meet our four-legged friends. If you have questions about the adoption fair weekend, call the Beatrice Animal Shelter during regular business hours at 402-228-9100.

Pay tribute with bricks

November marks the unofficial beginning of the holiday season. I know people who have already done some of their Christmas shopping, and I recently saw a decorated Christmas tree in an outdoor display. (And we still have Halloween decorations in the yard!)

If you are looking for ideas for those folks on your list who “have it all," consider this — why not think about gifting them with a Beatrice Humane Society tribute brick?

The lettered bricks are available for $100  for a 4” by 8” brick with three lines or $250  for an 8” by 8” brick with six lines. The bricks are on display along the walkway in front of the shelter. All proceeds go to the Beatrice Animal Shelter for the care of our shelter animals.

The tribute bricks would make wonderful gifts to honor a special friend or relative or pet. Give one in memory of a special companion animal that left an indelible mark on your heart, or surprise a loved one at Thanksgiving to show your gratitude for what they mean to you.

Tribute brick forms are available online at the Beatrice Humane Society website or at the shelter office. If you have questions, call the shelter.

Tales of tails

Senior pets always capture the hearts of staff and volunteers at the Beatrice Animal Shelter. In many cases, the animals have known only one home, and then, through no fault of their own, they are homeless and alone. The fortunate ones make it to the animal shelter.

Currently, there are some wonderful seniors who are looking for loving homes. Bruiser, an 8-year-old Chihuahua, was relinquished with his good buddy, Manny, an 8-year-old Australian Shepherd. The dogs are definitely bonded and will ideally be adopted together. They may be considered “senior," but they still have a lot of life and love in them.

Another amazing senior is Meow, an 11-year-old cat. Meow is a shy girl who comes across as timid and afraid. Actually, she just needs a little warm-up time to get used to the humans around her. (Don’t we all know people like that?) She is a good reminder that patience is a virtue, and her friendship is well worth the wait.

When you come to the shelter to meet the cats and dogs in the adoption program, take the time to meet the seniors as well. They are wonderful companions and have lots of love to share. Turn their stories into happy tales!

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Bette Anne Thaut is a board member of the Beatrice Humane Society.

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