The Beatrice Humane Society’s first microchip clinic was a great success!

The Saturday before the Fourth of July, 50 cats and dogs and their humans stopped in at the Beatrice Animal Shelter to get their one-way ticket home. (No humans were chipped.) And although the microchips are tiny, they are mighty.

If a lost pet ends up in a shelter or vet clinic, a hand-held wand can scan the nape of the animal’s neck and get valuable information about how to contact the pet’s humans. And one local pup found out how important this really is.

Aurora’s owners have given us permission to use her name to tell her story. The beautiful female Husky waited in line to get her quick and easy chip implanted at the Saturday morning promotion. Within 26 hours, she went missing from home and ended up at the shelter.

Fortunately, that tiny microchip was Aurora’s lucky charm. The chip was read, the owners were contacted, and Miss Aurora was reunited with some very excited family members…a happy ending for all.

If you did not have a chance to attend the recent microchip clinic, do not despair. Another clinic is planned for Thursday, August 15th from 10 a.m.-12 noon at the animal shelter. The first animal is free or a free-will donation is appreciated; additional animals are six dollars each. Pets must be current with their rabies vaccination and must be on leash. No appointment is necessary.

Doggie swim night

Microchips are serious business; “Doggie Swim Night” is just plain fun. Mark your calendar now for the annual “Doggie Dip Swim Night” 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the City Water Park on Tuesday, August 13th.

The City of Beatrice is closing the swimming pool earlier than usual this year in order to do maintenance and repairs. The dogs have been invited to swim one evening after the pool closes to the public for the season and before the repair work begins.

A $10 admission fee per dog will go to the Beatrice Animal Shelter to help with the cost of operating our local shelter. Again, dogs must be current with their rabies vaccination and on leash when they enter the pool area.

Doggie Swim Night is always a fun evening for all involved. Thanks to the City of Beatrice for partnering with the Humane Society to make it all possible. Thank your City Council representatives.

Farmer’s market

Some of the shelter animals looking for a forever home have been out and about meeting the public. One of their favorite outings is to attend the Thursday evening Farmer’s Market from 4-6:30 p.m. in downtown Beatrice at the parking lot at 8th and Court Streets.

Shelter volunteers help the cats and/or dogs meet the public and tell their stories. So far, the adoption success rate has been perfect. Please take a few minutes from your shopping to meet and greet some wonderful furry friends.

Feline frenzy

June, the national Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat month, has come and gone, but the Beatrice Animal Shelter is extending the celebration. Our facility has been inundated with cats and kittens, and we are officially bursting at the seams.

There are currently 50 felines in foster care and another 100 adults and kittens at the shelter. As soon as the little ones are healthy and weigh two pounds, they are spayed or neutered by the staff and students from the K-State mobile surgery crew.

Then many of the animals go to Lincoln to the north or south PetSmart locations where they meet the public and, hopefully, find their new forever homes. And, of course, lots of cute kittens and cats are also in the adoption rooms right here in Beatrice.

All PetSmart adoptions go through our Beatrice Animal Shelter approval process, and all adoption fees come back to our local shelter. Adoptions have been brisk, and we could not do what we are doing without the important partnership with PetSmart. But there are still lots of felines in our care.

If you would be able to foster kittens in your home, please contact the shelter and complete the application form on the website. Food and medical care are paid for by the Beatrice Humane Society. You provide the love and care until the animals are ready for the adoption program.

And, to help promote feline adoptions, the shelter has extended its special June adoption fees through the end of July. Two kittens are now available for the price of one, and adult cat adoption fees have been reduced by half.

Stop by the shelter this weekend to meet some very cute animals. Take advantage of our extended hours and open your heart and home to the “paw-some” possibilities.

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