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Aren’t things supposed to slow down in the summer? Whatever happened to those “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer”?

This has certainly not been a slow-paced summer at the Beatrice Animal Shelter. And next week will be one of the busiest times for all involved at the facility.

On Tuesday, August 13, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., it’s party time for the pups. Thanks to a partnership between the City of Beatrice and the Beatrice Humane Society, the Beatrice Water Park will be open to dogs for an end-of-the-season doggie swim night before the pool is drained.

Well-behaved dogs that are current on their vaccinations will be admitted to the pool for a donation fee of 10 dollars per dog. All proceeds go to the Beatrice Animal Shelter for the care of the shelter “guests”. Dogs should enter the pool area on leash…and don’t forget to bring a couple of plastic bags for doggie clean-up.

If you don’t have a dog to bring to the event, you are invited to stop by and check out the fun. It is quite a sight to see Great Danes and little Yorkies all swimming and splashing together. And it’s no surprise that the Labrador Retrievers of all colors seem to be the biggest fans of the water.

Free chips!

It bears repeating one more time. Mark Thursday, August 15th on your calendar now. Back by popular demand is the second microchip clinic from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Beatrice Animal Shelter. There is no charge for the first animal to be chipped. Each additional pet is six dollars.

Hopefully, by now you understand the importance of getting your pet microchipped, but perhaps you haven’t had a chance to get the job done. Here is the opportunity you have been waiting for. Again, please bring your pet to the shelter on leash or in a carrier.

If you cannot make it to the special microchip clinic on Thursday, you can bring your companion animal to the shelter another day during regular business hours. The fee then is 25 dollars per pet.

And for those of you who utilize the monthly pet nail trim service at the shelter, please take note. The August 24th pet pedicures will be offered at Tractor Supply at 3620 Airpark Road (across from WalMart) from 12 noon to 2 p.m. No appointment is necessary, and all proceeds from the 10-dollar trims go to the Beatrice Animal Shelter.

Amazing Edna

We have had so many cats and kittens go through the shelter this summer…it has been an unusually busy kitten season. Each of our feline friends has a story that would surely amaze us, but unfortunately, we never really know the history of most of our guests.

We do have some background on one of our adult cats whose life has been revitalized with the help of some caring humans. “Edna” came into the shelter as a homeless 10-year-old mother of six kittens.

The kittens were doing well, but poor Edna was skin and bones. Not only was she an older mama, but her teeth were in such bad shape that she could not eat or chew. Her babies were getting what they needed, but it was literally sapping all of Edna’s strength and fortitude.

A Good Samaritan took Edna and her little family into the shelter just in time. With appropriate medical attention and lots of love, Edna started to regain her strength. Her rotten teeth were pulled, and she was able to eat and gain weight.

In time, the kittens were spayed or neutered and adopted. Then it was Edna’s turn. She, too, was spayed and patiently waited to find her forever home. Happily, the little lady and mama extraordinaire met the perfect humans, and she is now living the good life with a loving family.

Edna and her litter of six are just one example of the good work that goes on every single day at the Beatrice Animal Shelter. Thank you for your part in making it all possible. And, yes, it does take a village to make the happy tales for the critters.

Don’t forget, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

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