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And now it is summer…or at least it feels like it. You knew it was coming, but you were probably hopeful that spring had a little more longevity in it. Now, with these summer temps and sunshine, come thoughts of pet safety.

Keep in mind that it is now officially too warm to leave your pets in a parked vehicle. Even with the windows down, it gets too hot to be comfortable – especially if you are wearing a fur coat. Do your companion animals a favor and leave them at home where they will be much happier.

If your pets spend time in the yard, be sure to monitor their water bowls. Playful pups may overturn containers of water and run into hydration problems. And make certain your yard has areas of shade away from the glaring sun.

Meeting and greeting

It’s going to be a big weekend for rescue groups across the country…and animals from the Beatrice Animal Shelter will be a part of it. Both Lincoln PetSmart stores will be participating in National Adoption Weekend Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19.

Staff and volunteers will be taking animals from our shelter up to the adoption fairs to meet store patrons who just might fall in love with one of the dogs or cats They will be at the North 27th PetSmart on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and at the Pine Lake Road PetSmart on Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. If you are in the area, stop by and meet some “paw-some” pets.

Another meet and greet opportunity will happen on Thursday evenings through the summer and early fall. Volunteers and staff will be bringing shelter dogs to the weekly Farmers’ Market at 8th and Court Streets in the Country Cookin’ parking lot. Watch for our four-legged friends who would love to meet you.

Looking for a fun weekend event? Saturday, June 8th from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., plan to attend the “Wine and Howl” festivities at the Deer Springs Winery at 162nd and Adams streets in Lincoln. The Lincoln Animal Ambassadors hold this event annually to support the work they do with animals. It’s a fun time for dogs and their human friends. You will find lots of vendors, wine, music, food, and fun at this festival.

New shelter hours

The Beatrice Animal Shelter will be adding more hours to be open to the public. Beginning May 25, the shelter will be open on Saturdays from noon – 6 p.m., and beginning May 26, it will be open on Sundays from noon – 3 p.m. The shelter is also open from noon- 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and is closed on Wednesday.

The additional hours are an attempt to encourage potential adopters to come to the shelter to meet the animals. With warmer temperatures and longer hours of daylight, adopters can get acquainted with an animal indoors and/or outside. They can even bring their own dog out to visit a potential new addition to the family. Hopefully, the extended weekend hours will offer more flexibility for the public.

If you come out to the shelter on Saturday, May 25, you are invited to meet staff, tour the facility, and enjoy some cookies and lemonade. And if you take the time to complete a volunteer application, you will be able to sign up to take dogs for walks, play with the kittens, work in the office, fold laundry and bedding, or do any number of other necessary tasks that keep the shelter running smoothly every day.

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

My husband, Hal, was scrolling through his I-pad recently and came across a great kitten story. It comes to us through the Associated Press. Hopefully, it brings a smile.

“Five kittens that stowed away on a 400-mile trip to San Diego are looking for new homes. The San Diego Humane Society says the kittens somehow wound up inside a 60-foot steel column that was trucked from Hayward in the San Francisco Bay area to San Diego.

On April 24th, construction workers building new Kaiser Permanente medical offices heard meows coming from the column. They tilted the column, and the week-old kittens slid out. It’s unclear whether the stowaways came aboard in Hayward or somewhere else.

The kittens are now in foster care and will be ready for adoption in another couple months. And they’ve been given appropriate construction work names: Crowbar, Rebar, Chisel, Jackhammer, and Piper.”

May they all enjoy a purr-fect life.

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