If you are reading this early enough on Saturday morning, you will have time to take advantage of an opportunity for your cats and dogs.

The Beatrice Humane Society is sponsoring a special “No Place Like Home” Microchip Clinic today (June 29th) from 10 a.m. to noon at the Beatrice Animal Shelter.

For a free-will donation, you can have a tiny microchip implanted in your pet that will help to identify him if he is ever lost and ends up in a shelter.

No appointment is necessary to take advantage of this service, but pets must be current on their rabies vaccination and must come into the shelter on leash or in a pet carrier.

The clinic is being offered this weekend in hopes of having as many pets as possible chipped before the chaos and potential confusion of the Fourth of July holiday coming up next week. If your pet was adopted from the Beatrice Animal Shelter in recent years, it is already microchipped.

If you cannot make it to today’s clinic, you can always bring your pet to the animal shelter during regular business hours and get your dog or cat chipped for 25 dollars per animal.

Today’s clinic not only saves you some money, but it will also give you peace of mind. Please take advantage of this opportunity to make sure that if your pet gets lost, she/he will have a timely return back home.

It’s raining cats and kittens

Kitten season is going strong, and the shelter is asking for your help. There is still a need for good homes to foster the little ones and get them off to a great start. Food and medical care are provided by the shelter; you provide the love and nurturing that will help to socialize the kittens and make them more adoptable.

If you are interested in helping out in this way, please go to the Beatrice Humane Society website and fill out the application to be a foster home.

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We have had an encouraging response from those who cannot foster in their home at this time but who want to help shelter staff get through the current barrage of felines.

Supporters have made cash donations that will help purchase canned kitten and special diet cat food and cat litter. Others have brought in shelter supplies such as laundry detergent, bleach, office supplies, etc. that are all necessary to keep things going. If you can help in this way, it would be greatly appreciated. Check out the shelter’s wish list on the Beatrice Humane Society website.

Of course, the best way to deal with kitten season is to find loving, forever homes for all the cats and kittens in our care. If interested, you still have time to take advantage of the special reduced adoption fees for felines through the end of June.

Remember, the shelter is now open three additional hours on Saturdays,  noon to 6 p.m. and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays. It’s a great opportunity to find a time that the whole family can stop in at the shelter and meet and greet some wonderful critters. There is an array of colors, sizes, breeds, and personalities. Surely there is one that is just perfect for you.

And if you have been considering adopting a new friend, give a little extra consideration to adopting TWO. There is nothing more entertaining than watching cute kittens romp and play together, and when they are older, they will have each other to help pass the time when you are away from home. (And you won’t feel as guilty when you have to be gone.)

The Fourth and fireworks

I know you have heard it all before, but it bears repeating. The Fourth of July is next week, and it comes with its own set of problems for pet owners. Please be sensitive to what this fun, festive holiday means to your four-legged friends.

The loud noises and bright flashes of light can be very traumatizing to some pets. An otherwise calm and low-key animal may bolt and run if given the opportunity during an evening of fireworks.

It is a good idea to have a quiet place in your home to sequester your pet during the barrage of noise and light. Turn on the TV or a radio. Pull the shades. Be reassuring to your furry friend that this, too, shall pass. And most importantly, make certain that your pet has proper identification – which takes us back to today’s microchip clinic.

If your pet is not chipped, please take advantage of this opportunity this morning. It can be the gift of a lifetime for both of you.

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