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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and, just in case you hadn’t noticed, look out the window at Mother Nature’s handiwork or turn on your television to see the barrage of holiday commercials.

If you would like to get in the spirit and need an early dose of holiday cheer to invigorate your weekend, plan to attend the Beatrice Chamber’s Holiday Lights Parade this evening at 5:30 p.m. The Beatrice Humane Society is planning to have an entry that will feature some of our shelter “elves” and current canine guests. Give them a shoutout when they pass by.

'Santa Paws' photos

And speaking of Christmas — Santa will be taking time off from his very busy schedule to spend some time at the Beatrice Animal Shelter for our annual “Santa Paws” photos.

On Saturday, Dec. 22, from noon to 2 p.m., your pet can be photographed with Santa at the shelter at 534 S. Reed St. (Highway 136 across from Southeast Community College.) Photographs will be emailed to the pets’ humans. A free-will donation will be accepted with all proceeds going to the care of shelter animals.

While you are at the shelter, you may want to check out the retail area where you can purchase collars, leashes, pet toys, dog sweaters and vests and pet treats. We promise we won’t tell your furry friend about any gifts you may buy. Your surprise is safe.

If you would like to bring a Christmas gift for the shelter when you come to see Santa, please consider donating non-clumping cat litter. We are currently inundated with felines of all sizes and ages and are in constant need of litter and more litter.

If you are looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the animal lovers on your list, you might want to think about the option of making a donation to the shelter. I can tell you from personal experience that nothing is as heartwarming as knowing that someone has made a financial donation to the Beatrice Humane Society in lieu of buying you a gift.

The money goes to the care of the animals at the shelter and to the programs and special projects of the organization. Tax-deductible donations may be mailed to the Beatrice Humane Society at P.O. Box 646, Beatrice, NE 68310. Every gift is important and greatly appreciated.

Give a gift certificate

Perhaps you know of someone who is interested in adding a furry companion to the household. You may even want to help move the process along and are considering going to the animal shelter to adopt a pet to give as a gift.

Please, don’t do it.

Adopting a pet is a very personal matter. You may pick out a small Yorkie for the recipient and then find out that the person really wanted a long-haired cat. The solution to this dilemma is to give a gift certificate to the Beatrice Animal Shelter for the dollar amount of your choosing.

The delighted recipient can come into the shelter, walk through the dog and cat areas and select the companion animal of their choice. They will have an opportunity to do a meet and greet and to spend some time visiting and getting acquainted. And they can use your certificate gift to apply to the adoption fee. What a purr-fect idea!

Doggy update

You may have read or heard about two great pals at the shelter that came in together and need to be adopted together. Their names are Manny, an 8-year-old Terrier mix and Bruzer, an 8-year-old Chihuahua mix.

Both dogs needed some minor surgery — eye surgery for Manny and a complete dental work-up for Bruzer. The procedures were covered by money in the Scully Fund for Shelter Dogs with Special Needs. The critters came through in great shape and are now looking for their forever home.

This special medical fund has been a great resource for helping dogs that need a particular procedure that would not be in the regular budget. Thank you to the Scully family for providing this important option for otherwise adoptable dogs. And thank you to the Coffin family for setting up the Coffin Cat Fund that benefits our feline friends.

‘Tis the season for fun and festivities. Don’t forget to give your pets a little extra love and attention.

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


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