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Pender pets hoping for a home for the holidays

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If you could ask any pet at an animal shelter they would probably say their Christmas wish would be to have a home of their own. The staff at the Pender County Animal Shelter hope to make that wish come true by holding a Home for the Holidays Adoption on Saturday. And there are plenty of pets to chose from; about 60 dogs and 35 cats. “Some of the animals have been here 3-4 months, some older animals. A lot of people look at kittens and puppies, but we have older animals that really need homes,” said Darlene Clewis of Pender County Animal Control. Friends of the Shelter president Sue Lorusso added, “There's so many animals that need homes and we don't want to be putting down animals - getting them coming in the shelter and be putting them down, putting them down, putting them down. We'd really like to find new homes for them, especially for the holidays, we'd really like to see that.” While the man goal is to adopt all the animals at the shelter, it will also provide some much needed supplies, especially for the kitten and puppies. “We do run out of kitten food and puppy food a lot. I guess a lot of people don't buy puppy food and kitten food, they just assume we can use older food for the puppies and kittens which we can not,” explained Clewis. As long as you bring in something off the shelter's Wish List, you can adopt an animal for free. The shelter is opening Saturday to accommodate people who work during the week, but animal control stresses not to adopt unless you are certain. Clewis added, “This is a lifetime commitment. It's just like a child - it is a lifetime commitment and you've got to be responsible. That means getting spayed and neutered.” The adoption runs from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. As well as food, the shelter is always in need of litter, Clorox and a product called Odo-Ban. You can see what else the shelter needs by going to pendercountyanimalshelter.petfinder.com.

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Pender County Animal Shelter

While their intentions are good, what the people of Pender County Animal Shelter probably don't realize--most people don't--is that animals that are given away for free very often end up in tragic circumstances. For example, these animals often end up in research facilities, are used for satanic rituals, or they are used in dogfighting rings. If someone has free animals that they must give away, a simple way to avoid these tragic outcomes is to charge a minimal fee. For more information on this issue, please read the short article "The Tragedy Of Free To A Good Home" at http://www.petrescue.com/petlibrary/pet-rescue/the-tragedy-of-free/.

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This is true.............never give an animal away. Charge a small fee to offset any profit someone might get for selling a dog or cat for research.