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2008-11-12 / Columnists

Pets, Pets, Pets

by Joanne Anderson

It's a "Battle of the Beasts" this coming weekend with several simultaneous pet events including two Adoptathons, a special needs animal fundraiser auction; a bowling benefit for the disaster planning animal response teams; and pet photos with Santa. Here's a bit more about each:

1). Babylon Shelter Free Adoption Day-Sat. Nov. 15th from 12- to 4 pm at Aldrich Animal Hospital, 537 Sunrise W. Babylon- right next to WBAB. A selection of shelter dogs, cats and kittens will be visiting the hospital lobby. All shelter fees except for the $2.50 NYS dog license are being waived for this one day only. Pets present are already spayed/neutered and vaccinated. Adoptions include a free health exam and a free Frontline flea and tick preventive application. Discounted Home Again microchips can be implanted on the premises. Dog trainers will be on hand to offer tips and advice. Call Aldrich at 631-669-3161 or the shelter at 631-643-9270 for more details.

There's buried treasure in our municipal shelters. Town shelters tend to be built off the beaten path. Many times residents don't even think to look there for their own lost pets or as a source of potential new pets. Remote showcasing of shelter animals "moves the merchandise" under the public's eyes. I've seen miracle matches at extravaganzas like this. For about 15 years the League for Animal Protection would partner with the Town to bring Babylon Shelter dogs and kittens to the summer craft fair at the Town Hall. In one instance a last minute replacement Schnauzer mix became the cherished dog of the soon to be County Executive. Other adoptathons have been held at stores and even a car dealership. Someone bought a Corvette; then adopted a cat the same day.

This is a money saving adoption opportunity. About 10 dogs and possibly more cats will be on hand. Since the toughest part is choosing which shelter animals should go, it's best to apply the Woody Allen "Bananas" rule. In this comedy Allen brings a box of pastry when invited to dine at the palace. The new "San Marcos" dictator takes one look and snaps: "What? No variety?" Dogs are like Danish. There has to be a varied selection to offer your guests.

However, the "No Pet Left Behind" rule applies too. Dogs and cats adopted directly from Babylon Shelter on Sat. Nov. 15 are also free and entitled to the same bonuses.

2). Scales & Tails- Sat. Nov. 15 from 12 to 3 pm at Middle Country Public Library, 101 Eastwood Blvd. Centereach. Pet Peeves is sponsoring a pet education and information fair with programs, tables and workshops about preventing animal cruelty, responsible ownership, choosing the right pet, therapy dogs, and protecting pets during a catastrophe. Many LI animal organizations including Last Hope and Almost Home will be there. Some rescues are bringing adoptable fosters for a "show n'tell". Call 631-585-9393 ext.107 for more info.

3). Last Hope Special Needs Auction- Sat. Nov. 15 from 6 pm- 9:30 pm at St. Bede's Church, 220 Berry Hill Rd. Syosset. Live auction, mini flea market and Chinese auction to benefit special needs fosters- dogs and cats requiring expensive veterinary procedures like Angie, a Lab mix who had several mammary tumor surgeries and was also treated for heartworm. Presently Angie is happy in her new home. Call 631-425-1884. 4). Bark and Bowl- Sat. Nov. 15 between 1 to 4 pm at North Levittown Lanes, 100 Schoolhouse Rd., Levittown to help the Pet Safe Coalition, the official animal response team of

Nassau County. $30 for an adult bowler; $15 for kids under 12; $125 for a team of 5. Raffles and games too. Call 347-287-5930.

5). Pet Photos with Santa- Sun. Nov. 16 from 10 am to 4 pm at Happy Tails, 117 W. Main St. East Islip, ( across from St. Mary's Church) to benefit animal rescue efforts of C.A.R.E. of America. Get an early start on your holiday pictures. $10 donation per photo. No appointment necessary. Call 631-581-3465…. Now for an upcoming and ongoing event….

6.) Holiday Boutique Art Sale- from Dec. 3-17, open weekdays 9 am to 5 pm at the Honors Program Lounge, 201 Humanities Hall, CW Post Campus to fund the TNR (Trap/Neuter/ Return) feral cat efforts of the Animal Alliance of LI. Animal theme art work and collectibles for sale, juried student art exhibition. Call 516- 299-2840.

For Adoption: "Dorita" and "Thorn" are hoping to be chosen to go to the Babylon Shelter Free Adoption Day at Aldrich Animal Hospital. If not, they will be at the 51 Lamar St. W. Babylon shelter. "Dorita" in Cage 40 is a young Shepherd mix found running with an Airedale at Oak Beach. Using Doritos as bait, the police helped the shelter catch the duo. The Airedale has been adopted but "Dorita" is still waiting. "Thorn" is an ultra- handsome longhaired kitten found in a sticker bush. You can see him in the first cage in the shelter lobby. Male: Doxie mix pup Cage 4; purebred German Shepherd Cage 16; "Spike"- a slim Dobie mix Cage 24. Female: "Sasha" blue eyed Rottie mix Cage 28; Keeshond mix Cage 37; Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever mix Cage 36; "Puff" pretty Norwegian Forest mix kitten C-8.

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