But what a gift it would be to promise to pay the adoption fee for a pet that someone dear to you has been pining for. You wouldn’t be purchasing a present as much as you would be facilitating what’s hopefully a forever relationship. Great deal for everyone involved, including you.
Every year, The Scratching Post offers this coupon that you can print and hand to the friend, relative or kid pining for a pet. Download it and print it out, or email it to the lucky recipient.
Art by Michelle Manion
Then, tell them to scan the photos of animals in a rescue or a shelter (see the end of this column under Adopt, adopt, adopt for a pretty comprehensive list of local organizations). If the person has their heart set on a particular breed or type of pet, send them the link to Petfinder.com to find adoptable purebreds or mixes thereof. (Don’t hit Craigslist, please. Plenty of needy pets already exist in shelters and rescues.)
After your friend or relative has squealed and gone ballistic over a photo or video of a cat, a dog or a rabbit, make an appointment to meet the pet. Toodle down to the rendezvous, coupon in hand, watch the lucky human and animal get all warm and cuddly, wipe a tear away, and pay the adoption fee. If you’re feeling exceptionally magnanimous or just think would be nice to do it, spring for food, toys, leashes, litter boxes and anything an animal needs to feel at home.
Luckily for you, Home for the Pawlidays takes place this Saturday at the PetSmart at the Long Beach Exchange, and you can scotch the appointment step for one day. The event is a joint effort of The Little Lion Foundation and The Cat Cove rescues, Long Beach Animal Care Services, the Long Beach Exchange and District 4 City Councilwoman Stacy Mungo.
You can do a lot of holiday stuff there—shop for arty, crafty stocking stuffers and larger gifts; meet cats and dogs in person and adopt them; and buy everything said pet will need at the PetSmart. Raffle baskets and goodie bags will be available, and well-behaved pets and children can also sit on Santa’s lap and ask him for a better world (or the chew bones, the little catnip mice to lose under the refrigerator, or the Pokémon battle deck, if they insist).
“I’m so inspired by the volunteers of Little Lion and the Cat Cove that I had to lend a hand and support this special event that will bring families together with pets up for adoption,” Mungo said. “Pet adoption is a passion of mine, and this fun event will brighten anyone’s day and hopefully result in some extra cheer by folks bringing a new pet home for the holidays!”
Get details about Home for the Pawlidays under Deck the bowls with bones and tuna, print out that coupon, and do some early gifting for both a loved one and a to-be-loved pet.
Here are a few candidates from The Little Lion Foundation and The Cat Cove. The Little Lion foundation is also doing a promo during …….