Humane Society to hold Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption campaign

Humane SocietySunday, Nov. 11, the Oswego County Humane Society will put up its annual “Light Up Their Lives” outdoor scoreboard to track its progress with pet adoptions during the 14th annual Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption campaign.

The sign will feature photos of the pets available for adoption during the campaign, each with a light above it to signify when that pet finds its new home.

The sign will kick off the Humane Society’s Holiday Pet Adoption Celebration and Open House, taking place Sunday, Nov. 11  from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oswego YMCA Armory, 265 W. First St., Oswego.

The Humane Society has joined efforts with 4,000 shelters around the world to participate in the annual Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption campaign.

The Humane Society is participating in the campaign from Oct. 1, 2012 through Jan. 4, 2013 to do its share to help place 1.5 million pets into homes.

Diane Broadwell, chair of animal services for the Humane Society, said, “More families bring pets into their homes during the holidays than at any other time of year. In the past some animal organizations have actually gone so far as to discourage families from adopting pets during the holidays.

“This did not stop them from getting new pets,” she added. “It just took away the adoption option and forced them to support the puppy mill industry. Iams Home 4 the Holidays organizations  work together to match the needs of the pets with the desires of  families. Everybody wins!”

The goal for Oswego County is to find a home for every one of its pets in foster care. That includes 75 cats and kittens right now, with more arriving every week, 10 dogs, and one horse.  “We have placed 334 pets in good homes so far this year,” said Lee Maniccia, president of the Humane Society.

“If we could find a home for every pet this Holiday season, that would be 430 adoptions for the year. Adoption not only lights up the life of a homeless animal, it lights up the life of the family that takes it in. What could be a better way to celebrate this season?”

Along with the Humane Society’s pets for adoption, Harbor Hounds Greyhound Rescue, Loki Grrl Rescue, and Paws Across Oswego County will be present with information about their programs, and some with their pets for adoption.

The Bone Diggers 4-H Club will present its dog training routine.

In addition to pets for adoption, the Humane Society’s offices and spay/neuter clinic will be open that day for public viewing.

Staff and volunteers will be on hand to explain its programs, including the spay/neuter clinic for cats in low income families, the foster program for homeless pets, and the barn cat program for spaying/neutering of free-roaming cats.

Also, there will be pet photos with Santa, an ‘almost new’ book sale, free activities for children, grilled hamburgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs for lunch, and a Thanksgiving bake sale.

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