There’s no need to wait until Oct. 31 to celebrate Halloween! Come watch local adoptable pets show off spooky and spectacular Halloween costumes at the University Mall on East State St. in Athens, Ohio on Saturday Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Local pets will have an opportunity to strut their stuff in this year’s most pet-acular Halloween fashions during the University Mall’s Pet Halloween Costume Contest at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $5 and half of the proceeds will benefit the Athens County Humane Society. All dogs, cats and other small animals are welcome. Prizes will be awarded. Applications to enter the contest can be picked up at the University Mall in the main entrance. Event day registration also accepted.
Trainers from Best Pets Dog Training LLC will be available to answer your dog or puppy training questions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A cat behaviorist will also be on-site to answer questions and give tips on how to introduce your new cat to your household, other pets, etc., and how to stop unwanted kitty behaviors. Local pet groomer Courtney Tuck will also be in attendance to offer guidance and information about grooming.
Athens County has many cats that are looking for a “forever home.” Adoptable cats can be viewed at the ACHS Petfinder site and some will make an appearance at the event dressed in Halloween attire.
As Halloween nears and the weather gets colder, kitten season is fortunately coming to an end. Everyone has heard of the dog days of summer, but you are probably not familiar with kitten season. According to The Humane Society of the United States, “Kitten season is the time of year when cats give birth, flooding animal shelters across the nation with homeless litters. Kitten season starts in early spring and runs through fall, lasting from March to November.”
Kitten season places a lot of strain on humane societies and poses many challenges for staff members, volunteers, and cats in their care. Resources such as food, space, and money are always limited especially during kitten season when shelters are often filled to capacity.
Fortunately you can help support the Athens County Humane Society and possibly adopt a cat too. If you are looking for a four-legged companion who will stay by your side through thick and thin, then you will definitely want to come to the Athens County Humane Society adoption event sponsored by the University Mall and WOUB on Saturday, Oct. 25.
Friends of the Dog Shelter (Athens County) will also be at the event with a few of their adoptable dogs. If you intend to adopt a cat please bring a carrier for safe transportation to your home. No cats will be permitted to leave the event without a carrier.
If you wish to volunteer with ACHS, you will be able to sign up during the event. For additional information: Visit the ACHS website at athenshumane.petfinder.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject: Adoption Event) or call (740) 592-6047 and leave a message.