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'Tabitha' needs a home

shelter announces Purr-fect Pairs month

September 11, 2005

Pet of the week



Tabitha, a "diluted tortie" with muted shades of grey and orange is about 2 years old. She has a medium-length coat with a fluffy tail. She loves to have her belly rubbed.

Pet tip

The best cat toys are those that can be made to jump and dance around and look alive. Cats can safely act out their roles as a predator by pouncing on toys instead of people's ankles.

Don't use hands or fingers as play objects with kittens. This type of rough play might cause biting and scratching behaviors to develop as a kitten matures, according to information from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

For more information, visit the Humane Society of Washington County at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagers-town, or call 301-733-2060.




Purr-fect Pairs month

In addition, the Humane Society of Washington County has announced that September is Purr-fect Pairs month.

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According to a recent survey, seven out of 10 veterinarians believe that cats living in a household with a feline companion, lead healthier lives than their solo counterparts. Single cats often are more susceptible to separation anxiety, boredom and behavior problems.

During the month of September, two cats, a Purr-fect Pair, can be adopted for one adoption fee. The HSWC will waive the adoption fee for a second cat.

In addition, if someone who has adopted a cat within the last three months is interested in a companion for their cat, the adoption fee for the companion cat also will be waived.

The adoption fee for a cat is $75, which includes spaying or neutering, a free office visit with a participating veterinarian, for distemper vaccination, Feline Leukemia/FIV test, topical flea treatment if needed, treatment for worms, ear cleaning, microchip and one month's free pet health insurance.

As part of the promotion, the Humane Society also is hosting Purr-fect Pairs Parties from 5 to 7 p.m. every Thursday through September. Visitors can enjoy refreshments, visit with cats and perhaps find a pair of their own. Anyone who applies to adopt a cat or two during a Purr-fect Pairs Party will be eligible to win a cat bed or cat carrier stuffed with toys, treats and supplies. Adopt two cats and get two chances to win.

Last year, the Humane Society of Washington County took in 3,477 cats, and 624 of those were adopted.

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