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Shelter pet adoption encouraged

December 16, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

Two kittens accompanied Humane Society officials to the Washington County Commissioners meeting Tuesday as part of a promotion to encourage county residents to adopt shelter pets.

The black and gray cats climbed on Humane Society of Washington County Executive Director Paul Miller and batted at his tie while Commissioners President John F. Barr read a proclamation declaring December 2008 "Home for the Holidays Month" in support of the adoption campaign.

The Humane Society of Washington County is focusing its adoption campaign on finding homes for cats, which are harder to place in homes than dogs, Miller said. The organization is promoting a two-for-one special on cats, which allows residents to adopt two cats for $75. The fee includes spaying or neutering, microchipping, initial shots and 30 days of health insurance for both cats, Miller said.

"That's a deal," he said.

In addition, animals adopted over the holidays will go home with stockings filled with treats donated by local schools, Miller said.

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The organization is participating in the 10th annual Iams Home 4 the Holidays campaign, which aims to find homes for 1 million pets worldwide this holiday, Miller said.

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