Pleasanton Weekly

News - December 2, 2011

East Bay SPCA sponsoring Home for the Holidays

Families urged not to surrender pets this season

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

East Bay SPCA is holding a Home for the Holidays campaign Dec. 1-30, with the goal of placing 200 or more animals with permanent new families.

"The East Bay SPCA has a large variety of wonderful dogs and cats in need of good, loving homes," said East Bay SPCA Executive Director Allison Lindquist. "Shelter animals make great pets and deserve a home for the holidays and beyond."

For this month, East Bay SPCA has teamed up with Pet Food Express, which will provide $10 gift cards for the first 250 adopters.

"We encourage the entire family to spend time with the dog or cat they are interested in adopting to help ensure a good match," Lindquist said. "Choosing to share your life with an animal requires careful consideration and a commitment to that pet that goes far beyond the holidays."

The holidays can be a wonderful time of the year, but they can also be a stressful time for animals and families, Lindquist noted. While some people are looking to add a new pet to their household, others drop their unwanted pets off at animal shelters, so shelter workers are especially busy this time of year.

"Sometimes it seems like for every animal that gets adopted, another one gets surrendered," Lindquist said.

The East Bay SPCA will have staff on hand this month to counsel families that are thinking of giving up their pet.

"It's sad but we do see people giving up their dog or cat this time of year because they're leaving town and can't find someone to care for the pet, or their pet's minor behavioral or medical condition becomes too much to handle," Lindquist said.

She recalled one cat that was surrendered because he had accidents outside his litter box. It turns out a bladder stone was causing the issue and it was easily removed.

"Oftentimes, minor behavioral issues are related to treatable medical conditions that don't cost a lot of money to fix. We counsel families and work with them to seek a solution that benefits the animal and doesn't empty their wallet," Lindquist said.

East Bay SPCA has a full service veterinary clinic, an animal behavior help line, dog training classes and boarding available to the public. Lindquist urges people who are thinking of giving up their pets to use resources like these before dropping off their pet off at a shelter. During the month of December, the Vet Clinic will offer $10 off a vet exam for pets 8 years and older.

The adoption center in Dublin, 4651 Gleason Drive, is open from 1-8 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday; and from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Animals can also be seen at www.eastbayspca.org. Call 479-9670.

Cat adoptions are $50 and dog adoptions are $125. Older animals or those with a medical condition have lower adoption fees. A select group of animals that have been at the shelter the longest will have their adoption fees waived.

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