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"Furever" Family: Holiday pet adoption tips

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We're a week away to Christmas Eve and if you're thinking of adding a pet to your family, you're not alone.

The holiday season is one of the most popular for dog and cat adoptions.

But if you're adopting for a friend or family member, think twice and act once, so the animal in question doesn't become the proverbial fruitcake, the gift nobody really wants and eventually ends up back at the shelter.

"Your next owner might be seeing you right now."

Meet Finn, who despite last week's surgery, is one just one of the many animals local shelter officials hope you may open your heart, and or home to, this holiday season.

But if you're adopting for a friend or family member, " You got to do some screening and talk to the parties if possible, make sure the person receiving the animal is aware, is capable, is willing,"  says Jamie McAloon, Executive Director of McKamey Animal Services who long with Bob Citrullo, her counterpart at the Humane Educational Society, both hope adoptions will one day put an end to the dread of puppy mills.

"There's so many homeless pets and if people were to adopt from shelters, we'd be putting businesses like that out of business," says Citrullo.

Both animal welfare experts agree that prospective pet owner involvement is critical to a positive shelter adoption.

"By all means, if you can have that person participate in that choice, whether you buy them a certificate and bring them to the shelter and say 'we're adopting you a pet.' That's the best way because, that way, they get to make that lifetime commitment, that animal is going to live almost 20 years."

If you want a pet under your holiday tree this season, McKamey has more than 150 "furever friends" candidates here like "Tank".

He earned his name after he was fished out of a septic tank last week, but the elves here at McKamey have washed him up, he's smelling like a rose and he's good to go and ready for a "furever" home.

The same could be said for Desiree, who garnered our attention last month after being found in a dumpster where she was left to die. Her injured front leg required amputation, but as of this afternoon, she has a new home for the holidays.

Her foster parent, Jennifer Mount says Desiree just took to the family, and has helped socialize the longstanding family dog.
Call it the power of puppy love.

"Do you know how happy I am that you have a happy ending?"

Friday, McKamey and Humane Educational Society will hold a "Holiday All-Nighter" adoptathon.

From noon until midnight Friday, all cats can be adopted for $12, and dogs are only $24 at either facility.  

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