City dogs can have a tough time of it if their pet-parents aren’t home a lot of the time. Our animals crave socialization and demonstrativeness, and the lack of those things can lead to bad behaviors, physical symptoms of stress, even depression. But if you work full-time, what can you do? You know you’re not going to get rid of your best friend. What else is there?

Animal breeders and technicians have been using a technique on captive animals for many years called enrichment, which is just that: techniques to enrich animals’ lives with everything from scents they would encounter in the wild to alternate feeding techniques that emphasize the use of their species’ natural hunting and seeking senses and instincts. The result is a happier animal with a more wholesome life.

So what is enrichment for domestic pets? Well that’s the topic of the Enrichment Seminar to take place at the Veterinary and Rehabilitation Center of Cape Elizabeth (207 Ocean House Rd) on Thursday, October 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP to 207-799-6952 or today. Go and learn how the proven technique of enrichment is effective for animals from older pets and pets on restricted activity to younger dogs who need to settle down.

Free Enrichment Seminar:

Of course, if your pet is charged full of emotional wellbeing and you’d rather go out and celebrate Halloween, you can do that and support the efforts of the Coastal Humane Society and the Lincoln County Animal Shelter at the same time, by attending The Black Cat Ball at the Fort Andross Gallery in Brunswick (14 Maine St) on Saturday, October 28 from 7 to 10 p.m. Spruce up your costume and enjoy “boos, booze and scary-good fun” for the philanthropic price of $60 for one ticket and $50 for each additional ticket in your party. And your party will party in style, with a photo booth, psychic readings, a paper-and-ink pet photo contest, games like the Tombstone Toss, and delicious nosh all night long. Best of all, if you go to the Administrative Office at 190 Pleasant Street in Brunswick during weekday business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and buy a raffle ticket for $100, you could be the big winner of the $10,000 cash prize at the Ball on Saturday night. Would you call that self-enrichment?

Black Cat Ball:


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