Some people say that their animals understand English. We at the Phoenix don’t recommend spending so much time in the company of no one except your dog or cat that you come to believe that a meow equates to Hamlet’s “To Be or Not To Be” speech, but let’s imagine, just for a second. Rock & roll, for example. What if, and this isn’t too unlikely, they played 'BLM in certain animal shelters in southern Maine, and Tom Petty’s “Refugee” came on in the cage region from time to time. These Shakespeare-quoting felines and canines, when they heard, “Everybody’s got to fight to be free,” would certainly get around to using their extra-sharp teeth to pick the locks of their kennels and come running to you, as the most likely loving pet owner in the area, right?
Maybe. But you can help them out a lot in the process by going to the All For Holiday Homes Adoption Event at Petco Topsham (131 Topsham Fair Mall Rd) on Saturday, December 2 between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. It’s not even too early for an early Christmas present to a loved one, in the form of a furry friend. The paperwork is a snap. And to boot, for every adoption processed at this event, the Petco Foundation will make a donation to support Coastal Humane Society and Lincoln County Animal Shelter. If that’s not the icing on the cake, we will collectively be a monkey’s uncle.
On the other hand, or, more likely, if both of your hands are full, in terms of how many creatures other than your blood kin are already occupying your living space, here’s another method for contributing to the wellbeing of our domesticated quadruped population in general: Buy your wreaths, trees, kissing balls and other items of holiday greenery, all at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland’s Holiday Open House, taking place at their facility on Landing Road (number 217) in Westbrook, on the same day, December 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In this case, all proceeds will go to the upkeep and maintenance of all kinds that the ARLGP must do for over 4,000 animals a year. So that ought to put you squarely in the ‘giving’ department for the season.
Either way, when the snow is flying and your head count comes up even, say a little prayer of gratitude for the ones whose job it is to keep dogs and cats out of that howling blizzard, safe and warm in our hearts.
CHS Petco Adoptions: https://www.coastalhumanesociety.org/calendar/
ARLGP Open House: https://arlgp.org/holiday-open-house/