No need to spend $60 on a bouquet of roses or box of sweets that just finish what Halloween started (promoting dental decay). Why not choose a love that is more permanent and satisfying?
For $14, choose a furry Valentine that will love you forever! From February 10 to Feb. 16, you can adopt a shelter animal at Front Street Animal Shelter (city of Sacramento). This adoption fee includes everything that will lead to a successful match: spay / neuter procedure, microchip (to help Rover or Kitty get back home in case of emergency) ID tag, 1-year license, vaccinations, and more, thanks to the contributions of some fabulous area vendors.
This campaign is the message of the “Love Changes Everything” adoption weekend, sponsored by PetCo Foundation, a nonprofit animal-welfare organization. Beginning February 10, PetCo is partnering with all its locations and local animal shelters to empty the kennels and encourage humans to “Adopt a new love of life this Valentine’s Day”.
On Valentine’s Day, as with many other holidays, some humans celebrate with loved ones who have four legs. And this year, with the holiday coming on a weekend as well as a three-day holiday, the furry ones likely get some extra attention.
While Americans spent a record $56 billion last year on companion animals, the bulk of that spending was dedicated to food ($22 billion), according to data from the American Pet Products Association. And records show, dry kibble is the most common item walk-up volunteers donate to shelters. So it’s possible that some purchases are intended as donations.
So, open your hearts and wallets if you can’t open your home. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Humane Society of the United States offer ways to help share the love – for humans and animals. Visit the HSUS homepage to create a valentine and purchase a gift that supports a shelter animal – all in your sweetheart’s name. The ASPCA offers a similar campaign: give love for your love and share it with a shelter animal who could use a little love via donation. What could be better?
So here’s a couple of cool gifts for the dogs in your life or others. This top ten list comes from columnist, Colleen Dougherty writing on DogTime
As always, be safe. DogTime offers a tipsheet of hazards and prevention. Remember, chocolate, smelly lingerie and scented candles, flowers and pot pourri are all attractive to those hyper-sensitive sniffers attached to our beloved pets.
Happy Hearts Day!
And in case your two-legged Valentine whisks you off to Lake Tahoe or San Francisco on an adventure, be sure to check the Front Street City of Sacramento Shelter homepage for a furry Valentine who maybe didn’t find their mate.