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May is National Pet Month

May is National Pet Month, a time to reflect on the importance of pets and pet ownership.  National Pet Month is all about celebrating the amazing impact pets have on our lives and the joy and positivity they bring to us each day. However, like so many of life’s everyday joys, it’s easy to take pets for granted.

National Pet Month exists to:

Promote the Benefits of Pet Ownership

Science can’t measure the happiness that a pet’s love brings to its owner. However, it can measure the positive effects that owning a pet has on a person! For instance, did you know that medicine is less effective in controlling blood pressure than pets are? Or that it has been proven that pets reduce stress?

Support Pet Adoption

Every pet owner knows that their pet is not a possession – it is a family member!  So if you’re thinking about getting a pet, consider this: who better to share your love with than a creature with no family of its own?

Promote Responsible Pet Ownership

The happiness and well-being of a pet depends on how seriously the pet owner takes the responsibilities of ownership. It is important to consider the health needs of your animal. Are they eating right? Are they getting enough exercise? Are they overdue for a visit to the vet? Also, are you prepared for a pet’s unexpected injury.

Increase public awareness of services available from professionals who work with animals

Let’s hear it for veterinarians! They perform a valuable service and its time that they got their applause. National Pet Month is a good time to recognize your vet’s good work.

Raise awareness of the role, value and contribution to society of service animals

If you believe that pets are simply for enjoyment, think again – they can provide valuable social contributions! Service animals are specifically trained to provide assistance to individuals with disabilities. The majority of service animals are dogs, however miniature horses are sometimes trained to guide people with visual impairments. Also, helper monkeys are trained to provide assistance for people with spinal cord injuries.

Featured Dog: Foxy Lady

You can teach an old dog new tricks, but Foxy Lady will teach you that older dogs have lots of love and fun to give! Foxy Lady is a lovely, older lady looking to see out her years as a constant comfort to her own special human. If you’re looking for a sensible companion during the day, an exercise buddy who’s happy to take things at a leisurely pace, and someone to curl up with to watch TV in the evening, then Foxy Lady is your perfect match. She’s may have some grey whiskers, but also has whole lot of love left to give! This little girl jumps for joy when people come to visit her, but she soon settles so she can get hugs. She is a beautiful, gentle dog who deserves someone who will love her as we do.

 Other Available Dogs:

Princess -Female terrier

Featured Cat: Kittens Dolly, Dune and Dusty

Dolly -Female 8 week old Calico.    Dune- Male 8 week old buff color.   Dusty- Male  8 week gray with white markings.

These adorable little kittens are playful and sweet! Play is an important part of their development at this age and they will need you to be patient with them as they learn what it means to be a cat. They need love and to have access to lots of toys and daily playtime. If you are ready to care for an adorable kitten and give them what kittens need for a lifetime of health and happiness they will repay you with lots of fun and love!

Other Available Cats: There are still 4 kittens in foster care that will be available for adoption in the next few weeks

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximated.

The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268.

The animals submitted to the media may have changes so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals.www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com