Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | October 19, 2010

Pet Safety on Howl-O-Ween

Raven is ravenous for a new home!

Second Chance Humane Society Pet Column –

Keep Your Pets Safe on Howl-O-Ween

Typical youthful thought patterns associated with Halloween include Trick-or-Treating, fun costumes, hordes of candy, parties, pranks, pumpkin carving, and sugar highs.  But the shelter pets here at Second Chance Humane Society would like you to consider this evening from our perspective: scary little creatures, goblins, and monsters running around screaming, ringing doorbells and shouting threats to coerce sweet treats from homes, chocolate wrappers laying all about that give us tummy aches, and other assorted mayhem. 

Oh, and then there is the embarrassing and humiliating part where we are forced to wear silly and ill-fitting costumes leading people to croon about how adorable we look – while we sit  imagining it is not really happening. Yeah, Halloween is certainly not a pet’s favorite occasion (now Thanksgiving on the other hand….).

So, this Halloween I wanted to issue a few safety tips for pet parents out there, on behalf of all my canine and feline friends and relatives.  Keep us inside, safe, and away from the ghoulish symphony of miniature sugar fiends.  Even a relatively mellow dog can be overwhelmed by the Trick-or-Treating experience, so please reconsider taking your pet along on this particular outing.  We would much prefer a soft bed, non-sugary meat flavored treats, and that video where Snoopy hangs out in the pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin.

Another real and unfortunate danger to pets during Halloween is falling prey to “pranksters”.  Black cats like me are particularly at risk to this or even darker Halloween activities (yes, sadly, the mythology about black cats and witches still leads people to do harmful things to us).  I thus strongly urge you to keep a close eye on your kitties (particularly the stunning and exceptionally gorgeous ones (yes, like me) the days prior to Halloween and make every effort to keep them inside during this time. 

And lastly, keep your pets away from the kid’s Trick-or-Treating profits of chocolates and candies – as well as chewable and n0n-digestible Halloween decorations.  We will greatly appreciate your attention to this matter.

My name is Raven and I am ready to be your special Halloween treat (of the hugging kind not eating kind).   The silly myths about black cats spreading bad luck are complete rubbish as our original purpose has always been to serve as escorts of prosperity and good fortune.  However, the myth of mis-fortune that prevails today has led to many unfortunate results for us black cats – and we typically are the last to be adopted at shelters.

So please come and meet me and my prosperous good nature during the pre-trick-or-treating activities that will be taking place at the Second Chance Shelter from 10-2 PM on Saturday October 30th.  Also, make sure you stop by the Second Chance Thrift Shop for all your Howl-O-Ween costume needs.

Candy is being served throughout the Halloween weekend at both facilities to warm up your sugar tanks before the big night.  And please heed my closing words: have fun yet be safe this Halloween and keep your pets safely at home.

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance, Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online:  Direct Pet Column questions to:  kelly@secondchancehumanesociety.orgPhoto by Real Life Photographs.


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