RENO — Here are a few kind measures for the animals that anyone can duplicate over the holidays:
Leave a message: “Thank you for helping the animals!” is a sweet sentiment to tie to a flower and take to your local Humane Society, SPCA or veterinarian.
Get your kids to help: Invite them to give dog bones, old towels or pet toys to your local animal shelter. Sign them up to volunteer to walk the dogs and pet the cats while they are there.
Set up a family swear jar: Next time anyone in your household lets loose a four-letter word, donate to the jar, with the full container going to the pet charity of your family’s choice. During the holiday season, look for the animal-aid gift trees and secret pet Santa projects around town. Make a donation to spread the joy of the season to animals in our community.
Courtesy of PetFolio Magazine, “A World Unleashed.” PetFolio can be found free at Scolari’s, Smith’s and select Reno News & Review stands.
Get involved: Attend an Upcoming Pet Friendraiser!
Boxers & Buddies Halloween Party: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Dogz Inc, 1855 E. Peckham Lane, Suite D, Reno. Canine fun includes costume and trick contests, games, raffles, agility course, AKC Canine Good Citizen tests and dog adoptions. Contact Sarah Anderson at Dogz Inc. Event benefits Boxers and Buddies dog rescue. For more information, call 826-9911, email email@example.com or visit www.boxersandbuddies.com.
Howling Good Times: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the SPCA Adoption Center, 4950 Spectrum Blvd., Reno. Stop by for Halloween Fun and Festivities. Enter to win gift baskets and prizes for creative costumes. For more information, visit www.spcanevada.org.
Growl-O-Ween: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Relay For Life Of Pershing County at Strip Park in Lovelock. Costume contest for dogs (Best Costume for big, medium and small dog and crowd favorite). $5 per entry. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Also taking donations of dry dog food for the Lovelock Animal Shelter.
For more information, call 273-0448 or visit www.lovelockrelay.org.
Halloween Hollows: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday on the Reno River Walk in downtown Reno. SPCA and the River Walk merchants team up to provide a fun family event with pet and person costume contests, SPCA Pup Crawl and take your dog trick-or-treating at several downtown merchants. Games and amusements for all ages. For more information, visit www.renoriver.org.
Pet Rescue Vaccination Clinic: 5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at Doggies Dream, 2697 Mill St., Reno. Palomino Valley Pet Rescue offers low-cost vaccinations and microchipping for dogs and cats. For reservations, call 358-5527.
Nevada Humane Society (NHS) Lights of Love Fundraiser: Nov. 2 through Jan. 2, 2012. Remember and honor your beloved pets or give a gift to family and friends. Call 856-2000.
Pet Rescue Vaccination Clinic: 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 5 at Pettin Place, 1121 S. Wells Ave., Reno. Palomino Valley Pet Rescue offers low-cost vaccinations and microchipping for dogs and cats. For reservations, call 358-5527.
Annual Applause for Paws: 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 11 at Circus Circus, Reno. Music all evening, a glass of complimentary champagne, a chocolate fountain, appetizers, elegant silent auction and perhaps a private showing from J.R. John’s World Famous Dogs. Event benefits the Shakespeare Animal Fund, providing emergency funds for pets in need. To buy tickets, call 232-7753.