2008-09-10 / Columnists

Pets, Pets, Pets

by Joanne Anderson

Several unique pet events are coming up in September. The following is a list and further clarification:

1) Mayor's Alliance Low Cost Microchip Clinic at Last Hope Dog Walk-this Sat. Sept. 13, from 1:30 pm to 5:30 p.m. at Wantagh Park (near the dog run). All pet owners are welcome to bring their dogs or cats to a secure tent to be implanted with a Home Again microchip for the remarkable price of $25 each— chip registration included. No appointment necessary. Raindate: Sept. 14. (See Post "Pets" online Aug. 13, 2008 for more about microchips.) This is the first time the Mayor's Alliance is bringing their microchip magic to Long Island.

Your $25 fee will cover: insertion of the chip by vet techs (a vet will be present at the Last Hope Dog Walk); lifetime enrollment in Home Again's national database and basic recovery system (the most important function of a pet's microchip); the ability to call Home Again's toll free number (888-466-3242) any time to update your pet's information; and 1 year complimentary enrollment in Home Again's new Advanced Pet Recovery (a 25 mile radius internet alert system for lost animals).

Figgy Figgy Here is the confusing part: Next year, Home Again will ask you if you want to re-enroll in the Advanced Pet Recovery for $14.99. Don't worry- if you decline, your pet will continue to have lifetime 24/7 protection in their microchip national database. Any questions, call 631-661-6164.

2) Last Hope Dog Walk and Family Fun Day at Wantagh Park, part of the joint eventalso Sat. Sept. 13, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. It is $25 to register your first dog; each additional dog is $5. (Sponsor sheets are available from 516-486-3158 or downloaded at www.lasthopeanimalrescue. org.) Dog Walk around the marina, BBQ, raffles, fun contests, displays of trainers, rescues, and various doggy diversions. Pooch participants may get a microchip too. Microchip tent (#1 above) will be set up nearby, but not too close, so we do not spook the cats getting chipped.

3) Pet Fashion Show to benefit Save-A-Pet at Atria Assisted Living, 10 Cheshire Pl., East Northport Sun. Sept. 14, from noon to 4 p.m. Call 631- 905-7860. Many vendors are expected. This show was planned long before the devastating fire that destroyed the home and consumed the beloved pets of Save-A-Pet founder, Dori Scofield.

4) Free Responsible Dog Ownership Classes - sponsored by Dog Federation of NY and Town of Islip. Sessions are for people only; no dogs allowed. You need not be an Islip resident. Classes feature local trainers, vets and other dog professionals. You must pre-register-by calling 631-224-5660 or emailing nancy1272@yahoo.com to reserve a spot for the 9/17 or 9/24 Carleton Ave. sessions from 6 to 8 p.m.

5) "Party Animals for Homeless Animals" to benefit

Almost Home Animal Rescue & Adoption, Inc at The Ice Palace, Cherry Grove, Fire Island Sat., Sept. 20, from 4 to 8 p.m. Call 631-627- 3665. Cover charge $12 includes hors d'oeurves and refreshments, cash bar. Laughable dog contests and the main entertainment by Porsche, star Drag Queen. Besides placing many homeless animals, Almost Home does a continuous community

pet outreach program in Wyandanch called "Training Wheels." Many pets are spayed and neutered for free- pick up and delivery included. (See Post "Pets" online Nov. 21, 2007).

6) "Pesos for Paco" to help Paco, a Chihuahua who needed extensive orthopedic surgery and the other Last Hope special needs dogs and cats. Mexican dinner at Don Ricardo's Restaurant, 94 East

Main St., Baby lon- Thurs. Sept. 25, from 6 to 10 p.m. $50 in advance; $55 at the door. Please RSVP at 631-661-664 by Sept. 18. Cash bar. Raffles. (See Post "Pets" Aug. 20, 2008 for more about Paco.) There will be a piñata and a few festivities but I am resisting the teacher

temptation to turn this fiesta into another third grade-style extravaganza. The generous Mayor's Alliance gave Last Hope Toy dog size sweaters/outfits fresh from Pet Fashion Week in NYC. We are going to offer these 'high end" ensembles at "Pesos for Paco" for a discounted donation. Models, including Figgy the Chihuahua, Charlotte, my English Toy, and several chic shelter cats, are posing in the posh outfits on the Last Hope website. The Oo Ma Loo sweaters have stylish names like "Geranium', "Office Boy", and "Paradise". Last week's "Pets" Back to School poster kitten wore the "Preppie" sweater dress in the Post and Record. (She's

been adopted by a friend.) Presently my most pressing problem is deciding what kind of cake is apropos for a party in honor of a Chihuahua. Any suggestions? For Adoption at Oyster Bay Town Shelter (677-5784) Miller Pl. Syosset: All adoptions (including spay/neuter) are free for the month of September. Only fee is $2.50 for a NYS dog license. "Sugar Daddy", a lilac point Siamese #720 shown here in the Pet Fashion Week "Sugar Daddy" vest is extremely people friendly but doesn't seem to like other cats. "Remi" #744 is a perky and happy female Rat Terrier. The shelter has lots of adorable kittens. Male: "Percy"- jumbo white

cat in the lobby; "Harley" #638-brindle Boxer mix; a Shepherd/Cattle Dog #547; Dalmatian mix #765.

Female: purebred Rottweiler # 731.

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