Responsible Pet Ownership Day Inspires Pledges, Rescue Readers’, Fun and Free Give-Aways
By Carol Weemes, Animal Services
Posted on August 19, 2022, August 19, 2022

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Animal Services adoptable pets received a big treat when 14 Rescue Readers’ read to them – some with great enthusiasm – on Responsible Pet Ownership Day on Saturday, August 13!

"When children read to dogs, they are soothed by the gentle, young voices. Shy readers gain confidence since there's no judgement," said Margaret McClure, previous Chair of the City's Library Advisory Board, and current Arlington Animal Services (AAS) Board member. "I combine two passions, learning and animals, by participating in the AAS Rescue Readers events."

A total of 26 people in attendance signed a Responsible Pet Ownership pledge to:

  • Commit to their pet, for the life of their pet
  • Invest the time and money their pet needs to stay healthy and live their life/lives to the fullest
  • Obey animal laws and agree to always provide food, water, and shelter for their pet(s)
  • Identify their pet(s) with a microchip and/or by having them wear a collar with identification
  • Limit the number of unwanted pets and help with pet over-population by spaying and neutering their pet(s)
  • Prepare for emergencies by having a safety plan the includes their pet(s)

A behind-the-scenes tour of the shelter was provided where participants were educated about medical operations of the Moritz Wellness Center, animal intake, dispatch, the busy laundry room, dog kennels, cattery, and more.

The shelter’s community room was filled with dedicated community partners providing responsible pet ownership information and education, along with an abundance of gifts for those in attendance. Special appreciation to:

  • Canine Companion Training and Boarding
  • Dog Scouts
  • Friends of Arlington Animal Services
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Petco
  • Wag Time
  • Animal Services Volunteers

Volunteers assisted staff with preparing meet and greet rooms for shelter guests to visit with animals in hopes of finding their perfect match. A total of 11 animals were adopted the day of the event. Thank you to all who choose to adopt!

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If you missed the event, please visit the Animal Services website for more information about Responsible Pet Ownership and see adoptable pets still in search of a permanent home.

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