The holidays call upon many things we love, as far as symbols of the season go, but few images are more potent than a puppy leaping out of a present, a big red bow atop his head.
Of course, there's a lot of thinking that goes into welcoming a new family member at the end of the year, a time that's typically fraught with a lot of change and hubbub. But Best Friends Animal Society wants to lend a paw.
The organization, known for its involvement in gargantuan adoption days -- you know the La Brea Tar Pits weekends, yes? -- and no-kill shelters, both has advice on yuletide-month adoptions and ways to go about it in a timely but unhurried manner, if a December adoption is for you.
And of course it should be, if that's what your household is choosing; yes, it's a hectic time, but every month of the year should be adoption month. With that in mind and heart, Best Friends has a number of adoption deals going on, including discounts on weekend adoptions.
There are also some great resources on the site, to find ways to introduce a pet, bow and all, but make it a less stressful event for all. As for places to adopt? CageFree K-9 Rescue Foundation, Kitty Bungalow Charm School of Wayward Cats, Wags and Walks, and Two Dog Farms, Inc., are all partners offering 10% off adoptions.
As for other ways to help our furry companions during the final month of the year? There are some fine ones out there, including Operation Santa Paws, which is based out of Long Beach. If you want to deliver blankets, toys, and other goods to area shelters on Saturday, Dec. 21, sign up and don your ho-ho-ho hat.