Shelter suspends black cat adoptions in advance of Halloween

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The Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center will suspend of adoption of black cats next week to prevent any chance they could be a victim of a Halloween prank or taken in temporarily just because of their association with the holiday.

“We do this each year as a precaution to ensure these cats, that can be associated with Halloween, are not harmed in any way or adopted simply to be used as an accessory or prop for festivities,” Animal Control Supervisor Arleen Garcia says. “Adopting a pet is a serious commitment, and we want to ensure these animals go to loving homes dedicated to their long-term care.”

The Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center is open for adoptions and other services by appointment only on Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Call (520) 458-4151 to make an appointment.

The shelter also has a heightened need for volunteers who can commit to a regular schedule. Volunteer applications are available at the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center, located at 6799 E. Highway 90, and no appointment is needed to pick one up.

Halloween pet safety tips

  • Keep pets away from jack-o-lanterns and any wired decorations.
  • Stash all candy and treats out of reach, as many can be toxic to pets.
  • If you dress your pet in a costume, be sure that they are happy and comfortable wearing it. Ensure it does not limit your pet’s movement, sight, or ability to breath easily. And avoid costumes with any small pieces that are dangling or could be easily chewed off to present a choking hazard.
  • If your cat goes outside, get them in early on Halloween so they are not frightened by trick-or-treaters who may be in the neighborhood.