A different kind of Black Friday deal

Give and get a little love this weekend

Sam is a dog available for adoption at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control as of Tuesday.

There will be a million trinkets, gadgets and thingamajigs galore this week priced at almost nothing.

Same goes for sweaters, shoes, coats, hats or whatever else you can drape around your body.

Also going for a huge discount this Black Friday, though, is a little something different, a little something — maybe a big something in some cases — which not only can give you a boost of joy, but which can find it’s own happiness in you, too.   

This Friday, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is offering discounts on dog and small animal adoptions thanks to grants from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as well as Subaru’s Share the Love program.

Dog adoptions, which usually are $100 for puppies and $85 for dogs six months to four years old, will be $20. That fee includes a microchip, the spay or neuter surgery, health exam from an area veterinarian, a small bag of food and the first series of distemper vaccine.

Small animals like guinea pigs will be $5 and rabbits $10, according to animal care and control. Cats will be available at the “Pick-Your-Price” adoption fee, details of which are at the Animal Care & Control’s website.

If you’re interested, start prepping now — there will be a sneak peak at the animals available on the Animal Care & Control website Wednesday.

“Last year we actually emptied the kennels,” said Jodi Hamilton, Animal Care & Control’s community relations and education specialist. “That was over 40 pets, with about 12 or 15 of them being dogs.”

The shelter, located at 3020 Hillegas Road, will open at 11 a.m. Hamilton said that last year people began lining up at the front door at about 9 a.m. — something Animal Care & Control officials were more than happy to see at the inaugural sale, something other shelters all over the country have been doing for a few years now.

“It kind of feeds into people’s energy for the day,” Hamilton said. “A lot of people are looking to adopt over the holiday, and we wanted to plug into people’s wants and need for enjoyment.”

Plus, Hamilton added, the savings might allow adopters to splurge a little on their new pet or use that money for something else over the holidays.

Adoptions on Friday will be on a first come-first serve basis. In order to adopt, the shelter is asking potential adopters to have the following: 

Any rabies or distemper records for current pets, if there are any in the home.

If there is another dog at the home, officials require that dog meet any potential new dog.

The family — children 5-years-old and under will be required to meet the potential animal.

After that is met, you’ll be able to bring your new furry family member home, right in time to enjoy the rest of the festive holidays. And you gotta’ admit, having a gift where happiness travels both ways — from your Fido and back again — can be a lot better than any gadget.


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