Adoptions of black cats suspended for now

DOWNEY - The Southeast Area Animal Control Authority is temporarily suspending the adoption of black cats this weekend out of caution for Halloween.Black cats will be available for adoption again beginning Nov. 3. "Anyone interested in adopting a black cat during this period may place their name on the animal's impound card and pick him/her up after Halloween," said Aaron Reyes, director of operations for SEAACA. Reyes said the likelihood of black cats being used for pranks, party props or in cult rituals increases during Halloween. "It is better to keep them out of harm's way by waiting a few more days before letting them go to their new home," he said. Reyes also offered a few tips to help pets cope during Halloween: •do not give pets candy (dogs and cats can't digest chocolate) •do not dress pets in costumes unless they are truly not bothered by it •only take pets trick or treating if they are not bothered by kids in costume •when securing pets indoors, leave the television or radio on to help alleviate stress, and always leave fresh water available. Be careful when answering the door to trick-or-treaters if your dog is loose in the house. Have your pet microchipped so it can be reunited with its family should it become lost. SEAACA charges $25 to microchip a pet. To report a case of animal cruelty, call SEAACA at (562) 803-3301 or go online to www.seaaca.org.

********** Published: October 30, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 28