Christmas is rapidly approaching and as the holiday nears, we hope some folks consider acquiring some unconditional love by bringing a pet into their homes.
That is said, however, with a huge advisory attached: Be sure the pet will be welcomed and wanted once the holiday season is done. That cute puppy, kitten, dog or cat is a lot of work and by bringing an animal into your home, you are making a commitment to treat that animal with the greatest of care.
We hope, too, that anyone willing to make room in their lives for a new furry friend will consider adopting from the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter - or a shelter close to home, if you're not from Marquette County.
By adopting from UPAWS, you are potentially saving not just one life, but two: The life of the animal you're welcoming to your family and the life of the animal that will take its place at the shelter, waiting for the right person/people to come along to adopt him or her.
UPAWS does heroic work in its devotion to saving the life of canines, felines and other creatures. Those in that organization take seriously the task of finding the perfect match between adopter and adoptee.
In the course of their efforts, UPAWS has become one of the most lauded shelters in Michigan.
For that, we offer a special thank you to its leaders and each of its volunteers.
This Saturday, UPAWS will host its Home 4 the Holidays Open House from noon to 7 p.m. at the shelter, 84 Snowfield Road, Negaunee Township.
People are invited out to take a tour, to talk with UPAWS staff and volunteers and to meet the beautiful animals there waiting for their forever home. Baked goods and other refreshments will be offered.
Special adoption offers will be available and all pets adopted through the open house will go home with a Christmas stocking gift package, free treats and handmade cat blankets donated by UPAWS supporters.
Those prepared to adopt will pick a candy cane to gain special savings of between 50 and 75 percent off the listed adoption rate of the pet, as well as the chance to win a free adoption paid for by caring individuals.
And just so you know, the adoption fee includes the pet's spaying or neutering, initial vaccinations, a general health check, a full-size bag of Dr. Tim's All Natural Pet Food, a microchip and more. It's a great bargain.
For more information, call UPAWS at 475-6661.
UPAWS is an amazing organization and we hope that families ready to bring the unconditional love of a new pet home for Christmas will take advantage of this awesome event Saturday.