The holidays are over. Portlanders are now faced with a good three or four months of cold, dark weather. Bundling up. Shoveling. Ordering heating oil. Having the yearly series of conversations about how useless Daylight Saving really is. And cabin fever. It takes a creative mind to overcome the winter doldrums.
As a pet person, you can get a jump on staying active in the cold season (and maybe even meet one of your New Year’s resolutions) by spending your Saturday (Jan 7) supporting furry friends at these two events:
First, care for your pet by bringing them to the Coastal Humane Society’s ‘Coastal Clinic!’ at the Harpswell Town Hall (263 Mountain Rd, Harpswell Center) between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The Coastal Clinic! Is a monthly low-cost rabies vaccination and microchipping clinic, with nail-trimming and ear-cleaning also offered at reduced prices. (Be aware that the clinic’s location changes from month to month. It is held either at area town halls OR at CHS’s administrative offices at 190 Pleasant Street in Brunswick.)
The volunteer veterinarians and techs manning the clinic ask that you bring your pet's most recent rabies vaccination certificate. Also, make sure your animals are indeed due for vaccinations. Over-vaccinating can have adverse effects on your pet. Here is the price schedule for Saturday’s event:
Rabies Vaccine: $10
Nail Trimming: $10
Microchip ID Insertion: $25
Ear Cleaning: $10
Next, after dinner that night, you can support animals in a more indirect way by heading over to see First in Maths and Welterweight play the FLASK Lounge (117 Spring St) at 9:00 p.m. Proceeds from the show will benefit the HART of Maine Adoption Center & Shelter for Cats.
Welterweight, led by songwriter Doug Cowan, is a local band that uses traditional string instrumentation to complement Cowan’s non-traditional compositions. First in Maths is known for their danceable funk beats and earworm hooks (think the Stones, Zep, Dinosaur Jr.). Work up a sweat before you head home in the chilly air, and rest easy, knowing that you got some at-risk felines to a safer place.
Coastal Humane Society: 207-449-1366