We have always been pro-animal at The Portland Phoenix, and that isn’t likely to change. The enjoyment of our city’s arts and entertainment scene, all the fun things we and our readers do on a daily and weekly basis, comes with a responsibility. As adults, we must face the debt we owe to ourselves and each other, to be decent, hardworking people who love not only on the inside, but also externally, demonstrably. Whatever you love — be it family, Maine, the universe (whatever face it wears in your mind), or one special person — you must also reach out to the furry and feathery friends that need you.
To that end, here are two local upcoming events that include a connection between the human and animal worlds:
First, stop by the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland’s Wellness Clinic, on Sunday the 19th at 10 a.m. at their new facility at 217 Landing Road in Westbrook. The ARLGP is offering low-cost microchipping and vaccinations for cats and dogs, among other economical services, “to help ensure [southern Maine’s] community of companion pets are happy and healthy.” The following is a menu of what is offered:
Rabies vaccination: $15 per pet
Distemper vaccination: $10 per pet
Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccination: $10 per pet
Microchipping: $35 per pet
As always, dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers. Services are given on a first-come-first-served basis, and the public’s patience is appreciated when response is high and wait times may reach 20 minutes or so. More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/260155964405865/ and the ARLGP’s phone number is 207-854-9771.
Now to switch gears, since we have heard of families adopting birds, only to find that the avians’ needs are too hard to understand, even inspiring fear in some smaller family members, we suggest attending Owls at the Library! at the Riverton branch of the Portland Public Library (1600 Forest Ave.) on Thursday the 23rd at 1:30 p.m. to learn more about what makes wild birds tick, perhaps extrapolating to apply the knowledge to a prospective pet cockatoo or parakeet. Adults and children alike will learn scads about Maine’s native owls, starting with slides and sounds and progressing to inspecting talons, wings and skulls, and finally, the piece de resistance, a visit with three live birds under the care of Chewonki’s Traveling Natural History Program. The event web page is at https://www.portlandlibrary.com/programs-events/ and the Riverton Branch’s number is 207-797-2915.
Remember, part of being a higher life form is caring for those lower down on the evolutionary chain. Plus, these creatures are just plain great!