Hillsborough County Animal Services invites the public to "fly in" on Oct. 20 for the annual Cats, Bats & Bones bash. This day of Halloween fun and pet adoption runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the County shelter located at 440 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa. Offerings include unconditional love, kid contests, and real, live bat chats.
Children attending Cats, Bats & Bones can come dressed for the kids costume parade, enter the "meow off" contest, and decorate the shelter with artwork from the creative coloring station.
In addition to adorable faces and tail-wagging deals, Cats, Bats & Bones celebrates the season with an appearance by Bat Belfrys, Inc. of Merritt Island. The non-profit organization is making a special stop in Hillsborough County as part of its mission to debunk misconceptions and promote conservation of Florida's beneficial bats. Bat Chats begin at 1:30 p.m. with a biologist on hand to answer questions, show the animals, and demonstrate why bat houses make great neighbors.
Want to give a dog a bone? Cats, Bats & Bones will give hundreds of bright-eyed dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens a chance to go trick-or-treating with the public. Animal lovers are invited to bring and distribute store-bought pet treats to lost and homeless shelter residents. For safety reasons, home-made goodies are not permitted, and owned pets should remain at home during this event.
October is national Adopt-a-Dog Month, with all dogs 30 pounds or more offered for just $30 at Hillsborough County Animal Services, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, and C.A.R.E. of Ruskin. Additional specials will be offered during the Cats, Bats & Bones bash, and all adoptions include spaying/neutering, vaccination, County registration tag, and micro-chip. Prospective adopters should bring valid photo ID and proof of address to Animal Services.
For more information on pet adoption and the Cats, Bats & Bones bash, call Hillsborough County Animal Services at 813-744-5660 or visit Hillsborough County Animal Services online.