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Plenty of Pets Looking for Their Forever Homes

Bay Area shelters are in search of loving "forever homes" for thousands of homeless dogs, cats and rabbits.

According to the Humane Society Silicon Valley, there are hundreds of homeless animals in the South Bay right now, and thousands in need of homes each year.

To help lower these numbers, six shelters are working together to find homes for 1,000 dogs, cats and rabbits during the month of December. These shelters are offering a special $10 adoption fee, with some exceptions for animals less than six months of age. Check with each shelter for specific details.

Participating shelters and rescue groups are the Humane Society Silicon Valley, City of Palo Alto Animal Services, Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority, Santa Clara County Animal Control Shelter, City of San Jose Animal Control and Services and Town Cats.

Most veterinarians and animal behaviorists caution against giving pets as Christmas gifts because adopting a pet is a commitment of time and energy and should be taken by the owner rather than given to someone as a surprise. However, if your family is serious about adopting a dog or cat, this is a good time to do so.

Pets of the Week

Meet Mason, a one-year-old Border Collie/Kelpie mix who is ready for adventure and a loving home. Mason is a very smart dog who’s already learned the commands “sit,” “down” and “shake,” and he can’t wait to learn more.

He would thrive in agility or dog sports since he loves activities that challenge his mind and strengthen the bond between him and his people since he loves to please. If you’re looking for an active, intelligent and loving best friend, Mason is the guy for you. Click here to see a video of Mason in action.

This lovely feline is Misty, a seven-year-old Maine Coon mix in need of a forever home. She can be shy when she first meets you, but warms up once she gets to know you.

She prefers to keep her paws on the ground instead of being picked up, but dearly loves being petted. She would thrive in a home where she would be able to lounge around and relax. For more information about Misty, Mason and other animals available for adoption, visit the Humane Society Silicon Valley website.

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