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The ASPCA advises:

NO SCAREDY CATS THIS HALLOWEEN: SAFETY TIPS FOR PET PARENTS
Attention, companion animal caretakers. The ASPCA offers these
common-sense cautions to keep your pets safe and sound during this
time of the year:


* All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a
separate room during peak trick-or-treat visiting hours. Too
many strangers in unusual garb can be scary and stressful for
pets.

* When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that Max
or Mittens doesn't dart outside. Make sure all your pets are
wearing current identification, just in case.
* No tricks or treats: Keep all Halloween candy out of your pet's
reach. Chocolate can be poisonous to animals, and tinfoil and
cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.

* It's not a bright idea to keep lit pumpkins around companion
animals. Pets can knock them over, and curious kittens
especially run the risk of being burned.

* Don't leave your pet in the yard on Halloween. There have been
reports of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen
and even killed pets on this night.

* Although the ASPCA recommends that cats remain indoors at all
times, it is especially important to keep your feline inside for
several days before and after Halloween. Black cats in
particular may be at risk from children's pranks or other
cruelty-related incidents. As a safety precaution, many shelters
will not adopt out black cats around Halloween.

* Don't dress up your dog or cat unless you know he or she loves
it. If you decide to do so, make sure the costume isn't annoying
or unsafe, and doesn't restrict her movement, vision, hearing or
ability to breathe or bark. Avoid costumes with small or
dangling accessories that she could chew off and possibly choke
on. Make sure an adult supervises pets in costume at all times.
 

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Our local shelter does not allow any cat adoptions just before Halloween. Apparently, there has been some animal mis-treatment in the past.

........wayne
 
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