Shelter offers critters chance to go home for holidays


Perfect guests await your invitation for the holidays. They won’t mind if your house is messy or if the food at your table is not gourmet. They just crave your company.

Through its Home for the Holidays program, the SPCA of Brevard invites the community to make room for a shelter dog or cat during the Christmas season.

“It gives animals a chance to get out of the shelter and spend time with a family,” said Susan Naylor of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Titusville.

The organization starts allowing the critters to go Home for the Holidays beginning Dec. 17.

“People can take pets home through Christmas Eve and keep them through Jan. 4,” Naylor said.

There is an ulterior, albeit good-hearted, motive behind Home for the Holidays. By allowing the shelter pets to strut their stuff at home, the foster families could easily fall under their spell and decide to offer a forever home.

“Many times, the fosters will either adopt the pet themselves or are able to find adopters through their own social circles,” Naylor said.

Of course, there is no requirement that the fosters make the holiday arrangement a permanent one. For shelter animals, even a few days out of confinement is much appreciated.

“Even if they don’t find a forever home, the break from the shelter does wonders for their mental well-being,” Naylor said.

While the SPCA is focusing on dogs because they tend to stress more in a shelter environment, cats also are welcome to go home for the holidays.

Among the dogs available for a Home for the Holidays visit is the canine great citizen Caesar. At a little more than 2 years old, he still is just a big boy. But, he never forgets his manners.

“He is our go-to event dog and handles crowds and being around other dogs like a champ,” Naylor said.

Caesar adores water and will splash around like a puppy if given the chance.

“He needs a home with no cats, but he will make up for that with cuddles and hours of Netflix binges,” Naylor said.

Sweetie Monroe also awaits a holiday outing.

“She needs to be the only pet in the home but will pay you back in kisses and will insist on many belly rubs,” Naylor said.

At age 6, poor Serenity is the longest-term resident at the SPCA, and kennel life doesn’t agree with her. In fact, she gets so upset that she doesn’t show well as prospective adopters pass by this love bug who has excelled in obedience school. A good swimmer, Serenity is anything but serene. The energetic pooch loves the active lifestyle and would make an excellent exercise partner.

“Giving her a break from shelter life for even a week or so would benefit her greatly,” Naylor said.

Caesar, Monroe, Serenity and the many others at the SPCA would love to share your home for the holidays, and they will return the favor with boundless love.

For more information on the Home for the Holidays program at the SPCA of Titusville, call 321-567-3615. The Main Adoption Center is at 6035 Sisson Road in Titusville.

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