Iams’ Home 4 the Holidays campaign is in full swing, and even if you aren’t in a position to add another animal to your household, you can still pawticipate in the program and earn bowls of food that will be donated to participating shelters.

Six Ways You Can Get Involved

Adopt

Use Iams’ PetFinder app Facebook to find the perfect companion for your family.

Like

Like Iams on Facebook to donate food to shelters in need. If you’re a FB member, it only takes ten seconds, but will make a world of difference to a hungry shelter cat.

Buy a bag. Donate a meal.

Look for specials stickers in-store on specially marked bag of Iams. Buy one and food will be donated to a local shelter.

Volunteer at a Shelter

Make a difference by helping the animals in your local shelter.

Become a Local Hero

Become an Iams Local Hero to receive gifts and compete for cash prizes and shelter grants from Iams. Go to AnimalCenter.org/localhero and follow the instructions to register. You will be invited to watch four short online learning videos; after that you will be an Iams Local Hero!

Join Iams H4tH Blog Hop

Additionally, if you tell your adoption story online and pawticipate in the Home 4 the Holidays blog hop this week, Iams will donate 100 bowls of food to a shelter in need. That’s enough to keep a few lucky animals off death row for a couple of days.

Go to PetCareBev.com and follow the easy instructions. DEADLINE: 31 October

My adoption story

Almost 20 years ago, I adopted my geezer cat Rocky from a San Francisco SPCA mobile adoption unit stationed in front of the office in which I was working. He was ten weeks old, and absolutely adorable as all Tuxedo kittens are. He stuck his paw through the cage, and well, how could anyone resist? Back in my office, we put him in a conference room for the afternoon, and he worked diligently to fill it with flatus. Very potent stinky flatus.

His digestive troubles worked themselves out, and he’s been with me ever since. My hubby (who insists that he’s “not a cat person”) calls Rocky his buddy. One evening, hubby accidentally pocket-dialed me on his mobile phone. He’d just pulled up in the driveway at home and was oblivious to his open phone line. I listened to him having an extended conversation with Rocky.

A couple of years ago, Rocky suffered a heart failure incident. We were with him all night at the emergency vet. During the many hours that we waited, hubby and I had “the talk.” I didn’t want Rocky to suffer any longer, and if the labs came back with bad results, I was prepared to euthanize him. But hubby wouldn’t budge. “Rocky’s my buddy!” he said. “We need to give him a chance to make it through, even if it costs a fortune.”

Rocky made it through the night in an oxygen tent. His problem was due to a thyroid condition, and increasing his meds (and blessing him with Lourdes water) did the trick.

Rocky sleeps through the entire day now. Although he exhibits some signs of arthritis, on good days he still has a spring in his step, and he’s still “got it” — every night he looks out the window and growls at the raccoons.

The time is fast approaching when I will have to bid Rocky a sad good-bye. He’s got a brain tumor and is beginning to exhibit some neuro problems. He doesn’t always crap inside the litter box. He’s lost much of his muscle mass. His quality of life is still very good, but I suspect that when he takes a downhill turn, he’ll deteriorate quickly and we’ll be faced with The Decision. And I’ll be left wondering if I could have made it through the last 20 years without him.

Thank you, SFSPCA.

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