Pets with Irish names like Shamus, Michael and Amara are celebrating St. PAWtrick's Day at the Humane Society of Harford County on Sunday, March 17 from noon to 4 p.m. No matter whether you're looking for a companion as small as a leprechaun or one who likes to take walks in fields of clover, all of the animals have hearts of pure gold.

Adoptions counselors will be waiting to introduce you to your lucky charm at the end of the rainbow at 2208 Connolly Road in Fallston. Should you fall in love with a purrin' paddy cat over the age of 5 years old, the adoption fee will be just $17. For all other animals, pick your own adoption discount from the pot o' gold. Whether it's $10 off an adoption or 50 percent off, may the luck of the Irish be with you.

Festivities will kick off at noon with a Parade of Dogs that will showcase all the different dogs available for adoption. At 1 p.m. there will be a performance of traditional Irish dancing. Ongoing activities throughout the afternoon include rubber ducky races, a beanbag toss, a Frisbee toss and face tattoos. Enjoy a variety of mouthwatering sweets at the bake sale like cookies, brownies, cupcakes, soda and bottled water and other goodies. All proceeds benefit the homeless and neglected animals at the shelter that are all waiting to meet you. Directions to the shelter can be found by visiting our website, http://www.harfordshelter.org.

Adoptions include a rabies vaccination for animals over 4 months of age, the first set of distemper shots, de-wormer, flea and tick preventative, a microchip for identification purposes and a general health exam. If not already sterilized, there is a $50 deposit for a HASP (Harford Animal Sterilization Program) certificate so the animal can be spayed or neutered. That fee is refunded upon completion of the procedure within 60 days.


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