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Chase, a yellow Labrador retriever, is one of many pets available for adoption at the Cleburne Animal Shelter. Now through Feb. 29, the shelter is hosting its annual “Looking Fur Love” adoption special.

Pet owners plan to spend more on their fur babies this Valentine’s Day than ever before, according to the National Retail Federation.

Twenty-seven percent of people say they will buy Valentine’s Day gifts for their pets, totaling about $1.7 billion in spending. The numbers are the highest in survey history and have increased by 17 percent since 2010.

Cleburne Animal Services Manager Mindy Henry said there are plenty of adoptable pets waiting at the shelter residents can spoil this Valentine’s Day.

Through Feb. 29, the shelter is hosting its annual “Looking Fur Love” adoption special.

“February is the month that typically kicks off our ‘busy’ season so we need to find homes for as many pets as possible to help open up kennels in our shelter,” Henry said. “We have many wonderful dogs and puppies available or coming available in the next few days.” 

For this special, adoption fees for all black/mostly black pets over 4 months old are waived. All other pets over 4 months old are $25. The regular adoption fee ($50 for cats and $75 for dogs) applies to all pets under 4 months old). 

Henry said all adoptions include spay/neuter, age appropriate vaccinations, microchip, heart worm test for dogs over 9 months old), heart worm prevention, flea/tick prevention, 30 days pet health insurance and more.

To apply to adopt or to see which pets are available, visit the shelter or visit .cleburne.net/265/adoptions.

CAS will also host two adoption events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Tractor Supply, 1615 A, W. Henderson St., and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Booker T. Washington Recreation Center, 100 Mansfield Road.

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