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November 23. 2011 10:07PM

Animal shelter is having Black Friday deals of its own

So many decisions await shoppers on Black Friday. Which stores will have the best deals? Best Buy? Target? Toys ‘R’ Us? How about the animal shelter? For the first time, the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire in Bedford will be holding a Black Friday event, complete with doorbusters beginning at 6 a.m.

From 6 to 10 a.m., Hebert said there will be “major deals,” including free senior cats (age 7 and older), free small animals and $25 senior dogs. The adoption fee for adult cats six months and up will be $10.

Because more than 150 cats are in foster care waiting for shelter from the league, Adoption Manager Danielle Hebert said staff had to come up with a way to clear out some space and make room for incoming animals.

It’s an expansion of the Black Friday of past years, where all black animals could be adopted at a reduced rate, Hebert said.

“This is the first year we’re doing it this way,” she said. “We’re really overrun with animals.”

Hebert said volunteers will be arriving at 4:30 a.m. to get the animals ready for the early opening. Since the shelter normally doesn’t open until afternoon, Hebert said, “for us to open at 6 is a really big deal.”

Of the more than 200 animals in the shelter’s care, about 85 will be ready to take home beginning Friday.

Hebert said November is Senior Animal Month, and throughout the month older animals are being offered at a reduced rate because they take longer to get adopted. But they have many advantages over kittens and puppies, she said.

“They’re more settled and we get to know their personalities.”

The deals will continue after 10 a.m., when all animals will be half off, and doors will remain open until 3.

Hebert said the more animals people adopt, the more the league can take in.

“We just don’t have the space to put them all,” she said.

The Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire is at 545 Route 101 in Bedford. For more information, call 472-3647.


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