There are many reasons why October is the month to think about pets and animals. Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, National Animal Safety and Protection Month, World Animal Day, National Walk Your Dog Week, Reptile Awareness Day, National Veterinary Technician Week, National Pet Obesity Awareness Day and National Cat Day are just a few times to be considering those with which we share the planet.

To keep this in mind, the next two Melissa Farmers’ Market and MORE dates will have great animal themes. Come meet your new four-footed friends at one of the several events.

On Saturday, Oct. 14 Texas CARES Cat Adoption and Rescue will be present from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Start planning now for your newest family addition and come meet their adoptable kittens. Families bring your cats, dogs, hamsters, whatever (either on leash, with poo-bags, or in a carrier) and get your family/pet photos taken. Bring a costume, be ready for your Christmas cards. A 10 dollar donation is requested. Also, play ‘Spin to Win’ for prizes for you or your pet. Proceeds for the whole day benefit Texas CARES mission to rescue and adopt abandoned and unwanted cats and kittens in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. See Sassy Tails Pet Sitting will be there with information and help for you. Plus, there will be vendors with homemade pet treats. Watch the City of Melissa social media pages for information/reservations for pet grooming and immunizations coming both weeks.

On Saturday, Oct. 28 Collin County Animal Services will continue the animal theme. Plan to have your new fur-baby all settled into your home for the holidays. This group will have their truck out from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. so everyone can check out the doggies in the windows. Adoption fees are typically $75 for a dog and $50 for cats. All animals are spayed/neutered, microchipped and up to date on vaccinations. Heartworm testing is generally done on all the dogs as well.

Be sure to like the library on facebook at or follow on twitter @cityofmelissatx for more info on these events to come. For more information about the library, contact:Communications and Technology Director Erin Mynatt at or Library Director Lorelei Perkins at

The events will take place at the noral locations for the Melissa Farmer’s Market and MORE —out in the front and back of City Hall in Melissa, located at 3411 Barker Ave. Events are regularly held on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. to noon.