Save Our Strays Inc. is celebrating Black Friday through Dec. 8 by offering a reduced adoption fee of $40 for black and mostly black cats and kittens, ages 4 months and older.

Black cats typically remain at the SOS shelter and foster homes much longer than cats of other colors. “We hope that by highlighting the black/mostly black cats and kittens we currently have available for adoption, we can help them get their forever homes,” a press release from SOS explained.

In some cases, the foster moms are willing to pay the adoption fee on one kitten if the adopter will also adopt a related feline.

There are common misconceptions about black cats. Here are a couple of interesting facts that may change your mind about adopting a black cat:

• In some countries, such as Japan and Ireland, it’s believed black cats are good luck.

• It’s in their genes: Genetic studies have shown that black cats are believed to be more resistant to illnesses.

All of the adoptable kittens reside in foster homes. The adult cats are housed at the SOS Cat Haven facility. All are spayed or neutered, are current on vaccinations, and microchipped. On the day of adoption, adopters also receive a discount for use at a local pet retail store.

For information and to adopt an SOS cat or kitten, call 727-545-1116.

Save Our Strays Inc. is a no-kill, all volunteer, nonprofit, cat rescue organization whose mission is sheltering and finding homes for abandoned or homeless cats and kittens in Pinellas County.

SPCA to host Whiskers in Wonderland

LARGO – The Whiskers in Wonderland event will take place Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo.

Attendees will have an opportunity to have a family and pet photo taken with Santa and shop for holiday gifts with local vendors. There will be a bouncy house, snow cones, Polar Express train rides and face painting. Guests can also make their own toys for the shelter pets in Santa’s Workshop. Food also will be available.

For information, email Ashley Rafferty at ARafferty@SPCATampaBay.org or call 727-586-3591.

Puppy Pre-School set at New Dawn

CLEARWATER – A six-week session of Puppy Pre-School will begin Saturday, Dec. 1, 3 to 4 p.m., at New Dawn Animal Behavior Center, 11501A 47th St. N., Clearwater.

The training is an important part of socialization and helping new puppies gain confidence and learn new skills. This six-week session is open to all puppies up to 6 months of age. For puppies older than 6 months, contact New Dawn Animal Behavior Center.

Cost is $150. Preregistration is required. To register, visit newdawnabc.com/puppy-pre-k-2. For information, call 727-415-1567.

Both Ends of the Leash program to get underway

CLEARWATER – A six-week session of Both Ends of the Leash: Advanced Manner Training Class will begin Saturday, Dec. 1, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at New Dawn Animal Behavior Center, 11501A 47th St. N., Clearwater.

This six-week course covers how to proof all behaviors and help dogs generalize the information they’ve learned in previous classes. The class includes the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen test, which is a certification program open to all dogs. Students and dogs interested in advancing their training, without the goal of taking the CGC, are also welcomed to attend. Classes are one hour long each week. Cost is $150. Preregistration is required. To register, visit newdawnabc.com/both-ends-of-the-leash-advanced-skills-for-dogs-and-handlers. For information, call 727-415-1567.

SPCA Tampa Bay Veterinary Center to host open house

ST. PETERSBURG – An open house will be presented Sunday, Dec. 2, 1 to 4 p.m., at SPCA Tampa Bay Veterinary Center, 3250 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

Attendees will have an opportunity to tour the facility during this celebration of the center’s two-year anniversary. There will be refreshments. There also will be a question-and-answer session with the center’s veterinarians. Special guest speakers will include Dr. Tania Oterio, Hill’s Science Diet, Bayer, and New Dawn behavior trainers.

The event is free and open to the public. For information, call Melissa Rivard at 727-220-1770.

New Dawn manners training classes set

LARGO – The Basic Manners Training Class will begin Thursday, Dec. 6, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo.

The six-week class will teach your dog how fun it can be to follow cues and lay the groundwork for skills that are key in developing a well-mannered pup through reinforcement training. Untrained adolescent and adult dogs can become easily distracted by their environment, which is why this class focuses on important impulse-control exercises. Classes are one hour each week.

Cost is $150. Preregistration is required. To register, visit newdawnabc.com/the-power-of-positive-series.

For information, call New Dawn at 727-415-1567.

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