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of operation. People can request a meal for themselves or neighbors in need by calling 341-1220 and leaving a message, using the online form at www.mobile turkeyunit.wordpress.com, or via a meal request form available at Good

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Cheer Food Bank, Senior Services of Island County or Helping Hand of South Whidbey. Volunteers should also call the same phone number. Donations can be made online or a check made out to TLC with “Mobile Turkey Unit” in the memo area, and mailed to Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 97, Freeland, WA 98249.

Give thanks in Coupeville Friends, neighbors, families and visitors are welcome to join the 14th annual Community Thanksgiving potluck meal Nov. 22 at the Coupeville Rec Hall on the corner of Alexander and Coveland. A traditional spread will be served

buffet-style from noon until 2:30 p.m. or the food runs out. Turkey and ham are provided by the organizers, while the rest of the tasty menu is up to those who attend. The Community Thanksgiving is a smoke- and alcoholfree holiday extravaganza. Help is always welcome. To get involved, call Sue Winker at 360-678-1224.

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23 Friday Tree sales help orphans Displaced Orphans International will sell

Christmas trees from Nov. 23 through Dec. 17, at six Skagit Farmer’s Supply locations to raise money to feed, house and care for Orphan Refugee Children in Thailand and Myanmar. All of the proceeds will benefit DOI. Volunteer opportunities are available; if interested, call Greg at 425268-3454.

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1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. 2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male. Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age. 3. Your spayed female won’t go into heat. Cycles vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequentlysometimes all over the house! 4. Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males. 5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved. Neutered pets focus their attention on their human families. Unneutered pets may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over. Aggression can also be avoided.

6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat. Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds-not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake. 7. It is highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom gets into fights. 8. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community. Stray animals can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering also reduces the number of animals on the streets. 9. Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth. Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lessonmost unwanted animals end up in shelters. Use books and videos to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way. 10. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation. Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

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