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Dumb Friends League offers "Fat Tuesday" special: Big, beautiful felines

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FAT CAT TUESDAY - It's Mardi Gras time and and the Dumb Friends League (www.ddfl.org) is encouraging pet lovers to indulge in a "Big Beautiful Feline" as part of a one-day “Fat Cat Tuesday” adoption special today.

Adoption fees for all cats 10 pounds and over will be waived today. Adopters who take home a plus-size cat will also receive a free bag of Hill’s Science Diet Perfect Weight cat food and tips on how to get their new feline friend to a healthy weight.

According to the League, overweight cats outnumber hose of a normal weight, and it can lead to conditions such as diabetes and arthritis. The organization is trying to highlight larger cats so they’ll be able find families that can help them achieve a healthy lifestyle. All pet adoptions from the league include spay/neuter services, a microchip identification implant, initial vaccinations and a free office visit with a participating veterinarian.

HAND-UP CONTEST - Foothills Animal Shelter (www.foothillsanimalshelter,org) in Golden is one of seven Colorado charity nominees competing in this year’s Citywide Banks Charity Hand-Up Contest, which runs March 17-31. The grand prize is $5,000.

The contest involves members of the public voting for their favorite charity nominee and sharing their support through Facebook and other social media. The charity that receives the most votes on Facebook will win.

There will also be a voter prize drawing that includes a $100 dinner at Old Major restaurant in Denver and gift cards from Starbucks and Tony’s Market.

Citywide Banks employees personally choose the charities participating in this contest. Foothills Animal Shelter was nominated by employees of the Lakewood and Arvada branches.

WAGS TO WISHES-There's still time to purchase tickets for "Wags to Wishes, Mardi Paws," a fundraiser for Denkai Animal Sanctuary in Weld County. The event is being held March 8 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. It will feature live and silent auctions, a dog parade, full course meal, live entertainment and a Mardi Gras band. Information: www.denkaisanctuary.org

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