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    With white mittens and chin, this solid gray kitten is extra adorable. Just 8 weeks old, Zoe has fun playing with her brothers, entertaining humans and purring a lot. To meet Zoe, call Save Our Strays at 727-545-1116. All SOS felines are spayed/neutered, current on vaccines and microchipped. To view additional cats, visit saveourstraysinc.com.
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LARGO - Pinellas County Animal Services will offer a cat and kitten adoption special through the month of June.

Pinellas County Animal Services will offer a $5 cat and kitten adoption special in honor of kitten season. For information, call 727-582-2600, option 8. Pinellas County Animal Services is at 12450 Ulmerton Road.

In honor of Father’s Day, the adoption fee for any animal will be waived for all fathers on Sunday, June 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the facility.
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LARGO - In honor of all the great dads across the community, Pinellas County Animal Services will be open on Father’s Day on Sunday, June 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 12450 Ulmerton Road.

Adoption fees will be waived for all fathers who adopt during this event. Every pet that gets adopted will go home with a bag of pet food and a surprise treat.

A list of adoptable dogs and cats is available online at www.p­inell­ascou­nty.o­rg/an­imals­ervic­es.
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SPCA Tampa Bay has several events scheduled in May. Following is a list of some of the programs scheduled in the coming weeks:

- Bitches Bags and Bling - Thursday, May 12, 6 to 8 p.m., at Bayou Country Club, 7979 Bayou Club Blvd., Largo. The Women Working Together for Animals organization will present SPCA Tampa Bay’s Bitches, Bags and Bling, a handbag and jewelry event benefiting SPCA Tampa Bay. This silent auction event will have hundreds of items with designer names such as Dooney & Bourke, Coach, Brahmin, Michael Kors, Givenchy, Lily Pulitzer, Vera Bradley and more going to the highest bidder. Admission is $10 per person. To register, visit www.1­000bi­tches­spca.­com or call 727-586-3591, ext. 122.

- PetSmart National Adoption Weekend - Friday and Saturday, May 13-14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at PetSmart, 10500 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Adoptable pets from SPCA Tampa Bay will visit local PetSmarts for this special adoption weekend. Call 727-586-3591.
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Every year there are reports across the country about pets dying from heatstroke after their owners accidentally leave them in a hot car.

Last year, two canine officers died after their handler mistakenly left them in his car overnight. It’s a tragic accident that can happen to anyone, but it’s also preventable.

Pets’ bodies don’t regulate temperature in the same way humans regulate heat. Because pets have fur, they can’t sweat like people. Instead, dogs and cats cool themselves by panting, which is a slower cooling process.
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LARGO - SPCA Tampa Bay has taken another key step toward opening a veterinary center in St. Petersburg with the hiring of Lane Simpson as hospital manager.

Simpson will oversee the operations of the new veterinary center, which will include a full-service veterinary hospital and spay and neuter clinic. The center is scheduled to open later this summer. Simpson also will manage SPCA Tampa Bay’s Wellness Clinic on its Largo campus.

Simpson has experience in opening veterinary clinics as he opened a third location for Nashville Pet Emergency Clinic, where he was director. In that role, Simpson oversaw construction and the opening of the third clinic, while managing the other two emergency clinics. His responsibilities included human resources, budget development and management, new business development, and community outreach.
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PALM HARBOR - Canine Estates Inc., a nonprofit small dog rescue group in Palm Harbor, recently announced the hiring of a new manager for their sanctuary.

Cyndi Nason joined Canine Estates on March 28, and has more than a dozen years of experience in the animal welfare field, including working eight years as director of adoption centers for the Humane Society of Missouri in St. Louis.

Canine Estates was organized in 2011 and rescues and provides needed care for dogs 25 pounds and under.
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DUNEDIN - The Dunedin Blue Jays hosted the first of two Bark in the Park nights on April 16. More than 200 dogs filled the stands of Florida Auto Exchange Stadium for what turned out to be a thrilling 13-inning game between the Jays and Cardinals.

With the proceeds from the dog tickets and 50/50 raffle, the Blue Jays raised a total of $1,811 for Suncoast Animal League. The Jays look to exceed that total for their second night of doggie fun, set for Saturday, May 14. Proceeds for that game will benefit Dunedin Doggie Rescue.

For ticket information, stop by the stadium box office, visit Duned­inBlu­eJays­.com or call 727-733-0429.
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CLEARWATER - The Humane Society of Pinellas recently announced Stacey Hannouche as its new executive director.

Effective March 28, Hannouche comes to HSP from Hillsborough County where she has an extensive background and work history in the nonprofit industry. She is a USF alumnus, having received her bachelor’s degree in business management and her MBA at the Tampa campus.

Most recently, Hannouche served as the CEO of the Emergency Care Help Organization, a nonprofit social service agency located in Brandon. She successfully transformed this struggling charity into one of the largest social service agency in Eastern Hillsborough County.
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Leptospirosis is a deadly bacterial disease that can infect dogs, raccoons, rodents, horses, pigs, skunks, squirrels, opossums and cattle.

Leptospirosis is spread through the urine of infected animals, which can survive in the environment for long periods of time. The bacteria can enter the body through skin (open cut or scratch) or through mucous membranes (eyes, nose and mouth).

Drinking, swimming or walking through any sources of contaminated water can cause infection. Development of this disease takes place usually five to 14 days after exposure but can be as soon as a few days or as long as one month or more.
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LARGO - SPCA Tampa Bay recently announced the appointment of John Ralph as president of its board of directors.

In his previous board positions as development chair and finance chair, Ralph has played an important role in the development and planning of SPCA’s full-service veterinary hospital, which is on target to open in St. Petersburg later this year.
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Adopt-a-Pet, Lost Pet Info
Local animal shelters, such as those listed below, can be good places to go to adopt a pet or seek a lost pet.
Pinellas County Animal Services
12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo; 582-2600
Humane Society of Pinellas
3040 State Road 590, Clearwater; 797-7722
Pet Pal Animal Shelter
405 22nd. St. S, St. Petersburg Fl. 337112; 328-7738
SPCA Tampa Bay
9099 130th Ave. N., Largo; 586-3591; spcatampabay.org
Suncoast Animal League
1030 Pennsylvania Ave., Palm Harbor; 786-1330
Save Our Strays Inc.
Friends of Strays Inc.
Second Chance for Strays, Inc.
All ’bout Cats
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