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    Smokey is a 4-month-old kitten that loves to play with her brothers. This beautiful girl has thick medium-length, smoky gray fur, a fluffy tail and tufts of hair at her ears. Smokey has been completely vetted and is microchipped. Call 545-1116 for details. Visit Save Our Strays at
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LARGO - In honor of the superheroes theme, man’s best friends did their best Superman impressions Oct. 3 during the Soggy Doggy pool party, as canines from all over the county took leap after leap into the pools at Highland Aquatic Center in Largo.

Dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes took over the complex during the annual day, which was presented by Pet Supermarket with sponsors David Wright Photography and the Avian & Animal Hospital.
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We’re always in a hurry, aren’t we? We’re constantly on the go with somewhere to be or something to do. It’s a fast-paced society and sometimes, unintentionally, our pets may take a backseat during our busy days.

For convenience, many hospitals offer a drop-off service for examinations while you are attending to your other scheduled priorities. Although this may be accommodating to a pet owner, it may not be beneficial to a pet’s wellbeing. So much can be missed in translation if the primary caregiver is not present during the examination.
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Imagine you’ve just come home from work and your house is a complete disaster - your dog has left claw marks on your front door, shredded your window blinds and curtains, and chewed up your furniture.

You’re frustrated with your dog, upset about the mess, and dreading leaving the house again. You know you’ll find a similar scene when you come home the next time.

This type of destruction can stem from two types of behavior issues: separation anxiety and boredom. Separation anxiety should not be confused with boredom. To tell the difference, look at the destruction. If it is excessive and centered around escape routes - like doors and windows - it’s most likely separation anxiety, which is a condition in which animals show symptoms of anxiety or distress when separated from their owner.
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SEMINOLE - Just two weeks ago, Robinson - a 2-year-old white hound-mix - was about to be euthanized at the Levy County Animal Shelter.

Robinson was found on the street with two broken legs from either being hit by a moving car or blunt object. He was emaciated and could not walk. He could barely sit up. The staff at the shelter knew that his days were numbered without proper medical care.
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ST. PETERSBURG - SPCA Tampa Bay will celebrate the 25th anniversary of PetWalk by adding an event for cat enthusiasts. PetWalk, presented by Hill’s Science Diet, will be Saturday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Vinoy Park, 701 Bay Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

The event is SPCA Tampa Bay’s largest event of the year and raises money for the animals being cared for by the organization that are in need of a home.

This year, PetWalk weekend will kick off with the return of the Internet Cat Video Festival. The outdoor screening will be presented Friday, Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m., in Vinoy Park. Tickets cost $10, but PetWalkers who raise at least $50 will receive a free ticket. To purchase tickets, visit or
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CLEARWATER - When someone brings home a pet, it is undeniable that the furry friend becomes part of the family - and that’s something Rafael Sciullo knows first-hand.

Sciullo, Empath Health president and CEO, has a special relationship with his golden retriever, Ivan. Ivan is a full-time therapy and service dog working 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the care centers and other facilities of Suncoast Hospice, an Empath Health member. Ivan is trained to assist with hospice patients, bringing joy to many. He often can be seen wearing his employee name tag and asking for a belly rub.

Suncoast Hospice cares for people during times of advanced and terminal illness; but what happens to pets when the people caring for them are receiving end-of-life care and may not be able to care for their pets in the way they normally would? Now Sciullo and Empath Health have found a solution for comfort to both pets and their “parents.”
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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;
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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