Looking for a lap cat? Riley is your man. This affectionate 1-year-old loves to give face rubs and head bumps and appreciates having his tummy rubbed. Playful as a kitten, Riley likes to play fetch. He has been completely vetted and is microchipped. Call Save Our Strays Inc. at 545-1116 to learn how you can meet this great companion cat. To see additional cats, visit saveourstraysinc.com.
Soft brown eyes set against a coat of palest butterscotch and cream. Angelina, the 4-year-old terrier mix, weighs a trim 12 pounds, making her a light and loving doggy bundle to be held. Surrendered by her owner to Pinellas County Animal Services, she is definitely a people pooch, outgoing and friendly, and this friendliness extends to other dogs. And, like all terriers, she can be feisty. Angelina once again longs for a home of her very own. Email email@example.com or call 412-0558.
Lara is a 3-year-old, 10-pound female rat terrier who would love nothing more than to sit on the couch with you and watch "Doctor Zhivago." Lara is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. Lara came to Pet Pal in September 2015. Pet Pal Animal Shelter is at 405 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 328-7738 or visit www.petpalanimalshelter.com.
Liz is a 1 1/2-year-old female domestic short hair. Liz has a rich grey coat and eyes that will warm your heart. Liz is looking for someone to love her furrever. She is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped and her adoption fee is only $40. Pet Pal Animal Shelter is at 405 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 328-7738 or visit www.petpalanimalshelter.com.
Looking for a pup that will keep a smile on your face? Well, say hello to Ginger. Ginger is a goofy 1-year-old pit bull/mix and she is available for adoption right now at SPCA Tampa Bay. The $75 adoption fee includes spay surgery, microchip, vaccinations and 30 days of pet insurance. To meet Ginger, stop by SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo. Visit www.SPCATampaBay.org.
The list of “regular” human foods that can be harmful for your dog continues to grow.
First, we learned large amounts of garlic and onions cause severe anemia in pets - which is not a problem unless an owner gives garlic supplements or dehydrated onion. It was then revealed that grapes and raisins cause kidney disease, and that macadamia nuts can cause severe illness. Xylitol, a sugar-free sweetener found in some sugarless gums, led to life-threatening low blood sugar and liver problems in dogs.
The holidays are a time for celebration - feasts with family and parties with friends - but many holiday traditions can create trouble for our four-legged family members. From toxic foods to hazardous décor, the holidays hold hidden dangers for your pets. Give the gift of good health and happiness to your pet this holiday season with these tips to keep them safe.
- Beware of toxic foods. Chocolate is widely known to be toxic to dogs, but grapes, raisins, onions, caffeine and alcohol are also dangerous. In addition, essential oils from herbs, raw bread dough and cake batter can cause different problems on your pet’s digestive or nervous systems. Stick to pet-friendly foods to avoid a costly visit to the emergency veterinary hospital.
Humane Society of Pinellas, the county’s largest no-kill animal shelter, will celebrate Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.
Giving Tuesday, held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, will be observed Tuesday, Dec. 1. It provides a kick-off for the holiday giving season and inspires people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
Last year on Giving Tuesday, the Humane Society of Pinellas raised more than $17,800. The organization has continued to grow in 2015 with more than 2,300 pet adoptions. HSP relies on community support. Giving Tuesday offers the opportunity to help secure needed funds that provide care for both homeless and owned pets in the community.
The overpopulation of community cats - also known as feral, free-roaming or stray cats - is being reduced thanks to the hard work and determination of the MEOW Now team.
When it comes to the exceptionally high number of local community cats, it takes a dedicated team of caring and hard-working individuals to take action and create a positive effect on Pinellas County community cat overpopulation, as well as their human co-inhabitants. MEOW Now, a nonprofit organization in its first year of operation, is reaching its goal of providing Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return to 1,000 community cats.
MEOW Now was formed by concerned citizens Dan Hester, Marilyn Weaver and Cathy Unruh, along with the Humane Society of Pinellas and SPCA Tampa Bay, to implement an effective program to humanely reduce the overpopulation of Pinellas County community cats.
LARGO - Take advantage of fall adoption specials at Pinellas County Animal Services through the end of November.
During the fall promotion, the adoption fee for cats and kittens over 6 months old will be $5. The fee for those under 6 months will be $10. The adoption fees for dogs will be as follows during the special:
- Over 45 pounds: $5 - 35 to 45 pounds: $10 - 25 to 34 pounds: $15 - 15 to 24 pounds: $20 - Under 15 pounds: $40
The fee includes a medical checkup, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, internal and external parasite control, heartworm testing, feline leukemia testing and microchipping. The required Pinellas County license is also provided.
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.
It was all about the pets, though, as humans weren’t allowed to swim.