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    Meet Eve - a beautifully marked Calico. This 4-year-old rubs against your legs and loves attention. She will probably be best suited as the only cat in the household. Come and pet Eve at Save Our Strays' Cat Haven in Pinellas Park by calling 727 545-1116. The charmer has been completely vetted and is microchipped. Visit saveourstraysinc.com.
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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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Pinellas County Animal Services is celebrating National Pet Week by offering reduced adoption fees on cats, kittens and large dogs. National Pet Week runs from May 2 through May 7.

During this special, the adoption fee for cats and kittens is $7 and for large dogs is $20. This special excludes puppies and small breeds; the adoption fee for those is $75.

A list of adoptable dogs and cats is available online at www.p­inell­ascou­nty.o­rg/an­imals­ervic­es.
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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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Ophthalmologists from BluePearl Veterinary Partners will be conducting free eye exams for service dogs during this year’s ninth annual ACVO and StokesRx National Service Dog Eye Exam Event in May.

The eye exams will be provided free of charge to eligible service animals including detection dogs, guide dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, police dogs, search and rescue dogs and therapy animals.

Registration for the free eye exams must be completed by service animal owners or handlers at ACVOe­yeexa­m.org by April 30.
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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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LARGO - SPCA Tampa Bay CEO Martha Boden has attained the highest level of professional designation for animal welfare professionals, the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator credential.

This designation provides independent, third-party validation of the knowledge and skills necessary for successfully serving as an animal welfare executive.

The CAWA certification program, administered by the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators, distinguishes top-level executives and managers working in nonprofit and municipal agencies for their knowledge, experience and expertise in animal welfare. The rigorous exam tests knowledge and skills in administration, human resources management, leadership, communications, advocacy and development and animal management.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - It took Diana Busboom one look at a cat online and another encounter at the SPCA to convince her that the cat, Daisy, had to come home with her, and it didn’t matter that Daisy was 10 years old.

The Busbooms, Diana and husband Tom, have lived in Indian Rocks Beach for the past six years. They have been cat lovers a lot longer than that. Back in August they lost the second of the two cats they owned for years. The other one died in March. So, in September, they decided it was time to get another one.
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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.
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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
pinellascounty.org
Humane Society of Pinellas
3040 State Road 590, Clearwater; 797-7722
www.humanesocietyofpinellas.org
Pet Pal Animal Shelter
405 22nd. St. S, St. Petersburg Fl. 337112; 328-7738
www.petpalanimalshelter.com
SPCA Tampa Bay
9099 130th Ave. N., Largo; 586-3591; spcatampabay.org
Suncoast Animal League
1030 Pennsylvania Ave., Palm Harbor; 786-1330
www.suncoastanimalleague.org
Save Our Strays Inc.
481-5091
www.saveourstraysinc.com
Friends of Strays Inc.
522-6566
www.friendsofstrays.com
Second Chance for Strays, Inc.
535-9154
www.secondchanceforstrays.com
All ’bout Cats
712-7773
www.allboutcats.com
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