Briar is a 3-year-old distinctive looking guy with his tuxedo coat, full tail and gold eyes. His black chin even looks like he has a beard from some angles. He is a sweet, friendly cat who is waiting to be a companion. Will you give him a second chance? Adopt Briar from the Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 S.R. 590 in Clearwater. Call 797-7722 or visit www.humanesocietyofpinellas.org.
Save Our Strays has plenty of kittens for adoption, including this little one, Wink. She is an exotic-looking tabby with great color contrasts. Born around Christmas, this laidback little girl is 4 months old and loves to play with other kitties. Wink has been fully vetted and is microchipped. To meet her, call a Save Our Strays volunteer at 545-1116. Visit www.saveourstraysinc.com.
Meet Espar, a very sweet, friendly tortoiseshell girl with a calm personality. Her eyes are a beautiful shade of green, and her soft fur has a great mix of colors. Her former owners abandoned her, and she was found outside. She just turned 4 years old and would love to find her happy forever home. She is up to date on shots and spayed. Visit her at the Clearwater PetSmart on Gulf to Bay Boulevard and U.S. 19 or call Pat with Second Chance for Strays at 535-9154. Visit www.secondchanceforstrays.com.
Tilly is a gorgeous 4-year-old orange and white tabby looking for her new home. This lovely lady was brought to the SPCA Tampa Bay when her last family was moving and could not care for her any longer. If you're looking for a companion to keep your lap warm, Tilly might be the perfect addition to your home. Adopt her for $35, which includes spay surgery, microchip, vaccinations and free 30 days of pet insurance. Visit her at 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo. Visit www.spcatampabay.org.
Buster is a 2-year-old, 14-pound male Havenese mix. He's a happy boy who does well with other dogs his size. Buster will need regular grooming to keep him looking his very best. He is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. To learn more about him and other adoptable animals, visit Pet Pal Animal Shelter at 405 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg or call 328-7738 or visit www.petpalanimalshelter.com.
Look at those great spots. Chase is a big boy, and at only 10 months old, he already weighs 60 pounds. His serial number is 313084, and if you bring this article to Pinellas County Animal Services, you can adopt him for only $25. All pets are spayed or neutered and have all their required shots. Visit him at 12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Call 582-2600 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/animalservices/.
Archer has his sights set on you. This awesome 10-month-old male kitty is playful, super sweet, friendly and curious. He enjoys gently nudging the neighboring kitty with his paw, as if asking to play. Archer is a great young cat who would make a terrific companion. He's neutered, current on vaccinations and ready for action. Adopt him at the at the Suncoast Animal League at 1030 Pennsylvania Ave., Palm Harbor. Call 786-1330.
SEMINOLE - The Career Academies of Seminole, 12611 86th Ave. N., will host the year-end regional cat show by Gulf Coast Touch of Class Cat Club on Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Advance donations of $5 go to CAS and will help offset costs for maintaining and feeding the animals on campus. Cost at the door is $6 per person, $8 per family and $5 per senior citizen; children under 3 are free.
The Humane Society of Pinellas is now accepting registrations for summer camp. Three different day camps are available, with fun-filled and age-appropriate lessons for kids and teens going into fifth through 10th grades. The camps will feature presentations from local professionals, crafts and activities.
- Fifth- and sixth-graders will attend Junior Caretaker Camp, June 9-13. They will learn to care for animals and why animals are important.
- Seventh- and eighth-graders will attend Animal Explorer Camp, June 23-27, where they will learn to align their choices with their values and how animals and humans share the world together.
SEMINOLE - An adoption event and food fundraiser for local rescues will be presented Saturday, April 19, noon to 4 p.m., at Bark Life Inc., 11220 Park Blvd.
There will be plenty of adult dogs and puppies available for adoption on site. Bark Life Inc. will be giving away a free bag of healthy food with every adoption - and, with every adoption, Bark Life Inc. will donate one to the rescue. Pet food also will be available for purchase: When an attendee purchases one, two will be donated to the attending rescues.
LARGO - Pinellas County Animal Services is having a kitty shower during the month of April. During this month-long event, residents and cat lovers are welcomed to donate much needed supplies for momma cats and kittens.
Each spring, Pinellas County Animal Services expects the number of kittens in need of care to rise.
Those interested in participating in the kitty shower are asked to donate items necessary to help prepare new arrivals for life in a foster home, including milk replacement formula, kitten nursing bottles, toys, baby blankets, bags of litter and wet and dry kitten food.
Skin disease is very common in our canine companions. It is more common in dogs than in the feline population. There are several categories of skin abnormalities that affect dogs. Many of the various skin conditions we treat at the Animal Hospital of Dunedin are either cured or controlled with proper treatment. Here are some questions we frequently answer.