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 saveourstraysinc.com.
Roscoe is a 70-pound, male, shepherd/St. Bernard mix. Roscoe is a playful and wiggly large puppy and he is full of fun and excitement. Roscoe is friendly with large dogs but no small children or small animals in the home. Roscoe is neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. Pet Pal Animal Shelter is at 405 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 328-7738.
Angel's name truly suits her. She is an affectionate girl who will need regular grooming to look this beautiful all of the time. Angel is a special adoption. Angel is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. Angel has been at Pet Pal since February 2015. Pet Pal Animal Shelter is at 405 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 328-7738.
Neil is a kind, older gentleman who is looking to retire in the comforts of his forever home. Neil came to Humane Society of Pinellas as a stray and truly deserves a home of his own. He enjoys cuddling on the couch and riding in the passenger seat of your vehicle and will insist that you allow him to join your adventures in the car. The Humane Society of Pinellas is at 3040 State Road 590, Clearwater. Call 797-7722 or visit HumaneSocietyofPinellas.org.
She may be a King Charles spaniel mix, but from her large melting eyes to her gracefully fanned tail, beautiful Bombay is most definitely a doggy queen. At a playful 3-years-old, she is happy, friendly and curious, making up for lost time in a Louisiana puppy mill, as she roams the Canine Estates grounds, eagerly following each scent, sight and sound. Everyone who meets her falls in love with her and the feeling is obviously mutual. As bright as she is beautiful, Bombay is already walking well on a lead, and although she does not like her crate, she has nearly perfected her housetraining skills. All that remains to give this beauty queen a storybook ending is a loving forever home. For an appointment, call 412-0558 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.spcatampabay.org or www.friendsofstrays.com.
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.”