Missy is a 1 1/2-year-old female Pit Bull Terrier mix. She is a playful pup who enjoys walks. You must own your home to adopt Missy. Because of the generosity of Missy's guardian angel, Darlene Tennell, her adoption fee is now $75. Missy is spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. Visit the adoptable dogs at the shelter Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pet Pal Animal Shelter is at 405 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 328-7738 or visit www.petpalanimalshelter.com.
Say hello to Shelby! She is such a sweet, happy and fun girl and still has that "pup" energy. The 2-year-old hound/Rottweiler adores the company of people and loves to cuddle and have her belly rubbed. She enjoys playtime. Running around with squeaky toys quite entertaining, but fetch is the best! She is smart, too. She knows sit, down, paw, and roll over. She loves her walks - she enjoys the sights and smells. She walks best in a harness. Shelby is looking for a home where she is cherished and loved. She prefers a home with no small animals. Come meet Shelby at the Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 State Road 590, Clearwater. Call 797-7722 or email Info@HumaneSocietyofPinellas.org.
Stylish in his sporty sweater is sweet-faced Spikey, whose large eyes and even larger ears lend him a slightly elfin look. Sadly used as a breeder dog, this 4-year-old, 7-pound Chihuahua never knew the freedom and joys of life in the outside world until he was rescued by Canine Estates. And so, it's only natural that he's shy when meeting people for the first time, and that he doesn't know all about being a D-O-G just yet. What he does know, however, is that he loves naps and warm, welcoming laps. He gets along with other dogs, and will probably get along with children as well because he was exposed to them in the past. But what slight, sweet Spikey needs now is a loving and patient owner to teach him everything from basic commands and proper potty manners to the simple pleasures of playing. The reward? Having Spikey grow into the most loving and responsive of doggy companions. He is current with shots and neutered. To apply and meet Spikey, call Canine Estates at 412-0558 or email Director@canineEstates.com.
What a gorgeous deep orange fur coat this four-month old kitten owns. Dylan has an exotic look with tufts in his ears, medium-length hair and penetrating gold eyes. This sweetheart loves to play with other felines and also adores snuggling on a loving lap. He has been completely vetted and is microchipped. To meet Dylan in his foster home or at a PetSmart location, call an SOS volunteer at 545-1116. Additional cats may be seen on the SOS website at saveourstrayinc.com.
Thera is ready to go home for the holidays. Thera is a silly 9-year-old German shepherd. When Thera's last family was not able to care for her, she was brought to SPCA Tampa Bay in late October to start a new life. This sweet girl just loves everyone she meets. Could Thera be the perfect addition to your home? The $75 adoption fee includes spay surgery, microchip, vaccinations, and 30 days of pet Insurance. Meet Thera at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo. Preview pets online at www.SPCATampaBay.org.
All Sammie wants for Christmas is a new family. Sweet Sammie is a 2-year-old pit bull mix. She is very friendly to people and other dogs. Pets offered for adoption at Animal Services are spayed or neutered and have all of their required shots. Visit Sammie and the other dogs and cats up for adoption at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo, call 582-2600 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/animalservices.
LARGO - Pinellas County Animal Services will open at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, for in-service training. The shelter will resume regular hours of operation for the remainder of the day.
Pinellas County Animal Services is located at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Normal hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the adoption center closing at 5:30 p.m. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and services include adoptions. Rabies vaccinations are administered on Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. The facility is closed on all Pinellas County holidays.
Save Our Strays volunteers will be wrapping gifts Dec. 18-23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Sears in Tyrone Mall, 6901 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
The Save Our Strays elves will be set up inside Sears near the store’s escalators. Save Our Strays is a nonprofit, no-kill feline rescue organization. A donation for the animals in need is requested. All proceeds provide for medical care and food.
LARGO - Dogs are invited to show off in the holiday light dog parade set for Sunday, Dec. 28, at Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo.
Canine competitors will be judged in the following categories: best costume, best adult, best puppy, best senior, most glamorous, and best vocal performance. Registration is $10 and is open to the first 100 dogs.
CLEARWATER - Stop Pet Overpopulation Together Tampa Bay is having a photo contest for pit bulls to be featured on its website and marketing campaign.
Five lucky winners will receive a six-month supply of Comfort’s flea prevention. To qualify, pets need to be spayed or neutered. Send photos to SPOT, 4403 62nd Ave., Pinellas Park, FL 33781; or email them to SPOTclinic@yahoo.com.
You look forward to your vacation, but leaving your furry friends behind is more than you can handle. Luckily, it's easier than ever to bring your pets along for the ride.
There are plenty of pet-friendly lodging establishments, restaurants, and a slew of gear and other pet products that make traveling with Fido and Fluffy more comfortable. Consider trying the following tips before packing your pets' travel bags:
- Plan ahead. Prepare to include your pets in the fun by making a list of the extra gear and supplies that you will need and any special reservations that you may require. Include food, litter, leashes, toys, beds, medications and pet carriers. Just to be safe, carry notes regarding your pet's medical history and your veterinarian's contact information.