Blaze is one of those sweet, adorably handsome, shy guys who has no idea how striking he really is. A flame point bobtail and still under 1 year old, this guy is as handsome as it gets. His piercing blue eyes will have you weak in the knees as his purr lures you into oblivion. You'll fall deep in love with Blaze before you know it. Come meet Blaze today at Friends of Strays Animal Shelter, 2911 47th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Call 522-6566 or visit www.friendsofstrays.com.
Darcy is a 9-year-old, nice brown tabby who was transferred from another shelter. She was a little shy, but has really been coming out of her shell after being here for a little while. Darcy is ready for love and wants to go to her new forever home soon. Stop by the Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 State Road 590, Clearwater. Call 797-7722 or visit HumaneSocietyofPinellas.org.
Roscoe is already packed and he's taking his favorite toy. A bit of a mystery mix, there's no mystery about this perky 8-year-old's past, when he was used as a breeder dog until thankfully removed by Polk County Animal Control. Once he was neutered, vetted and groomed, the spunky sweetie found his spirits restored with his first taste of freedom at Canine Estates. Where to now, Roscoe? To a bright and smiling forever home, of course, where the rest of his real life is waiting to begin. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-0558.
Alissa is a 14-week-old, 12-pound female, pit bull terrier who is expected to be a medium sized dog. She does well with other pups and absolutely loves her toys. Alissa has generously been sponsored by Nell Jernigan through the Pit Project and her adoption fee is now $75. Alissa is spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. Stop by Pet Pal Animal Shelter, 405 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 328-7738 or visit www.petpalanimalshelter.com.
LARGO - A Pinellas County citizen who would like to remain anonymous was jogging recently when she noticed a dog in the middle of the road.
She stopped and called him to her. Using her earphones as a collar, she coaxed the dog to safety to the side of the road. The dog was emaciated and needed immediate help. She called Pinellas County Animal Services.
The animal control officer arrived at the scene and quickly brought the dog to the shelter. Upon arrival, the dog was examined by the medical team and treated for immediate needs. The dog was then put into post-op in an air-conditioned room adjacent to the hospital. He laid down on his bedding and wagged his tail. He was safe.
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.
LARGO - SPCA Tampa Bay’s Wellness Clinic has extended its hours of operation to accommodate the demand for the services.
The Wellness Clinic, located on SPCA Tampa Bay’s Largo campus, is now open four days each week - Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday - 8 a.m. to noon.
SPCA Tampa Bay opened the Wellness Clinic in June 2014, and treated its 1,000th pet less than one year after opening. Pet owners can bring their dog or cat to the Wellness Clinic for vaccinations, heartworm tests, deworming, microchipping and other care.
LARGO - Operation:SNIP in Largo recently was awarded the Florida Animal Friends Grant to help save the lives of community feral cats via spay and neuter.
The Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate and Return method is an effective solution to controlling the feral cat population. Using the TNVR method costs taxpayers less money compared to euthanasia. It controls the community cat population with no new litters; ensures outside cats are vaccinated against disease; reduces annoying behaviors such as howling, fighting and marking territory; and most of all it is humane.
With the help of the Florida Animal Friends Grant and the community, TNVR community cats will be spayed/neutered and left ear-tipped at no charge by Operation:SNIP. Operation:SNIP, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, also offers affordable spay, neuter and well-care services to the public. Call 595-1983 or visit Operationsnipfl.org.
TARPON SPRINGS - Kristen Levine of Tarpon Springs - a pet living expert, author and founder of Kristen Levine Pet Living - recently was chosen as Pet Industry Woman of the Year in the corporate category at the Women in the Pet Industry Network’s (WIPIN) Conference and Awards Show in Portland, Oregon.
WIPIN, a pet industry organization focused on women who want to grow their businesses, created the Pet Industry Woman of the Year Awards to acknowledge the amazing females who dedicate their time and talents to improving the lives of all pets - dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses and exotics - and their parents.
“Women are at the forefront in innovation and growth within the pet industry,” said Shawna Schuh, president of WIPIN, in a press release. “Because pets are so vital to us, the women who serve them should be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments.”
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, in closing, my client Fluffy McTailwaggins, could, in fact, not possibly be guilty of the crimes for which he has been accused. The prosecutors, ignoring all scientific evidence, have falsely accused my defendant, and many pets, of spreading diseases, which are not their fault.
While blaming the dog whenever for passing gas may be fun, these accusations are serious, unfair, unfounded and cause many pets to lose their homes unnecessarily. Some of the diseases that typically do NOT come from pets include toxoplasmosis, head lice and pinworms.
Toxoplasmosis is a very frightening disease for pregnant women. Women exposed for the first time to this parasite while pregnant can have their fetus sustain severe brain damage, and may even be linked to schizophrenia. Cats can have severe symptoms as well, from seizures and other neurologic symptoms or severe liver disease.