Meet Boston, a gorgeous kitty with big, yellow eyes and the cutest little tiger stripes. Everyone at Second Chance for Strays loves all their kitties, but Boston is one of their favorites because he not only loves to play, he also loves to be held and snuggled. He is a curious little kitty with a hilarious fascination with paper towels. Boston would make a great addition to a household either with or without other kitties. Meet him at the Clearwater PetSmart on Gulf-to-Bay and U.S. 19 or call Pat at 535-9154. Boston is neutered and current on shots. Visit www.secondchanceforstrays.com.
Trick or treat! Brea is all ready for Halloween. This cute pumpkin is a pit bull terrier mix. All she's missing is a forever family to call her own. Bring this article to Pinellas County Animal Shelter and Brea can be yours for only $25 through Nov. 1. She is spayed and is up to date on all her vaccinations. Meet her at 12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo, call 582-2600 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/animalservices/petfind.htm.
Knight is 2 years old and weighs 10 pounds. He is a Dachshund terrier mix with a soft coat. He was rescued from a high-kill shelter and this loving guy is waiting for his forever home. He gets along with other dogs but has not been tested with children or cats. He still has that puppy curiosity and loves to run and play then nap on the couch. He'd do best with someone who can be home most of the time, as he does not like when his people leave. His housetraining is ongoing, so a strict schedule is needed. He is crate trained, up to date with shots, is neutered and has no known medical issues. Apply to adopt him at Canine Estates by calling 412-0558 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cleo is a domestic shorthair cat that is 2 years old with medium fur. She can be a real couch potato, seemingly interested in nothing but a good nap, until she receives some attention. Then she becomes a friendly girl who is ready to interact. Perhaps she has the ideal purr-sonality for a home with busy humans who are away during the day and need a cat that is comfortable being on her own for several hours. Please spend some time with her - just know that you may have to wake her up first. Adopt her at the Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 S.R. 590, Clearwater. Call 797-7722.
Rufus is a 3-year-old Sharpei mix that is 59 pounds of fun. He loves to run and jump, but his most favorite thing is chasing lizards. He's been at Friends of Strays for four months and is ready to find a home of his own. He'd prefer to be an only dog. Meet him at Friends of Strays at 2911 47th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Call 522-6566 or visit www.friendsofstrays.com.
Tippy is a super friendly tuxedo boy who loves to tend to the little kittens in his foster home. He washes them like he's their mother. Tippy has a look-alike brother, Todd. The 6-month-old brothers are very social and love attention. They have been fully vetted, microchipped and are available for a special adoption donation of $35 each. These boys could be your new best friends. To meet this fun loving pair, call Save Our Strays at 687-4207. Visit www.saveourstraysinc.com.
Is your fall season missing something? Well, then say hello to Pumpkin Spice. This sweet-as-pie 1-year-old cat is looking for her forever home at the SPCA Tampa Bay. Pumpkin Spice is a friend who will never leave your side. Her $35 adoption fee includes spay surgery, microchip, vaccinations and 30 days of pet insurance. Meet her at 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo. Visit www.spcatampabay.org.
Halloween can be great fun for trick-or-treaters but Pinellas County Animal Services reminds pet owners that family pets face some scary dangers of which their humans should be careful.
- All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treat visiting hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.
- When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that pets don’t dart outside.
- Chocolate in all forms is very dangerous for dogs and cats. Symptoms of significant chocolate ingestion may include vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, increased thirst and even seizures.
- Candies containing the alternative sweetener xylitol can be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol sweetener can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, which leads to depression in dogs, lack of coordination and seizures. In cases of significantly low blood sugar, liver failure has been known to occur.
- Ingesting tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can pose a choking hazard or cause intestinal blockage.
- Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations can be dangerous. If chewed, pets could experience damage to their mouths from shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
PINELLAS PARK - To celebrate Halloween, for the month of October, Stop Pet Overpopulation Together Spay and Neuter Clinic will offer 100 free spay and neuters for the first 100 solid black cats to sign up.
LARGO - At the SPCA Tampa Bay, Gretchen Gallagher is charged with finding new ways to fund necessary improvements or changes at the aging facilities in Largo. Her idea, which has become wildly successful, was to bring women together to make it happen.
“We felt we could pool together the resources of professional women in our community, women who care about animals to get projects done,” she said.
What is a senior pet? We are all familiar with the term “senior” to describe an older pet, but the actual age when a pet is considered a senior may vary between species and breeds.
Middle-aged would equate to approximately 7 to 8 years old for most dogs and cats (except for large-breed dogs that may reach middle-age a year or two earlier).
As the pet enters its senior years, more frequent examinations and diagnostic tests are recommended so we are able to fully monitor your pet’s health and address your pet’s needs. Your family veterinarian can assess your pet and its lifestyle and describe present physical changes, as well as a management plan, so that you will be prepared for those “golden years.”