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    Looking for a laid-back feline? Felix loves to relax and seems to be fearless. The 13-pound fellow gets along great with other cats and small dogs. He is a handsome orange and white tabby with exquisite gold eyes. Felix has been complexly vetted and is microchipped. He is currently in a foster home in St. Petersburg. For information, call Save Our Strays as 727-545-1116. To view more felines, visit saveourstraysinc.com.
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SPCA Tampa Bay will offer a number of classes in the coming weeks at various locations across the Tampa Bay area.

For information or to register for a class, call 727-586-3591, ext. 167, or visit spcat­ampab­ay.or­g.
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TAMPA - Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa will be supporting Humane Society Tampa Bay through the month of February.

The property will be selling special Humane Society Tampa Bay umbrellas in its retail stores for $10. All proceeds generated from sales will go to the charity.
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LARGO - SPCA Tampa Bay will host its annual spring break animal camp, running Monday through Friday, March 13-17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo.

Cost is $195.
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Just as foster homes are needed for children, local animal shelters need temporary homes for pets.

Foster parents provide a nurturing environment to animals that might be too young for adoption, need time to heal from a medical procedure, or could benefit from socialization in a home environment.
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LARGO - A number of SPCA Tampa Bay adoption events will take place in February at various PetSmart locations.

SPCA Tampa Bay will have adoptable cats. Adoption events run 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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LARGO - Clicks & Tricks will be offered Fridays, Feb. 3 through March 10, 11 a.m., at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo. Cost is $135.

This class will help you and your dog increase your communication as a team in a fun, challenging and rewarding environment.

The classes start with basics such as touch, spin/twirl, say your prayers, roll over and more. This class introduces the use of a clicker to help capture your dog’s attempts. The clicker acts like a camera and takes a picture of a behavior your dog offered as a way to reward their effort.
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LARGO - Reaction to Distraction, a training class, will be offered Saturdays, Feb. 4 through March 11, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. Cost is $135 per dog.

Reaction to Distraction will teach you how to increase your dog’s reliability in the face of all kinds of distractions. We take training out of the classroom and into the world. Each week we will work on increasing the levels of distance, duration and distraction. Can your dog remain sitting when another dog walks by? How about when a goat walks by? This course will test your dog’s reaction to distraction. To be eligible for this course dogs must have taken the Starting from Sit class or received prior approval from the Behavior & Training manager.
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GULFPORT - SIK Promotions Inc. and the Gulfport Merchant’s Association will sponsor the Get Rescued Animal Rescue Festival & Fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in Gulfport.

This popular event has evolved from one block and a handful of animal rescue groups in its first year to a popular and festive event representing rescue groups from throughout the region. Gulfport’s Get Rescued is one of the largest animal rescue events in the state, with all profits to benefit participating nonprofit rescue groups.

Animal rescue organizations - many appearing with adoptable pets - will take over Beach Boulevard to raise money and awareness for their causes. Additionally, animal-related vendors, artists and crafters offer their wares to festival-goers. Pet-related activities will include an adoptable pet parade, pet care education, pet services, a pet food and supplies drive, animal rescue groups, free samples, training demos, a Bark-B-Que, food, DJ music and more. Each year, thousands of attendees, many accompanied by their own critter companions, make their way to Gulfport to participate in what has become a beloved tradition. Well-behaved pets and their leashed people are welcome. The daytime event is free for the public to attend, with plenty of free parking in and around the area.
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GULFPORT - The 13th annual Gulfport’s Get Rescued, the animal rescue festival and fundraiser, is preparing for its event on Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Organizers have many volunteer positions to fill, including barricade set-up and security, vendor set-up, donation monitor and other event duties.

Each year, thousands of attendees, many accompanied by their own furry companions, make their way to Gulfport to participate in what has become a beloved tradition. Volunteers are being sought to help out at one of the largest animal rescue events in the state. Shifts are four hours.
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If you have ever had to euthanize a pet, you know how hard it is to come to that final decision. It should be a decision about what is best for your beloved companion and not about being selfish.

This is not easy when you love your pet so dearly that you can’t imagine a life without him/her. One of the most horrible experiences one can have is to watch a human family member with a terminal disease suffer until they die on their own. Fortunately, we do not have to do that with our pets.

So how do you know when?
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It’s 3 a.m., your pet starts shaking uncontrollably and you feel helpless. Seizures can be one of the most nerve-wracking diseases a pet owner can encounter. A trip to the veterinarian’s office will include a thorough physical exam and diagnostic testing such as blood work to try to find the cause of the seizure.

There are many causes that can contribute to seizure activity including trauma, encephalitis, liver disease and neoplasia, but many times the diagnosis is epilepsy. Part of the journey may also require a trip to the specialist where more robust diagnostics may be performed such as an MRI or CT scan. Your pet may be started on medications in an effort to control the seizure activity.

Many of the medications used to control seizure activity can carry side effects such as lethargy and when used long-term may even cause organ damage. More over, they may not completely control the seizure activity. Integrative practices such as acupuncture and herbal therapy can be used as an adjunct treatment to help control the seizures. In some cases they can be used as a stand-alone therapy.
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The decision to add a pet to the family is a big one. When considering a pet, many people consider the size and temperament, but it's just as important to consider the animal's age.

People often look for adoptable puppies or kittens. But they may not consider if they have the time, energy or lifestyle that's best suited to raise a young pet. Young animals, much like babies and toddlers, need considerable time and attention to learn and grow. A puppy or kitten is perfect for someone who can be home much of the day, but it can be less-than-ideal for someone with a busy schedule that keeps them away from the new pet for long periods of time.

On the other hand, older animals are often litter box or housetrained and are used to life with a family. They can be a great fit for many homes, but they're often overlooked for younger animals.
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Old age in itself is not a disease. However, those animals that reach their senior years can have disease processes present that some may mistake as just old age without knowing that something can be done to help their beloved pet.

As pets age, one may notice changes in their behavior. These changes need to be brought to the attention of a veterinarian so they can help to diagnose a pet properly. Changes in vocalization (especially in cats), housetraining habits, anxiety, social interaction, activity levels, sleep-wake cycles and mental status can all be indications that a pet may be suffering from Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome or another medical condition that needs to be addressed.

Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) in dogs and cats has some similarities to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in humans. The prevalence of CDS in dogs and cats is fairly high. Screening patients that are 10 years of age and older should be done as part of a regular examination in order to slow the progression. Screening includes thorough history taking of changes in the above-mentioned behaviors as well as ruling out medical diseases that can effect those changes.
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As many of us approach our golden years in the sunshine state, our pets are aging alongside us.

Granted: We may not notice it, some may be more graceful than others, but it is inevitable.
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Having a baby is a life changing experience for everyone involved, including pets. Just as you’re preparing for baby’s arrival, your dog needs advance preparation for this big change, especially if your dog has not spent time around children.

Start preparing your pet now for baby’s arrival to create a safe and happy environment for everyone, and to establish the start of a lifelong bond between your new baby and your canine companion.

SPCA Tampa Bay’s Dogs & Storks program is the first program in the nation that provides positive, practical and fun solutions to help families with dogs prepare for baby before baby arrives. Here are some tips for expectant parents:
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Adopt-a-Pet, Lost Pet Info
Local animal shelters, such as those listed below, can be good places to go to adopt a pet or seek a lost pet.
Pinellas County Animal Services
12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo; 582-2600
Humane Society of Pinellas
3040 State Road 590, Clearwater; 797-7722
Pet Pal Animal Shelter
405 22nd. St. S, St. Petersburg Fl. 337112; 328-7738
SPCA Tampa Bay
9099 130th Ave. N., Largo; 586-3591; spcatampabay.org
Suncoast Animal League
1030 Pennsylvania Ave., Palm Harbor; 786-1330
Save Our Strays Inc.
Friends of Strays Inc.
Second Chance for Strays, Inc.
All ’bout Cats
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