Vernon is a lover whose only desire is to be close to people. He is a whiteface terrier, pit bull mix and is only 9 months old, so there is plenty of puppy left in him. He is a medium sized dog, but he thinks he is a lap dog. Take him to the beach, and let his crazy side out. His adoption fee is $75. Meet him at the Humane Society of Pinellas at 3040 S.R. 590, Clearwater. Call 727-797-7722.
Spice has been waiting for a forever home for far too long. She was brought to the Friends of Strays shelter more than a year ago and has been pining away for a new family ever since. Her beautiful green eyes will warm your heart, and her playful disposition will seal the deal. You can meet Spice at 2911 47th Ave N., St. Petersburg. Call 727-522-6566 or visit www.friendsofstrays.com to meet this sweetheart.
What's not to love about Buddy? Buddy is a 1-year-old, 43-pound, male Border collie mix. He is a smart boy who is loving and affectionate. He is neutered, up to date on his vaccinations, microchipped, and ready to be your best buddy forever. Visit him at Pet Pal Animal Shelter at 405 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 727-328-7738 or visit www.petpalanimalshelter.com.
Vangey is a medium-haired brown tabby with great markings on her face. This little fluff ball is so adorable. Vangey is very sweet and loves to play. She gets along well with other cats and would be a great addition to your home. Come visit this lovable kitty at the Clearwater PetSmart on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and U.S. 19. You also can call Pat with Second Chance for Strays at 727-535-9154. Vangey is spayed and up to date on all of her vaccinations. Visit www.secondchanceforstrays.com.
Just look at the smile on Shiner. She is a bright-eyed 9-year-old long-coat Chihuahua and is waiting for his forever home right now at SPCA Tampa Bay. This active little guy will make a great companion for family members age 10 and older. Shiner will do best as the only dog in his next home, as he wants all your attention all to himself. His $200 adoption fee includes neuter surgery, microchip, vaccinations and 30 days of pet insurance. Meet him at SPCA Tampa Bay at 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo. Visit www.spcatampabay.org.
Sweet Pea is a 7-year-old Rhodesian ridgeback mix. This playful girl weighs 50 pounds and loves car rides. Her serial number is 56088 and if you bring this article with you to Pinellas County Animal Services, she can be yours for only $25 through Saturday, Nov. 1. She is spayed, up to date on her vaccinations and waiting for her forever home at 12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Visit www.pinellascounty.org/animalservices/petfind.htm or call 727-582-2600.
This gorgeous tortoiseshell kitten is Tortelina. She is 3 months old and sports exquisite shades of black, tan and orange with a black stripe down her nose. This gem is a true people kitty. She is loving and affectionate and a wonderful lap cat. As a bonus, she has a great purr motor. Raised with her littermate, she likes other kitties and loves to race and play. She has been fully vetted and microchipped. Call 727-545-1116 to meet her. Visit the Save Our Strays website at www.saveourstrasinc.com.
Rudy is a loving dachshund/beagle mix that has just turned 4 years old. He is mostly white with tan spots, has a great outgoing personality and is fully vetted. His adoption fee is only $40, and he can be seen on Saturdays at PetSmart at U.S. 19 and Enterprise Road in Clearwater, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Royal Animal Rescue, or call his foster mom at 727-733-5139.
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.
LARGO - SPCA Tampa Bay is continuing with its planned animal behavior workshop on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2, with colleagues of Dr. Sophia Yin teaching the sessions in recognition of her contributions to behavioral science.
Yin, who was previously scheduled to present the workshop, passed away on Sept. 28.
ST. PETERSBURG - Purr-fect Poses Yoga will be offered Wednesday, Nov. 5, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Pet Pal Animal Shelter, 405 22nd St. S.
Attendees may bring a mat - the shelter will provide the cat. Jessica Lynn will guide participants through a yoga class in the shelter lobby while some adoptable cats roam about and help those present with their poses.
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.
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.”