Bella is the perfect young cat: Less than 2 years old, very friendly and playful, a great companion - always sits nearby and sleeps on bed, loves being petted, strong personality and no fear. This Save Our Strays sweetheart is beautiful with large exotic green eyes, a beautiful sleek fur coat and an extra-long tail. She has been completely vetted and microchipped. Call 727-545-1116 to meet Isabella in her foster home in St. Petersburg. Visit the SOS' website at saveourstraysinc.com.
This girl has a bright, fun personality that would fit into anyone's home. This purebred snowshoe is 4 years old. Her adoption price is $100. For information, call 727-797-7722 or visit www.humanesocietyofpinellas.org. HSP is at 3040 State Road 590, Clearwater.
Making a seasonal fashion statement in her bright doggy vest is Missy, a beautiful Maltese, who, at 8 years of age, weighs a fashionably fit 9 pounds. Although she is blind, she remains her own sweet and gentle self, one who loves people, loves to be held and gets along well with most dogs. Missy definitely does not let her disability get in the way of living life and walks well on a leash. For an appointment, call 727-412-0558 or email email@example.com.
Roary is a 4-year-old, 43-pound female pointer mix with the looks of a cow and a heart of an angel. This girl socializes well with other dogs. She is a bit shy around people at first but then warms up nicely. No small children please but older kids are OK. Roary has been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. Pet Pal Animal Shelter is at 405 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 727-328-7738 or visit www.petpalanimalshelter.com.
Cassie is a 2-year-old female Maine coon domestic long hair. She is tolerant of other cats and seems to enjoy the company of the two-legged variety as well. Cassie has been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $40. Pet Pal Animal Shelter is at 405 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 727-328-7738 or visit www.petpalanimalshelter.com.
Jannie is a wonderful and playful kitten girl. She will jump, run, explore and is the proverbial tomboy always diving, somersaulting and getting into stuff. Jannie is an active young lady and would do best with a loving family of her own who will provide her with lots of toys and space, indoors only, to run around in. Jannie is spade and up to date on all vaccinations. If you are interested in hearing more and possibly adopting this Second Chance for Strays kitten, call Barb at 727-787-2919 or Jann at 727-642-0507.
Felix has a heart of gold, but sadly gets overlooked. This is unusual because he is as handsome as can be. He's always dressed to impress with his shiny tuxedo coat. He adores getting his cheeks rubbed, and warms up to anyone who gives him the time. Meet Felix at Friends of Strays Animal Shelter, 2911 47th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Call 727-522-6566.
LARGO - Giving up or being reunited with a pet can be an emotional experience. SPCA Tampa Bay is hoping its new office will make that moment a bit easier for pet owners.
On Jan. 11, SPCA Tampa Bay in Largo unveiled its newly renovated admissions office, which expands the office and provides private space for staff and pet owners to discuss emotional or sensitive situations that a pet owner may be facing. The additional privacy also helps reduce the stress levels of the animals so they can move through the intake process without interruptions from other clients. SPCA Tampa Bay also added an enclosed and air-conditioned waiting area to the admissions office.
DUNEDIN - Achieva Credit Union will open “Paw Park,” a spacious and new community dog park near downtown Dunedin Saturday, Feb. 6, and celebrate opening day with all sorts of Super Bowl-themed events for puppy and kitten lovers.
Organizers expect more than 300 dogs and owners at the free event, which will run at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the new park, recently built adjacent to Achieva headquarters at 1659 Virginia St., just south of Main Street. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their pets dressed in their best football outfits to celebrate Super Bowl weekend. Events for the day include:
ST. PETERSBURG - Pet Pal Veterinary Clinic encourages owners who recently adopt from neighboring animal shelters to follow up with their new best friend’s health care by offering a complimentary first time exam.
Proof of adoption from the following animal shelters is required to receive a complimentary exam and there is no expiration date: Pinellas County Animal Services, SPCA of Tampa Bay, Humane Society of Pinellas, Friends of Strays and Save our Strays.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - It took Diana Busboom one look at a cat online and another encounter at the SPCA to convince her that the cat, Daisy, had to come home with her, and it didn’t matter that Daisy was 10 years old.
The Busbooms, Diana and husband Tom, have lived in Indian Rocks Beach for the past six years. They have been cat lovers a lot longer than that. Back in August they lost the second of the two cats they owned for years. The other one died in March. So, in September, they decided it was time to get another one.
Even though Tampa Bay was rated one of the top 10 cat-friendly cities and cats are still the No. 1 human companion, cats are only being taken to their veterinarian half as much as dogs.
One reason for this may be due to the fact that many cats don’t like to be put in a carrier, put into the car and taken to unfamiliar places. For those cat owners who consider this a stressful experience, here are some tips to make this easier for you and your cat:
The overpopulation of community cats - also known as feral, free-roaming or stray cats - is being reduced thanks to the hard work and determination of the MEOW Now team.
When it comes to the exceptionally high number of local community cats, it takes a dedicated team of caring and hard-working individuals to take action and create a positive effect on Pinellas County community cat overpopulation, as well as their human co-inhabitants. MEOW Now, a nonprofit organization in its first year of operation, is reaching its goal of providing Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return to 1,000 community cats.
MEOW Now was formed by concerned citizens Dan Hester, Marilyn Weaver and Cathy Unruh, along with the Humane Society of Pinellas and SPCA Tampa Bay, to implement an effective program to humanely reduce the overpopulation of Pinellas County community cats.
LARGO - In honor of the superheroes theme, man’s best friends did their best Superman impressions Oct. 3 during the Soggy Doggy pool party, as canines from all over the county took leap after leap into the pools at Highland Aquatic Center in Largo.
Dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes took over the complex during the annual day, which was presented by Pet Supermarket with sponsors David Wright Photography and the Avian & Animal Hospital.
It was all about the pets, though, as humans weren’t allowed to swim.