Ford is a 1.5-year-old, 53-pound male hound mix. This boy was meant for four-wheeling and tail wagging. He is neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. To learn more about Ford and other adoptable animals, contact Pet Pal Animal Shelter at 328-7738 or visit 405 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg.
This adorable 10-week-old kitten offers tons of entertainment chasing after his brother, jumping in the air and attacking his toys. When Tiger Lou is finished playing, he is a great lap cat. Born March 10, Tiger Lou has no fear and loves everybody - other cats and dogs included. Check out his brother, Dandy Lion, on the Save Our Strays website, www.saveourstraysinc.com. They would love to be adopted as a pair. To meet them, call his foster mom at 545-1116. All the animals are fully up to date on vaccinations, neutered and microchipped.
Suzie is a wonderful, 2-year-old female tortoiseshell kitty. Her beautiful coat is mostly black with splashes of tan throughout. She is sweet and calm and would make a great companion for an adult-only home. She is spayed and up-to-date on her vaccinations. To learn more about this sweet girl, call Pat at Second Chance for Strays at 535-9154 or visit www.secondchanceforstraysinc.com.
Check out this lovable cat. Eddie is a 15-year-old boy looking to cuddle up right next to you. He loves to snuggle and can’t wait to shower you with hugs and kisses. He is a big, laid-back teddy bear who would do well in any home. He even has experience living with other cats. He is a sweet love bug who knows that the best seat in the house is an open lap. His adoption fee is $35, which includes his neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip and free 30 days of pet insurance. Visit SPCA Tampa Bay at 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo or visit www.spcatampabay.org.
Cougar is a 2-year-old young, active cat who loves chasing around that pesky little red dot. He is a sweet and energetic boy who loves to explore and chase. He would do best in a home with someone willing to give him the time, care and stimulation he needs to express his energy in a positive way. Adopt him at the Humane Society of Pinellas at 3040 S.R. 590, Clearwater. Call 797-7722 or visit www.humanesocietyofpinellas.org.
Laid-back Mickey was returned recently because of his new dad’s allergies. This 2-year-old male adores being petted and craves attention. A great lap cat, Mickey will jump on your lap and make himself at home. He ignores dogs and other cats. This sleek-furred beauty deserves another chance and a new family to love him. To meet him, call a Save Our Strays volunteer at 545-1116. He has been neutered, vetted and microchipped. Visit www.saveourstraysinc.com.
CLEARWATER - In honor of Be Kind to Animals Week, the Humane Society of Pinellas is hosting a photography contest for kids.
The contest will run through May 31 and is open to all children between the ages of 6 and 16.
Children and teens can enter by submitting a photo they took of a pet being treated kindly - or is just happy. There will be two age groups: 6 to 11 years and 11 to 16 years. Prizes will be awarded in each age group and the winner will be featured in various publications including HSP’s social media and 2014 Celebration of Companionship Calendar.
PINELLAS PARK - Stop Pet Overpopulation Together is offering a special spay and neuter program for those on food stamps and Medicaid this summer.
The program will run from May through August and will offer a savings of $10 to $20 off SPOT’s low cost services. A current rabies vaccine is required for surgery, and it can be given the day of surgery for $15. A $25 deposit is needed to schedule surgery and proof of Medicaid or food stamp card is needed the day of surgery.
To make an appointment, call 329-8657. SPOT’s clinic is at 4403 62nd Ave.
BELLEAIR BLUFFS - The Florida Veterinary Medical Association recently installed Dr. Donald H. Morgan as its president-elect for 2013-14.
Morgan was installed during an awards ceremony and installation of officers on April 5, in conjunction with the FVMA’s 84th annual conference. The conference took place in Lake Buena Vista.
Morgan is from Pinellas County, where he owned and operated Bluffs Animal Hospital in Belleair Bluffs. Until his installation as president-elect, he served on the FVMA executive board as the District 4 representative, and in that capacity acted as liaison between the local veterinary associations in his district and the FVMA. He has been an FVMA member for 46 years. He is also a long-standing member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association.
LARGO - Effective April 30, people turning their pets into SPCA Tampa Bay will receive more personalized service via phone ahead of their admission appointment.
The change in process is part of the Largo organization’s Community Animal Connections plan announced in early March.
“Giving up a family pet is a very difficult and emotional decision for most people,” said Martha Boden, SPCA CEO, in a press release. “Making an appointment gives people a chance to speak with us about the challenges they faced caring for their pets. In some cases we may be able to offer short-term solutions that allow the animals to stay with their owners. Anytime we can do that it’s a win-win for our community.”
As our pets enjoy longer lives, we as pet owners and veterinarians are constantly looking for additional tools to improve the quality and quantity of their lives. One such tool is veterinary acupuncture.
Veterinary acupuncture is an increasingly popular treatment option for pets. Presently, in the U.S. there are more than 4,000 veterinarians who have received training in this modality. Acupuncture is a traditional therapy used for both people and animals for centuries. Veterinary acupuncture text books date back more than 2000 years and acupuncture therapy has been used in species such as dogs, cats, horses, cows, pigs, and birds. It has even been used in elephants. Acupuncture uses the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In TCVM, there is a saying, “Inspect the exterior to examine the interior.” Basically, this means to assess information from a history, examination of the body, the patient’s tongue and pulse to arrive at a diagnosis. From the diagnosis, a treatment plan is made and implemented.