Paxton is a fluffy Russian blue mix that was rescued from local horse stables. He has medium-length fur and a white spot on his chest. Paxton likes to sit on people’s laps and get his chin scratched. He is a sweet boy who would love to have his forever home with you. Visit this lovable kitty at the Clearwater PetSmart on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and U.S. 19 or call Pat with second Chance for Strays at 535-9154. Visit www.secondchanceforstrays.com.
This 3 year old is a people cat who would fit into any household with proper introductions. Her favorite pastime is looking out of the window, waiting for her new family. Bring this article to Pinellas County Animal Services and Lola could be yours. She is spayed and up to date on her shots. Visit her at 12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo, visit www.pinellascounty.org/animalservices/petfind.htm, or call 582-2600.
Sweetie has strong motherly instincts and loves to be near other kitties frequently, giving them a bath. She enjoys her toys and retrieves them for playtime. Sweetie has an exquisite look, with her tuxedo markings. She has been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. She is ready for a home where she can play, enjoy snuggling and share love and fun times with her new family. Sweetie cuddles with other cats and kittens in her foster home and sleeps with her foster mom. To meet this great 1 year old, call a Save Our Strays volunteer at 545-1116 or visit www.saveourstraysinc.com.
Diamond is a Labrador/pit bull terrier mix. Diamond walks great on a leash and will need a patient, loving family to make her feel at home. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and this one is a precious jewel of love. You must own your house to adopt this 3-year-old dog. Diamond is spayed, vaccinated and microchchipped. Visit Pet Pal Animal Shelter at 405 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 328-7738.
Patches is a 2.5-year-old Chihuahua mix girl who weighs 9 pounds and was rescued from a high-kill shelter. She loves people, including children, and she loves a good game of tug-of-war then settling in a lap for cuddles. She gets along with other dogs, but she would also be fine as an only pet. Typical for her breed, she can be a little skittish when she first meets you but adapts quickly and just wants love. She is house-trained, up-to-date on vaccinations, is spayed and has no known medical issues. Meet her by calling Canine Estates at 412-0558 or email email@example.com.
Milo has been with the Humane Society of Pinellas for quite some time. This 1-year-old boxer/hound mix was brought in because his previous owner was moving and could not take him along. Since April, he has watched other dogs come and go. He has been patient, and now it’s his turn. He has melted the hearts of staff and volunteers, and he knows how to sit, wait, go, lie down, and come. He is also amazing off the leash. Only a year old, he still has plenty of puppy in him and is a sweet goofball with a gorgeous light tan coat that appears to be a soft brindle. Visit him at 3040 S.R. 590, Clearwater or call 797-7722. He is neutered, up to date on shots and his adoption fee is $75.
Gina is a senior female black cat. She is still quite playful despite her 16 years of age. This spring she was returned to Friends of Strays after five years in a home due to no fault of her own. She doesn’t hold a grudge, though, and is still as sweet as can be. Gina deserves a great forever home to spend her senior years. If you could find a place in your heart for her, visit her at Friends of Strays, 2911 47th Ave. N., St. Petersburg or call 522-6566.
There’s no place like home, and Dorothy would love to call yours home, too. This 3-year-old pit bull mix is awaiting her forever home and would make a great new companion. She is spayed, up to date on all of her shots and is waiting for you to come get her at the Pinellas County Animal Shelter at 12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Call 582-2600 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/animalservices. Her tag number is P557373.
Ripples is a handsome, 8-year-old cat looking for a new place to call home. This sweet guy may not be a kitten anymore, but that won’t stop you from falling in love with him. Do you have room in your home and heart for Ripples? Adopt him for $25, which includes his neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip, and 30 days of free pet insurance. Meet him at the SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave., Largo. Visit www.spcatampabay.org.
Amayla is a true gem. Not only is this tortoiseshell female beautiful, she is a real love. She is gentle, loves to be petted and enjoys human companionship as well as other felines. Amalya is 5 years old and shares her time with her sister, Ari, who is a lovely tabby girl. They have been spayed, are current on their shots and are microchipped, and they would love to be adopted together. Meet this medium-hair girl with exquisite eyes at Save Our Strays’ Cat Haven in Pinellas Park. Call a volunteer at 545-1116 or visit www.saveourstraysinc.com.
Mercy me, meet Mercy, the sweetest little female pit bull terrier you may ever meet. Mercy is a bit camera shy, but she loves belly rubs. You must own your home to adopt Mercy, due to many apartment breed restrictions that sometimes cause pit bulls to be returned to shelters. Mercy is 1 year old, spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. Visit her at Pet Pal Animal Shelter at 405 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg on Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 328-7738.
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.
It began in 2010. At the time, the projects were piling up and somehow a dent had to be made in getting some expensive capital projects underway.
“We have been on this 10-acre campus since the early ’60s,” said Gallagher. “Several buildings have been built since then, so we have capital needs to enhance the conditions to make it easier for us to care for the animals.”
Thus, she founded the group Women Working Together for Animals at SPCA Tampa Bay.
Gallagher explained there are various levels of involvement that a woman can choose. Full membership is $1,000 a year with a two-year commitment. For a matching membership, the woman asks her company to match her donation. Half membership is $500 annually for two years, and the “threesome”
LARGO - Oscar created quite the stir when he arrived at Palm Garden of Pinellas in Largo to be screened as a therapy pet Sept. 13.
The black and white miniature pig on a leash remained calm as his adoring fans crowded to take his picture and snap selfies. His demeanor earned him a checkmark on his evaluation as a pet who would be well suited to visit the elderly and, in his case, autistic children.
Dog training comes in all shapes and sizes, with everyone having their own ideas and ways of getting their desired results.
I have been fortunate enough to meet and learn from many different types of trainers with experience in an assortment of backgrounds.
Having spent time working with all types of dogs in a variety of disciplines, including pet training, service work, search and rescue, detection, police protection, and competitive training, I know that you have to have an open mind and take every chance to learn from others.