Animal Services to host Santa pictures

Pinellas County Animal Services is kicking off the holiday season with Santa Claus and Captain Barky on Thursdays, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. Santa will be available for pictures for a $10 donation to the Animal Welfare Trust Fund.

LARGO – Pinellas County Animal Services will celebrate the holiday season by offering pet photos with Santa Claus and Captain Barky on Thursday, Dec. 6; and Thursday, Dec. 13, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo.

Pet owners can bring their pets to the shelter to have their picture taken with Santa for a $10 donation to the Animal Welfare Trust Fund. Each donor will also receive a 2019 calendar featuring furry friends from the shelter.

Those who adopt on Dec. 6 and 13 will receive the pet portrait free of charge.

All adoptable dogs and cats receive a medical checkup, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, internal and external parasite control, heartworm tests, feline leukemia testing and microchipping, valued at $200.

Pinellas County Animal Services is located at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Regular hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the adoption center closing at 5:30 p.m. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and services include adoptions. Rabies vaccinations are administered on Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. The facility is closed on all Pinellas County holidays.

For information on how to adopt, donate or volunteer, join Pinellas County Animal Services on Facebook. To learn more about the shelter, visit www.pinellascounty.org/animalservices or call 727-582-2600.

Animal Services announces Home for the Holidays campaign

LARGO – Pinellas County Animal Services aims to make the holidays a little brighter for dogs in need of a good home this season with Home for the Holidays, a program that allows residents to foster dogs for two nights in hopes they find the perfect fit for their family. The campaign got underway Dec. 1 and will run through Dec. 21.

Home for the Holidays is only available for adult large breed dogs, with a focus on dogs that have been with Animal Services for more than 100 days. If the fit is not perfect after two nights, the home still provides a comfortable break for the pet.

Those interested in adopting a pet this holiday season from Animal Services can do so for $5 for all cats and kittens, $25 for large adult dogs and $75 for small breeds and puppies. The adoption center is open every night until 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., but closed on Monday, Dec. 24, as well as Tuesday, Dec. 25.

Anyone interested in adopting or who has received training and is interested in fostering should call the Pinellas County Animal Services adoption coordinator at 727-582-2600, option 8, and schedule an appointment for pick up.

Doug Brightwell, director of Pinellas County Animal Services, cautions that not everyone should adopt a pet during the holidays. Adoption parents should be committed to offering a new furry family member a forever home. Animals are also not good gift ideas and those who would like to offer someone a new pet can purchase a gift certificate from Animal Services. This allows the future pet owner to make an informed decision and find the perfect match.

Pinellas County Animal Services is at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Normal hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the adoption center closing at 5:30 p.m. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and services include adoptions. Rabies vaccinations are administered on Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. The facility is closed on all Pinellas County holidays.

For information on how to adopt, donate or volunteer, join Pinellas County Animal Services on Facebook. To learn more about the shelter, visit www.pinellascounty.org/animalservices, or call 727-582-2600. The lost or found pet hotline is 727-582-2604.

Dog Magic class set

LARGO – Dog Magic: Communication Through Trick Training, a four-week course, will begin Saturday, Dec. 8, 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo.

Have you ever wondered how to tire out your dog without tiring yourself out in the process? In four weeks learn a variety of skills, such as sit pretty, spin in both directions, weave through legs, peekaboo, crawl and bow. These skills will engage your dog’s brain and body. Classes are 45 minutes long. Cost is $100. Preregistration is required. To register, visit newdawnabc.com/classes. For information, call 727-415-1567.

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