Infectious dog disease hits Florida. Should pet owners be worried?

CIRDC Dog Disease — Courtesy: Shutterstock — MikeDotta With COVID-19 ravaging the world, there is another virus spreading across South Florida affecting a different part of the population: dogs. Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex, also known as “canine cough” or “kennel cough,” is caused by a group of bacteria and viruses, including the flu, that

Missing Maine cat found 7 years later, 1,500 miles away in Florida

Denise Cilley and her daughter adopted a cat from an animal shelter back in 2014 and decided to name the kitten Ashes — (Denise Cilley) A lost cat will be reuniting with its owner on Wednesday. That may sound simple, but this cat, whose owner lives in Chesterville, went missing seven years ago and turned

Need some stress relief? SPCA Florida relaunches ‘Doggie Date’ program

Doggie Date — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Rita_Kochmarjova Need a companion to go shopping with you? How about a lunch date? If so, SPCA Florida is offering you the perfect addition through one of its programs. The “Doggie Date” program, which allows residents to take dogs of all shapes, sizes, and ages (six months old and

Football fans use U.S. flag to rescue falling cat at the University of Miami-Appalachian State University game

Cat clings on to a wire below the 300 level seats during the first half of the University of Miami game versus Appalachian State at Hard Rock Stadium on Sept. 11, 2021 — Courtesy: Image by Jared Lennon The best play at the ACC University of Miami-Appalachian State University football game Saturday night happened within

South Florida celebrates National Dog Day 2021: ‘Yappy’ hour events & paw-fect treats

National Dog Day — Dogs Playing with Ball – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Stanimir G.Stoev While there are several unofficial national holidays to celebrate every day, this holiday is im-paw-ssible to miss! Thursday, Aug.26, is National Dog Day. National Dog Day is dedicated to your favorite companion, best friend, and loyal fur baby.  It

Florida invasive species battle continues as FWC bans “high-risk” reptiles from commercial breeding and pet ownership

Green Iguana – Courtesy: Image by Scottslm from Pixabay In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted on a new set of rules that would ban the commercial breeding practice and ownership of 16 “high-risk” reptiles in the state. The rule would allow current high-risk reptile owners to keep the

Flying Squirrel Trafficking ring in Florida results in six arrests, one suspect at large

Courtesy: Image by sowwwww from Pixabay According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, six arrests have been made in an illegal trafficking ring that focused on trapping flying squirrels in Florida and selling them to overseas buyers in Asia.  The flying squirrel is a protected wild animal species in Florida and is sold