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Sarasota Bay Water Festival going to the dogs

Sarasota, Florida - The Sarasota Bay Water Festival has selected Vintage Paws Sanctuary as its nonprofit partner for 2013. The proceeds from the sale of beer and wine at the event on Saturday, November 2 will support the mission of Vintage Paws to provide care for displaced senior dogs. 

The Water Festival is pet-friendly, but don't forget your six-foot leash and doggie bags. The outdoor expo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the live music runs from noon until 7 p.m.

Sarasota health officials remind pet owners to vaccinate pets

Sarasota health officials remind pet owners to vaccinate pets

Sarasota, Florida- Protect your pet and your family by making sure your pet is vaccinated against rabies. World Rabies Day is on September 28. Sarasota County's health department is asking farmers to vaccinated farm animals too.

The animal species carrying rabies most often in Florida are raccoons, bats, foxes and unvaccinated outside cats.

According to Sarasota County Animal Services, there were 532 bites from dogs and 174 cat bites reported during the last 12 months.

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Health officials encourage pet vaccinations on World Rabies Day

Health officials encourage pet vaccinations on World Rabies Day

Sarasota, Florida --In recognition of World Rabies Day on Sept. 28, Sarasota County is emphasizing the importance of pet vaccinations to prevent rabies transmission.

Animal Services participates in National Adoption Weekend

Animal Services participates in National Adoption Weekend

Sarasota County, Florida --  Sheriff’s Office Animal Services will participate in PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend this Friday through Sunday, September 13-15.

Volunteers from People-4-Paws will bring adoptable dogs and cats from our shelter to PetSmart in The Landings shopping plaza, 4942 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Visit the PetSmart Charities’ adoption center inside PetSmart from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Make your pet a STAR!

Make your pet a STAR!

Venice, Florida -- Suncoast Humane Society is currently accepting 2014 Pet Calendar Photo Contest Entries!

Entries will be judged by an independent panel with 1 photo selected for the front cover, 1 for the back cover, each month will feature a Pet of the Month and 4 honorable mentions. 

All photos will be featured in the calendar. Each entry is $25 and receives a free calendar.

Nesting sea turtles need more help

Nesting sea turtles need more help

Sarasota, Florida - Nesting sea turtles have been keeping Mote's Sea Turtle Patrol busy. So far the biologists and volunteers that make up the patrol have documented 1,365 loggerhead nests and nine of the more rare green sea turtle nests on 35 miles of local beaches.

Researchers say this year's totals are strong and could possibly surpass record numbers. The official nesting season ends October 31st.

Kittens half off at Cat Depot extended through July

Kittens half off at Cat Depot extended through July

Sarasota, Florida -- Cat Depot is extending their half off kitten sale through the month of July. Over 200 kittens have been rescued since May, and kittens of all colors and sizes continue to arrive daily. Purebreds and select kittens may not be reduced, but the majority of kittens are priced at a mere $50.