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    1. Find A Friend: Ivy the Cat

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      St. Francis Rescue

      Ivy was a young mom struggling to care for her babies when rescued in the parking lot of a doughnut shop. Her kittens (Glazed, Jelly, Cake & Crueller) have since been adopted, and Ivy now hopes to kick off the fall season in a forever home of her own (bakery items not required). Ivy is …

      Ivy was a teenage mom struggling to care for her babies when rescued in the parking lot of a doughnut shop. Her kittens (Glazed, Jelly, Cake & Crueller) have since been adopted, and Ivy now hopes to kick off the fall season in a forever home of her own (bakery items not required). Ivy is short-haired but loves being brushed. She gets along fine with kids, dogs, and other cats. To adopt this affectionate year and half old kitty fully spayed, vaccinated, and more, visit StFrancisRescue.org or call (813) 830-7251.
    2. Sit! Stay! Listen! Pet Life Radio is on

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      Want to know the latest trends in carpeted cat furniture? What to do about your dog's strange skin rash? Or if you really can train a rabbit to walk on a leash?

    3. Video: Tampa felines earn owner $25,000(!) for top cat video

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      A Tampa cat owner is $25,000 richer this week after his internet video captured the grand prize in "The Friskies" — awards for the best Internet cat videos of the year.

      Chris Poole celebrates after hearing his named called as the grand prize winner. {Friskies photo]
    4. Hernando pet of the week for Sept. 19

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      PET OF THE WEEK

      Sport is a 4-year-old cocker spaniel mix. He loves to be held and carried around, and would like nothing more than to lay up against people and be pet. He also loves to play and gets along with most other dogs. Sport is neutered, microchipped and current on his age-appropriate vaccinations. …

       Sport is a 4-year-old cocker spaniel mix. He is a big love who just wants to cuddle. Sport loves to be held and carried around, and would love nothing more than to lay up against his people and be pet. He also loves to play with and gets along with most other dogs. Sport is neutered, microchipped and current on his age-appropriate vaccinations. Inquiries about adopting Sport or other dogs and cats can be made at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast shelter at Wiscon and Mobley roads, Brooksville. Visiting hours at the shelter is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The shelter is run strictly on donations; no government subsidies are provided. Adoption fees are $100 for dogs, $40 for adults cats and $65 for kittens, and cover the costs for all vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchipping. For information, call (352) 796-2711. Visit the website at humanerescue.org.
    5. Find A Friend: Chester the schnauzer

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      Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

      Chester is a happy, if lonely, 3-year-old miniature schnauzer. Often vocal to passersby at the county shelter, it's just song and dance to earn freedom and companionship. Chester quickly proves to be attentive, inquisitive, intelligent, affectionate — all traits …

      Photo courtesy of Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center 	Chester is a happy if lonely 3-year old miniature Snauzer. Often vocal to passersby at the County shelter, it's just a song and dance to earn freedom and companionship. Chester quickly proves to be attentive, inquisitive, intelligent, affectionate -- all traits typical of this popular breed. Adopt Chester, ID#25544941, fully vaccinated, neutered, licensed and microchipped at Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center at 440 Falkenburg Road. It's open daily 10 a.m.. to 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Pets. .
    6. Cat fanciers unite to give an image boost to beloved felines

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      For too long, cats have been the victim of ill-informed stereotypes — the manipulative Cheshire Cat, the prissy, white-furred gourmands from Fancy Feast commercials, the lazy and disdainful Garfield.

      Lisa-Maria Padilla says that cats, like mother-daughter duo Twyla, left, and Racy Mooner, can do anything that dogs can do. Padilla, a cat breeder in Reston, Va., says social media has helped break cat stereotypes.
    7. Find a friend: Shelby the shelty

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      Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

      Shelby the shelty is now more than happy to pose for photos. When rescued by a Hillsborough County animal control officer, this abandoned pooch looked much older than her 5 years. Weighing less than 15 pounds, she overcame anemia. Today she waits patiently for her next yummy …

      Shelby the Sheltie is now more than happy to pose for photos. When rescued by a Hillsborough County animal control officer, this abandoned sweetie looked much older than her five years. Weighing less than 15 pounds, she overcame anemia and waits patiently for her next yummy meal or treat. She has a mild personality, gets along well with others and enjoyed a fabulous spa day to restore her pretty coat. Adopt Shelby (ID#23753328) fully spayed, vaccinated, micro-chipped and licensed from the County’s Pet Resource Center on 440 Falkenburg Road, open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Pets. Photo courtesy of Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center.
    8. Hernando County pet of the week

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      Pet of the week

      Panda is a 4-year-old domestic shorthair mix. She is a sweet and loving cat and never shies away from affection. Panda is spayed, microchipped and up-to-date on all her age-appropriate vaccinations. Inquiries about adopting Panda and other cats and dogs can be made at the Humane Society of …

      Panda is a 4-year-old domestic shorthair mix. She is a sweet and loving cat who never shies away from affection. Panda is spayed, microchipped and up-to-date on all her age-appropriate vaccinations. Inquiries about adopting Pand and other cats and dogs can be made at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast shelter at Wiscon and Mobley roads, Brooksville. Visiting hours at the shelter is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The shelter is run strictly on donations; no government subsidies are provided. Adoption fees are $100 for dogs, $40 for adults cats and $65 for kittens, and cover the costs for all vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchipping. For information, call (352) 796-2711. Visit the website at humanerescue.org.
    9. Lost your pooch? There's an app for that

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      Any worried pet owner who has spent days hanging posters, making phone calls and knocking on neighbors' doors hopes there's a more scientific way to find a lost dog.

      Finding Rover founder John Polimeno speaks at a news conference in San Diego. In May, San Diego County Animal Services became the first shelter system in the country to adapt the facial recognition plan. Every dog entering the county’s three shelters will be put in the database.
    10. Pet-friendly dating sites match up animal lovers

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      LOS ANGELES — On these dating sites, a passion for pets will help you find more than just puppy love.

      When Joanie Pelzer signed up with a dog-friendly online dating service a few years ago, she included details about Hubbell, her 9-year-old chihuahua.