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    1. Hernando Pet of the Week

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      SPCA of Hernando County

      Ellie is a 2-year-old tabby, playful and comical. She gets along well with other cats, and volunteers at the SPCA shelter feel she has been there longer than she deserves. Ellie would do great in a home to call her own. Inquiries about adopting Ellie and other cats and dogs may be made at …

       Ellie is a 2-year-old tabby who is very playful and comical. She plays well with other cats and volunteers at the SPCA shelter feel she has been there longer than she deserves. Ellie would do great at a home to call her own. Inquiries about adopting Ellie and other cats and dogs may be made at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Hernando County, 9075 Grant St., west of Brooksville. The shelter is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (closed on holidays). Adoption fees vary, and include rabies shot, heartworm testing, worming and spaying/neutering. Fees for cats also include testing for feline leukemia and AIDS. For information, call (352) 596-7000. Visit the website at spcaofhernando.com or find SPCA of Hernando on Facebook.
    2. Pet of the week: Princess the calico cat

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      Princess is a 6-year-old calico with beautiful blue eyes. She has a black, yellow, tan and white coat. She loves belly rubs and catnip toys. You can meet Princess at Friends of Strays, 2911 47th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 522.6566 or visit friendsofstrays.com.

      Princess is a 6-year-old Calico with beautiful blue eyes. She has a black, yellow, tan and white coat. She loves belly rubs and catnip toys. You can meet Princess at Friends of Strays, 2911 47th Ave. N. Call us at 727.522.6566, check our website a twww.friendsofstrays.com and like us on Facebook.
Photo Credit: Friends of Strays
    3. Find a friend: Lyla the 5-year-old shepherd mix

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      The first owner of Lyla, a 5-year-old shepherd mix, gave her up unceremoniously to the county shelter. She found a temporary home just hours before she would have become a statistic. Her foster family soon discovered a happy, healthy, friendly, potty-trained pal who loves car rides and other dogs. You can adopt Lyla …

      Lyla may not be the fanciest of friends, but she'll be the best one you've ever had. The first owner of this 5-year old Shepherd mix gave her up uncermoniously to the County shelter. Miraculously, she found a temporary home just hours before becoming a statistic. Her foster family soon discovered a happy, healthy, friendly, perfectly potty-trained pal who loves car rides and other dogs. It's your turn to be Lyla's miracle now. Adopt her fully spayed, vaccinated, micro-chipped and more from Friends of Hillsborough County Animals at friendsofhcas.org.
    4. Tips on traveling with your dog

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      Summer is a popular time for travel, and many people take the family dog along for the fun. Whether you're traveling by car or plane, a little extra planning will make your experience with your dog a happy and stress-free one. Here are some tips from the American Kennel Club:

    5. Pet of the week: Cora the hound-pointer mix

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      Humane Society of the Nature Coast

      Cora is a 3 1/2-year-old hound and pointer mix. She is a big girl with a big heart and loves to be with people. Cora is a smart dog, so it is best not to leave her alone outdoors. Cora is spayed, up to date on her age-appropriate vaccinations and has been microchipped. Inquiries …

       Cora is a 3-1/2-year-old hound and pointer mix dog. She is a big girl with a big heart, and loves to be with people as much as she can. Cora is a very smart dog, so it is best not to leave her alone outdoors. Cora is spayed, up-to-date on her age-appropriate vaccinations and has been microchipped. Inquiries about adopting Cora 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.
    6. Find A Friend: Maddon the tabby cat

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      Put him in, coach, he's ready to play. Maddon (ID No. 22983007) is a 2-year-old orange tabby ready to get called up to the majors in your clubhouse. He comes vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and licensed for just $20 as part of July's "Hot Dogs & Cool Cats" deal at Hillsborough County's Pet Resource Center, which is …

      Put him in coach, he's ready to play. Meet Maddon, a way-cool, 2-year old orange Tabby cat. He and all of the other boys and girls of summer invite you to check out batting practice during a special event this Saturday at the County shelter. Maddon (ID2273007) is ready to get called up to the majors in your clubhouse, so adopt him fully vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and licensed for just $20 as part of July's "Hot Dogs & Cool Cats" at Hillsborough County's Pet Resource Center, 440 N Falkenberg Road. www.HillsboroughCounty.org/pets, open daily 10 to 7.
    7. Find a friend: Angel, a 5-year-old Labrador mix

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      Second Chance Boxer Rescue

      Heaven must be missing an angel, Second Chance Boxer Rescue says, as this one spent weeks at the county animal resource center racking up friends and Facebook fans until being transferred to Second Chance Boxer Rescue. Angel loves everything about this life. From small kids to …

      Heaven must be missing an angel. This one spent weeks at the county animal resource center racking up friends and Facebook fans until Second Chance Boxer Rescue transferred her to safety. Angel loves everything about this life. From small kids to other dogs, this 5-year old Labrador-mix melts hearts with her gentle personality, golden glow, and spiffy tutu. To adopt Angel fully spayed, vacccinated, microchipped and housebroken, visit www.SaveaBoxer.org.
    8. Tips for pet safety during storms, emergencies

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      Tornadoes, fires, floods and hurricanes can be devastating, and being prepared can help you remain calm in the face of disaster. You should be prepared for all family members, including your pets, for when disaster strikes. Here is a five-step evacuation plan by Petplan to make sure pet owners know how to keep their …

    9. Pet of the week: Solitaire

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      Humane Society of the Nature Coast

      Solitaire is a domestic shorthair, about 1 1/2 years old. She can be shy at first. But once she warms up to someone, she becomes a sweetheart. Solitaire needs an understanding person who can work with her and get her to open up to the attention she wants. Inquiries about adopting …

       Solitaire is a domestic short hair cat, about 1-1/2 years old. She can be a shy girl at first, but once she warms up to you, she becomes a sweetheart. Solitaire needs an understanding person who can work with her and get her to open up to the attention she wants. Inquiries about adopting Solitaire or 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.
    10. Keep your dog safe in the car with these tips

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      No matter how cute it seems, it's a bad idea to let your dog ride on your lap or hang its head out the window of a moving vehicle.