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    1. Find a Friend: Sebastian the greyhound mix


      Don't let the wild tiger stripes fool you. Sebastian the 44-pound greyhound mix is a meek little lamb. With his smooth coat and even softer heart, the 10-month-old stray meets new visitors hesitantly but soon agrees to hugs and belly rubs. Unaware of his exotic good looks, Sebastian sits quietly in his kennel, waiting. …

      Sebastian, the greyhound mix
    2. Hernando Pet of the Week for May 22


      Pet of the week | Bonnie

      Bonnie is a giant, loving, 5-year-old calico. She loves hanging out on top of cat trees and soaking up attention, which she returns with kitty kisses. Bonnie is spayed, microchipped and up to date on her vaccinations. Inquiries about adopting Bonnie or other dogs and cats …

      Humane Society of the Nature Coast
    3. Pet-friendly hotels offer room service and massages for dogs


      ST. PETE BEACH — Laura Abbott typed five words into a Google search: "pet friendly, hotel, luxury, Florida." Up popped Loews Don CeSar Hotel.

      Boogie, a 12-year-old Shih Tzu, gets ready to dine Tuesday at the Loews Don CeSar Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach.
    4. Hernando Pet of the Week for May 15


      Pet of the week | KC

      KC is a 7-year-old domestic shorthair mix. She's been spayed, microchipped, declawed and is up to date on all her vaccinations. KC enjoys lots of affection and is easygoing, so she'll do well with kids and other pets. KC is currently at PetSmart, 1345 Wendy Court, Spring Hill. …

      Humane Society of the Nature Coast
    5. At Eckerd College, snakes, dogs, cats and a ferret 'graduate' (w/video)


      ST. PETERSBURG — Eckerd College held its third Pet Graduation ceremony Tuesday at the college's Fox Hall.

      Eckerd College president Donald Eastman backs off as he presents Nico the corn snake and his owner, senior Ryann Dragani, 22, right, with a certificate Tuesday at Eckerd College’s third annual Pet Graduation ceremony. Pet Council adviser Tonya Womack officiated. Dragani, a human development major, researched schools that accepted pets before deciding on Eckerd, where she has kept Nico for four years. About 25 students and their pets participated, including dogs, cats, a frog, a ferret, a Russian tortoise named Dennis, a rabbit named Boris and a duck named Patrick.
    6. Find A Friend: Sassy the spaniel mix


      Hillsborough Pet Resource Center

      It's puppy and kitten season, and folks clamor to cuddle and rescue little fur babies. But all too often, devoted moms like this lonely pooch are left behind with an empty nest. Sassy is a 1-year old, 34-pound stray spaniel mix found alone and nursing her litter. Bright-eyed Sassy …

      Sassy, the spaniel mix
    7. Baby chimp Keeva finds new home, mom at Lowry Park Zoo (w/video)

      Human Interest

      TAMPA — A chimpanzee at the Lowry Park Zoo got a foster baby this week as an early Mother's Day gift.

      A baby female chimpanzee, born at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore on March 12, has moved to Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo in search of a surrogate chimp mother after her birth mother was unable to properly care for her. [Dave Parkinson/Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo]
    8. Find a friend: Chip the retriever mix is looking for a new home


      Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

      Chip's perpetual smile is inspiring, especially since the innocent 2-year-old and his sister were abandoned. He's a pal for life with simple needs and is unconcerned with politics or sports rivalries. Chip is a medium-sized, purebred Florida brown dog that aims to please. …

      Architect Chris McAllister participated in last year’s event by building a log cabin, complete with an attic.
    9. Pet of the Week: Sierra Mist the cat


      Sierra Mist is as sweet and beautiful as the day is long. At 2 years old, Sierra Mist has spent the majority of her life, 741 days to be precise, at Friends of Strays, but is ready for a home of her own. Meet her at Friends of Strays, 2911 47th Ave. N in St. Petersburg. Learn more about our pets at (727) 522-6566 or …

      Photo Credit: Friends of Strays   Pictured: Sierra Mist
    10. Hernando Pet of the Week for May 1


      Bolt is a 3-year-old domestic medium-hair mix. She's been spayed, microchipped and is current on her vaccinations. Bolt can be "talkative." She loves getting her ears scratched and will be your best friend if you give her a good, loving home. Inquiries about adopting Bolt, as well as other dogs and cats, can be made at …

      Humane Society of the Nature Coast