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    1. Hernando Pet of the Week for May 29


      Pet of the week | Brody

      Brody is a an active 1-year-old Rhodesian ridgeback mix. He loves people and would make a great jogging buddy. His favorite thing is treats. Brody has been neutered, microchipped and is up to date on all of his vaccinations, including rabies. Inquiries about adopting Brody or other …

      Humane Society of the Nature Coast
    2. Photo gallery: Last Chance Corral lets orphaned or abandoned foals thrive


      ATHENS, Ohio — Orphaned, unwanted and some only days old, these fragile foals will need a lot of tender, attentive care to survive.

      A young foal rests in a sunbeam at the Last Chance Corral in Athens, Ohio, earlier in May. Orphaned, unwanted and only weeks old, the fragile foals are given the opportunity to live and grow without their mother at the non-profit horse rescue in southeastern Ohio. [John Minchillo | Associated Press]
    3. Find a Friend: Tom, the senior cat


      Tom, the senior cat, spent Mother's Day missing a lifelong family. It gave him up to the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center after receiving news of an arriving baby, even though experts like state pregnant women are unlikely to contract toxoplasmosis from owning a cat. Tom is a snuggly, …

       Tom, the senior cat, is looking for a new family.
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. 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.
    7. 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
    8. 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.
    9. 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
    10. 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.

      Keeva, a 4-week-old female chimp, came to the Tampa zoo by plane after her mother gave birth to her at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Keeva had a healthy birth, zoo officials said, but Mike McClure, general curator at The Maryland Zoo, said her birth mother wasn’t handling parenthood well. Staffers in Baltimore separated the baby chimp and nurtured her in the Zoo’s Chimpanzee Forest while they found a surrogate mother in Tampa.