BE AN ADVOCATE FOR THE ELDERLY: Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is seeking volunteers to advocate for residents in long-term care facilities like nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. Training and certification are provided and volunteers participate in council meetings, administrative assessments and complaint resolution in facilities. For information, call (727) 588-6912.
DOG DAYS OF AUGUST: Pinellas County Animal Services will offer reduced adoption fees of $25 for large dogs and $40 for puppies and small breeds during normal shelter adoption hours in August. Included is a medical checkup, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, internal and external parasite control, heartworm tests, feline leukemia testing and microchipping. Continuing with the celebration, $5 rabies vaccinations with the purchase of a required license will be available for pets during vaccine clinic hours.
On Saturday , the adoption fee for large dogs will be $7 as the dogs go to the beach. Paddling pools will be on site for the adoption dogs to enjoy and digital pictures will be taken for new adoptees to purchase, with proceeds going to the Animal Welfare Trust Fund.
Pinellas County Animal Services is at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the adoption center closing at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Rabies vaccinations are administered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 to 2:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. For information, visit www.pinellascounty.org/animalservices, or call (727) 582-2600.
SAVE OUR STRAYS is looking for volunteers to help foster a cat or a litter of kittens. Save Our Strays does not have a shelter facility and its current foster homes are full. Foster applicants must be able to drive, have their own transportation and be available for a home visit from a current volunteer prior to fostering. North county: (727) 481-5262; South county: (727) 871-0888. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BECOME A SHINE VOLUNTEER: Learn how to assist the elderly with health insurance needs by becoming a SHINE volunteer. SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) volunteers offer free counseling and assistance to seniors and those with disabilities on topics related to Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drugs, supplemental insurance and more. Comprehensive three -day training is provided. Costs for transportation are reimbursed and meals a refurnished. For information, call Sue Samson at (727) 570-9696, Ext. 234 or visit www.floridashine.org to fill out an online application.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CREDIT REPORTS AND DEBT COLLECTORS: Pinellas County Consumer Protection will be holding a seminar to discuss the Fair Credit Reporting Act and to provide tips on dealing with debt and how to avoid scams promising credit repair or debt relief. The seminar will also cover the importance of maintaining good credit and limiting your debt. 10 a.m., Aug. 19 at the Hale Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. For information, (727) 298-3299.
PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES OFFERED: The Tarpon Springs Recreation Division is offering photography classes starting Aug. 20. Classes are open to participants 12 and older and will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave. Participants must supply their own camera. Cost is $50 per month. Class size will be limited and pre-registration is required. For information, call the recreation division at (727) 942-5628.