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Today's topic: adopt a pet

Since Oct. 1, 24 animals have been adopted from Citrus County Animal Control. During the last fiscal year a record 1,450 animals were adopted, more than Orange, Marion, Pasco and other larger counties.

Today's featured pet is Cinnamon, a red, 3-year-old spayed female chow chow. Other animals available for adoption at the Citrus County Animal Shelter include an adult male, gray and white Shih Tzu; an 18-month-old neutered male, black and tan hound mix; a brown and white, 18-month-old neutered male basenji mix; an adult male, tan and white, terrier/Old English sheepdog mix; a 18-month-old spayed female, tricolored hound mix; a 1-year-old male, black and white English springer spaniel; a 1-year-old female white spitz; a 3-year-old male, orange and white brittany spaniel;

many cats and kittens. All these animals plus many others are available for adoption through the shelter at the end of Airport Road in Inverness. Shelter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information, call 726-7660.

The last word

"The volunteers in the community sometimes get negative reactions, and we want to dispel this. We also want to get out the message of fire prevention awareness."

_ Capt. Ed Foster, Homosassa Volunteer Fire Department, commenting on the reasons for the hourly fire and safety demonstrations taking place today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Plantation Inn in Crystal River.

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