1. From left: Chobani, Harrison and Ghost are staged in kennels where they remained available for adoption on Monday, Nov 27, 2023, at Pinellas County Animal Services on Ulmerton Road in the Largo area.
  2. In this Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, photo Tinkerbelle the Dog models a Martha Stewart Pets scarf sweater and a Santa hat during the PetSmart holiday collection preview in New York.
  3. Tinkerbelle the Dog models a Martha Stewart Pets scarf sweater and a Santa hat during the PetSmart holiday collection preview in New York in 2016. Studies show more than half of dog owners and nearly 40 percent of cat owners buy their pets gifts for Christmas or Hanukkah, according to the American Pet Products Association, an industry trade group.
  4. Lee Araujo steadies his dog Becca, a 7-year-old cocker spaniel, in his backyard in Largo on Oct. 27. Araujo said Becca is frightened at every sound and quick movement. Going on walks is too overstimulating. Becca was part of SPCA’s now-suspended partnership with Sunshine Pet stores and the Missouri-based Pinnacle Pet broker.
  5. Justine Griffin purchased War Feather, an 8-year-old thoroughbred gelding, after his racing career ended in 2022. She retrained him to compete in the Thoroughbred Makeover, a competition for retiring racehorses, held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.
  6. Savannah Boan is the lead caretaker of the gator nicknamed Jawlene, which was rescued with a missing top jaw.
  7. Daily activities of Clearwater Marine Aquarium animals, such as this one of Hope the dolphin, will be available 24 hours a day on the new zoolife website.
  8. Dogs interact during play group, a time for dogs to socialize while staff members monitor their behavior and personalities, at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center in Tampa. Animal shelters across the country are overrun with a post-pandemic flood of surrendered pets this year with a spike in euthanasia rates — but not in Tampa Bay.
  9. The house at 1908 E. Fifth Ave. in Ybor City is home to a rooster cemetery. Tommy Stephens, who buried two roosters there, is selling the house and hopes the cemetery remains on the property. Stephens is responsible for the city's ordinance that protects Ybor's chickens.
  10. Goldfinger sleeps on a couch at Kam Hearing's house. The cat previously belonged to Nancy Sauer, who left an inheritance for her seven Persians. She died in November and the cats have since been adopted by seven Tampa Bay families.
  11. A flamingo in Old Tampa Bay on Monday. Give the flamingos some space, and definitely do not try to pet them.
  12. Peaches the flamingo, rescued off the shore of St. Pete Beach on Friday, is recovering at Indian Shores’ Seaside Seabird Sanctuary.
  13. Jill Horstmann, founder of wildlife rescue and nonprofit Squirrelly AF, feeds a young squirrel at her home in St. Petersburg.
  14. Willow, a black lab and golden retriever mix, shakes water off while having fun during Dog Swim Day at Fossil Park Pool on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023 in St. Petersburg .
  15. The splash pad at Curtis Hixon Park is one of the many ways to get some relief from this week's heat wave.
  16. Jolie, a 5-year-old Australian Labradoodle, charms the room while receiving pets and smiles from registered nurse Tessa Hermesman,center, and registered nurse Branden Roberts while visiting a nursing station before meeting with patients at the Moffitt Cancer Center Magnolia campus in Tampa on Tuesday, Aug. 1. Jolie was one of three of Moffitt's Therapy Dogs making the rounds and collecting smiles. Jolie’s owner is Marlene Csunyo, a retired NICU nurse who has been volunteering with Jolie for three years with Moffitt's Therapy Dogs.
  17. Rabbits gather to eat food left by a resident on Tuesday in Wilton Manors. The Florida neighborhood is having to deal with a growing group of domestic lionhead rabbits on its streets after a breeder illegally let hers loose. Residents are trying to raise $20,000 to $40,000 needed to rescue them and get them into homes.
  18. A cat named Colby rests in the tall grass as the sun sets over the Tampa Bay at the Sunshine Skyway south fishing pier in Manatee County. “I imagine she would get to watch the sunset a lot,” Skyway Cats volunteer Katie Cagno said. “She usually likes that spot - right there where she is.”
  19. This June 16, 2023 Times file photo shows the outside of the animal shelter at The Humane Society of Tampa Bay. The shelter lethally injected an estimated 40 kittens on June 12 following a wave of the feline panleukopenia virus. [ CHLOE TROFATTER | Times ]
  20. Nancy Sauer’s Persian cats housed at The Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
  21. The Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa seen on Wednesday. Five dogs were killed in an RV fire just outside the fairgrounds Tuesday.
  22. Colleen Briggs cuddles her 8-month-old poodle named Bondi, during a walk a park near their home in New York. When Bondi recently became sick, a quick diagnosis found he was likely poisoned after nibbling unfinished marijuana joints.
  23. Baxter and Dutchess are two of many animals hoping to find "fur"ever homes.
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