Renewing pet licenses just got easier in Pasco

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Published Jan. 20, 2020


Animal Services offers lifetime pet license

Pasco County Animal Services is now offering a lifetime pet license program and online purchasing system. Existing pet licenses can be replaced with a lifetime tag at the pet’s renewal date. The new tag eliminates the need for annual replacements.

Online purchasing is available for new or renewal licenses, or replacement tags, without visiting the shelter or a vet clinic. The online portal can be used to create a profile for each pet; upload proof of rabies vaccination; request new license tags, renew expired tags or order replacement tags; and make payments for licenses.

There is no change in costs for this upgraded service. Animal Services will send tags in the mail. Owners of unlicensed pets can receive fines of up to $125 per unlicensed pet. Visit for the fee schedule and a link to the online licensing portal. Call Animal Services at (813) 929-1212.

Document shredding offered at two sites

In celebration of Data Privacy Day, the Pasco County Clerk and Comptroller’s Office will host The Big Shred III at the following locations:

• 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 25 at the West Pasco Judicial Center, 7530 Little Road, New Port Richey.

• 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 1 at the Robert Sumner Judicial Center, 38053 Live Oak Ave., Dade City.

Residents can receive free document shredding for up to three copier-paper boxes or two tall kitchen trash bags of paper documents per vehicle. Documents must have staples, paperclips and other metal clasps removed.

Safe-driving class offered to seniors

The AARP Smart Driver Course will be offered at the following locations in February. The course is open to drivers 50 and older who, upon completion, may receive a discount on their auto insurance premiums. The certificate is valid for three years. The cost for the course is $15 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $20 for nonmembers. Space is limited; preregistration is required.

• Feb. 1, Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey; call Dave Sechrist, (727) 389-4055.

• Feb. 3, Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes; call Bev Cogdill, (813) 907-3908.

• Feb. 10, Meadow Pointe I Community Center, 28245 County Line Road, Wesley Chapel; call Dennis Smith, (813) 994-9832.

• Feb. 17, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday; call Mohan Hebbar, (407) 342-9300.

• Feb. 21, Zephyrhills Library, 5347 Eighth Ave., Zephyrhills; call Bev Cogdill, (813) 907-3908.

• Feb. 27, Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City; call Bev Cogdill, (813) 907-3908

Scholarship applications being accepted

The Sunshine Opportunity Scholarships program is accepting applications from Tampa Bay area high school seniors for its 2020 college scholarships. The application period runs through March 1.

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The awards are worth $20,000 over four years, renewable annually for students who remain in good academic standing. Applicants should be high-achieving high school seniors in Pasco, Pinellas or Hillsborough counties who have overcome significant obstacles in life and who plan to attend a public university in Florida for their undergraduate studies.

Up to 10 scholarships are expected to be awarded. Winners will be notified in April. Students may apply online at

The awards are sponsored by the Godbold Foundation of Tierra Verde. For information, contact scholarship administrator Nancy Waclewek, at


Railroad crossing closures scheduled for maintenance

CSX Railroad has scheduled railroad crossings to be closed for repair at locations starting in Duval County and ending in Pasco County, Jan. 13-Feb. 7. Each crossing will be closed for two to five days. Traffic will be rerouted during each closure, and signage will be in place to mark detour routes.

Local crossing closings are scheduled Feb. 3-7 at the following roadways: Bower Road, Cummer Road, Mickler Road and Owensboro/Old 301, Gould Road, Jordan Road, Pioneer Museum Road, River Road, MLK Boulevard, Tuskeegee Avenue, Wilson Court, Dixie Drive, Old Sparkman Road, Mudfish Road (Johnson Road).

Dates are subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen conditions.


Seminar to inform on human trafficking

The Pasco County Commission on Human Trafficking, in partnership with Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, will host a free Human Trafficking Awareness Seminar from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the church, 5340 High St. Sign-in begins at 6:30 p.m.

The seminar will include local experts from anti-trafficking organizations, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and the New Port Richey Police Department, who will discuss how human trafficking is being combated in Pasco County.

Donations will be collected at the door to benefit the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking’s Boys Safe Home and Sunrise Domestic and Sexual Violence Center. For information, email to


Math competition offered to high school students

Saint Leo University is offering high school students who enjoy mathematics the chance to participate in the American Mathematics Competition 10 or 12 at no cost. Both contests are scheduled for Feb. 5 at the Saint Leo campus at 33701 State Road 52, in Lewis Hall, Room 119. Students and their parents must arrive by 5:45 p.m. to be ready to start the contest at 6 p.m. Students participate as individuals in these timed, multiple-choice exams. Students have 75 minutes.

The AMC 10 is meant for students in grades 10 and lower, who are younger than 17.5 years on exam day. Questions cover high school math up to that grade level. The AMC 12 is for students in 12th grade or lower, who are younger than 19.5 years on exam day. The exam covers the high school math curriculum including trigonometry, advanced algebra and advanced geometry. There is no calculus.

Parents must register their students in advance by emailing Kevin Murphy at and include “AMC 10/12” in the subject line. Parents should provide in the text each student entrant’s name, age and school grade.


Women’s chorus seeks members

The Zephyr Sounds, an informal ladies barbershop chorus, invites women of all ages who love to sing to join the group. The chorus entertains at various parks in the area. Practices are held from 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays at Zephyrhills Wesleyan Church, 38924 C Ave.

Those interested in joining are asked to call Peggy Shear at (813) 991-9326, or come to a rehearsal. Those wishing to book a Zephyr Sound performance in the 2020 season, call Peggy to request a date for March or early April.

Support group offered for pet loss

Gulfside Hospice is offering a monthly pet loss support group for the community. The group meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of every month at the Rucki Center for Hospice Care, 5760 Dean Dairy Road. Upcoming dates include Jan. 30, Feb. 27 and March 26.

The group is facilitated by Gulfside Hospice chaplain Mike Merritt. Participants can share their feelings with others who are going through a similar experience, and work through the grief process together. For information, contact Merritt at (727) 845-5707.