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Pets of the Week

This week’s available animals at local shelters in the Tampa Bay area
BeeGee, Emmy Lou, Hera and Hop-Along-Cassidy are looking for their forever homes. [PIPER CASTILLO]
BeeGee, Emmy Lou, Hera and Hop-Along-Cassidy are looking for their forever homes. [PIPER CASTILLO]
Published Jan. 29

Hernando - Emmy Lou

Emmy Lou [Hernando County Animal Services]

Emmy Lou (D#10322615) is a beautiful blue and white female terrier mix, about 4 ½ years old. She was found on U.S. 19 and Forest Oaks Boulevard in Spring Hill. Although friendly at intake, she was also scared. Since then she’s become calm and is a gentle, sweet soul. She has become a volunteer favorite and spends as much time as possible in the spree areas enjoying the outdoors and learning basic commands. Emmy Lou is spayed, micro-chipped, vaccinated, heartworm tested and will have a 1-yr county animal license at the time of adoption. She is available at Hernando County Animal Control, 19450 Oliver St., Brooksville. Visiting hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m Saturday. Adoption fees are $50 for adult dogs over 25 pounds, $70 for puppies and small dogs under 25 pounds, $25 for heartworm positive and senior dogs, $20 for adult cats and $40 for kittens. For more information/availability please contact Hernando County Animal Services at (352) 796-5062, or

Hillsborough - Hop-Along-Cassidy

Hop-Along-Cassidy [Second Chance Friends]

Howdy partner, this here pooch is known as Hillsborough’s own Hop-Along-Cassidy. But you can call him “Cass” for short. Just a few weeks ago, time was running out for Hop-Along-Cass at the big shelter where he arrived injured. Rescuers took one look at his frightened face and raised the funds for canine hip surgery. Now, little Cass is living the playful life of the goofball he really is. Hop-Along-Cass is only 5 months old and adores toys, kids. and other doggies. (He hasn’t met the feline species yet.) He’s housebroken, crate-trained, and friendlier than your favorite neighbor. Cass is just 27 pounds and still growing. His caramel coat, dreamy green eyes, and Carolina Dog ears turn heads on every path he trots. He comes fully vaccinated, neutered, microchipped, and more. Visit Find them on Facebook @SecondChanceFriendsInc.

Pasco - Hera

Hera [Pasco County Animal Services]

Hera is a stunning 8-year-old kitty available at Pasco County Animal Services, 19640 Dogpatch Lane, Land O’Lakes. She has been there since November. Since arriving at the shelter, she has been very scared but is slowly coming out of her shell. We have found that she has a great fondness for treats and quickly overcomes some of her fear with a bit of bribing. Once you win her over, she is happy to be petted and touched. The shelter is open noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and noon to 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Email

Pinellas County - Bee Gee

Bee Gee [Friends of Strays]

I am Bee Gee. My favorite things are butt rubs, taking in the smells, and quality time with my sister Daisy Duke. I am looking for a home that is loving and carefree. Additionally, some really nice humans have sponsored my adoption fee, so that I have a better chance of finding my furever home. If you are ready for a swanky young buck in the house, come stop by my room and swoon!

Contact Friends of Strays Animal Shelter at The shelter is open 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. We are located at 2911 47th Ave N., St. Petersburg. To view all available animals at Friends of Strays, visit


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  7. Port Richey is considering imposing boat launching fees at Nick’s Park. The parking lot at the riverfront park is particularly busy on weekends. [Times (2014)]
  8. An aerial photo shows the rescue of jet skier Cole Torrent from the stilt house where he spent the night after losing his jet ski off the Pasco County coast Tuesday. [Pasco County Sheriff's Office]
  9. Graduates enjoy fireworks at Bright House Field.
  10. State Attorney Bernie McCabe, right, has been working from home after suffering an "adverse health event." [Times (2018)]
  11. More than 100 people turned out Jan. 15, 2019, to give the Pasco County School Board their thoughts on the district's policy and procedures for transgender student rights. [JEFFREY S. SOLOCHEK  |  Times]
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