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Keep an eye on your pets today | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Thursday’s letters to the editor.
Amid the bustle of the holidays, keep an eye on your pets so you don't need the services of someone like Jamie Katz, who is a pet detective in South Florida, seen with her two tracking dogs, Fletcher and Gable. Katz has a total of four dogs, all of which are trained to find missing animals. She and her team of canines have found lost cats, dogs, parrots and even a missing ferret. [Emily Michot | Miami Herald]

Amid the bustle of the holidays, keep an eye on your pets so you don't need the services of someone like Jamie Katz, who is a pet detective in South Florida, seen with her two tracking dogs, Fletcher and Gable. Katz has a total of four dogs, all of which are trained to find missing animals. She and her team of canines have found lost cats, dogs, parrots and even a missing ferret. [Emily Michot | Miami Herald]
Published Nov. 25

Tips on lost pets

Keep your pets safe

It’s Thanksgiving and families are excited to gather once again, but with extended family visiting, opening and forgetting to close doors — it is important to remember that our beloved pets are more at risk of getting lost this time of year. In preparation, it’s vital to know what to do when you encounter a friendly lost pet. Despite what you may have been taught, the right thing to do isn’t to take the pet to an animal shelter — it’s to hold onto them and let your community know where they can be found: post photos to social media, walk the pet around to see if anyone recognizes him/her, and file a found report online with your local shelter. Holding onto a found dog or cat for 48 hours vastly increases the likelihood of a family reunion. One animal shelter found that 85 percent of lost pets who were held for 48 hours were returned home, as opposed to 26 percent of pets taken directly to the shelter. This is likely because most pets don’t stray too far from home: a 2020 study out of Dallas found that nearly half of stray dogs were a mere 400 feet from home and almost all were within a mile of their houses.

Kristen Hassen, Austin, Texas

Where Christmas lights are bright

A Tampa Bay family got fined for early Christmas lights. Mariah Carey weighed in. | Nov. 19

Unbelievable. Now you can’t hang Christmas lights in November? Seriously? Between politics and now Christmas light rules, people will make an exodus from Florida, just like we did last summer. Come to North Carolina. People decorate for everything, and there are no overreaching rules.

Kathleen Dreyer, Asheboro , N.C.

Can’t help ourselves

Rittenhouse is acquitted | Nov. 20

If we really believe it is okay for a 17-year-old to walk through a city’s streets with a military-style semiautomatic rifle, kill two people and severely injure a third person, God help us. We clearly cannot help ourselves.

Penny Winkle, St. Petersburg