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  1. Find A Friend: Tandy, the Kitten

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    Put down the candy and pick up sweet Tandy. This 8-week old licorice-colored cutie and her snugly sister were rescued when they weighed less than a pint. Their favorite pastimes are wrestle-playing and napping. They sometimes fall asleep in the middle of a game. These babes are sweeter than candy corn and available …

    Tandy, an 8-week old licorice-colored cutie, and her snugly sister were rescued when they weighed less than a pint.
  2. Find a Friend: Beauty, the hound mix

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    Animal lovers see beauty and virtue where others might not. This pup's foster mom had that vision, turning challenges into faded memories with each dose of proper food and basic veterinary care. Meet Beauty: an 8-month-old, snow-white Heinz 57 mix of hound, Labrador and more. She was a standout during a recent Blessing …

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  3. Hernando Pet of the Week for Oct. 13

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    Katie is a young, spunky shepherd mix and came to the shelter from Webster. She is participating in the Heel to Heal program at the Hernando County Women's Correctional Facility and is working with trusties and trainer John Gore from New Sentry K9 Services to graduate with good citizenship and proficiency in 40 …

     Katie is a young, spunky shepherd mix and came to the shelter from Webster. She is participating in the Heel to Heal program at the Hernando County Women?€š€™s Correctional Facility and is working with trusties and trainer John Gore from New Sentry K9 Services to graduate with good citizenship and proficiency in 40 commands. Katie loves playing outdoors, so an active family would be a good match for her. She has been spayed, microchipped, vaccinated, heartworm tested and has a one-year county animal license. Inquiries about adopting Katie or other dogs and cats can be made at Hernando County Animal Services, 19450 Oliver St., Brooksville. Visiting hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 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 information, call (352) 796-5062. Visit the website at hernandocounty.us/animal/adoptions.
  4. Does your pet need an eye doctor?

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    When Kathy Ouelette's 98-pound Rottweiler, Bear, began bumping into things ("even into me," Ouelette said), she knew something was wrong. The Central Florida woman's veterinarian referred her to Dr. Daniel Priehs, an eye-disease specialist at Animal Eye Associates in nearby Maitland.

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  5. Find A Friend: Audrey, the Beagle mix

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    You may recognize this Mardi Gras model from Plant City's famous "Fashion, Feathers and Fur" extravaganza and pet fashion show. Audrey struts the catwalk like she owns it. Her fans line the aisles for the chance to stroke her silky ears, snap cell pics and steal puppy kisses. Little Audrey is really a down-to-earth gal …

    Audrey is really just a sweet, petite Southern hound that loves bacon.
  6. Find A Friend: Journey the Macaw

    Find a Friend: Journey, the macaw

    Find a Friend: Journey, the macaw

    Find a Friend: Journey, the macaw

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    Journey is this beautiful rescued blue-and-gold macaw. He's believed to be a 15-year-old male, and is learning how to talk. This mostly quiet bird is slowly learning to trust people again, and his cage remains his safe zone. Journey loves to shred paper, is getting used to toys, and appears to like dogs. He's meant for …

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  7. Hernando Pet of the Week for Oct. 6

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    Humane Society of the Nature Coast

    O'Riley arrived at the shelter emaciated and now is a handsome 6-year-old retriever mix that appreciates a good meal. He is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Inquiries about adopting O'Riley or other dogs and cats can be made at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast shelter …

     O?€š€™Riley arrived at the shelter emaciated and now is a handsome 6-year-old retriever mix that appreciates a good meal. He is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Inquiries about adopting O?€š€™Riley or other dogs and cats can be made at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast shelter at Wiscon and Mobley roads, Brooksville. Visiting hours at the shelter is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The shelter is run strictly on donations; no government subsidies are provided. Adoption fees are $100 for dogs, $40 for adults cats and $65 for kittens, and cover the costs for all vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchipping. For information, call (352) 796-2711. Visit the website at humanerescue.org.
  8. Pup fiction: A doggie film festival is coming to Tampa this weekend

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    Take your best friend on a leash Friday to Water Works Park on Tampa's Riverwalk for open-air screenings of selections from the NY Dog Film Festival at 6 and 8 p.m.

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  9. California weighs nation's first statewide ban on puppy mills

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    California could become the first state to outlaw so-called puppy mills with legislation that bans pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits that do not come from rescue organizations or shelters.

    A puppy at a pet store in Los Angeles. Should California Gov. Jerry Brown sign the bill, the state would become the first to make it illegal to sell dogs, cats and rabbits that do not come from rescue organizations or shelters. The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council called on Brown to veto the bill.
  10. Find A Friend: Bree, the cat

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    Bree is a descendant of one of the oldest feline breeds, the Abyssinian, linked to the ancient Egyptians. Known for their iridescent coats and animated personalities, they're now nicknamed "Aby-sillians." Human kindness once helped Bree and her brother rise up from an abyss. But the bonded pair are once again homeless …

    Bree is a descendant of one of the oldest feline breeds, the Abyssinian, linked to the ancient Egyptians.