Pets

Disaster preparedness for your pets

Disaster preparedness for your pets

Santa Rosa County was spared from the devastation of Hurricane Irma this week, but the practice session of preparing for a major hurricane provided some insight into areas of readiness we are lacking in. One of the topics that leaves many residents with questions is preparing to evacuate or shelter in place with pets. One […]

Pets take bite out of millennial wallets

Pets take bite out of millennial wallets

Americans own more pets than ever before – and that means they are spending more on their animals. The number of American households with a pet rose to 84.6 million this year, up from 79.7 million animal-owning households in 2015. In 2017, pet expenditures nationwide are expected to reach an estimated $69 billion, according to […]

Eclipse brings bizarre animal behavior

Eclipse brings bizarre animal behavior

Through the centuries, little research has been done on animal behavior during solar eclipses, but what little data and anecdotal information is out there paints a weird picture. From destroying their homes to hiding in fear to freezing in place, species of all kinds appear to be effected by the temporary loss of sunlight. So […]

Creatures from the plastic lagoon

Creatures from the plastic lagoon

Reptile enthusiasts of a certain age likely remember the tiny turtles sold in lagoon containers, swimming in the nonexistent shade of a thumb-sized plastic palm tree. They lived short lives at the hands of the children who pined for them. But the times – and regulations — have changed. Housing a pet turtle, especially an […]

Animal Services takes aim at pet homelessness

Animal Services takes aim at pet homelessness

Americans who wish to bring home a furry friend are faced with a multitude of choices. Fluffy the Norwegian forest cat might come from a close friend burdened by debt. Teddy the poodle may be found at a recommended breeder, and Fido the mutt just might jump into your arms from the pens at a […]

Kitten season taxes shelters

Kitten season taxes shelters

Vicki Hoff, manager of the Save Our Cats and Kittens (SOCKS) shelter in Fort Walton Beach, arrived at work one morning to find a box wrapped in garbage bags sitting at the front door. Inside was a kitten – “maybe two to three weeks old,” Hoff said. For cat lovers, there’s no such thing as […]

Flea Barket aims to honor shop’s cat and promote local business

Flea Barket aims to honor shop’s cat and promote local business

In honor of the passing of Pet Nation’s 14-year-old tabby cat Tiger Woods, the locally owned pet supply store intends to hold a charity Flea Barket selling a variety of items for humans and pets July 8 outside the store. Pet Nation owner Holly Elassaad said the event, to be held at 1898 Andorra Street […]

Meals on Wheels program extends its reach to pets

Meals on Wheels program extends its reach to pets

Josh Newby of the Council on Aging of West Florida can’t say for sure that senior citizens in need have had more issues affording food for their pets in recent years. But he does know one thing. “I would say the recent focus on this issue stems from new research showing the positive effects pets […]

Dog flu spreading in Florida

Dog flu spreading in Florida

More than a dozen cases of H3N2 Canine Influenza Virus, commonly known as dog flu, have been confirmed in the state of Florida as of May 31, and veterinarians in north and central Florida are seeing additional possible cases. This typically non-fatal virus has been circulating in the U.S. since 2015, but this is the […]

Prep pets for hurricane season

Prep pets for hurricane season

Hurricane season is here, and whether you are human or animal. Preparing for the worst could save a life. From goldfish and canaries to cats and dogs, Santa Rosa County Animal Services (SRCAS) has provided resources and advice for making sure all pets weather the storm safely. Read the full article in the June 1 […]

Variety of animals seeking forever homes

Variety of animals seeking forever homes

The Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter houses as many as 242 dogs, cats and other animals all looking for a forever home. Through circumstances that are often not the animals fault they end up in the county’s care after being abandoned by owners, running away or when owners are arrested or hospitalized. These loving animals […]

Saving with Soul rescues from the heart

Saving with Soul rescues from the heart

Saving with Soul Pet Rescue of Northwest Florida may not have a brick and mortar building, but they have a lot of heart and they spread it all across the Panhandle. More than 25 foster families from Santa Rosa to Walton County volunteer for the organization taking in dogs from local shelters that would otherwise […]

Military pets get helping hand

Military pets get helping hand

When a military family gets deployed out of the country, it can be scary. These families are dropping everything they know and sometimes moving entire continents away from everyone they know. Often they are leaving family far away. Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for […]

Trained dogs are happier dogs

Trained dogs are happier dogs

As good and responsible pet owners, it’s our job to set up our dogs for success every day.  Training can improve the life of your pet but it can also bring the two of you closer together through the training experience. But it can also be a life saver. Basic  training can save your dog […]

Door never stops revolving at county animal shelter

Door never stops revolving at county animal shelter

Santa Rosa County Animal Services is near full capacity at the moment, although that isn’t anything new for the shelter in Milton, according to county animal services director Dale Hamilton. Animals are always coming and going. “It’s a revolving door, but we try to get them out fairly quickly, whether it’s adoption or a rescue […]

Proper planning means smooth travels for Fido

Proper planning means smooth travels for Fido

On what USA Today calls “one of the worst travel days of the year” many families will be loading furry friends into the car to visit grandma for Christmas. But traveling with dogs and cats requires unique preparation and supplies. PetTravel.com is an informational website with tools and advice for a variety of travel to […]

Navarre shoppers not forgetting furry friends this Christmas

Navarre shoppers not forgetting furry friends this Christmas

Christmas shopping is in full swing for four-legged family members in Navarre said Pet Nation owner Holly Elassaad. Elassaad has seen a jump in shopping by her regular customers as they seek Christmas gifts for their pets this holiday season. “Christmas themed toys are always big, and we start selling those right around Black Friday, […]

Pet Insurance growing industry in United States

Pet Insurance growing industry in United States

Humans aren’t the only ones who can get health insurance. Pets can to. And while it’s not common yet for pet owners in the United States to consider the option of purchasing insurance for their pets, it is starting to grow in popularity, according to Emily Briggs, a customer service manager for Pet Plan. “It’s […]

Pet costumes grow in popularity

Pet costumes grow in popularity

As Halloween approaches, millions of pet owners in the U.S. are looking to dress up their furry friends in celebration of the holiday. In fact, more people are planning to dress their cats and dogs for Halloween than at any point in the last 10 years according to the National Retail Federation’s annual Halloween report. […]

Four little piggies get to stay home

Four little piggies get to stay home

The Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved an appeal to allow four pet pigs to remain with their family in a residential neighborhood Thursday, Sept. 22, during the monthly Special Rezoning meeting. Lana and Joseph Passman applied to the Zoning Board for a variance to allow their two Kune Kune pigs, Gypsy and Sunshine, […]

Zoning Board says ‘no way’ to pet pigs

Zoning Board says ‘no way’ to pet pigs

These little piggies need to find a new home. A Pace family may have to relocate their four pet pigs after a variance was denied by the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board Thursday, Aug. 11, to allow the pigs in a residential neighborhood. It was a close vote, split 3-3. The applicant, Joseph Passman said […]

Help your dog beat the heat

Help your dog beat the heat

It’s the beginning of August, historically Navarre’s hottest month and dog owners are looking for places to exercise their pets without overheating them.  However, with ordinances set forth by Santa Rosa County, the beach is not an option. As part of the animal control ordinance, Section 4-37 states: Animals are prohibited from public places in […]

Team Teddy: A story of loss and hope

Team Teddy:  A story of loss and hope

Teddy, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, was on the run in Navarre for four months before being reunited with his human mom and dad, John and Nancy Robertson of Cape Cod, Mass. Nancy Robertson recalled the day of his disappearance with grief as fresh as if it had just happened.  They were here on vacation. […]

Animal shelter issues urgent plea

Animal shelter issues urgent plea

Santa Rosa County’s animal shelter has issued an urgent plea for help from the community.  With a number of litters of dogs and cats being surrendered to the shelter, all of the kennels are full.  There is no more room.  Their list of needs includes volunteers, adopters and food donations. “We encourage anyone looking for […]

Innovation keeps special needs puppy on track

Innovation keeps special needs puppy on track

Steve and Nicki King of Holley by the Sea have three dogs, two of which are special needs.  Alfie, age 12, is an Old English Sheepdog who has a little trouble getting up and down in his older age.  He wears a special harness that allows the Kings to give him a lift up when […]

Save a life, foster a pet

Save a life, foster a pet

Animal shelters, humane societies and rescues across the country are looking for foster homes for their animals, and the Navarre and Pensacola areas are no exception.  Shelters are overcrowded, leaving some to be euthanized in order to manage the numbers they have.  Social media sites are inundated daily with lost or found pets and some […]

Wanted: Beach park for dogs

Wanted:  Beach park for dogs

Camille Abbamonte is a self-professed animal lover and advocate.  A couple of weeks ago she accidently stumbled across a beach dog park in Pensacola, so she stopped to take a look.  “I was in awe of how well it went, there must have been 40-50 dogs there.  Everyone was acting responsibly, the dogs were socializing, […]

Ball pythons: Good beginner reptile with variety of looks

Ball pythons: Good beginner reptile with variety of looks

Ball pythons have quickly become the snake of choice among beginner snake owners and experienced breeders.  In an article addressing the history of ball python morphs, Reptile Magazine accurately described ball pythons saying, “At the beginning of the 1990s, the ball python was a snake that everyone in town danced with, but no one wanted […]