Ride Along

The Life of a Sarasota County Animal Services Officer Is Way More Complex Than You Might Think

We recently spent a day with animal services officer Jeffrey Henry to find out what it's like to corral critters for a living.

02/19/2024 By Sylvia Whitman

Adopt Don't Shop

Local Shelters Try Education Tactics to Keep Pet Intakes Down

Economic factors and other issues are prompting a reversal of the pandemic adoption craze.

11/13/2023 Photography by Sarah Owens/Community News Collaborative

Hot Dog

How to Keep Your Dog Safe in the Summer Heat

Dogs navigate the Florida summer in fur coats. Keep your precious pet safe with these tips.

07/03/2023 By Lauren Jackson

safe pets

How to Prepare Your Pets for a Hurricane Evacuation

Like humans, your pet should have a takeaway package with everything they'll need to weather the storm. Here's what to put in it.

09/26/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Feelin' Good

Owning a Dog Has Major Health Benefits

Studies have shown that dog owners have lower blood pressure and cholesterol and a lower resting heart rate than non-owners.

09/22/2022 By Matthew Gutierrez

The Purr-fect Salon

Fancy Felines Is Sarasota's First Cats-Only Grooming Salon

This salon is an oasis for felines, who are notoriously hard to groom.

09/06/2022 By Dariela Delgado

Another Day at the Paw-ffice

These Adorable Local Shop Pets Will Make You Smile

It's never a "ruff" day at the office when your coworker is covered in fur or feathers.

08/16/2022 By Dariela Delgado

Adopt Don't Shop

Manatee County to Hold Sixth Annual Large-Scale Adoption Event

Adopt-A-Palooza will feature more than 100 adoptable puppies, dogs, cats and kittens from local shelters and animal rescues.

05/06/2022 By Staff

I woof you

A Modern Renovation Helps the Sarasota County Humane Society Save More Animals

The $8.5 million dollar expansion of the no-kill shelter increased its capacity for care by 50 percent.

02/17/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Boo Bow Wow Meow

Protect Pets This Halloween With These Five Tips

A Sarasota veterinarian shares some safety tips for our fur babies.

10/29/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Animals in Need

Animal Shelters Are Still Feeling the Effects of the Pandemic—and Now It's Kitten Season

The pandemic has contributed to an uptick of kittens and other animals in need of adoption in our area.

06/09/2021 By Emma Moneuse

Furry fun

Enjoy a Dog-Tastic Day in Lakewood Ranch Next Weekend

Woof Gang Bakery is hosting a carnival-themed event at Premier Sports Campus on Saturday, June 5. Proceeds will go to local animal shelters.

05/28/2021 By Allison Forsyth

No Fear

Meet Monster, a Beloved Neighborhood Cat Who Lives Up to Her Name

The stealthy neighborhood feline uses her nine lives to keep dogs and their walkers on their toes.

05/21/2021 By Kim Doleatto

New Home

Bradenton Animal Rescue is Getting a $10 Million Upgrade in September

Nate's Honor Animal Rescue is building a 31,000 square-foot adoption, vet and training center as part of its original location.

02/25/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Pet Care

Holistic Veterinary Office Opens in Sarasota

The Red Fox Institute offers integrative treatment for pets.

11/24/2020 By Staff

Outdoor Adventures

Let's Spend a Day at the Beach With the Dog

Venice's Brohard Beach and Paw Park lets you bring your canine companion along for a day of surf and sun.

09/23/2020 By Allison Forsyth


Suncoast Humane Society To Launch Drive-Up Wellness Clinic

Vaccines, microchips, fecal tests, FELV/FIV tests, nail trims, deworming, heartworm tests and heartworm/flea products will be available.

05/05/2020 By Staff

Health News

Veterinary Hospitals Face Critical Blood Shortages

Cats have three different feline-specific blood types and dogs have six, but greyhounds are considered universal canine donors.

01/27/2020 By Staff

Patio Pups

Seven Fun Spots to Dine With Your Doggie

You don't have to leave man's best friend behind when dining out.

09/16/2019 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Guide to Giving

The Lost Pet Services 941 Facebook Page Reunites Lost Pets With Their Owners

“That’s the goal: to be the one place people can go to, so that no pets fall through the cracks.”

09/02/2019 By Ilene Denton