Pinellas Pet News: Save Our Strays offers reduced adoption fee on black cats | Pets

Save Our Strays Inc. is celebrating Black Friday through December 8th with a reduced adoption fee of $ 40 for black and mostly black cats and kittens 4 months and older.

Black cats usually stay in the SOS shelter and foster families much longer than cats of other colors. “We hope that by highlighting the black / mostly black cats and kittens that we currently have available for adoption, we can help them find their homes forever,” said an SOS press release.

In some cases, if the adoptive parents also adopt a related cat, the foster mothers are willing to pay the kitten adoption fee.

There are common misconceptions about black cats. Here are a few interesting facts that could change your mind about black cat adoption:

• In some countries, such as Japan and Ireland, it is believed that black cats bring good luck.

• It’s in their genes: Genetic studies have shown that black cats are considered more resistant to disease.

All adoptable kittens live in foster homes. The adult cats are housed in the SOS Cat Haven facility. All are neutered or neutered, currently vaccinated and chipped. On the day of adoption, the adoptive parents also receive a discount for use at a local pet store.

For information and to adopt an SOS cat or kitten call 727-545-1116.

Save Our Strays Inc. is a non-profit, non-profit killing cat rescue organization whose mission is to shelter and find homes for abandoned or homeless cats and kittens in Pinellas County.

SPCA hosts Whiskers in Wonderland

LARGO – The Whiskers in Wonderland event will be held on Saturday, December 1st, 10 am-2pm at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo, instead.

Participants will have the opportunity to take a family and pet photo with Santa Claus and buy Christmas gifts from local vendors. There will be a bouncy castle, snow cones, polar express train rides and face painting. In Santa’s workshop, guests can also make their own toys for the shelter animals. There will be food too.

For more information, please email Ashley Rafferty at [email protected] or call 727-586-3591.

Puppy preschool in New Dawn

CLEARWATER – A six-week puppy pre-school session begins Saturday, December 1st, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the New Dawn Animal Behavior Center, 11501A 47th St. N., Clearwater.

Training is an important part of socialization and will help new puppies gain confidence and learn new skills. This six-week course is open to all puppies up to 6 months of age. For puppies older than 6 months, contact the New Dawn Animal Behavior Center.

The cost is $ 150. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, visit For more information, call 727-415-1567.

Both ends of the leash program to get started

CLEARWATER – A six-week session of “Both Ends of the Leash: Advanced Manner Training Class “. .

This six week course covers how to demonstrate all behaviors and helps dogs generalize the information they have learned in previous courses. The class includes the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Test, a certification program open to all dogs. Schoolchildren and dogs who want to advance their training without the goal of completing the CGC are also very welcome. Lessons last one hour each week. The cost is $ 150. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, visit For more information, call 727-415-1567.

SPCA Tampa Bay Veterinary Center hosts open days

ST. PETERSBURG – An open house will be held on Sunday, December 2, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the SPCA Tampa Bay Veterinary Center, 3250 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

During the centre’s two-year anniversary celebrations, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the facility. There will be refreshments. There will also be a Q&A session with the centre’s vets. Special guest speakers include Dr. Tania Oterio, Hill’s Science Diet, Bayer and behavioral trainer from New Dawn.

The event is free and public. For more information, contact Melissa Rivard at 727-220-1770.

New Dawn Manner Training Courses Discontinued

LARGO – The Basic Manners class begins Thursday, December 6th, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo.

The six-week course will teach your dog how fun it can be to follow cues and lay the foundation for skills critical to developing a well behaved puppy through reinforcement training. Untrained adolescent and adult dogs can be easily distracted from their surroundings, which is why this course is focused on important impulse control exercises. Lessons last one hour a week.

The cost is $ 150. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, visit

Call New Dawn at 727-415-1567 for information.

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