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Pet reptiles & amphibians: Instant Wow factor

Pet reptiles & amphibians: Instant Wow factor

They may not be furry or cuddly, but legal pet herptiles (reptiles and amphibians), are fascinating pets. They have unique skin, scales or shells, odd physical features, unexpected colors and mesmerizing behavior. Their striking appearance or almost-alien, “wow factor”, immediately attracts attention. They include common pet reptiles like lizards, snakes, turtles or tortoises, and amphibian […]

SENIOR PET ADOPTION

SENIOR PET ADOPTION

Animal rescuers are continuously amazed when mistreated or homeless animals, express  unconditional willingness to embrace and deeply bond with adopters, despite past traumatic experiences.  When a senior homeless pet catches the attention of a potential adopter, physically and emotionally they radiate joy if given another chance to spend their golden years safe and loved with […]

Giving the ‘purr-fect’ present

Giving the ‘purr-fect’ present

Few sights evoke heart-warming holiday sentiments as perfectly as images of a puppy, kitten, dog, or cat with a festive bow. Perhaps the furry creature is being hugged by a delighted child under a Christmas tree, or peeking out from inside of a beautifully wrapped gift box. The question of whether to give a live […]

Pet birds, parrots require special knowledge and care

Pet birds, parrots require special knowledge and care

Exotic, brilliantly colored parrots with their unique intelligence, speech abilities and personalities have fascinated people for centuries and were documented as pets in the earliest writings and artwork of ancient civilizations. Typically portrayed perched on the shoulders of pirates in movies or novels, this stereotype of parrots is actually based upon historical fact.  Pirates stole […]

Caring for world wildlife one exotic animal at a time

Caring for world wildlife one exotic animal at a time

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens veterinarians, Dr. Meredith Persky of San Marco, and Dr. Yousuf Jafarey of Riverside, may live 10 miles from their place of employment, but through their job they experience a little piece of nearly every corner of the world. Inside the 115-acre botanical gardens located on the Trout River, they care for […]

Caring for rescue animals provides rejuvenation for busy volunteers

Caring for rescue animals provides rejuvenation for busy volunteers

Their large dark eyes question as they push soft muzzles over the worn wooden fence, blow hot breath onto outstretched hands, and deeply inhale the scent of strangers. The horses, Amanda and George, who is named for the character in the children’s book, Curious George, are the official welcoming committee for CJ Acres Animal Rescue […]

Riverside fosters restore health to two ‘miracle’ kittens

Riverside fosters restore health to two ‘miracle’ kittens

Whether it’s an orphaned kitten that rode 38 miles on the frame of a tractor-trailer truck or a “COVID” orphan kitten, three days old, found in critical condition, only a truly dedicated foster-to-adoptive family could handle these two:  Juan Vegega and Hardee Mahoney of Riverside.  No one knows how the first orphan, a two–week-old male […]

Canine lifelines for children

Canine lifelines for children

When the hundred-pound golden retriever quietly pads onto campus and through the entrance of North Florida School of Special Education (NFSSE), everyday activities halt, replaced by excited student squeals and beaming teacher smiles.  Most rush to greet, kneel to pet or hug the calm dog with the friendly eyes, tail constantly wagging.  ZenBowie’s chill arrival […]

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