Animal House

Animal House: FEATHER: A Second-Chance Champion

Animal House: FEATHER: A Second-Chance Champion

Feather is a regal, brindle-colored racing greyhound. Alone in the shelter at approximately one year old, she no history except a tattooed ear. She was assumed to have likely failed on the racetrack like countless other greyhounds and given away, but unlike the other dogs who often met worse fates, this “failed” dog became an […]

Animal House: Have Pets, Will Travel

Animal House: Have Pets, Will Travel

If the family’s recent travels with a pet included unexpected difficulties, planning – plus travel-friendly pet gear – can make future trips more carefree. Planning is essential to streamline public transportation or lodging for pets. Packing functional gear specifically designed for pets, including smooth-rolling carriers, lightweight backpacks or collapsible strollers, can make activities easier and […]

Animal House: Asha, a Manatee Against the Odds

Animal House: Asha, a Manatee Against the Odds

In March 2021, a lone West Indian Manatee calf was found swimming along in Volusia County’s Halifax River amid waters far too cold for even healthy, mature manatees. Rescuers dubbed the year-old calf Asha and pulled her from the frigid waters on March 5. With open wounds, underweight and cold-stressed, Asha was in critical condition. […]

Animal House: Shelter from the Storm

Animal House: Shelter from the Storm

On Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1-2, Jacksonville supported a Hurricane Idalia Pet Flight Mission and Vehicle Transport Caravan that moved animals out of shelters in Florida to make room for pets affected by the storm. The flight was organized after Idalia, a Category 3 hurricane, made landfall Aug. 30 at Keaton Beach, Florida, in the […]

Animal House: Saving Sammy

Animal House: Saving Sammy

The first time I saved Sammy was in June 2017. She came to me as a foster. Sammy had made news among rescuers in Jacksonville that summer when she was frantically dashing back and forth across Beach Boulevard, terrified during thunderstorms. She had been surviving in thick woods next to Sam’s Club. Mistakenly thought to […]

Animal House: Something to Bark About

Animal House: Something to Bark About

It was raining cats and dogs inside the Avenues Mall lower level at the 2023 Petco Love Mega Pet Adoption Event on June 23-25. The event finally returned to Northeast Florida, having been on hold since October 2019 due to COVID-19 and economic factors. Petco stores at Marsh Landing Parkway and Kernan Village participated, while […]

Animal House: First Duval Public School Police K9 Maverick

Animal House: First Duval Public School Police K9 Maverick

K9 Maverick, the first Duval County School Police (DCSP) K9 and Northeast Florida’s first Firearms Detection K9, was sworn in by DCSP Chief Greg Burton on Wednesday, May 31, at Cline Auditorium. The new Duval County School Police Honor Guard presented the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance. The two-year-old Belgian Malinois received his DCSP […]

Animal House: Kittens, Kitnapping & Krusaders

Animal House: Kittens, Kitnapping & Krusaders

When a gorgeous, but gaunt, tabby cat with swirly fur appeared at Connie Williams’s home begging for food, Williams rushed to feed her distressed visitor. While the cat would approach and meow for food, it would run if Williams attempted to pet her. Thus began a daily routine between the nervous cat and the retired […]

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