<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - ]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcmiami.com/feature/all-about-animals http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:53:49 -0500 Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:53:49 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Pet of the Week: PeeWee]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:12:38 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/pet+of+the+week+peewee+122014.PNG Our pet of the week from the Humane Society of Greater Miami is PeeWee, an 8-month-old Boston Terrier/Jack Russell Terrier mix.]]> <![CDATA[Pet of the Week: PeeWee]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:11:41 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/pet+of+the+week+peewee+122014.PNG

Our pet of the week is PeeWee, an 8-month-old Boston Terrier/Jack Russell Terrier mix from the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

PeeWee is an active, friendly dog. He gets along well with people as well as other dogs at the shelter.

All adoptions include spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchipping. For more information on how to adopt PeeWee or any other animal, call 305-696-0800 or visit the Humane Society's website here

For more animal news, visit our new All About Animals page.

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<![CDATA[Broward Humane Society's Adoptable Pets: Dec. 18, 2014]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:14:47 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/181214Brownie+520738.jpg Broward Humane Society's Adoptable Pets Dec. 18, 2014]]> <![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets - Dec. 19, 2014]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:48:29 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/Rosa+A1662032.jpg Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets - Dec. 19, 2014]]> <![CDATA[Bucket List for Dying Dog]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:48:30 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/cane-pic.jpg

Instead of sitting inside on a chilly, mid-December evening, Anna and Justin Carter are bundled up and headed out. They have to - it was Cane's idea.

"It was a way for us to cope and turn a tragic event into something positive," Anna Carter told NBCDFW about her and her husband's idea to start "Cane's Bucket List."

Cane is the Carter family pit bull, a 6-year-old they rescued from the Wylie Animal Shelter the day after Christmas, 2008.

"In the past six years, he's proven time and time again how incredibly resilient and loving and unconditional this breed is," Carter said. "All they really want is to love and to be loved."

So that is exactly what the Carters have done since.

That love lead them to trust their gut and get a lump in Cane's throat checked out last month. And when the veterinarian told them it was Thyroid cancer, it was that same love that made the decision to begin expensive chemotherapy treatments an easy one. And it was love that convinced the Carters the best way to spend their dog's final days and months was to do so completing a bucket list of stuff Cane enjoys.

"Because it keeps us focused on keeping him happy, watching him be excited getting, anticipating his reactions to these experiences. Capturing those special moments," Carter said.

And the couple is dedicating as much free time as they can find to cross off the 15 items on the list.

Items like:

Number 3 on Cane's Bucket List - "Tuxedo and bow tie pictures by the Christmas tree."

Number 4 - "Parks. Lots and lots of parks all around DFW."

"And surprisingly I've been telling my family and friends it's been incredibly therapeutic and we truly believe that by doing this we'll be able to look back and know that we've done everything we can both medically, but more importantly emotionally," Carter said about the process. "For the sake of his happiness [to know] that we won't be looking back regretting that we didn't do everything we could."

So bundled up on this Tuesday night, the Carters are checking off list Number 10 - "Pictures in front of the Dallas skyline."

Justin Carter asked Anna to marry him while they were visiting Reunion Tower and the couple later married inside the Bank of America Plaza, so the two prominent features of the skyline have a deep meaning to the Carters.

The couple also has a deep affection for the pit bull breed, the inspiration for Bucket List Number 15 - "Paw it forward."

"By sharing his story, if it can lead to one additional person viewing the pit bull breed in a positive light, if it can lead to one additional pit bull in shelter death row from being rescued into a very loving family [then it is worth it,]" Carter said.

"I think we've succeeded in giving Cane a larger purpose and helping others see how incredibly amazing the pit bull breed can be if given the chance to be part of a very loving and cared for family," Carter told NBCDFW.
 

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<![CDATA[Rooster, Dog Saved From Fire in Lauderhill]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:05:53 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/121514+rooster+saved+from+fire.jpg

A pet rooster and dog were saved after a fast-moving fire swept through a Lauderhill house Sunday night.

Flames engulfed the house in the area of Northwest 9th Street and 32nd Avenue, Lauderhill Fore Rescue officials said.

Firefighters were able to save a pet rooster and dog from the fire. One person suffered smoke inhalation.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire.

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<![CDATA[Pets as Presents?]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:44:24 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015991781_1200x675_372259395775.jpg While the sight of a puppy under the Christmas tree may be adorable, there are many things to consider before giving the gift of a sentient being that will live for roughly 15 years.]]> <![CDATA[Broward Humane Society's Adoptable Pets - Dec. 12, 2014]]> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:04:58 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Aquilles+520161.jpg Broward Humane Society's Adoptable Pets - Dec. 12, 2014

Photo Credit: Humane Society of Broward County]]>
<![CDATA[Pets as Presents?]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:45:19 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/sadpupplychristmas.JPG

As the holiday season approaches, many families decide to surprise their loved ones with a Christmas kitty or a Hanukkah hound. While the sight of a puppy under the Christmas tree may be adorable, there are many things to consider before giving the gift of a sentient being that will live for roughly 15 years. Here are just a few things to consider:

Does the recipient want a pet?

If you are shopping for an adult, don’t be afraid to ruin a potential surprise. Many people love animals and gush profusely over them, yet lack the desire or the ability to keep a pet of their own. Pet ownership requires time, effort, energy and commitment. If your loved one cannot provide a suitable environment for a pet, or simply does not want to, please do not give them one as a gift. Do not assume they will change their mind or make adjustments when they see that cuddly kitten in their Christmas stocking. If they tell you they do not want a pet, respect their wishes.

Do the children understand that a pet is a responsibility?

Children tire of new things quickly, and younger kids may be frightened of a nipping puppy or a kitten’s sharp claws. Be certain that your children have had enough exposure to animals for you to assess whether or not they are ready to live with one. Make sure your children are not allergic to pet hair or dander before considering adding a pet to your family. Most importantly, be sure you are ready to care for the new pet yourself, and that *your* lifestyle is compatible with a new pet. While bringing home a pet is a great opportunity to teach kids responsibility, prepare for the worst case scenario of having to pick up their slack, just in case.

Is now the right time?

The hectic holiday season may not be the best time to do an honest lifestyle assessment, or to help a new pet acclimate. New pets come with new rules, especially for children. And the chaotic holiday season is not the best time for rolling out a new set of expectations. It is always our recommendation to add a pet to the family either before or after the holiday hustle and bustle.


If you have decided you are ready for a pet, decide if you would like to adopt an adult, or bring home a puppy or kitten. Puppies and kittens (especially puppies), whilst adorable, require a tremendous amount of patience and work. They cry throughout the night. They need to be potty trained. They need to be socialized, and are constantly learning. They chew, they jump, they make mistakes. And just when you think the puppy nonsense is over, they morph into rebellious adolescents. Our young Zohan was an easy puppy, but his adolescence was a nightmare. Raising him from eight weeks was rewarding and fun, and was he ever cute! But make no mistake - it was a lot of work. Ask yourself if you have the patience for a puppy, and be honest.

The other option is to adopt an older pet. The down side is that you miss out on the puppy/kitten phase. The upside is that you miss out on the puppy/kitten phase! While adopting an older pet can mean adopting a pet with an uncertain medical or behavioral history, reputable rescues do a great job of maintaining histories when possible. A certified trainer or behaviorist will often offer pet selection services that can help you to assess an older pet’s temperament. Their trained eyes can easily spot behaviors and character traits that can help you to choose a pet with the right temperament for your family. It is always wise to consult these caring professionals when bringing home a new addition, whether it be a youngster or an adult.

For the past few years, roughly 25 percent of dogs in shelters have been purebreds. While the numbers are lower for cats, it is not at all unusual to find a Siamese, Himalayan, Persian or Manx in a shelter. Consider a visit to your local shelter or rescue organization, or look for breed specific rescues that operate as a series of foster homes. A simple Google search such as “German Shepherd rescue, Miami” is a great place to start. In addition to older pets, these organizations have many puppies and kittens looking for permanent homes. Recent studies have also suggested that pets who are adopted and given as gifts have fewer chances of being surrendered than those who have been purchased.

If you would rather purchase a puppy from a breeder, be sure to choose one that is reputable. Such breeders are registered with the AKC and can provide references upon request. They should be licensed and compliant with local ordinances, and willing to consent to a home visit. In Miami Dade County, it is the law for all breeders to be licensed, and for all dogs and cats sold to have a microchip and a health certificate signed by a veterinarian. It is strongly recommended that you find a breeder who provides health testing for their animals. These are genetic screenings that test for breed specific problems on animals that are used for breeding. While the cost of these tests is ultimately passed on to the purchaser, it is well worth the money, as well as the peace of mind to know that your pet comes from a line devoid of common genetic problems. In other words, more money spent at the time of purchase equals less money spent at the vet!

If you've done your homework, and decide your family is ready for a pet, please adopt before you shop.

Puppies purchased from pet stores are more likely to suffer from both behavioral and medical problems. Our little Grendel is a three-time rescue who originally came from a low cost, high volume puppy store. While we love her dearly, her medical record is a litany of congenital problems that never should have been passed along to another generation. Such stores are often breeding grounds for highly contagious, often deadly diseases such as parvo, distemper and canine influenza. If you need assistance finding a reputable breeder, please contact the American Kennel Club before visiting a puppy or pet store.

It’s a lot to think about - and that’s the point! Every January our shelters are flooded with discarded holiday “gifts”. Every pet deserves a forever home, not just a home for the holidays.

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<![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets - Dec. 11, 2014]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:29:48 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/Jerry+A1660659.jpg Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets - Dec. 11, 2014]]> <![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Camille]]> Sat, 06 Dec 2014 14:29:33 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/potw+camille+12614.PNG

Our pet of the week is Camille, a 2-month-old Saint Bernard puppy from the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

Camille is a very sweet and well-behaved dog. She gets along well with other dogs at the shelter. Camille is going to be a very large dog. At one year old, she could weigh as much as 85 to 90 pounds.

All adoptions include spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchipping. For more information on how to adopt Camille or any other animal, call 305-696-0800 or visit the Humane Society's website here

For more animal news, visit our new All About Animals page.

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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Camille]]> Sat, 06 Dec 2014 14:23:40 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015887822_1200x675_368152131598.jpg Our pet of the week is Camille, a 2-month-old Saint Bernard from the Humane Society of Greater Miami.]]> <![CDATA[Adoptable Pets at Miami-Dade Animal Services: Dec 4]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 13:02:32 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*132/Polo+A1662166.jpg Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets- December 4, 2014.]]> <![CDATA[Broward Humane Society's Adoptable Pets - Dec. 4, 2014]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 12:50:17 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/041214Autumn+518444.jpg Broward Humane Society's Adoptable Pets - Dec. 4, 2014]]> <![CDATA[Broward County Animal Care's Last Chance Dogs]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 13:01:01 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/181*120/Hal-A17110000-%281%29.jpg These dogs are classified as "urgent" because they have been with the Animal Care department longer than most other dogs.]]> <![CDATA[Featured Pet: Major]]> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:59:55 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015787954_1200x675_365316163678.jpg Today's featured pet from Broward Animal Care and Adoption is Major, a one-year-old Mastiff.]]> <![CDATA[Featured Pet: Major]]> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 15:00:57 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/major+potw+113014.PNG

Our featured pet is Major, a 1-year-old Mastiff who wants to find a forever home.

Major is a friendly dog with a sweet personality. He is gentle, housebroken, and walks well on a leash. Major would make a great family dog.

Major's adoption fee is only $50 and includes neutering, vaccinations and microchip. For more information on how to adopt him or any other animal, call (954) 359-1313 or visit Broward County Animal Care's website here.

For more animal news, visit our new All About Animals page.

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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: King]]> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 12:28:01 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/king+potw+112914.PNG

Our pet of the week is King, a 1-year-old American Bulldog mix. King just couldn't wait to be featured on NBC 6, so he decided to make his TV debut a few minutes early when he joined Ryan Phillips for his weather segment!

King is an incredibly sweet and friendly dog. He is full of energy, and would do best in a home that can provide him with a good amount of room and lots of playtime.

Pooches in Pines is helping King find his forever home. His adoption includes vaccinations, neutering and microchipping.

For more information on how to adopt King or any other animal, visit the Pooches in Pines website here or on their Facebook page.

For more animal news, visit our new All About Animals page.

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<![CDATA[Dog Really Wants to be a Meteorologist]]> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 11:53:39 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/dog+meteorologist+112914.PNG Our pet of the week couldn't wait to be featured on NBC 6, so he decided to make his on-screen debut a few minutes early during the weather segment.]]> <![CDATA[All About Animals]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:22:06 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015771556_1200x675_364739651881.jpg Miami-Dade Animal Services discusses the importance of spaying and neutering your cats and dogs.]]> <![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets - Nov. 28, 2014]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:25:10 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/Lady+A1660489.jpg Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets - Nov. 28, 2014]]> <![CDATA[Local Shelters to Offer Black Friday Adoption Specials]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:51:47 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/shelter+black+friday+112214.jpg

Two Broward shelters are teaming up to find homeless pets new families for the holidays.

The Humane Society of Broward County and Broward County Animal Care will hold a "Name Your Price" pet adoption event on Black Friday, November 28th.

Both shelters will open an hour early at 9:30 a.m. with "door busters," where adoption fees will be waived for select pets. After the first hour, adopters will be able to name their own adoption fee for any pet over the age of 5 months. Regular adoption fees range from $25 to $100.

All pet adoptions from the shelters include spaying or neutering, preliminary vaccinations, microchips, heartworm tests for dogs over seven months, and feline leukemia tests for cats.

While the two shelters are not affiliated with each other, they say they are teaming up with the common goal of finding homes for animals in their care.

On Friday, November 28th, the Humane Society of Broward County will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., while Broward County Animal Care will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To learn more about the Black Friday deal, visit the Humane Society's website here, or Broward Animal Care's website here.

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

1. Keep your pet on his regular feeding schedule and feed your pet only his regular food. DO NOT give your pet any part of the turkey. While people may think that turkey is safe, often the seasoning from the turkey drippings, along with the skin and gravy can cause pancreatitis — inflammation of the pancreas. In particular, DO NOT feed your pet turkey bones! Turkey bones are particularly dangerous since they can splinter and cause intestinal damage.

2. Secure the garbage pail! Table scraps, food wrappings, bones and other items can be tempting to your pet. Even simple items like aluminum foil and the string from the turkey can be harmful if consumed. Be sure that all trash containers, both inside the house and outside, are securely closed so that animals cannot tear through the garbage for a private Thanksgiving feast.

3. Keep your pet in another room during dinnertime, so they can't sit and beg at the table. This way guests will not be tempted to give them any food.

4. Do not give pets chocolate, alcohol or eggnog! Chocolate is toxic and can affect the heart and nervous system, and eggnog can give them diarrhea.  Alcohol can cause coma and even death. Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh water to drink.

5. Most importantly, make sure your pet is wearing proper identification. Pets can easily escape through the front or back doors when guests come into your home. Remember that all dogs and cats (even “indoor cats”) within Broward County must be registered and wear the Broward County Rabies Registration tag on their collar. This is the best way to ensure that your pet is reunited with you if he or she becomes lost during the Thanksgiving holiday or any other day.

For more animal news, check out our new All About Animals page.



Photo Credit: Humane Society of Broward County and Broward Animal Care and Adoption]]>
<![CDATA[Featured Pet: Sabrina]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:53:12 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015684431_1200x675_362524227835.jpg Sabrina is an energetic puppy from the Humane Society of Broward County who is looking for a forever home.]]> <![CDATA[Featured Pet: Sabrina]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:12:58 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/sabrina+featured+pet+112314.PNG

Our featured pet from the Humane Society of Broward County is Sabrina, a 3-month-old Papillon/Jack Russell Terrier mix puppy.

Sabrina is only about four pounds now, and should be 8 to 10 pounds full-grown. She is a sweet, adorable pup that is full of energy. She is playful and loves toys. Sabrina needs a family with a lot of patience and plenty of energy to keep up with her.

For more information on how to adopt Sabrina or any other animal, call (954) 989-3977 or visit the Humane Society of Broward County's website here.

For more animal news, visit our new All About Animals page.

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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Max]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:11:37 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/potw+max+112214.PNG Our pet of the week from the Humane Society of Greater Miami is Max, a 2-month-old Chihuahua mix puppy.]]> <![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Max]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:12:03 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/potw+max+112214.PNG

Our pet of the week is Max, a 2-month-old Chihuahua mix puppy from the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

Max is a very sweet and well-behaved dog. He loves other dogs and even cats. Max won't get much bigger, and would make a great family dog.

All adoptions include spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchipping. For more information on how to adopt Max or any other animal, call 305-696-0800 or visit the Humane Society's website here.

For more animal news, visit our new All About Animals page. 

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<![CDATA[Tallest, Oldest Giraffe at Zoo Miami Dies]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:17:30 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tallest+giraffe+dies.jpg

Zoo Miami's tallest and oldest giraffe has died.

The 17-year-old male giraffe named Fezzik died during a veterinary exam Friday at 11:30 a.m.

Zoo officials said Fezzik had started to show difficulty in using his front right leg to walk. Zoo veterinarians sedated him to take a closer look at his leg. About a half hour into the procedure, the 2,263-pound giraffe arrested. Veterinarians tried to reverse the anesthesia and resuscitate him, but they were unsuccessful.

Fezzik was born at the St. Louis Zoo on May, 17, 1997. He was transferred to Zoo Miami on May 23, 1998. He was sharing an exhibit with six other giraffes and fathered numerous calves during his time at Zoo Miami.

Veterinarians are conducting additional exams to further investigate the death.



Photo Credit: Zoo Miami]]>
<![CDATA[Pregnant Dolphin Found Shot to Death on Florida Beach]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:52:38 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042214+baby+dolphin+miami+seaquarium+panama.jpg

Wildlife officials say a pregnant bottlenose dolphin was found shot dead on a Florida beach.

The dolphin, who was within weeks of giving birth, was found on Miramar Beach in the panhandle.

Necropsy results showed a bullet lodged in her lung and that she was shot on the upper right side, likely with a small caliber firearm. Officials said it's possible the dolphin was shot one to two days before she was found.

Officials said similar cases have been seen in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama in the last several years. Dolphins have been found strangled or shot, and one was found with a screwdriver lodged in its head.

"Unfortunately, these dolphins face many threats, including the continued impacts from the Gulf oil spill, fishing gear entanglements, and habitat loss," said Courtney Vail, Whale and Dolphin Conservation's Campaigns and Programs Manager, in a press release. "It is disheartening that they are also subjected to brutal attacks and targeted vandalism.”

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation is offering a $2,500 reward for information that may lead to an arrest. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Law Enforcement is investigating the case. Anyone with information is urged to call the NOAA Enforcement Hotline anonymously at 1-800-853-1964.



Photo Credit: Miami Seaquarium]]>
<![CDATA[All About Animals]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:01:08 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015668920_1200x675_361822275950.jpg Roxanne Vargas talks to Miami-Dade Animal Services about the importance of not forgetting shelter pets this Holiday season.]]> <![CDATA[Broward Humane Society's Adoptable Pets - Nov. 21, 2014]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:37:55 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Apple+Pie+519108.jpg This week's adoptable pets from the Broward Humane Society.]]> <![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets - Nov. 21, 2014]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:50:06 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*146/Skippy+A1659919.jpg Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets - Nov. 21, 2014]]> <![CDATA[Featured Pet: Buster]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:19:41 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015572791_1200x675_359462979668.jpg Our featured pet is Buster, a 1.5-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix who is looking for a forever home.]]> <![CDATA[Featured Pet: Buster]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:18:28 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/featured+pet+buster+1116.PNG

Our featured pet is Buster, a 1.5-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix who wants to find a forever home.

Buster is a friendly dog with a sweet personality. He is housebroken, walks well on a leash, and is well-trained already. Buster would make a great family dog.

Buster's adoption fee is only $50 and includes neutering, vaccinations and microchip. For more information on how to adopt him or any other animal, call (954) 359-1313 or visit Broward County Animal Care's website here.

For more animal news, visit our new All About Animals page. 

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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Homer]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:30:46 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015569567_1200x675_359177795565.jpg Our pet of the week is Homer, a 3-4 year old bulldog mix who is looking for a loving home.]]> <![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Homer]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:31:19 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/potw+homer+1115.PNG

Our pet of the week is Homer, a 3 - 4 year old bulldog mix who is looking for a loving home.

Homer is a gentle, easygoing dog. He was found begging for food on Lincoln Road, and a Good Samaritan brought him to an animal hospital. Saving Sage Animal Rescue took him in, and is now looking for a new family for Homer.

If you are interested in adopting Homer or any other animal, contact Saving Sage Animal Rescue at (305) 298-8346 or visit their Facebook page here.

For more animal news, visit our new All About Animals page.

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<![CDATA[All About Animals: Picking the Perfect Pet]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:12:01 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015558764_1200x675_358293059757.jpg The experts from Miami-Dade Animal Services share some insight on picking the perfect pet for your home.]]> <![CDATA[Broward Humane Society's Adoptable Pets - Nov. 14, 2014]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:51:16 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/111314Lilly+518548.JPG Adoptable cats, dogs and bunnies from the Humane Society of Broward County.

Photo Credit: Humane Society of Broward County]]>
<![CDATA[Dogs Suffering Mysterious Seizures in SoBe]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:54:09 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/rocco+for+web.jpg

Concern is growing among dog owners in Miami Beach after several dogs have suffered mysterious and sometimes fatal seizures.

Last week, dog owner Lorenzo Ramos said he was having lunch at Las Olas Cafe on 6th Street and Euclid Avenue when his 2-year-old French bulldog started having a violent seizure.

"He was getting really stiff," Ramos said. "It felt like he was burning from the inside."

Ramos said his dog Rocco had walked into some bushes earlier on Euclid at 5th Street and had possibly eaten something from the bushes.

He took Rocco to Miami Beach Hospital on Alton Road where he died just an hour later.

"I really miss him a lot," Ramos said.

Another four dogs have become sick in the same area and two of those have also died.

While the cause of the seizures is still unknown, the City of Miami Beach is beginning to investigate. Police are now honing in on the 500 block of Euclid Avenue to see if anything in the area could be causing the dogs to become ill.



Photo Credit: Lorenzo Ramos]]>
<![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets - Nov. 14, 2014]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:14:29 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*127/A1174715+Dukie.jpg Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets - Nov. 14, 2014]]> <![CDATA[Help! My Cat Is Peeing Everywhere!]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:09:02 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/8c39561954574202b9482d48102e0ea0.jpg

Many cat owners have had the unfortunate experience of living with a cat who suddenly decides that her litterbox is no longer to her liking. For reasons known only to the cat, beds, furniture, and carpets become fair game for answering nature’s call. While this behavior is often dismissed as spiteful, fussy, or eccentric, the truth is that our cats may be trying to tell us something. Let’s take a look at some of the causes of this frustrating behavior.

Your Cat May Be Sick

Cats who are suffering from urinary tract infections, diabetes, or kidney disease may be unable to get to the litter box in time. Before addressing any behavioral issues, take your kitty to the vet for a thorough checkup. An analysis of her blood and urine will determine if she is dealing with a medical or behavioral problem. In my experience, I have found that resolving any underlying medical problems almost always stops the unwanted behavior.

You May Not Have Enough Litter Boxes

Households with cats should contain one litter box per cat, plus one extra box. For some of us, that’s a lot of litter boxes, but just making this one change can prevent or eliminate the problem completely. Each box should be scooped daily and the litter changed at least once per week. When changing the litter, wash the box thoroughly with a mild, non-citrus based cleanser. Nobody likes a dirty, high-volume public restroom. And neither do our cats.

Our Cats Do Not Share Our Tastes

Cat owners are big fans of covered litter boxes. They keep odors out of our environment, and discourage dogs and young children from going exploring. However, those same covers trap odors inside the box, making for a very unpleasant experience our cats! The same holds true for perfumed cat litters and heavily scented cleansers. You may also have to try several different types and textures of litter before finding one your kitty likes. Remember, what works in our world might not necessarily work for our cats. Make sure all litter boxes are as long as your cat from the tip of her nose to the tip of her tail, and that she can get in and out of the boxes easily. Shallow boxes are a better choice for young kittens and senior cats. Be mindful of the placement of boxes as well. Cats appreciate peace and privacy when nature calls, so place boxes in low-traffic areas, away from noisy appliances and rumbling garage doors.

Your Cat May Be Stressed

While it may seem to us that cats have the perfect life, once again, we need to look at the environment from their point of view. Changes we take in stride can be confusing and upsetting for a cat. A new partner, a new pet, a new baby, a new work schedule - these are just a few of the things that can wreak havoc on a cat’s sense of security. An anxious cat may respond to Feliway, a synthetic pheromone that mimics the scent of a lactating mother cat. While odorless to humans, the scent is very powerful to cats and can give them the sense of well-being and calm that stems from knowing that “Mommy is here.” Feliway is available as a spray or diffuser and can be found on Amazon.com. Stress can be managed by enriching your cat’s environment with food puzzles, extra play sessions, and Cat Sitter DVDs that can be played while you are not at home. A shelf mounted to a window sill can provide hours of entertainment and relaxation, especially if the window faces a bird feeder or butterfly garden. These simple changes do wonders for alleviating boredom, which is yet another source of stress for our cats.

Your Cat May Feel Threatened

If you live in a multi-cat household, you may have a bully in your midst. Inter-cat intimidation can be very subtle, so watch out for staring contests and resource guarding. A bully cat may even guard the litter boxes! If you suspect your cat is being bullied, the bully needs to wear a cat-safe collar with a bell on it. This will warn your other cats of his presence and give them ample time to move away. Give your cats access to high places such as shelves and kitty condos, as height gives them a sense of security, as well other options for avoiding or escaping bullies.

It also helps to evaluate the outside of your home. South Florida is home to a large population of free-roaming and feral cats. Ferals may be visiting your yard while you are sleeping or away from your home. While their presence can easily go unnoticed by humans, our cats are acutely aware of theses uninvited guests. Outdoor cats may be hissing or glaring at your cat through sliding glass doors, or marking their territory just outside your home. This can cause tremendous anxiety for your cat, and can drive her to mark her territory inside your home. Discourage outdoor cats from eliminating near your home by replacing dirt with rocks or concrete. If you don’t want to tear up your gardens, place plastic forks with the prongs pointing up in the soil to prevent digging. And if you’re not growing edibles, a generous sprinkling of cayenne pepper will quickly and humanely let ferals know that your garden is not their bathroom. If you feed outdoor cats, make sure they are all spayed and neutered and feed them as far away from your home as possible.

Inappropriate elimination is the most common reason adult cats are surrendered to shelters. And adult cats with behavioral problems rarely make it out of shelters alive. With a little proactive management and a lot of empathy, we can help our fabulous felines live the rich, fulfilled life that they deserve.

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<![CDATA[Featured Pet: Bambi]]> Sun, 09 Nov 2014 13:43:43 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/bambi+featured+pet+nov+9.PNG

Our featured pet from the Humane Society of Broward County is Bambi, a 6-month-old Chihuahua.

Bambi is only about 6 pounds. He is a sweet dog, but is a little shy. He loves cuddling and being a lap dog. Bambi would do best in a quiet home.

For more information on how to adopt Bambi or any other animal, call (954) 989-3977 or visit the Humane Society of Broward County's website here.

For more animal news, visit our new All About Animals page.

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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Ace]]> Sat, 08 Nov 2014 14:09:35 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015462352_1200x675_355510339530.jpg Our pet of the week is Ace, a five-year-old Chihuahua mix who is looking for his forever home.]]> <![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Ace]]> Sat, 08 Nov 2014 14:09:54 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/00CD35F2.jpg

Our pet of the week is Ace, a 5-year-old chihuahua mix from the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

Ace is a very sweet and relaxed dog. He would love to be someone's lap dog, and would need very little training. Ace would make a great family dog.

For the month of November, all dogs over four years old and all cats over two years old at the Humane Society of Greater Miami have all of their adoption fees waived for Adopt a Senior Pet month.

All adoptions include spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchipping. For more information on how to adopt Ace or any other animal, call 305-696-0800 or visit the Humane Society's website here.

For more animal news, visit our new All About Animals page. 

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<![CDATA[Broward Humane Society's Adoptable Pets - Nov. 6, 2014]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 13:50:58 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/110614Albert+397961.jpg Broward Humane Society's Adoptable Pets - Nov. 6, 2014]]> <![CDATA[$500 Offered for Molly's Safe Return]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:45:43 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*160/8c31dc98253f4bdc9d0edcc28cce13e8.jpg

A family is heartbroken after having lost their 10-year-old, black and tan, 5-pound Yorkie.
Molly went missing on Friday, October 31st in the area of Miami Children's Hospital -- Schenley Park.
"Please help us find her," says Lourdes Milian. "She is in urgent need of medication."
If you have seen Molly, or know of her whereabouts, please call 305-490-4827.
The family is offering a $500 Reward for Molly's safe return.



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<![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets - Nov. 7, 2014]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:02:59 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/Kosmo+A1655877.jpg Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets - Nov. 7, 2014

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