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New drug for Feline Herpes of the eye.
Posted: June 28, 2016

This information was sent to me on 6/27/16  by a member to share with cat guardians, volunteers and fosters and is directly quoted. There is a [promising drug in the treatment] of FHV (Feline Herpes Virus)! But only in compound form. It's called Cidofovir o.5% Eye Drops. Here are a couple of links to give you more info:




This information came to me when my own experiences took me to University of Florida's Small Animal Hospital. I had x3 kittens that were not getting better with the standard Vet care, that consisted of BNP antibiotic eye ointment, Tobramycin drops, & oral antibiotics.


Amazingly, the visit there at UF was the answer! The brain storming between the UF Vet Ophthalmology doctors (Resident & Clinician), and their Grad student, was very educational, which ultimately sent me home with a script for Cidofovir. Then the next trick came trying to find an affordable Compound Pharmacy.....which ended up being Lincourt Compound Pharmacy in Clearwater. And it worked!! Kittens recovered quickly. :)


To arm you with this wonder medicine, I have called Lincourt to request a copy of this script, so that I can share it with you.  Having this information for whomever is trying to help them would be good info to know.




What do Iowa Puppy Mills have to do with Florida pet stores?
Posted: September 26, 2013

What do Iowa Puppy Mills have to do with Florida pet stores?

More than you can imagine! Learn the shocking truth about the Florida connection to Iowa puppy mills during Puppy Mills: From Iowa to Florida, an informative presentation conducted by Mary LaHay, President and Founder of Iowa Friends of Companion Animals.

Mary LaHay is coming to Florida  from Iowa to give her special presentation on Iowa puppy mills.  She was told that there were many dog lovers here who want to know what they can do about this cancer that exists regarding sales at pet stores of dogs bred in abysmal conditions. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear it straight from "the horses mouth", so to speak. We hope the variety of venues, listed below, will offer you a convenient location to meet and greet a woman who is working to change puppy mill dogs lives.

Puppy Mills: From Iowa to Florida,  is a powerful and informative presentation about commercial breeding facilities, also known as puppy mills, which put profits before animal welfare. Dogs at these mills are kept in deplorable conditions often resulting in sick puppies being sold to unaware consumers.
The presentations will include an update on Florida's Puppy Sellers' Disclosure Bill which was introduced for the first time in 2013. Although it did not pass, there is a great deal of support for 2014. Many Florida pet stores obtain puppies from out of state puppy mills and dupe consumers into thinking their puppy came from a local breeder. This bill would make disclosure a requirement and it would also prohibit the sale of dogs and cats at flea markets, roadsides and other outdoor locations.


Three presentations:

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
St. Petersburg College Veterinary Technology Center
12376 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33744

Thursday, October 10, 2013
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
SPCA Tampa Bay
9099 130th Avenue North
Largo, FL

Saturday, October 12, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Regency Park Branch Library
9701 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL 34654

Free to the public!

Additional details can be found here: http://www.iafriends.org
Help stop exploitation of tiger cubs!
Posted: September 3, 2013

After two years of work by Big Cat Rescue and a coalition of much larger animal welfare groups, USDA has finally posted in the Federal Register for public comment a proposed rule to stop the exploiters from using tiger cubs to make money charging people to pet them, take photos with them, or swim with them.  The bad guys are on the USDA comment site now urging USDA to kill the proposed rule. 

What is CRITICAL now is for all of us who care about these poor cubs to show USDA that the vast majority of Americans want this abuse stopped, and USDA should not listen to the greedy, selfish few who abuse these tiny cubs to make money.
These young animals are torn from their mothers at birth, physically punished to make them more docile, deprived of sleep, kept on display when sick, and, if they survive, stuck in tiny cages to languish for the rest of their lives once they are too big to pet.
We need to hugely outnumber the bad guys’ comments to win a victory for the cubs!  PLEASE take just a minute to stand up for these helpless cubs by clicking the link below to let USDA know that you support their proposed rule to stop this abuse.  Thank you!!

Note that the USDA site will only accept U.S. addresses.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:

Florida Congressman speaks up for sharks
Posted: September 3, 2013

On June 28, U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan (representing Florida’s 16th Congressional District) introduced a resolution condemning the killing of sharks for their fins. The resolution states: “the United States should ban and prevent the import of shark fins from sharks caught through the practice of finning.” Thanks Vern!

Florida U.S. Representatives C.W. Bill Young, Frederica Wilson, Patrick Murphy, Alcee Hastings and Ander Crenshaw are among those who quickly signed on as cosponsors of the resolution.

Tens of millions of sharks are killed each year for their fins, an ingredient in shark fin soup. “Finning,” removing a shark’s fins and dumping the injured fish back into the ocean, is banned in U.S. (and Florida) waters. But fins from sharks outside U.S. territorial waters continue to be imported into the country. A federal ban on shark fin products would help to eliminate the cruel trade around the world.

Additional details can be found here: http://www.blog.animalrightsflorida.org/?p=1195
Humane Society of Tampa Bay Named One of America's Best Animal Charities
Posted: July 13, 2013

The Society is one of only 23 humane societies in 20 states to receive Charity Navigator’s Highest Rating

TAMPA, FLA (JULY 11, 2013)In a recent blog post titled, “Spotlight on Charity: The Fight Against Animal Cruelty”, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) is named as one of only 23 local charities in 20 states to receive Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating, it’s highest level. In light of recent scrutiny of charitable organizations that has left many donors feeling wary, HSTB’s inclusion as one of America’s Best Animal Charities demonstrates to the public that the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is worthy of their trust.

In the Wallet Hub post, author John Kiernan makes the case for supporting animal charities, despite the current economic climate that may cause some individuals to hang on to their hard-earned dollars. For all that animals give to us, he points out, we have a responsibility to give back to them, especially since they “can’t speak for themselves” and are “at the mercy of man”. He promotes being smarter about what organizations we give to, to ensure that our donations are being handled with integrity.

2012 marked the fourth consecutive year that HSTB received a 4-Star Rating. According to Charity Navigator, receiving four stars signifies an organization’s adherence to good governance, fiscal responsibility and minimizing the chance for unethical activity. For the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to receive the highest score year after year is a notable achievement.

“Only 6% of the charities we rate have received at least four consecutive 4-star evaluations,” said Ken Berger, Charity Navigator’s President and CEO. “[This indicates] that Humane Society of Tampa Bay outperforms most other charities in America.

“We are proud to have been recognized for the integrity with which we treat our generous donations,” said HSTB Executive Director Sherry Silk. “We are committed not only to helping animals, but to protecting the resources we are given by following the highest ethical standards and best practices.

The Sale of Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits Banned in San Diego pet stores!
Posted: July 13, 2013

Victory! The Sale of Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits Banned in San Diego pet stores!

On Tuesday, July 9, 2013, the San Diego City Council passed an ordinance to ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in city “pet” stores. Last September, the San Diego Animal Defense Team (ADT) gave the city council a petition with forty pages of signatures requesting this ordinance. ADT joined with In Defense of Animals, San Diego Humane Society, Animal Protection and Rescue League, and other organizations to garner attention and support for the ordinance. More than 75 animal-related businesses and animal advocacy groups signed on to support the ban.

Pet stores get animals from commercial breeding facilities, including puppy mills, where animals are imprisoned for life in cramped, filthy conditions and used as breeding machines until they can no longer reproduce. Three to four million animals are killed in American shelters every year because of the difficulty of securing enough good homes for them. Please adopt rather than buy animal companions to break this cycle of suffering, misery, and death.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has started to remove endangered species protection from gray wolves
Posted: July 10, 2013

From Care2:

The restoration of wolves has been hailed as one of the biggest successes of the Endangered Species Act since it was passed in 1973. But now the USFWS has formally proposed to remove all ESA protections for gray wolves. That's a huge mistake!

Delisting gray wolves will halt four decades of progress and expose wolves to unsustainable killing. Tell Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to save gray wolves.

We've already seen what happens when ESA protections are taken away from wolves -- it has led to more than one thousand wolves being killed in the Northern Rockies. This move wasn't just bad for the wolf species, it was also bad for the environment. Wolves are an iconic native species that play a vital role in restoring healthy ecosystems, and the Rockies could benefit ecologically and financially from the return of wolves.

Stop the USFWS from making a horrible decision. Urge Secretary Jewell to re-think the proposal to delist wolves.

Harmful "Ag Gag" Bill Fails in Indiana
Posted: July 2, 2013

Harmful “Ag Gag” Bill Fails in Indiana -- The Humane Society of the United States Praises Legislature


The Humane Society of the United States praised the Indiana legislature for holding fast and refusing to pass S.B.184, a bill aimed at criminalizing whistleblowers who expose animal abuse, unsafe working conditions, environmental destruction and other illegal and unethical activities on farms.

Additional details can be found here: http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2012/03/harmful_ag_gag_bill_fails_031212.html
Nancy, the pet Nanny
Posted: June 25, 2013

Hi I am Nancy, the Pet Nanny.

I offer doggie daycare and pet sitting in my home. I have a nice yard and, of course, the dogs have the run of the house and yard. I can take special needs dogs and have taken care of diabetic dogs, blind dogs and deaf dogs. I am home most of the time but I do not leave the first day while they become acclimated to their new environment.

I usually only take one family at a time, but can take up to 4 dogs as long as the dogs get along. We would have to do a meet and greet with the other visitors. My fence is very secure and I have never had a "great escape". Small dogs are welcome and safe. I usually stay in the yard while the dogs are out side. The yard is dog friendly, no poisonous plants. Of course, they do not stay in the yard long in this heat. I also provide walks to the park per an owners request. Some dogs enjoy walks more than others.

I have an older Rhodesian Ridgeback named Bella. Bella can't really play anymore, but she will share her bed and toys.

Please feel free to call me for a quote. The number is 727-940-7190 home or 727-657-7204.Try the house first as I am usually home. You can also email me at ngdively@gmail.com.

Nancy Dively

Nancy is in the Tarpon Springs area

Please Tell Your U.S. Senators to Support Enhanced Enforcement of Animal Fighting Law
Posted: June 11, 2013

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 14 bipartisan cosponsors have reintroduced the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act (S. 666), to close this loophole. Their bill makes knowingly attending an animal fight punishable by fines and up to one year in prison. Also, recognizing that exposure to animal cruelty—especially the egregious brutality of animal fighting—can desensitize children to violence at an early age, the bill makes it a separate offense, with even higher penalties, to knowingly bring a minor to such an event. This common-sense legislation will improve efforts to rid our communities of this cruel and dangerous crime.

Please ask your senators in Congress to support S. 666, the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act. Even if you have already contacted your senators about this, they need to hear from you again. You can send an email through the Compassion Index by clicking here. Once there, you will find suggested talking points to include in your email.

You can also see the details of this bill in the Legislation -> Legislative Bills menu above.

Additional details can be found here: http://capwiz.com/compassionindex/issues/alert/?alertid=62641376
Retirement Home For Horses at Mill Creek Farm
Posted: May 20, 2013

We provide lifetime care to horses seized by law enforcement agencies, rescued by the SPCA or humane societies, horses retired from government service such as police patrol or state and federal parks, and unwanted horses that are destined for slaughter.

(We do not accept horses from private owners.)

Additional details can be found here: http://www.millcreekfarm.org/
Visit the Coalition to Unchain Dogs web site
Posted: April 3, 2013

The Coalition to Unchain Dogs is a non-profit, volunteer effort dedicated to improving the welfare of dogs living outdoors on chains.

Visit their web site and learn more about this exciting organization.  You can also find a link to the organization under the Animal Rescues tab on our Links to other sites page.

Additional details can be found here: http://www.unchaindogs.net/
Manatee receives award for its No Kill program!
Posted: April 3, 2013

We are proud to announce that Manatee County Animal Services received a second-place award in community service at the 21st annual Future of the Regions Award hosted by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council for its entry entitled "Innovation for a No Kill Nation: Anything's PAWSible!"

Please see additional details at the link below.

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2013/04/02/4463724/kris-weiskopf-manatee-no-kill.html#storylink=cpy

Additional details can be found here: http://www.bradenton.com/2013/04/02/4463724/kris-weiskopf-manatee-no-kill.html
Spaying and neutering pets could save taxpayers millions.
Posted: March 9, 2013

Euthanizing unwanted cats and dogs at animal shelters happens nearly every day, in every Florida county.  It's a problem costing taxpayers nearly $100 million dollars each year. 

The FOX news article below shows how spaying and neutering of pets could save this amount or more.

Additional details can be found here: http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/21236723/animal-shelters-costing-taxpayers-millions?fb_action_ids=169802409834845&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=[338329906284696]&action_type_map=[%22og.recommends%22]&action_re
Local veterinarian offers house calls for pets!
Posted: November 26, 2012

Vet with Hart Veterinary House Call Practice is owned and operated by Dr. Hillary Hart.  Dr. Hart believes there is an easier way to provide quality veterinary  care for your pets… in the comfort of your own home!
Dr. Hart has a passion for all animals and is a strong proponent of animal welfare.  She currently works part-time as a veterinarian for the Animal Coalition of Tampa.  Dr. Hart is also a volunteer at several TNVR programs in the Tampa Bay area.

Her house call fee includes a physical examination for one pet in your home. Multi-pet households receive a discount if more than one pet is seen at the time of visit. Diagnostic services, other health services and additional pet examinations are all available at an additional cost.  If you have trouble getting your pets to the vets, this service could quite easily be a life saver for you or your pets!

For additional information, see the listing in our Links to other sites page or Dr. Harts web page below.

Additional details can be found here: http://www.vetwithhart.com/
Local journalist publishes new book based on a feral cat!
Posted: September 16, 2012

Cathy Unruh is an Emmy award winning television journalist and long time animal advocate.  She has written a new book based on the life of "Lucy", a feral cat, and Cathy's work with the feral cats on a Bahamian island.  The book is published by Collage Books.

You can see the book jacket by clicking on the following link:  Taming Me.  You will need to have the Adobe Acrobat Player plugin to open this link.

Her book is now available for pre-order on the Barnes and Noble website at a discount.  Please help support Cathy and her work with feral cats.

Additional details can be found here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/taming-me-cathy-unruh/1112749565?ean=9780938728153
Study Reveals Dogs May Protect Babies From Infections
Posted: August 28, 2012

A recent study has shown that babies who spend time around pet dogs had fewer respiratory tract symptoms or infections than babies who grow up in pet-free homes.

"We offer preliminary evidence that dog ownership may be protective against respiratory tract infections during the first year of life," the study stated

"We speculate that animal contacts could help to mature the immunologic system, leading to more composed immunologic response and shorter duration of infections."

Additional details can be found here: http://wp.me/p2gQHB-12H
New Law Compels Toronto Shops To Sell Only Shelter Pets
Posted: February 15, 2012

By Eyder Peralta

In an effort to curb puppy and kitty mills, the Toronto city council approved a new resolution that restricts the kinds of pets shops can sell. Now, pet shops will only be allowed to sell dogs and cats that come from a shelter, a Humane Society or a registered rescue group. The National Post reports on the reaction of one of the people behind the law:

"I think we're the second major municipality in Canada to do this, so that from coast to coast, we're going to protect dogs across this country," said a jubilant Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, who had championed the partial ban. ... "For all intents and purposes we've shut the taps to the puppy mills at retail locations in Toronto. We won't eliminate them because people will still sell at Kajiji and there are other ways to sell puppy mill dogs, so those evil people will continue but there's a lot less demand for their product," said Mr. De Baeremaeker. "Eventually, hopefully, there won't be any puppy mills at all."

Dan Karpenchuk reports for NPR's Newscast that the ban comes after news of a massive puppy mill bust in Quebec. Karpenchuk filed this report:

More than 500 dogs were taken from the mill by authorities in what could represent the largest case of animal cruelty in Quebec's history. The animals are now in the care of Humane Society. Many of them are suffering from skin and respiratory problems. A representative of the society says the operation involved some of the worst conditions she's ever seen.

It's just the kind of tragedy that prompted the action by Toronto's city council. Many animal rights activists hope the action by the country's largest city will furhter the movement to ban or restrict pets being sold in shops across Canada.

Additional details can be found here: http://www.npr.org/