Urban Wildlife

Hazardous Ocean Conditions for People and Wildlife Throughout the Weekend

Hazardous Ocean Conditions for People and Wildlife Throughout the Weekend

 

Northeast Florida beaches including St. Johns County will be experiencing extreme surf and high tides throughout the weekend and into next week. These extreme storm conditions create wrack line by pushing large amounts of sargassum seaweed onto the beach. Juvenile sea turtles, or washbacks, can become trapped in the seaweed resulting in exhaustion and are in need of medical attention.

St. Augustine Humane Society to hold "Pawtini Hour" fundraiser on Oct. 13

St. Augustine Humane Society to hold "Pawtini Hour" fundraiser on Oct. 13

 

The St. Augustine Humane Society will hold its First Annual Pawtini Hour fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 13. The event will run from 6 pm until 8 pm at the Raintree Restaurant, 102 San Marco Ave. in St. Augustine. The non-profit has designed the event as a fun way to raise funds for its mission to prevent pet overpopulation with affordable spay neuter programs and to eliminate the relinquishment of pets to shelters.

October is Peak Flea Season

 

According to a recent survey of dog owners in the Jacksonville area, 75 percent of dog owners consider their canine a member of the family, yet only 14 percent were able to correctly identify October as the month when flea population peaks.

Over the past five years, flea infestation in dogs nationwide has increased by 16 percent. Despite the growing flea infestation, local dog owners have limited knowledge about fleas and their potential impact on the family. For example, many pet owners would be surprised to learn that adult fleas represent only 5% of the flea population – the other 95% exist as eggs, maggot-like larvae and pupae hiding in and around your home. And, only 20% of local pet owners are aware that fleas can carry diseases.

Stinky Home Invasion

Stinky Home Invasion

PALM BEACH, FL- When a Palm Beach couple went to visit their relatives for their 58th wedding anniversary, they did not expect to have house sitters while they were away, and surely not such smelly ones.

While the Florida couple, Bill & Stephanie Palieri, were away, an estimated 10 skunks entered their house through a window that was left open and made themselves right at home.

We Want Your Pet Pics

"Ziggy the Shar-pei Sleeping" has inspired us to create a new photo gallery, starring your pets! Send your pet pics to mycommunity@firstcoastnews.com.

HelpFourPaws to Benefit from Pet Paradise Wacky Wednesdays

HelpFourPaws, a multi-modal animal transport rescue organization, announced today it has been chosen by Pet Paradise – Saint Augustine to receive proceeds from the pet resort’s Wacky Wednesday promotion.


Wacky Wednesday is a program beginning September 14th, 2011 and running until the end of October. Pet Paradise offers to the public day care and animal bath options such as; $10 - bath or $20 - bath & daycare. A dollar from every service will be donated to the animal rescue transport group...HelpFourPaws.

Animal Care & Protective Services Accepting Adoption Applications for English Bulldogs

Animal Care & Protective Services Accepting Adoption Applications for English Bulldogs

The City of Jacksonville’s Animal Care & Protective Services Division is now accepting applications for the adoption of 13 English bulldogs that were surrendered to the shelter as part of an eviction earlier this month. ACPS is cautioning potential adopters that English bulldogs in general, and these dogs in particular, require special and potentially expensive care.