Pets & Animals

Kitty needs new fetch partner

One-year-old Milo is a healthy, 10-pound kitty. Nathan Budryk/Daily

August 23rd, 2016

WINCHESTER – The Winchester-Frederick County SPCA is looking for a new companion for a quirky kitty.

Scientists reintroduce oryx in Chad

One of 23 scimitar-horned oryx is shown with its high-tech radio and GPS tracking collars. Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists have been working with foreign governments and other entities to reintroduce the oryx to Chad. The scimitar-horned oryx is extinct in the wild. Photo courtesy of Sahara Conservation Fund

August 20th, 2016

Scientists’ work with foreign governments and conservation programs in attempting a reintroduction of the scimitar-horned oryx into the wild has been taking shape as 23 of the extinct-in-the-wild members of the antelope family have been flown to Chad to be part of the program.

Two red pandas die at Smithsonian facility in Front Royal

August 8th, 2016

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal has announced the death of two of its red pandas. The cause of death is unknown, as necropsy results came back with “no obvious contributing factors,” said Pamela Baker-Masson, associate director of communication for the Smithsonian.

Belle Grove to host sheepdog finals in 2017

August 4th, 2016

Middletown’s Belle Grove Plantation has won a bid to host the United States Border Collie Handlers Association’s 2017 National Sheepdog Finals from Sept. 26 to Oct. 1, 2017.

Pet of the Week: Infiniti ‘melts’ in the arms of human companions

Katlyn Orndorff, 14, holds Infiniti, a snowshoe cat available for adoption at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter in Edinburg.   Brad Fauber/Daily

August 2nd, 2016

EDINBURG – Infiniti is a senior snowshoe female cat residing at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter. Much like snow would on the hot summer days that have scorched the valley recently, Infiniti “melts” when wrapped in the arms of a human companion, said animal caretaker Emily Gochenour.

Rare crane hatched at Smithsonian Institute

A hooded crane chick recently hatched at The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal. The crane's sex will be determined in the near future and is one of only 26 hooded cranes in captivity.  Courtesy photo

July 29th, 2016

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal has successfully hatched a hooded crane chick. The species is native to Northern Asia and Southern Russia with fewer than 8,000 surviving in the wild, said Chris Crowe, crane keeper at the institute. The chick was hatched on June 14 but was made public Thursday after biologists were sure it would survive.

Pet of the Week: Doc the cat seeks a new home

Doc is a male domestic shorthair cat living at the Human Society of Warren  County. Jake Zuckerman/Daily

July 12th, 2016

FRONT ROYAL – The Doc is in – in need of a new home that is. Doc is a male domestic shorthair cat living at the Human Society of Warren County. He’s just about 5 years old and is looking for a forever family, and a scratch behind the ears.

Winchester hosts dog agility trials

Claudia Bates directs Quasar, her border collie, through the obstacle course at the Blue Ridge Dog Training Club Agility Trials on Friday.  Jake Zuckerman/Daily

July 9th, 2016

Dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes showed up to the Blue Ridge Dog Training Club’s Agility Trials on Friday to navigate an obstacle course as fast as possible.

Local dog a true survivor

Jenny and Ben Williams, of Stephens City, sit with their dog Ciaphas outside Ben's parents' home in Woodstock on Thursday. The couple's townhouse was destroyed by fire on June 12 while they were away, and Ciaphas managed to rescue himself from his kennel and run out the front door of the home. The dog suffered burns and, after several surgeries and medical treatments, is on the road to recovery.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 4th, 2016

Dogs can teach their humans a thing or two. They’re loyal, friendly and loving, and one Stephens City dog has also been giving his humans a crash course in determination and resilience.

Pet dental issues common, often preventable

A dog gets his teeth cleaned. Courtesy photo by Alison Elward/ Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

June 25th, 2016

Dental problems for dogs and cats are common, say veterinarians around the area. With vigilance, knowledge and the right tools, however, many can be prevented.