Pets & Animals

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.

Rodents need love, too

A hamster runs inside its wheel at Noah's Ark Pet Store in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily

June 25th, 2016

While some people see creatures like rats, gerbils, hamsters and guinea pigs as vermin, others see them as great pets and trusted companions.

Find the right litter for your feline friend

Cat Attract, a scoopable litter, provides a solution for cat owners who have cats that do not use their litter box. The product has a unique scent and texture.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 25th, 2016

Cat owners should consider tracking and odor issues when considering what type of cat litter to purchase, said Dr. Deborah Carleton, of Colony Animal Hospital in Winchester. Tracking refers to how much of the litter sticks to cats’ paws as they meander in and out of their box, and odor refers to the stench that comes with urine and excrement.

Tonto looking for new play pal

Tonto smiles at the camera while he rests on the floor at the shelter. Nathan Budryk/Daily

June 10th, 2016

FRONT ROYAL – Tonto, a 2-year-old non-neutered male pit bull, is looking for a loving home. Tonto has been living at the Humane Society of Warren County after his previous owners were forced to surrender him due to a lack of space, explained Teresa Denny, a kennel attendant at the shelter.

Maternal cat seeking mother of her own

Angelina is looking for a good home. Jake Zuckerman/Daily

June 7th, 2016

Angelina has paid it forward in her time at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter. Now she’s hoping for a new owner to return the favor and take her to a loving home.

Lost dog found safe

Mary Ann Sellers, of Middletown, holds Savannah, a German shepherd pit bull mix, who was found Monday after a vehicle crash on May 27 at the Cedar Creek bridge near Strasburg. Sellers used the scent of the owner's clothing to eventually lure the dog to Cedar Creek Campground where she picked Savannah up Monday morning.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 6th, 2016

Savannah, a 6-year-old pit bull German shepherd mix rescue, was rescued yet again after 11 days on the loose thanks in part to efforts from Middletown resident MaryAnn Sellers, who took over the search after efforts from a professional dog tracker were unsuccessful.

Pet of the Week: Playful Mr. Meowgi ready to explore a new home

Mr. Meowgi, an 8-week-old domestic medium hair cat, is available for adoption at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter in Edinburg.   Brad Fauber/Daily

May 24th, 2016

EDINBURG – The moment Mr. Meowgi enters a room at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, the 8-week-old kitten begins exploring. He crawls over furniture navigates his way along a bookshelf and even climbs up the back and onto the shoulder of animal caretaker Holly Helsley.

Bestiality case sent to grand jury

April 22nd, 2016

The case of a woman charged with three offenses arising from accusations that she had sexual intercourse with a dog was sent Friday to a grand jury for possible indictments.

Vocal tabby seeks loving home

Matt, a 1-year-old male tabby, is looking for a home.  Nathan Budryk/Daily

April 12th, 2016

This week’s pet of the week is Matt, a one-year-old neutered male tabby. Matt is a very vocal little guy, and has no problems warming up to Winchester SPCA staff according to Sam Volpini, a kennel attendant at the SPCA located on Featherbed Lane.