Pets & Animals

Spunky pooch seeking new playmate

Nelya, a playful 2-year-old pit bull mix, is seeking a new home.  Nathan Budryk/Daily

March 7th, 2017

FRONT ROYAL – Nelya, a spunky 2-year-old pit bull mix, is seeking a new playmate. She’s currently living at the Warren County Animal Shelter at 1245 Progress Drive in Front Royal.

Animal hoarding: Instances or awareness increasing?

Katrina Keywood, animal caretaker at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter holds Brenda Bea, who was removed from a house in December that contained 25 cats and one dog. Shelter staff and rescue groups say that incidents of this nature put a  strain on the animal care capabilities of the area.  Nathan Budryk/Daily

February 26th, 2017

Area police departments have made at least five seizures of significant amounts of animals from residences over the past several months. In most of these instances, the animals are either receiving inadequate care, have been neglected or are living in conditions that aren’t conducive to their well-being.

PAWsome art for a good cause

Lavenda Denney, executive director of the Humane Society of Warren County, hangs a piece of artwork for the shelter's PAWcasso  on exhibit at Blue Ridge Art Gallery in Front Royal. The fundraiser features artwork  created with shelter pets and staff and can be purchased at the end of the show Friday.   Rich Cooley/Daily

February 21st, 2017

FRONT ROYAL – The Blue Ridge Art Council will host a PAWcasso Art Exhibit to benefit kennel improvements at the Humane Society of Warren County.

Dog trainer teaches canine CPR, first aid


January 31st, 2017

CPR isn’t just for humans.

An animal shelter in Winchester is showing pet owners how to protect their pups from dangerous injuries and respond to emergencies when they occur.

Affectionate tabby seeks new home

Hershel, a 2- to-3-year-old male tabby, is seeking a new home. He can be found at the Humane Society of Warren County in Front Royal. Nathan Budryk/Daily

January 31st, 2017

FRONT ROYAL — Hershel, a 2- to-3-year-old non-neutered male tabby living at the Humane Society of Warren County, is looking for a new home.

Aging endangered ferret euthanized at institute

Capone, a 7-year-old black-footed ferret who lived at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, was euthanized last week  after his old age led to health problems.  Courtesy photo – SCBI

January 25th, 2017

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal was forced to humanely euthanize one if its elderly black-footed ferrets last Thursday after its age led to internal fluid buildup and cysts. The male ferret, known as Capone, was seven years old said lead black-footed ferret keep Victoria Lake.

Canines to the rescue: Farm dogs help save part of goat herd from fire

Kim Gochenour, of Mountain View Farm in Lebanon Church,  walks with her herding dogs Scarlet, left, an Anatolian Shepherd, and Coconut, right, a Great Pyrenees. The two dogs helped save some of her goats after a barn on her farm was destroyed by fire. Rich Cooley/Daily

January 13th, 2017

Dogs, for the most part, are extremely protective animals. It’s an instinct innate to their condition, a trait instilled by nature and relied upon in the most crucial life or death decisions, where taking the time think things out isn’t an option. For a pair of Lebanon Church dogs, that protective instinct reached beyond the human-dog bond.

Mellow cat seeking new home

Sophie can be adopted at the Esther Boyd Animal Shelter in Winchester. Nathan Budryk/Daily

January 13th, 2017

Sophie, a mellow, even-tempered 5-year-old tuxedo cat, is looking to move out of Winchester’s Esther Boyd Animal Shelter and into the home of a loving owner.

Pet of the Week: Cassius seeking a return to family life

Cassius, a 7-year-old male tabby, is available for adoption at the Humane Society of Warren County in Front Royal.   Brad Fauber/Daily

January 3rd, 2017

FRONT ROYAL – Cassius, a 7-year-old gray male tabby cat, was picked up as a stray in late October and brought to the Humane Society of Warren County’s Julia W. Wagner Animal Shelter. However, it’s clear from the moment he’s given the chance to roam that he’s had no shortage of interaction with people.

Pet of the Week: Affectionate pit bull seeks new home

Maggie, a 3-year-old pit bull, is seeking a new home. She can be found at the Esther Boyd Animal Shelter in 161 Fort Collier Road in Frederick County.   Nathan Budryk/Daily

December 20th, 2016

Maggie, a 3-year-old spayed female pit bull, is looking for a new home. She was brought in to the Esther Boyd Animal Shelter in Frederick County as a stray and has been there for a little over six months, said Darlene Foreman, animal caretaker II at the shelter.

Woman facing animal mistreatment charges

December 11th, 2016

The discovery of a townhouse in Woodstock filled with cats and high levels of ammonia led Friday to one of the residents being charged with 10 counts related to mistreatment of animals.