Pets & Animals

Resident to compete in dog contest

March 11th, 2015

Reaching the 2015 American Kennel Club National Obedience Championship has been five years in the making for Front Royal resident Patrice Leipham and Tubbs, her 5-year-old Rottweiler.

Pit bull with a sweet soul looks for lasting home

Jenny Wright, manager of the Clarke County Animal Shelter in Berryville, sits with Louise "Weezy," a 6- to 7-year-old pit bull mix up for adoption.  Josette Keelor/Daily

January 29th, 2015

BERRYVILLE — Finding a forever home is a game of chance for a shelter dog. Competition is stiff, and when families come to decide which one to bring home with them, dogs have to vie for attention over the others.

Pet Feature: Skylar one of ‘sweeter’ cats at shelter

Steven Rogers, cat kennel supervisor at the Winchester SPCA shelter, holds Skylar. The cat would be a good indoor cat in an active household, Rogers said. Photo by Henry Culvyhouse

January 22nd, 2015

WINCHESTER—In a little room at the Winchester Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals animal shelter, 10-month-old Skylar the cat swats at a toy dangling from a stick. But it wasn’t always that way.

Pet of the Week: Shy Ginger hunts for protector

Katrina Keywood, caretaker at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, sits with Ginger, a treeing Walker coonhound. Ryan Cornell/Daily

January 8th, 2015

EDINBURG — As a treeing Walker coonhound at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, Ginger might belong to a breed of hunting dog, but the only thing she’s hunting for is an owner’s affection.

Pet of the Week: Curious Corra just wants to play

Kamryn Dixon, an animal caretaker at Esther L. Boyd Animal Shelter in Winchester, holds Corra. A dilute tortie, Corra is available for adoption.   Henry Culveyhouse/Daily

December 31st, 2014

WINCHESTER — In the feline kennel of the Esther L. Boyd Animal Shelter, Corra the cat slinks around a counter, knocking off spoons and other loose items. Her bed is on top of her cage, about 10 feet high, and after playing in the morning she climbs up the cages and catches a mid-afternoon snooze.

Pet of the Week: Purr-fect pair seeks family

Michael Kerns, feline team leader at the Humane Society of Warren County, holds sibling cats Gladys, left, and Jiminy. Ryan Cornell/Daily

December 11th, 2014

FRONT ROYAL — Shelter staff at the the Humane Society of Warren County hope a pair of siblings will be able to celebrate their first birthdays with a loving family.

Pet of the Week: Gonzo the cat

Cheryl Wakeman, animal caretaker at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter in Edinburg, holds Gonzo the cat. Henry Culvyhouse/Daily

December 4th, 2014

EDINBURG — While there are no numbers on the amount of stray cats in the United States, a cursory glance around one’s neighborhood, town, farm or city reveals there are quite a few roaming around outdoors.

Park considers plan for chronic wasting disease

November 13th, 2014

Shenandoah National Park wants to amend its plan for managing chronic wasting disease, which recently was detected in white-tailed deer 12 miles from the park’s northern borders.

Pet of the Week: Mosby has a great temperament

November 4th, 2014

FRONT ROYAL — Mosby, a 2-year-old pit bull weighing in at 65 lbs, is lover of all things: petting, running around and food. Especially food. Surrendered to the Humane Society of Warren County in March, Mosby wants nothing more than a loving home.