Pets & Animals
Pet of the week: Explorer Peanut wants affectionate owner
August 30th, 2016
There’s not much shell to crack when it comes to 1-year-old American shorthair Peanut – a little time spent with the cat tells visitors all about his curious and affectionate nature.
Strasburg teen shows South African boer goats at fair
August 26th, 2016
Nick Cooper, of Strasburg, has been breeding, raising and showing prize South African boer goats since he was 11 years old.
Sisters continue family tradition at fair
August 26th, 2016
Sisters, Sarah Grace and Marian Schechtel, continue a family tradition of showing sheep at the Shenandoah County Fair.
Kitty needs new fetch partner
August 23rd, 2016
WINCHESTER – The Winchester-Frederick County SPCA is looking for a new companion for a quirky kitty.
Scientists reintroduce oryx in Chad
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.
Money raised for shelter during boating event
August 16th, 2016
The Humane Society of Warren County held a Waggin’ for Dragons boat race Saturday to raise money for the shelter.
Pet of the Week: Dog seeks new home, belly rub
August 16th, 2016
The Winchester SPCA is looking for a new home for Jules, a brindle pit bull who’s always eager for a belly rub.
Pet of the Week: Penny has lots of love to give
August 9th, 2016
FRONT ROYAL – Penny, a 2-year-old black and white pit mix, is waiting to give the right family her love.
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
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
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: Independent Nick waiting for companionable owner
July 26th, 2016
WINCHESTER – Since coming to the Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter as a stray in November, 5-year-old Akita mix Nick has been patient in waiting for his ideal owner to come along.
Pet adoption drive takes place at area shelters
July 23rd, 2016
Local animal shelters will be participating in the second annual Clear the Shelters Pet Adoption drive today.
Pet of the Week: Calm Daisy just wants to snuggle
July 18th, 2016
WINCHESTER – Daisy, a 7-year-old yellow Labrador mix, is looking for a new owner to snuggle with.
Pet of the Week: Doc the cat seeks a new home
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
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.
Pet of the week: Shy tabby looking for love
July 5th, 2016
EDINBURG – Chucky, a 4-month-old male orange and white tabby at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, is looking for a playful new home.
Local dog a true survivor
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 of the Week: Harper and Sweet Pea are a package deal
June 28th, 2016
WINCHESTER – Harper and Sweet Pea, a pair of 5-year-old cats housed at the Frederick County Esther L. Boyd Animal Shelter, share a unique bond.