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My 16 year-old cat, Becky, has pain in her knees due to severe arthritis.  She has been getting shots every four to six weeks for almost a year. The relief from pain does not last as long as it used to and there are no permanent solutions to this. 

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When my nieces and nephews were younger, they enjoyed a vacation at the beach once a year.  I never went with them, however, I always enjoyed hearing the stories when they got back. As a matter of fact, I still have the shells that they brought back to me as a gift. In those 1990s days, ther…

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Week before last, we posted a picture of Buddy, our umbrella cockatoo, on our Facebook page. Within a few days, WSLS contacted us about doing a story for their Good News Friday segment. How fun it was doing a Zoom interview; Buddy participated and enjoyed seeing himself. The folks at the tel…

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If you are like I am, you are on overload from coronavirus news. Things we were told at the beginning of the pandemic may or may not be true. No matter the news, the availability of essential supplies, and the disruption of what we considered normal, we are all united by one thing: We are al…

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In 1964, Ruth Harrison, a British woman, wrote Animal Machines that was an expose on the livestock and poultry farming practices of that time. The public became very concerned and even horrified, and the British government appointed a committee to examine the welfare of animals used on farms…

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Critter Chat

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In this day of instant information sharing, many things are considered to be fact. It is very true that we do not have an “open adoption” policy when it comes to approving homes. We believe that we owe the animals to do what we can to make sure that they are placed in responsible, loving homes.

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Just a few days ago, we had our annual Paws & Claws event. Our events always touch my heart because it is so wonderful being with people who love and respect animals. In fact, I have a confession: I usually go home from the events teary-eyed because I am so grateful for all of the kind p…

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The Star-Tribune will accept letters to the editor for the upcoming election through Monday, Oct. 14.  It is the policy of the newspaper not to print political letters two weeks prior to an election.

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Critter Chat

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There are certain basic requirements that owners of all companion animals must provide under Virginia law. 3.2-6503 states:

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Most visitors to the shelter are greeted with a sweet greeting from Buddy, our umbrella cockatoo. His first greeting is a sweet one, and the other ones become even firmer. When he says, “hello,” he expects a response. Actually, he sometimes expects many responses! He was formerly known as Nu…

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Over 200 entries are expected for the Virginia Walking/Racking Horse Owners Association show, set for 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25 at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex.

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In this social media world, farm animals are getting the attention they deserve. Even people who eat meat are concerned by the pictures of the immense factory farms, by the sights of the trucks carrying poultry and pigs to slaughterhouses, and by the news reports of the millions of farm anim…

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My first time hearing of, or visiting the Pittsylvania Pet Center was in June, 2018. I saw a post about how the Pet Center had received over 60 cats from a single home. My shelter at the time (Portsmouth Humane Society) had some room to help, so we came and took 12 cats to help. I am happy t…

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At our annual meeting in 2014, our shelter manager, April Hyler Hogan, was given a plaque which had the inscription “In gratitude for twenty years of faithful service. She has gone above and beyond the call of duty”.