Pets (81)

If you're deciding whether you want a pet, Petco can help

Pets do funny things. They see us at our worst, and when we’re at our best, they’re right there next to us. They give comfort, support and unconditional love. These are facts. So if you don’t have a furry friend, and you want to adopt one, now is your chance. Petco in South Portland (220 Maine Mall Rd) is having a Mega Adoption Event on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Save…

Run with your dog for a patriotic cause

Do you jog or run with your dog? Also, are you concerned that American veterans are coming home from their service only to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder and the risk of suicide it carries? Join the 2016 Inaugural Soldier’s Pace Canicross Race on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m at Smiling Hill Farm (781 County Rd, Westbrook), and do something you love, for a worthy cause.   The Maine Veterinary…

In honor of our dogs

This Friday, Aug. 26, is National Dog Day. It is a chance to set aside some time to remember, celebrate, and most of all, honor all things canine. A great way to do that this week is to combat the primary misconception that we all have had about dog training. That is, the term itself is a misnomer. It is actually we humans that need to train ourselves when in a new relationship with a…

Are you afraid of needles?

How much do you love your pet? If you’re like most of us, you generally bring your dog out to do his business even in a horrible ice storm, or alert every person you know in a ten-mile radius when your indoor cat gets lost outside. But would you get a tattoo? That’s the idea behind the joint fundraiser sponsored by the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland and Fianna Studio Tattoos (276 Woodford St.,…

Five off-leash dog areas in Portland

Everybody knows that dogs love and need to run. It keeps their bodies and their temperaments healthy. And if you’re a Portlander, you may have a favorite spot where you take your pet(s) to exercise and socialize with other dogs, without the confinement of a leash. But you may not be aware of all five of the following locations where such fun times are encouraged: Jack School Dog Run Location: 195 North St. (behind the…
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Paws for a Cause 2016

It’s time once again for the Paws for a Cause 5K, Walk and Festival at the L.L. Bean flagship store on Main Street in Freeport, on Saturday, August 27th.   Check-in for the 5K, a timed event with dogs welcome, is at 7:00 a.m. The race begins at eight. To register and begin fundraising for your run or walk, visit http://coastalhumanesociety.donorpages.com/PawsforaCause2016/   At the end, the run/walk turns into a dog festival, with demonstrations, live…

WGME to sponsor 'On Your Side' pet food drive

Do you have a dog, cat, bunny or other pet for whom you stock up on food? If you can spare a few cans, bags or boxes, or if you’re kind enough to purchase one or two, WGME (CBS-13 and FOX-23) is sponsoring a multi-location On Your Side Pet Food Drive & Adoption Day to benefit local Maine animal shelters. It’s an easy way to feel good about doing your part to help animals. All…

Forever homes for pets: Let's #ClearTheShelters

July 23 is the day of #ClearTheShelters, a national pet-adoption day sponsored by NBC. The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland is one of the participating shelters. Last year nationwide, nearly 20,000 animals found new forever homes. New England Cable News will have camera crews on site at the ARLGP’s facility on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m. Get there early, as it takes some time to meet the animals and…

Therapy Dogs Becoming a Part of Hospice Care in Scarborough

In response to studies showing that cuddling or petting a dog can achieve health benefits, Gosnell Memorial Hospice House is launching a dog visitation program for its patients and their families.   Pet programs can help achieve positive health benefits, including reduced anxiety, lowered blood pressure, lowered heart rate, and reduced depression. Anxiety and depression are of particular concern in hospice care, and animal visits can also provide comfort and socialization for patients struggling with…
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Keep up your pet's health and happiness

Do you have a beloved pet, but a tight budget? Coax the cat into a carrier or leash that hound, and bring them to the ARLGP’s Low-Cost Vaccination and Microchip Clinic (449 Stroudwater St., Westbrook) on Sunday, July 10, between 10 a.m. and noon. In the state of Maine, a rabies vaccination for your cat or dog is legally required. For dogs, veterinarians recommend an initial shot as early as 12 weeks of age, with…
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