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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…

Be a lifesaver

You’ve been to dog and cat adoption events. But you may not have been to a MEGA Adoption Event, like the one taking place at Petco in Topsham (131 Topsham Fair Mall Rd), on Saturday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by, and benefits, the Coastal Humane Society, and they promise that there will be "TONS of adoptable pets" available, from the youngest, fuzziest kittens and puppies to seasoned…

Worry less about your dog this summer

Summer is the time for taking your dog out for longer walks, to new areas of the city and surrounding territory, even on trips farther out of town, or out of state, for hiking, climbing and other adventures. The long and the short of it is, the more your furry friend is outside, the better statistical chance the two of you have of getting separated. The danger is especially high, this time of year. During…

'It's a bird! It's a plane! It's ... a dog?'

Do you have the smartest, fastest, strongest dog in Southern Maine? You have a chance to prove it, at the 8th annual Pet Life/Blue Buffalo ‘Dock Dogs’ event at the Scarborough Pet Life (200 Expedition Drive) on June 24, 25 and 26. This family event is chock-full of fun and competition for athletic dogs, who will be competing in events with names like Big Air, Speed Retrieve, and Extreme Vertical. Hear the crowd cheer as…

A note to animal lovers

It’s no secret that there are many, many animals in this country, including in Maine, that would be faithful, loving family companions if only they had a home. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, over 30 percent of shelter dogs end up being euthanized, and over 40 percent of cats in shelters face the same fate, totalling a loss of 2.7 million animals each and every year. We can…

Puppy party at Aubuchon

They're cute. They're furry. Their only skill is showing unconditional love. They're puppies, and they're up for adoption at the Animal Refuge League's puppy party at Aubuchon Hardware (832 Stevens Ave) on Saturday, June 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is meant to be enjoyed by the entire family, including the kids and the four-legged friends that might need a younger dog to help keep them lively. Hot dogs and other snacks…

A special day at the Seashore Trolley Museum

Dog owners, mark your calendars for Seashore Trolley Dog Day, at the Seashore Trolley Museum (195 Log Cabin Rd, Kennebunkport), on Saturday, June 4. The Dog Day is an all-day event, happening rain or shine, and is a great chance to mix and mingle and play with other canines and their companions, amidst the living history of the museum. Some of the goings-on that will be featured: • Blessing of the dogs, by Pastor Jan…

Every Dog Has Its Day

They say that every dog has its day. That will certainly be true when the Portland Sea Dogs play the Hartford Yard Goats at Hadlock Field at 1 p.m. on Sunday the 29th. That’s because, before the game starts, the “Dog of the Day” from Kennebunk’s Animal Welfare Society will be brought onto the baseball diamond and introduced to the crowd, in hopes that one of the people or families in attendance will be inspired…
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