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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…

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…
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