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YOUR FAMILY HAS A CUTE NEW PUPPY. NOW WHAT?

dogparentingIf there is some good that has come out of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s that more and more fur babies are finding their forever homes.

Which is great! Dogs are an endless source of amusement, particularly the less bright ones (the author can make that joke, as he owns a lab, a breed the AKC refers to as “hilariously dumb”).

shuriShuri

Age: 2.5 years old 
Gender: Female 
Weight: 53 pounds 
Breed: Mixed 

Temperament: Loving and sassy Shuri has been at PAL for more than two years and is eager for a real home. She spent several weeks of the quarantine in a foster home and was a great guest. She is spayed, microchipped and up to date on vaccines. 

Monthly reached out to local animal shelters to see how they and their dogs and cats are faring during the coronavirus pandemic. This month’s answers come from Lindsay Perry, marketing coordinator at Palmetto Animal League; Jennifer Smith, president of Noah’s Arks Rescue; and Sandra H. Enscoe, administration coordinator at Hilton Head Humane Association.  

Question. Is it possible to adopt a pet now?


PAL: Yes. With people spending more time at home, it’s a great time to adopt. Bringing a new pet home can ease restlessness and create a sense of schedule. PAL is offering “Open-Air Adoptions” including video meet-and-greets, curbside service and adoption applications via phone.
Noah’s Arks: We are doing adoptions by appointment only.
Hilton Head Humane: We encourage everyone to continue to adopt. We are scheduling adoption appointments both on Hilton Head Island and in Okatie.

TrixieName: Trixie
Age: 2 years 
Gender: Female 
Weight: 35-40 pounds 
Breed: Hound/Shepard mix 
Temperament: Gets along great with other dogs and people, house trained, crate trained. 

mcduffMCDUFF

Age:
4 years 
Gender: Male 
Weight: 64 pounds 
Breed: Boxer mix 
Temperament: Calm and cuddly. 

McDuff was hit by a car and left on the side of the road. He’s a sweet, lovable tripod dog who needs a forever home.

The Lowcountry's most adorable animals are here. More than 2,400 people voted and local judges chose a winner.

TAKE FIDO OUT TO BREAKFAST, LUNCH OR DINNER

THESE LOCAL RESTAURANTS ARE PET FRIENDLY. SOME EVEN OFFER MENUS FOR FOUR-LEGGED DINERS.

LOCAL VETERINARIAN DR. TRACY DUFFNER SPECIALIZES IN TREATING EXOTIC ANIMALS. HERE, SHE SHARES SOME FUN FACTS ABOUT THEM

Advice from Dr. Tracy Duffner

“Husbandry is the most important part of owning an exotic pet — 90% of what I have to do with exotic pets has to do with improper environment or care conditions.”

“If you are thinking about getting an exotic pet, make sure to reach out to an exotic pet vet first to learn about the care needs and commitment the animal will require.”

cutestpets2PAMPERING PETS IS STUART AND BRECKEN CAMPAGNA’S PASSION

A flat-screen TV, classical music, freshly fluffed pillows topped with a mint: The amenities would have even the most discerning hotel guests drooling.

Of course, drooling is second nature to the four-legged visitors at Southpaw Pet Resort on Hilton Head Island’s north end — especially when there are treats involved.

Animal LeagueAIR TRAVEL OPENS NEW DOOR FOR SHELTER DOGS HELPED BY PALMETTO ANIMAL LEAGUE

Palmetto Animal League has spent years working on strategies to get homeless animals adopted: An extensive foster care network, a spay/neuter program, an easy-to-access adoption center.

But it’s the nonprofit group’s latest strategy that’s really taking off. PAL’s transport program turns to “freedom flights” to send at-risk shelter animals in Beaufort, Jasper and nearby counties to no-kill shelters in the north that are less crowded.