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Spay Pasco needs your help!

Spay Pasco needs your help!

SAN ANTONIO, Florida -- If you have a soft spot for animals and some extra Christmas money you wanted to use to do some good, Spay Pasco could use any help they can get.

Spay Pasco consists of a small group of volunteers, with a passion for animals, who came together to stop overpopulation and prevent euthanasia.

Spay Pasco offers two programs, one is a Low Income program that gives people on restricted incomes a low cost alternative to have their cat or dog spayed or neutered.  

The other program is the Feral Cat program. This is aimed at reducing the feral cat population by offering people the tools to trap, neuter and return cats for a low fee. 

They need your donations to help keep them going. They are struggling right now to stay afloat. Their mission is important in Pasco County to reduce the pet population and hence reduce the amount of pets that are euthanized each year.

Dog is the face of proposed domestic abuse legislation

Dog is the face of proposed domestic abuse legislation

New Port Richey, Florida --  The tale of the dog, Little Horatio, begins at the hands of an abuser.

But the one throwing the punches was not his owner, rather his elderly owner's son.

Photo Gallery: Pictures of Little Horatio

"We later found out that Little Horatio laid over his owner and took blows by her son and protected this woman from the blows of the son," explained former victim advocate, Jan Occhiolini.

Occhiolini and Kathy Cornwell responded to the home five years ago after the dog's owner walked for miles to get help, fed up with the abuse from her son.

The women say the man used the dog as a way to manipulate his mother to get her money and possessions.

"The abuser wanted to use him to control mom," said Cornwell.

Looking to adopt a cat for the holidays?

Looking to adopt a cat for the holidays?

Hudson, Florida - The Tampa Bay Cat Alliance held an adoption event on Monday at the CARES Enrichment Center, located at 12417 Clock Tower Parkway.

They are seeking homes and donations for cats and kittens who have become victims of our tough economic times.

The not for profit, Tampa Bay Cat Alliance is a small group that was formed about a year ago. Their goal is to keep homeless and unwanted cats in the Tampa Bay area out of shelters that might euthanize them.

They intervene in a number of difficult situations such as cats who need new homes due to their owner's job loss or foreclosure and cats whose owners have passed away or have been placed in nursing homes.

The Alliance, also, tries to collect cat food to help maintain the cats while they are waiting for a home. They provide help in Pasco, Hernando, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

Holiday pet rescue efforts doubled by local groups

Holiday pet rescue efforts doubled by  local groups

Lutz, Florida - Just in time for the holidays, East-West Animal Hospital of Lutz is partnering with Kitty City Rescue Foundation of Carrollwood to fund-raise for abandoned pets, feral animals, and pet parents of lesser means.

Donations can be made to the cause by purchasing an ornament from the hospital's Christmas tree, which each describe the names of pets or types of food and supplies that are needed. The hospital will also accept donations for flea, tick, and heart worm prevention and cash donations to assist animals in need.

The East-West Animal Hospital, which is known for trail-blazing local efforts to incorporate eastern and conventional western medical approaches to both emergency and preventative care, will host a holiday event on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Guests can have a photo taken with Santa Claus and celebrate the season with other pet-lovers.