A water-logged blue heron is saved by Lake County firefighters

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Firefighters in Lake County, Florida helped save a water-logged blue heron.

ASTOR — A lot of unique stories came out of the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma in Central Florida, including the impact on many families’ pets.

The storm also impacted the region’s wildlife. That was the case in Lake County, where a blue heron owes its life to county firefighters.

This week, Lake County Fire Rescue’s Chief Dan Miller and Lt. Jason Rivera were out searching for a python that had reportedly attacked, and devoured, a local resident’s pet cat.

But they discovered something else instead: a struggling blue heron.

The bird, which is an iconic symbol in Lake County’s logo, had been water-logged in the heavy flooding that Hurricane Irma delivered to the county.

As Miller noted, it started with a visibly upset pet owner and shifted to the bird. Continue reading

Lake County Animal Shelter hosting Hot Dogs, Cool Cats on Saturday

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Reece the cat will be available for adoption when the Lake County Animal Shelter hosts its Hot Dogs, Cool Cats event on Saturday.


TAVARES — This weekend, the Lake County Animal Shelter will be opening its doors to the public, encouraging people to stop by and find a new family member to take home.

The shelter and the nonprofit group L.E.A.S.H., Inc. are sponsoring “Hot Dogs, Cool Cats,” on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the shelter at 28123 County Road 561 in Tavares. There will be family events throughout the day, free hot dogs and popsicles, and, most importantly, pet adoptions at no cost.

“Summer is a wonderful season for families to consider adopting a pet,” the shelter noted in a news release. “Children are home from school and are able to spend time bonding and caring for their new best friend. In fact, having a family dog can benefit a child’s emotional intelligence.”

The shelter cited a study, “The Role of Pets in Enhancing Human Well-being: Effects on Child Development,” which indicated that pets can help children by increasing their self-esteem and compassion, helping children feel more accepted, improving their cognitive development, lessening stress and contributing to overall happiness and health. Continue reading

Lake County Animal Shelter hosting “Hot Dogs, Cool Cats” pet adoptions

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Marshmallow is one of the dogs available for adoption at the Lake County Animal Shelter.

TAVARES — Anyone who has spent more than a couple of summers in Central Florida knows by now how to beat the heat – from hitting those well air-conditioned malls and movie theaters to jumping in the pool or driving to the beach.
Now, how about your pets? Keep in mind that while people can shed their coats, dogs and cats can’t — although the fur that keeps them warm in the winter can also protect them in the summer from taking on too much heat.
So your pets may enjoy being outdoors with you during the summer.
And if you don’t have any pets? As the Lake County Animal Shelter is pointing out, summer is the ideal time to consider adopting one.
To help promote pet adoptions, the Lake County Animal Shelter is teaming up with L.E.A.S.H., Inc., the non-profit group that works to assist feral cats and shelter animals.
Together, they’re sponsoring “Hot Dogs, Cool Cats,” a summer long pet adoption event they’re billing as “the hottest of the summer.” Continue reading

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