MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, has announced the dates of their 2020 Open Door Microchip and Nail Trim Clinics. The clinics will be offered on Saturdays, Feb. 15, April 11, June 20, Aug. 24 and Dec.12, from 10 a.m. to noon.  A microchip is a small electronic chip (about the size of a piece of rice) that is inserted under the skin between a pet’s shoulder blades that contains all of the owner’s contact information. Most veterinary offices and shelters have the ability to scan for this chip and quickly identify the owner. The entire process takes less than two...
By now most people are aware of the serious health dangers of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke in humans. What you may not realize is that cigarette and cigar smoke can cause severe disease in pets, too.  The harmful cancer-causing ingredients from cigarettes can be found in high concentrations on furniture, carpeting and flooring in the homes of smokers. Studies show that dogs, whose noses are close to the ground, breathe in these toxins and are at a higher risk for developing nasal cancer and may have an increased risk for lung cancer as well.  Cats are at an even higher risk of...

PEGGY FISCHEL IS one of six volunteers who staff Homeward Bound’s new HUB program that offers supplemental food, parasite preventatives and medical-care subsidies for the pets of qualifying low-income families. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound, Addison County’s humane society, has launched a new program that will help low-income residents having a tough time affording their beloved pets. It’s called the HUB, and it provides supplemental food, parasite preventatives and subsidies for qualifying folks to get medical care for their pet dogs and cats. Client households must have an income no greater than 200 percent of the federal poverty guideline, which is currently $51,500 for a family of four. The HUB owes its existence to generous donations, grant support, volunteers and hard work by Homeward Bound...

STEVE PARREN, WILDLIFE biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and long-time leader of the Vermont turtle project, holding an uncommon wood turtle. For the animals’ sake, he reminds Vermonters not to make pets of native turtles. Photo courtesy Molly Parren
MONTPELIER — Each year, Steve Parren, wildlife biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, gets contacted about pet turtles people no longer want. Some turtles grow too large. Others require more complicated care than owners realize — turtles kept indoors require full-spectrum lighting for healthy shell development. And with lives that can last 50 years or longer, turtles often outstay their welcome. Not only is it illegal to keep native turtles as pets in Vermont, releasing captive native turtles into the wild could introduce diseases to, or mix up the genetics of, local turtle...

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