This animal control officer helps pets, and people

Michael Northrup, who works for Pasco County Animal Services, has been named Animal Control Officer of the Year by the Florida Animal Control Association. A nomination submitted on Northrup’s behalf said, in part, that during 2019 Northrup displayed “compassion, dedication, expertise, awareness and incredible decision-making.” The nomination noted that Northrup responded to more than 1,000 … [Read more...]

Working with animals is this woman’s passion

Gina Botticello can’t remember a time in her life when she didn’t love animals. It wasn’t because her house was full of them, though. Her dad was allergic to cats. So, officially, there weren’t any cats in the house. But, Botticello admitted: “I would find a kitten and hide it in my room.” That didn’t last long, though. “That was not OK,” she said. Still, even when she was very … [Read more...]

‘Clear the Shelters’ is a big success

Hundreds attended the ‘Clear the Shelters’ event on Aug. 17 at the Pasco County Animal Services complex, 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O’ Lakes. The event, launched five years ago by the television media company NBC Universal, is a national pet adoption drive that aims to find forever homes for thousands of animals in need. Participating shelters nationwide either reduced or waived pet … [Read more...]

Pasco animal control officer earns statewide award

For John Douglass, working in animal control offers all kinds of adventure. Some days he’s safely impounding homeless cats and dogs. Other days, he’s investigating animal cruelty complaints or conducting animal welfare checks. The nonstop variety helps explain why he relishes his duties as a Pasco County Animal Services field training officer. “I definitely enjoy it. You see … [Read more...]

Pasco animal shelter gets creative with names

Pet owners have various reasons for naming their animals and so does the Pasco County Animal Shelter when it takes in a dog or cat. Coming up with creative names at the shelter is one way to ease a sad situation when strays come in lost. “We like to have some fun with the whole naming process,” explained Rachel Stever, education and outreach coordinator for Pasco County Animal Services. “We … [Read more...]

Using facial recognition tool to help reunite lost pets

For many pet owners, their pets aren’t just furry companions — they’re full-fledged members of the family. So, when a dog or cat goes astray, the experience can be overwhelming. Now, however, a new tool may improve the odds of reuniting owners with their lost pets. John Polimeno launched the app, Finding Rover, in 2013, to help locate lost dogs and cats through facial recognition. And, Pasco … [Read more...]

Great American Teach-in exposes students to careers

An animal service worker and an attorney were among nearly two dozen guests who dropped into Wesley Chapel High School on Nov. 14 to talk about their careers as part in the Great American Teach-In. The goal is to give students an idea of the broad array of career choices they have, and to allow people from the community a chance to share their knowledge about what students need to know to thrive … [Read more...]

‘Clear the Shelters’ makes both pets and people happy

Pet lovers had a chance to add a new member to their family without paying adoption fees during a “Clear the Shelters’ event at Pasco County Animal Services, at 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O’Lakes. The animal shelter, along with the nonprofit group Friends of Animal Services Inc., hosted the event as part of the national pet adoption drive. The drive, launched four years ago, is spearheaded … [Read more...]

Festival raises money for animal care

Dogs and their human friends celebrated the fourth annual “Woofstock” festival at the Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park on May 19. It was the first time for the park to host the event, which raises funds to aid sick dogs and cats at Pasco County Animal Services. Animal services brought dogs that were available for adoption. Vendors set up displays of doggy wares, including designer collars, … [Read more...]

Tails go waggin’ in Pasco County’s parks

The Tail Wagon Adoption bus rolled into Crews Lake Wilderness Park with a special cargo to unload on a Saturday morning in April. Volunteer dog handlers hooked leashes to Hercules, Luna, Poe, Prince and Zeus for a daily constitutional that wasn’t the usual routine for these four-legged residents of Pasco County’s animal shelter. Once a month, however, selected canines get to go on a … [Read more...]