Pandemic pets not getting the love owners once showed

Working from home and needing companionship, many people adopted animals during lockdown, but now as they return to their pre-pandemic lifestyle, some are returning their pets. Shelters across California filled with surrendered animals the past several months, with some locations reporting twice as many surrenders since restrictions have loosened, according to a July 8 Reuters article. Why? For some pet […]

A day to celebrate the mutts we love

National Mutt Day is Sat., July 31. America has a long history of affection for mutts. Two of cinema’s most famous dogs, Spike from “Old Yeller” and Higgins from “Benji,” were mutts adopted from shelters. Heroic mutts such as Balto, the sled dog who brought lifesaving diphtheria medication to remote corners of Alaska, are immortalized in bronze statues. Even the […]

When the owner’s away, the animals worry

Experts say it’s not uncommon for pets to feel anxious or to get lost now that people are returning to work and leaving home more often. “Be aware of what your pet needs, and really watch them,” said Donna Gillesby, deputy director at Ventura County Animal Services. Like many people, Gillesby adopted a dog during the pandemic. Now that she […]

This squirrel is all ears

CORNY PICTURE—Doug Bauwens took this photo in his Oak Park backyard of a squirrel who, along with four or five of its buddies, is a daily visitor to the home. Bauwens has two of these feeders, and he puts out corn out daily. This one sits on a fence by the feeder early each morning, waiting for breakfast.

Humane Society taps new officer

Jenna Utter is the new humane officer for the Humane Society of Ventura County. Utter was officially sworn in by Judge Henry Walsh on June 10 at the Ventura County Courthouse. A ceremony was later held at the shelter in Ojai, where Utter’s badge was presented to her by Jeff Hoffman, director of investigations; Kendra King, senior humane officer; and […]

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