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  1. Key West's Hemingway cats survive Hurricane Irma

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    As day broke after Hurricane Irma swept through the Florida Keys, authorities began to assess the damage nature's brute force wrought on the delicate archipelago that makes up the Florida Keys.

    A six-toed cat at the Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, Fla., in April.  Karin Brulliard/Washington Post.
  2. Find A Friend: Lucky, the dog

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    There's no need to go out-of-state to rescue a tragically displaced pet. Lucky was found abandoned, bug-covered, and walking all alone on a road right here in Hills- borough County. It only took a bubble bath and some chow to set the thin and lanky pooch to wagging again. Lucky gets along great with cats, kids, and …

    Lucky is a playful 2-year-old is housebroken, walks well on leash, and is fully storm-ready: he’ll come microchipped, vaccinated, neutered, and freshly bathed.
  3. Find A Friend: Princess Pear, the kitten

    Find A Friend: Princess Pear, the kitten

    Find A Friend: Princess Pear, the kitten

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    The traditional end-of-summer celebrations are over, but not Florida's kitty season. A local dog rescue has even agreed to pitch in. Little Princess Pear is part of what her foster mom calls "their fruit salad litter," named after mother nature's bountiful treats. Princess Pear boasts a slightly thicker skin but a sweet …

    Princess Pear, a  10-week old brown and white tiger, is just one of several seeking a safe and stable home.
  4. Pet of the Week for Sept. 8

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    Sabrina is a fun-loving and playful 8-month-old light brindle terrier mix. She has been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. Inquiries about adopting Sabrina or other dogs and cats can be made at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast shelter at Wiscon and Mobley roads, Brooksville. Visiting hours at the shelter are 11 …

    Humane Society of the Nature Coast
  5. Find A Friend: Zeus, the puppy

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    Baby Zeus was found stuffed inside of a New York Yankees backpack. Call it poetic injustice: a beautiful blue and white boy abandoned under America's foremost blue and white pinstripes. A kind stranger discovered the frightened pup in the bed of his pick-up truck and summoned Second Chance Friends to the rescue. He's …

    A kind stranger discovered Zeus in the bed of his pick-up truck and summoned Second Chance Friends to the rescue.
  6. Hernando Pet of the Week for Sept. 1

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    Hernando County Animal Services

    Dot is a black-and-white domestic shorthair. She has piercing green eyes, is sweet and loves to play with her cat toys. Dot has been spayed, microchipped and vaccinated. Inquiries about adopting Dot or other cats and dogs can be made at Hernando County Animal Services, 19450 Oliver …

     Dot is a black and white domestic shorthair. She has piercing green eyes, is sweet and loves to play with her cat toys. Dot has been spayed, microchipped and vaccinated. Inquiries about adopting Dot or other cats and dogs can be made at Hernando County Animal Services, 19450 Oliver St., Brooksville. Visiting hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Adoption fees are $50 for adult dogs over 25 pounds, $70 for puppies and small dogs under 25 pounds, $25 for heartworm positive and senior dogs, $20 for adult cats and $40 for kittens. For information, call (352) 796-5062. Visit the website at hernandocounty.us/animal/adoptions.
  7. Find A Friend: Cody, the Cocker Spaniel Mix

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    Pappy said, "son, you're gonna drive me to drinkin' if you don't stop driving that Hot Rod Lincoln." Canine Commander Cody was living life in the fast lane, alright. Running wild and stray in the streets, folks had begun to label the unloved and misunderstood pooch as, well, "unworthy." But his foster family begs to …

    Cody is a short-legged, 7-year-old Cocker Spaniel mix that never met a stranger and gets along great with other dogs.
  8. Find A Friend: Dunkin the kitten

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    Whether you prefer glazed, jelly, or sprinkled donuts, this sweet treat is sure to satisfy. Dunkin is a 3-month-old male kitten rescued from the parking lot of — you guess it — a local and legendary donut shop. Dunkin had been bullied and even suffered a kitty concussion. Now recovered, he's a sweet maple …

    Dunkin is a 3-month-old male kitten rescued from the parking lot of  — you guess it — a local and legendary donut shop.
  9. Oh, my: Poodle gets tumor that's a third of its body weight removed

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    NAUGATUCK, Conn. — A poodle named Oreo is on the mend after having a 6.4-pound tumor removed — nearly a third of its body weight.

    This August 2017 photo provided by Poodle Rescue Connecticut shows a poodle named Oreo afflicted with a 6.4-pound tumor at the animal rescue in Watertown, Conn. The group took custody of the poodle mix earlier in the month after a neighbor noticed the animal struggling with the large growth. The Watertown Animal Hospital performed the surgery to remove the growth. (Daryl Masone/Poodle Rescue Connecticut via AP) BX103
  10. Anti-vaxxers extend flawed reasoning to pets

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    A recent story in a New York publication has made some wonder if humanity is a failed experiment: It suggested the anti-vaccine movement has leapt between species, with some Brooklyn dog owners now refusing to vaccinate their pets from fear that doing so would cause their animals to become autistic. As Colin Mixson …

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