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Health Benefits of Having Pets

Health Benefits of Having Pets

Nothing compares to the joy of coming home to a loyal companion. The unconditional love of a pet can do more than keep you company. Pets may also decrease stress, improve heart health, and even help children with their emotional and social skills. An estimated 68% of U.S. households have a pet. But who benefits […]

Maddie: Mature Companion for You

Maddie: Mature Companion for You

Maddie (ID #A247649) is a mature girl that is bound to make someone a devoted companion. She loves to relax and adjusts nicely to new environments. Since coming to the shelter she has been on several outings, including a trip to the KPIG radio station and an overnight with one of our volunteers. She loves […]

Coco: Eager to Please

Coco: Eager to Please

Coco (ID#A237254) is the cutest ragamuffin! She is sweet, social, and will do anything for a treat. While at the shelter she has made several trips out on the town, including the recent Human Race event on West Cliff! She is always earnest and eager to please. She would prefer to be with her person […]

Herbs For Kitchen And Garden

Herbs For Kitchen And Garden

By Tony Tomeo Herbs might be in our garden right now, whether we are aware of it or not. Trailing rosemary happens to be a popular and practical groundcover, and some varieties grow as low shrubbery. A few varieties of thyme also work as ground cover for small areas, or between stones. Various lavenders are […]

Should You Keep Your Cat Indoors?

Should You Keep Your Cat Indoors?

By Tiffany L. Mitchener, DVM Did you know that an indoor cat lives twice as long as an outdoor one? Strictly indoor cats live an average of 12-15 years. Strictly outdoor cats usually do not live past age five, and a cat that spends time both inside and out has an average lifespan of eight […]

Spring Cleaning Strategies

Spring Cleaning Strategies

By Pam Hudson Spring cleaning doesn’t have to stop at just scrubbing, sudsing and mopping. Take “spot” cleaning to a new level, and REALLY get into the mess of things. Think of each disorganized area as a “spot” that needs to be cleaned, and tackle those disorganized and poorly functioning spots in your home, office […]

Drug Shortages

Drug Shortages

By Ron Conte, Pharm.D. From the Food and Drugs • Administration (FDA) Web Site • January 15, 2014 All suppliers of sodium chloride intravenous (IV) bags are stating there is a shortage in production. The January FDA notice is a typical drug shortage notice. There have been an alarming number of shortages for the past […]

Who Is Your Competition?

Who Is Your Competition?

Businesses Don’t Just Compete with Identical Competitors So you decided to open a coffee shop, or a restaurant, or a clothing store specializing in Santa Cruz branded t-shirts and beachwear. When you looked around the area to determine where to open your business, you likely investigated to find that your competition was nowhere to be […]

CHIP Likes the Ladies

CHIP Likes the Ladies

Meet our buddy Chip! (ID#A246188) After his owner fell ill and was no longer able to care for him, this little guy has made his way into the hearts of our shelter staff and volunteers. He recently got a haircut that is the talk of the shelter. You can now see his expressive eyes, and […]

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