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Animal Tales: From Auburn K-9 to family pet, retirement suits Inka

BRUNSWICK — When she was a police dog, Inka was all about work. Tall and muscular, with a deep bark, the German shepherd protected anything...

FCAS: Adoptable pets can have new dispositions outside the shelter

FARMINGTON — Franklin County Animal Shelter is featuring Khai and Saxson as its Pets of the Week. Khai is a 3-year-old male American pitbull terrier....

Gift to give GAHS opportunity to provide enrichment to shelter pets

LEWISTON — The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society will begin a comprehensive enrichment program, thanks to a generous $5,000 gift from Priscilla Gendron. This new and...

KVHS to participate in national adoption event

AUGUSTA — Kennebec Valley Humane Society will participate in the national Clear the Shelters event by hosting Paws in the Park from 10 a.m....

FCAS: Shelter pet arrives from North Carolina

FARMINGTON — Bo, a 1-to 3-year-old male terrier mix, is the Dog of the Week at Franklin County Animal Shelter, and he has just...

FCAS: Shy pets seek homes where they can be themselves

FARMINGTON — Franklin County Animal Shelter has announced its Pets of the Week. Dog of the Week is Chance, a 1-year-old male retriever mix. Chance...

Responsible Pet Care's featured cat, Snow White, seeks fairy-tale ending

PARIS — Snow White is seeking her fairy-tale home. Snow White is the featured pet at Responsible Pet Care.  Shelter staff consider the 1-year-old female...

A Soviet-era experiment to tame foxes may help reveal genes behind social behavior

In 1959, Soviet scientists embarked on an audacious experiment to breed a population of tame foxes, a strain of animals that wouldn't be aggressive...

Franklin County Animal Shelter featuring long time resident

FARMINGTON — Franklin County Animal Shelter's Cat of the Week is one of the shelter's longest feline residents. Junior, a 4-to 6-year-old male, has lived...

Responsible Pet Care featured pet profile reads 'looking for love'

PARIS — If there were a dating website for dogs, Callie's profile might read, "Large and lovely female is looking for love and companionship....

Animal Tales: Have horse, will travel

When Candace Platz traveled to Portugal earlier this month, she planned to look at dressage horses. Ride a few, maybe. She did not expect...

Responsible Pet Care cat has his box packed to moved to forever home

PARIS — Pumpkin has his box packed with some of his favorite foods and toys. He’s ready to leave Responsible Pet Care. All he...

Free cats! Augusta shelter waiving fees to deal with feline influx

AUGUSTA — The Kennebec Valley Humane Society says it was hit this week with an influx of 38 new cats and kittens in just...

Responsible Pet Care features adoring Amora

PARIS — Amora is the featured pet at Responsible Pet Care. She was named after the Roman god of love, Amor. That name suits...

Responsible Pet Care features Edith, known to love and ignore

PARIS — Edith is the featured pet at Responsible Pet Care — and she is a hoot.  She pretends not to be interested in what is going on around...

Animal Tales: Durham family picks chickens for tick fix

DURHAM — Sarah Siegel had been dealing with Lyme disease for a while. But when she found the disease's telltale bull's-eye rash on her...

Drivers, be aware of pets

There is a farm on my road that had a very sweet dog. He lived outside with the animals and kept an eye on...

Franklin County Animal Shelter's Dog of the Week just likes to relax

FARMINGTON — The Franklin County Animal Shelter has announced its Pets of the Week. Dog of the Week is Trudy, a 5-year-old female Staffy mix....

Four-footed hurricane victims get help from RPC

RINCON, Puerto Rico — On Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at 6:15 a.m., Hurricane Maria made landfall just south of Yabucoa Harbor in Puerto Rico. What...

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ATV club plans poker ride WATERFORD — Pulpit Rock Trail Blazah’s ATV Club will hold a poker ride and barbecue on Saturday, June 16, to benefit...

Horses Across Maine departs on first leg of state-wide ride

Horses Across Maine founder Peter Seames, left, and wife, Cindy Seames, ride through Lovell on June 1 during the first leg of the 280-mile...

Factors to consider before including Fido in your wedding

Pets are full-fledged members of many families and even, apparently, families-to-be. In its 2016 American Wedding Study, Brides magazine found that 8 percent of wedding...

Animal Tales: Traumatized dog helps traumatized women

LEWISTON — Locked in a cage for six years, used for breeding, rescued from a puppy mill, Sophie gets anxious. The 9-year-old fluffy white poodle...

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‘Administrative assistant,’ canine mother are Pets of the Week

FARMINGTON — Mama and Carra are the Pets of the Week at the Franklin County Animal Shelter. Dog of the Week, Mama, a 3- to 4-year-old unconfirmed breed, is an affectionate girl looking for an...

Mega Yard Sale to benefit Franklin County Animal Shelter

FARMINGTON — Maine's Mega Yard Sale, expected to include almost 100 sellers, will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at the Farmington Fairgrounds. Parking will be available on High Street, directly...

Five-year-old declines gifts to support Greater Androscoggin Humane Society

Kaida Gatcomb of Lewiston presented the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society with donations from her fifth birthday, on April 29. Kaida asked for donations for the pets in lieu of birthday gifts. She is pictured...