Providing a forever-home to furry friends in need just got easier. “Hot Dogs, Cool Cats” is a free pet adoption event to be held on the first Saturday of the month throughout the summer hosted at Lake County Animal Shelter in Tavares. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with free hot dogs and popsicles between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
“Summer is a wonderful season for families to consider adopting a pet,” said Brian Sheahan, Lake County Community Safety & Compliance Director. “Children are home from school and are able to spend time bonding and caring for their new best friend.”
According to the scientific study “The Role of Pets in Enhancing Human Well-being: Effects on Child Development,” a family dog can benefit a child’s emotional intelligence. This can include increasing self-esteem and compassion, helping children feel accepted, improving cognitive development, lessening stress and contributing to overall happiness and health.
“It is of course important when selecting a dog or cat for your family to ensure the particular animal is the right fit for your home and lifestyle,” added Sheahan. “Our staff and volunteers are happy to work with shelter visitors to find the perfect match for your household.”
The event is sponsored by L.E.A.S.H., Inc., a non-profit agency based in Lake County that directly benefits shelter animals in need. The dates for the events areJune 3, July 1 and August 5 at the shelter located at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares, call 352-343-9688 or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/LCAS.
Not much shocks Floridians. After all, they live in a state with sinkholes, a giant mouse, hurricanes, and gigantic flying cockroaches.
However, when two Mount Dora residents came upon a young alligator that had wandered into a downtown neighborhood, it got their attention.
Mike Hassler and his wife, Natalie Rodriguez, were driving on Grandview Street at approximately 10:30 p.m. one night last week when something caught their eye. It was a 2 ½ -foot alligator roaming the quiet residential street. The couple, locally well-known for walking their pink pig, Frasier, called police for assistance, to get the cold-blooded juvenile off the street. Officers and a nearby resident were able to assist the youngster back to the water.
If two things are better than one, two really good things can make a lasting difference.
This year one local restaurant is celebrating its ninth anniversary by raising money for Cornerstone Hospice. On June 16, PizzAmore will donate 15% of its gross sales to the local non-profit.
To celebrate every anniversary, the restaurant selects one local non-profit each year and spearheads a community fundraising effort to give back to its community.
"This year we chose Women for Hospice as it is an organization that provides a tremendous support effort to those in need and holds a special place in our hearts." said owner, Leigh Love. " Jesse and I feel it is important to give back to the community that contributes to our success – by helping these organizations, we help support and strengthen our own community."
In addition to the June 16 event, patrons can receive a 10% discount off their PizzAmore order throughout the month of June by showing their tax receipts from qualified donations to Hospice Hope Chest retail store in downtown Mount Dora. The discounts can't be combined with any other promotions or discounts and are single use discounts.
The restaurant is located at 722 E. Fifth Avenue in Mount Dora. Hospice Hope Chest is located at 315 N. Donnelly Street in downtown Mount Dora.
A young bald eagle was released near its Eustis nest last week after being discovered on the ground a month earlier. Unable to fly, the young female bird was rescued by Kat Harnest, a Mount Dora resident and certified naturalist. The dehydrated eaglet was transported to the Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland.
At the time of rescue, the bird was estimated to be 3 ½ months old and covered in mites. She was nursed back to health in Maitland and learned to fly, to prepare for her release near the Eustis nest it’s believed she fell from.
Harnest is also a nature tour guide on Lake Dora and a volunteer at Tampa Bay Raptor Rescue Center.