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Cat Adoptions Are $10 All Month

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Submitted Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is running out of space to house cats and is asking the public for help. To help put it in perspective, Collier County DAS currently has 202 cats in its inventory, 22 that came into the shelter last Friday. That is 135 cats at the Naples shelter, two cats at the Immokalee shelter and three cats and 44 kittens in foster care. Any cat that is adopted or any person who can volunteer to be a foster family for these cats will make a huge difference. We have everything from kittens and nursing ... Read More »

Adopt-A- Thon Finds Homes for 45 Pets

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Submitted Recently, Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) held a 33-hour Adopt-A-Thon and found homes for 45 homeless animals. Twenty dogs, 21 cats and four mice found their forever homes during the event. That’s more than half the dogs in the adoption kennel. Three cats waiting for homes for more than a year were among the 21 adopted during the event. Adoption prices were reduced considerably during the event. Dogs could be adopted for $30 ($55 off the usual $85 adoption fee) and cats could be adopted for $20 ($40 off the usual $60 adoption fee). Animals are older than ... Read More »

MEET YOUR MATCH AT COLLIER COUNTY DOMESTIC ANIMAL SERVICES ANIMAL ADOPTIONS DISCOUNTED FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY

Call it puppy love. Or kitty love. Whatever you call it, Collier County Domestic Animal Services wants to help you meet you match this month by offering discounts on all dog and cat adoptions. For the month of February, all dog adoptions are $50 (regularly $85) and all cat adoptions are $25 (regularly $60). With every adoption, the county includes spay/neuter surgery, Collier County license, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip, 30 days of free pet insurance and more, a value of more than $400. “Our animal friends give us nothing but unconditional love. Since February is the month most associated with love, ... Read More »

Panther Kittens Safe Behind the Scenes at Naples Zoo

Last summer, Naples Zoo created a permanent home for a blind panther that also included space away from the public area to give temporary care for injured or orphaned panthers. Already, the Zoo has taken in two more panthers. The first arrival was a now six-month-old female that was orphaned in October when her mother was killed by a vehicle. The latest arrival came in just last week – a 2 to 3 month old male. Naples Zoo’s carnivore team is caring for these young cats behind the scenes as part of a collaborative effort with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Florida ... Read More »

Cheetahs Spotted! Naples Zoo Coming January 12th

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is welcoming two new cheetahs to the nationally accredited zoo and historic garden. These elegant creatures will be coming from White Oak Conservation Center in North Florida. Both cats were born and raised at White Oak Conservation Center. The new cats in town are sisters and they are nine years old. The new cheetahs will make their grand debut to the public on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Once widespread across Africa, into the Middle East and east to India, the cheetah has suffered dramatic declines over the last century. More recently, widespread habitat destruction has ... Read More »

Domestic Animals Services Increase in Adoptions

Collier County Domestic Animals Services has seen a dramatic increase in the number of animals adopted from the shelter. Adoptions in 2015 have increased 24 percent over 2014 adoptions. This increase is partly due to some very important community partnerships. Our partnerships with rescue organizations helped us increase the number of animals sent to these organizations by 24 percent over 2014. More than 100 animals were placed into foster homes, cared for by Collier County residents who wanted to help us. This was a 39 percent increase over 2014. And we have volunteers who donated 16,865 hours in 2015 – ... Read More »

COLLIER DAS OFFERS CERTIFIED, PRE-OWNED CATS FOR $10

Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is offering certified, pre-owned cats for only $10 down, with 0 percent financing and no payments, ever! From now until Jan. 31, DAS will offer the 80 percent discount on its feline friends in an effort to find homes for them. DAS is currently housing, feeding and caring for 104 of Collier County’s homeless cats. “We hope offering such a great discount on adoptions will help find loving homes for our shelter cats,” said DAS Director Darcy Andrade. “From playful kittens, to older lap cats and everything in between, we have a lot of cats, ... Read More »

COLLIER DAS ADOPT-A-THON FINDS HOME FOR 40 PETS

Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) hosted Home for the Holidays Adopt-A-Thon last weekend and found homes for 40 animals. During the event, DAS discounted adoption prices considerably. Dogs could be adopted for $25, usually $85, and cats could be adopted for $10, usually $60. During the event, 17 dogs and 22 cats found their forever homes. That’s over half of the dogs in the adoption kennel. Not all of the adoptees had paws, one lucky cloven hoofed critter – Billy the goat – found its new family as well. Read More »

Collier County Domestic Animal Services Wants to Help County Residents Find Their Lost Pets

All too often pets go missing, and it can be a stressful, trying ordeal for both pet and owner. Knowing what to do when you have lost a pet may help ensure a quick and safe return for your furry friend, and Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is the go-to resource for responsible pet ownership. After looking for your pet in the most obvious places, visit DAS, and remember to bring a picture of your lost pet and proof of ownership (vet records, microchip registered in your name, bill of sale or pedigree paperwork). DAS receives stray dogs and ... Read More »

Blessing of the Animals

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By Samantha Husted On October 7, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church held its annual Blessing of the Animals event. Though all pets were welcomed, it was predominantly dogs in attendance, and one brave cat, Daphne. All donations benefitted the Human Society of Naples. Reverend Kyle Bennett called the ceremony to order with a song titled, “All God’s Critters,” performed by him and youth minister, Shane Totten. They then performed a more serious ballad titled, “Dog Breath” before commencing the blessing ceremony. Rev. Kyle and Rev. Sue Price stood at the front of the hall and pet owners and animals alike filed ... Read More »

Chop-Chop

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?” ~ Buddha Growing up, as a young girl I was lucky enough to have grandparents who lived on a farm. I say “lucky enough,” because to a young child the expanse of land and outbuildings innate to an Iowa farm afforded me endless opportunities for exploration. There was a big barn and a machine shed. There was a grove of assorted maple and oak, a small livestock yard and a windmill. In addition, ... Read More »

DAS OBSERVES BLACK ANIMAL AWARENESS WEEK, OFFERS DISCOUNTS

Anyone that has worked in an animal shelter will tell you the color of an animal’s coat is indicative of the length of their stay at the shelter. Black pets are often overlooked in adoption in favor of lighter-colored pets. Whatever the reason for the coat color bias, one thing is certain – pets of all colors make great companions.   From Monday, Aug. 17, to Saturday, August 22, Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) will offer discounts on dark colored pets in observance of Black Animal Awareness Week. Cats adoptions are only $20 (regularly $60), and dog adoptions are only $25 ... Read More »

Naomi’s Training Table

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi the cat and Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: On Sunday, October 4, the island will be aswarm with spandex-clad athletes competing in the Marco Island Fitness Challenge Triathlon. As supervisor here at For the Love of Cats, I have thrown our whiskers into the ring with my team “Meow Power”. The three-discipline event is comprised of a quarter-mile open-water swim in the toasty waters of the Gulf, a 15-mile bike ride through the island’s few hills and fewer dales, and a 3.1-mile run on the steaming hot white-sand beach. Survivors are awarded medals. I ... Read More »

Naomi’s “Meow Power”

Coach Naomi, thinking about the job ahead.

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi &Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: It’s official! My triathlon team has a name – “Meow Power.” A big thanks to all of you who answered last month’s call for team name submissions. The winning name was submitted by Claire Baumler, one of my volunteers. What do you, dear readers, think of a minor team name modification, something along the lines of “Naomi’s Meow Power?” I think this is only fair since I am responsible for thinking this whole endeavor up in the first place. Moreover, I have to whip my team of three into ... Read More »

East Naples Cat Deaths Caused By Predator Attacks

The recent East Naples cat deaths have been found to be caused by predator attacks. Necropsies were performed on five of the cats by the Austin, Texas-based Veterinary Forensics Consulting. All five cats had evidence of predator attacks as the cause of death, evidenced by bite marks on the cats’ skin, muscle and bone, according to the report. Pets are prohibited from running at large per the Collier County Animal Control Ordinance. Pets must be on a leash if they are off the owner’s property. “There are many dangers for animals that are allowed to roam unattended,” said DAS Director ... Read More »

Naomi’s Kittens and Triathlon Coach

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: I need to clear up any confusion among new readers who have come late to my wisdom-packed columns. I am, in fact, a cat, a one-time dumpster diving stray turned full-time resident here at For the Love of Cats, Marco Island’s no-kill cat shelter. I am, however, by no means your average house cat. For starters, I have my own newspaper column. Secondly, I am the shelter supervisor and manage a staff (remember, dogs have owners, cats have staff) of 70-80 volunteers who must heed my every request. And ... Read More »

Naomi’s April Woes

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By Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: Spring has pounced, we’re still in the paw-grip of kitten season, and sherpas packing fleas are pitching tents in our warm and radiant fur coats. Now let’s talk bikini season. Most felines, such as ourselves, eat way too many carbohydrates in the form of dry food. I don’t care how much your staff (as you may recall only dogs have owners; we felines have staff) pays for a bag of the good stuff, even if it’s $175 for an eight -pound bag. Cats don’t need to carbo-load like amateur athletes in ... Read More »

Naples Zoo Announces New Panther Exhibit

Naples Zoo officials announced today they are breaking ground on a permanent home for a young Florida panther that cannot be returned to the wild after it was blinded by a shotgun blast. This new panther exhibit will focus on expanding public awareness of the issues surrounding the growing number of cats in the area. And to meet the increased need to care for injured or orphaned panthers, Naples Zoo is also creating habitat space to provide temporary care along with an all-new large animal veterinary clinic. This is part of a cooperative effort with the US Fish and Wildlife ... Read More »

Naomi’s Up to Her Ears in Kittens!

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For the Love of Cats Naomi & Karina Paape Dear Fellow Felines: I’m up to my tortie ears in kittens! I’m talking lots and lots of kittens! Just the other day I was making my morning rounds – taking inventory if you will, and thought surely my eyes were deceiving me; so much so that I had to dig out my calculator. The numbers weren’t lying. Sometime in the early hours of a placid March morning, nine kittens appeared as if out of thin air. We – For the Love of Cats, Marco Island’s no-kill cat shelter – had recently ... Read More »

No Biting

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: I hope you all had a terrific Valentine’s Day. I sure did. I was besieged with cards, treats, cat grass, treats, toys, treats, a fancy cat bed, treats, a designer cat tree, treats, and more treats. Mixed in with the hundreds of love letters, however, I ran across a few disturbing emails (yes, cats have email accounts; we just choose not to “reply”). It sounds to me like some of you have been biting your staff, the very hands that feed you, and without provocation. I’m not talking love ... Read More »