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Second Chance Companions is a non-profit pet organization dedicated to helping animals in SW Washington. The organization does not run an independent shelter, but instead maintains a list with hundreds of pets in private homes just waiting to have a family of their own. Below is a look at a …

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Nothing pulls on the heart strings of an emotional female quite like a sad story and, I suppose, December of 2013 I was prime for one. Having just put down our last of six cats at his tender age of 18, our house was eerily quiet.

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North Clark County has a solution for so-called problem dogs, as one trainer’s operation looks at ways to teach owners “how to let their dogs be dogs” to get the most out of the dog/owner relationship.

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Last week, a large horse trailer arrived in the evening hours after closing at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington’s building. The trailer had made its way from Texas, and among its cargo were a dozen dogs looking for homes in the Pacific Northwest.

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Any annoyance attendees of this month’s “Catty Shack” event might have upon realizing that the likes of Chevy Chase and Bill Murray aren’t in attendance will surely quell when they see the array of fellow donors dressed in vintage golf attire.     

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Here are a few of the animals found in local shelters, looking for adoption. To begin the adoption process visit sccpets.com, southwesthumane.org or furryfriendswa.org.

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While this year’s theme “CattyShack” encourages attendees to wear costumes that reflect fun-loving and golfing antics of the film “CaddyShack,” dressing in line with the theme is purely optional. 

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Ed and Angela Brannfors have had hundreds of animals in their cattle herd, but never one like Andy the steer — Andy was always treated with a little more love. 

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Furry Friends will be offering their recycled cats for adoption June 24-25 at the Recycled Arts Festival held at Esther Short Park, 301 West 8th St. in Vancouver. It has grown into a huge family event, with more and more participants every year.

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What’s causing a restaurant, a landscaping business, a mobile vet and a bank to take part in a countywide hunt for “treasure” in the form of commemorative coasters? 

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April has been designated “Prevention of Cruelty to Animals” Month. A month during which everyone is urged to “Go Orange for Animals” to increase public awareness about these unconscionable, and usually unreported, incidents.

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Maggie the cat is breathing easy after some nasal surgery funded through the help of a $1,000 grant for the Petfinder Foundation helped her recover from respiratory trouble.

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For those without the time or financial commitment to fully adopt their own cat or kitten, Furry Friends no-kill cat shelter and rescue has an alternative in kitten fostering.

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A trip to New York City was a bit of a homecoming for Vancouver local Lee Whittier. Prior to moving to Clark County in 2008 she had lived in Vermont and had visited the Big Apple numerous times.

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Those living with dogs or cats in the majority of Clark County will have to pay a little more per year to have their pet officially licensed as a fee increase comes into effect this month to help fund the ailing county animal control department.

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The Humane Society for Southwest Washington and Larch Corrections Center (LCC) celebrated their first “graduating” class of foster dogs and offender dog handlers. 

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The Humane Society for Southwest Washington in Clark County is the home to a little over 300 cats and dogs on a regular daily basis. 

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Meet Toof: Toof is a 10-year-old neutered male with black fur. He is a passive, gentle male who is great with other cats and very physical and friendly with dogs. He sometimes love-bites when petted, or scratches when playing, but never in malice. He loves to eat and slink around low to the …

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BATTLE GROUND – Many Clark County residents feel a strong connection to the area and actively work to improve and enrich the lives of their neighbors. For one local family, the move to Battle Ground a decade ago kicked off a series of events that has deeply impacted their lives and is sendin…

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BATTLE GROUND – Outside of the dog show ring, 18-year-old Raina Moss is much like any other college student – excited to see old friends from Battle Ground over the winter break, focused on her future as a graphic designer and enjoying her days at the Art Institute of Portland.

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BATTLE GROUND – Helpful volunteers from all over Battle Ground came out in droves to assist neighbors and friends after a tornado rampaged through the city earlier this month, but one family in particular captured the hearts and hopes of hundreds of people around the area.

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A number of dogs and cats in Clark County are currently looking for someone to adopt them and provide them with a new forever home.

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The Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW) will begin adoption efforts to find homes for 58 Japanese Mastiffs after rescuers took the animals from a dog-meat farm in South Korea.

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Furry Friends will offer discounted Avid FriendChip ID microchipping for dogs and cats at the upcoming Peace & Justice Fair Sat., Sept. 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Esther Short Park, 415 W. 6th St., Vancouver. The Furry Friends booth will be at the north side of the park.

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The Clark County Newcomers Club (CCNC) recently presented a check for $15,000 to Northwest Battle Buddies (NWBB). Funds were raised through a variety of events and with the help of two anonymous member donations. Shannon Walker, founder and president of NWBB accepted the check. The money wil…

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BATTLE GROUND RESIDENT Shirley Howard is shown here at a Seattle Mariners game with Holbrook, a black lab that Shirley and husband Kevin trained for the Guide Dogs for the Blind organization in Boring, OR.