Animals

Horse Park awaits news about funding

The Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park Authority has its funding in the balance of the state budget, which is making its way to Governor Rick Scott’s desk for approval in the coming weeks. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM Caitlin Lawrence spoke with Florida Horse Park Foundation Executive Director Summer Best about the economic impact the …

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Miniature horses help comfort patients in Gainesville

For those of us who have pets, we know how important they can be.  The connection of humans and animals includes some special horses in Gainesville.  When one of Gentle Carousel’s miniature therapy horses walks into a room to visit a  patient, there’s joy on the faces of the person …

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“Cowboys” herding Prairie bison

Herds of American Bison can be traced back to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park for hundreds of years. In early February, a roundup process began to thin the herd. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Jillian Baach reports on the impact the removal will have on the bison. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/BisonHerdingAssignment.mp3]

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ASPCA helps in one of the largest animal cruelty cases in Florida

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is taking steps to protect animals in the state of Florida. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Courtney Allen reports, the group is assisting several agencies in one of the largest animal cruelty cases in the state. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/CatRescueWRAP.mp3]

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In Alachua County, more than just puppy love

Alachua County Animal Services and Second Chance Animal Rescue are teaming up for the “Share the Love” pet adoption event tomorrow.  Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’S Lisa Greenberg says they’re hoping to solve a big problem in the county. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/02/SharetheLoveAdoptionWrap.mp3]

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4-H students learn jobs skills while working with animals

Saving a culture some feel may one day be extinct is just one of the goals of a 4-H group in Alachua County. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Caitlin Lawrence reports on how some students are receiving some great agriculture job skills as they also have fun with the animals they love. …

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Awareness week encourages pet owners to bark up the right tree

Alachua County will use Florida Week for the Animals to raise awareness and advance the number of adoptions this month. The Alachua County Humane Society Executive Director Eric Van Ness says this event might help increase the number of adoptions. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/02/Vanness2.mp3] He says the Humane Society is always working on …

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Taking a nip out of feral cats

And now a story that would make Bob Barker proud. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Deena Lewis reports, Alachua county’s “Operation Catnip” is offering free services to spay and neuter stray cats. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPDinaCatsFINAL.mp3] Operation Cat nip is preparing to nip the amount of stray and feral cats that are euthanised at its annual “Sunday Spay day.” …

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Public awareness saving the lives of pets

Euthanasia numbers have dropped by 6,000 in the past 10 years.  As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Sanika Dange reports, Animal Services are determined to see the pattern continue. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPEuthanasia.mp3] And nationally, 60% of dogs and 70% of cats brought into animal shelters are euthanized each year. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Jessica Becerra reports, …

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