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Welcome to Savannah, America's Most Beautiful City

Savannah is a pet-friendly town. Savannah pets are family members and we cherish them as children. Many hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts are pet-friendly; even a few bars in town welcome your pet. Most restaurants with outdoor seating cater to their four-footed guests! A noted Savannah veterinarian answers questions about pet health and behavior. Savannah Pet Galleries offers a chance to show off Savannah pets. We offer tips on new pet products, pet health tips, pet stories. Readers are invited to send in Savannah pet pictures, and to ask any question they wish.
We Need Your Help! The four footed folks in our world cannot speak for themselves. So many of them are starving in the streets, abused or neglected, in dire need of assistance. In Savannah, there are way too many, and the Humane Society desperately needs funds to build more facilities in order to take more of them in. Please help join us in giving them a helping hand! Simply click on the following link, and remember that no donation is too small to help!
Hi I'm Spooky! Just in time for Halloween, I am in need of a good home! Please Click Here to read my story, or call 233-5672 to adopt me.
Image and video hosting by TinyPic For the story of a beautiful abandoned Akita, rescued by the Heart of Dixie Akita Rescue and her new puppies, Click Here







NEW! Here are some interesting news items about pets on our new Pet News Page
and see other pet feature stories

I had great fun at Savannah's Sixth Annual Doggie Carnival. Come see my Story and Photos

NEW! by popular request we provide a list of great places to dine with your dog.

NEW! Check out some new Pet Products

Have a question for a Savannah vet? We've got the answers


I'm Athena, SavannahBest mascot and your guide to Pet News and my growing Gallery of Pets.

Intro-ducing our new co-mascot, Apollo, recently adopted. See his story

Travelling with your pets? Make sure to see the Five Dog-Bone Awards
See story of heroic Canine Officer Bruno. click here

Please scroll down the page for the Big Cat Sanctuary story


Frisbee dogs and outfielders use the same math See Story

Pet Galleries
Pet Gallery A Meet Gabby, Smokie, Lola, Barley, Scruffyrose, Katie, Mr. Shulla, and Booker
Pet Gallery B Meet Beau, Benson, Duke, Buddy, Pussy Bob, Baby Bob, Liza, and Chico
Pet Gallery C Meet Chewy, Ralph, Leo, Tahsa, Lola, Dune, Bella, Weezie, and Mr. Quack
Pet Gallery D Meet Beau, Bella, Chase, Cody, Trout,Yiddo Sim, Vayda, and Nutmeg
Pet Gallery E Meet Mia, Tasha, Sassy, Romeo, Skynyrd, Julio, Li'l Kit, and Mardi
Visit us often. Other Pet Galleries are in the works.

Favorite Pet Names

Top 10 Female Dog Names
  1. MOLLY
  3. DAISY
  4. LUCY
  5. SADIE
  7. CHLOE
  10. ZOE
Top 10 Male Dog Names
  1. MAX
  2. BUDDY
  3. JAKE
  4. ROCKY
  7. CODY
  9. BEAR
  10. JACK
Top 10 Female Cat Names
  1. CHLOE
  2. LUCY
  3. CLEO
  5. ANGEL
  6. MOLLY
  7. KITTY
  9. MISTY
  10. MISSY
Top 10 Male Cat Names
  1. MAX
  3. TIGER
  6. SIMBA
  8. BUDDY
  9. SAM
  10. SAMMY
[from a survey by VPI (Veterinary Pet Insurance)]

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This is Jason, one of our housemates. As you can see by the intensity of his inscrutable face, he is a philosopher. Each week he will provide a gem of cat wisdom.

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. --Albert Schweitzer. .

Feral Cat Controvery

Let's quit blaming feral cats for decimating birds!

According to the U.S. Census, Americans own more than 60 million domestic cats. But analysts estimate that another 40-60 million formerly pet cats and their offspring roam free. These so-called wild or "feral" cats are blamed for wreaking havoc on already stressed populations of songbirds and other small animals.

While roaming domestic cats also hunt birds and small mammals, their feral cousins--since they are beyond the control of human owners--take the brunt of the blame for the decimation of threatened species such as Least Terns, Piping Plovers and Loggerhead Shrikes.

Cat advocates, however, say the real problem is not feline but human. "Cats are not the primary culprit in dwindling bird populations," says Becky Robinson, co-founder of the Washington, DC-based Alley Cat Allies (ACA). "The Worldwatch Institute and other environmental research groups verify that the decline in bird and other wildlife populations is directly linked to the loss of natural habitat," she says.

"Urban sprawl, deforestation, shopping malls, roads and golf courses, and increases in pesticide use and pollution are to blame. We need to put constraints on our own behavior, not the normal processes of nature."

ACA cites a number of scientific studies on feral cat diets which indicate that their impacts on bird populations are negligible. These studies conclude that cats are rodent specialists. Birds comprise only a small portion of their diets, and cats can prey on birds on large land masses without destroying their populations.

Cats are opportunistic feeders, and live mainly by scavenging and on handouts from humans.

On Sept.21 some heartless excuse for a human dumped a carton of five beautiful Golden Retriever/Chow mix puppies on the ground in front of Anderson Hall. Fortunately, some kind hearted young men found them and took them home to await a loving owner. The next day we posted their availability for adoption and by the 25th they had all found loving homes. Stay tuned for the Coming of Age story of one of these cuties...

Big Cat Sanctuary
Just down the pike in the Florida panhandle is a privately run sactuary for big cats that was devasted by hurricanes last Fall. Most of the difficulties have been ovrcome but we thought you might be interested in their story.

This is the e-mail we received Sept. 8:

This is just a short letter to all of our devoted members and supporters. I am writing this to you with the help of a generator that we have until tomorrow. I do not know what we will do after this. They say we may not have power for a week or two. I hope this is not so.

First let me say that all of the animals are AOK. No one was injured. We had all of the big cats secured in their lockdowns. I never have been so nervous in my life. Even though we have excellent lockdown pens, there is always a possibility that a tree could be slammed into a pen and a cat get out. Gail and I walked the property for 48 hours with loaded 32 Winchesters knowing that if one of our babies got out, we would have to shoot them. It was terrifying.

For those of you who have visited and have come to know and love the EARS sanctuary, you are going to be very sad at what Francis did to us. Our big beautiful turnouts are ruined. I have never seen such a mess in my life. Many of our beautiful large oaks, GONE. It truly looks like a war zone here.

We will not be able to let the cats out of their lockdowns until we clear the downed trees (too many to count), and replace much of the wire. So, for those of you who were not affected by this monster storm, we sure could use some help if you would like to help, especially since we have another storm heading our way.

Also, please spread the word about EARS to all of your friends. I hate begging for donations as you all know, but it is going to cost a small fortune to repair the pens and get the sanctuary back in order. If you are due to renew your membership, please do so. We really need your support and physical help if you can help. Our address is: EARS Inc.
PO Box 30
Citra, Fl 32113
Phone 352-595-2959

After living through this storm and the fear that we went through praying that we would not have to destroy one of our babies we have designed, and plan on starting as soon as possible, fabulous hurricane proof lockdowns. What we have now is good, but what we have designed is far better.

We met with our Inspector today. She arrived at 8 am to check on us. After this storm, we are going to push legislation to force all facilities with big cats and bears to build comfortable secure hurricane proof lockdowns if they plan on having the exotic animals. The requried lockdown now is made with 9 guage wire. We use 4 gauge and the falling trees snapped it like straw.

I do not think that there is anyone alive that loves animals more than Gail and I and the thought of having to destroy one of the cats has literally got me sick. I will do whatever I have to do to raise money to build hurricane proof lockdowns for our animals. I never EVER want to go through this type of fear again.

As I said earlier, Gail and I did not sleep. We watched with flood lights as large trees were uprooted and falling all around us. We just kept saying to each other, how much longer will this last. Please let this be over. We were so exhausted.

Could you imagine looking into their eyes and having to shoot them. I wonder now that it is over, could I have done it or would I have tried to get them back in a stupid thing to do because they were all ready afraid of the storm. Remember, our perimeter fence was taken out by a huge tree on the highway and it takes awhile for a tranquilizing dart to take affect. We would not have been able to take the chance of one of them getting off of our property. Think how much damage a 800 pound tiger can do in a few minutes. See now why it is so important to have solid concrete and steel lockdowns? I saw what this storm did to us and if we had a direct hit, we would have had a potentially serious problem. You don't have to show me twice. I saw the light and we need to have much much better than what is required by law.

I am so thankful that Gail and I got a tree man out and removed all limbs above the lockdown dens this past week. That bill was close to $3,000.00, but well worth it. I am sure that this saved us. This storm took down a healthy three feet around live oak tree as if it was a toothpick. It uprooted it and many others.

Well, sorry to tell you about our bad news, but many of you are emailing me to ask, and I thought this would be easier for now. Please, please be safe and thank you all for all that you do.

Jaye Parrett
See photos of the Sanctuary and the big cats









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