Pets & Animals

How to be a Fourth of July SoWal Beach Hero

As people make plans to go to the beach for the Independence Day holiday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding the public to help protect beach-nesting shorebirds and sea turtles by giving them space and keeping personal fireworks off the beach. Please respect shorebird and sea turtle areas that are posted to protect these vulnerable species, but remember not all nests are posted.

Bow Wow Meow Bakes Up Beach Biscuits

SoWal pet owners have been lining up at Bow Wow Meow Pet Company for almost seven years now. The Seagrove store in Seagrove on Scenic 30A offers unique holistic, eco-friendly pet products, and has added their own dog bakery products to the lineup.

Owner John Scanlan, calling on 20-plus years in the restaurant business, decided to “bake his own” dog biscuits and has been selling the doggie treats out of his store since November 19.

Gulf World Marine Institute Receives Disney Conservation Grant

Gulf World Marine Institute (GWMI) has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Disney Conservation Fund after working in conjunction with New England Aquarium to care for 50 cold stunned sea turtles. The grant will help offset the costs of the rehabilitation process for the New England cold stunned sea turtles that have since been medically cleared and released into the Gulf of Mexico.

Hitting The Trail at Arnett's Gulfside Trailrides

When the SoWal crew went horsing around at Arnett’s Gulfside Trailrides, I purposely left my phone in the van. It was a wise decision. Horseback riding through the tall pines of Pt. Washington State Forest was more relaxing than a massage.

Unplugging, breathing in fresh, pine-scented air and being surrounded by a sea of green is the perfect way to rejuvenate. It’s also a great way to learn about a part of our unique SoWal environment.

Horsing Around at Alaqua Animal Rescue Apr 23

Alaqua Animal Refuge, in partnership with American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), is holding several events to raise awareness for our rescue horses and donkeys. All proceeds will benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge in Freeport, Florida. Come out to Alaqua on April 23 to meet the horses and have some fun on the farm. And read on to see how you can help with donations and supplies.
 

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