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AVMA launches programs to boost veterinary wellness

In an effort to protect the health and welfare of its members, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has launched two new mental wellness initiatives.   More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:09 PM

Weigh the benefits of adopting a dog or cat later in life

Companion animals bring great joy to their owners. The unconditional love cats and dogs provide appeals to people of all ages. More...

Posted 2/9/2017 10:47 PM

Find a furry feline valentine at Precious Paws in Chisholm

CHISHOLM – Precious Paws Humane Society of Chisholm is holding a Valentine’s Day sale now through Sunday, Feb. More...

Posted 2/9/2017 10:47 PM

Share, share, share!

Hometown Focus is always looking for pet stories and news. Do you have a story to share with us? Have you recently adopted a shelter pet? Do you have some pet training tips? If so, we would like to hear from you. Email to cindyk@hometownfocus.us. More...

Posted 2/9/2017 10:47 PM

Spay/neuter: Help reduce animal overpopulation

Companion animal overpopulation is a problem that continues to tax the resources of communities throughout North America. Each year, millions of animals are euthanized in animal shelters because there are simply not enough people to adopt them.  More...

Posted 2/2/2017 11:07 PM

Healthy, safe snacks to help your pet slim down

One of the most common resolutions made every New Year is to drop a few of those pesky pounds, but did you ever think that your dog might need to make this resolution, too? More...

Posted 1/19/2017 10:27 PM

January is National Train Your Dog Month

Start 2017 on the right paw with the Association of Professional Dog Trainers’ National Train Your Dog Month, which celebrates dogs and stresses the importance of canine training among pet professionals, as well as modern families with four-leg More...

Posted 1/12/2017 10:52 PM

Mesabi Humane Society announces new board officers

VIRGINIA – This is the start of a new year for Mesabi Humane Society in Virginia. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 09:05 PM

Celebrating safely

Ringing in the New Year with your pets

While Yuletide treats, gifts and holiday bouquets are probably making their way out of your home, the season isn’t over just yet. More...

Posted 12/29/2016 11:18 PM

Healthy holiday gifts for pets (lots of love!)

Thinking about including your pets on your holiday shopping list? You don’t have to indulge in fancy collars, gourmet treats or other pricey items. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:53 PM

PetMD offers 8 tips for caring for your pet in winter

Unless you’re one of the lucky ones living in one of the balmier states, you’ve felt the cold chill of winter arrive. More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:38 PM

Senior pets for senior pet lovers

Precious Paws program pays pet deposit for adopters

CHISHOLM – Pairing senior pets with senior pet lovers has long been a dream of Precious Paws Humane Society of Chisholm because we know the benefits to both the animal and the adopter. More...

Posted 11/17/2016 10:48 PM

Five heroic dogs receive Awards for Canine Excellence

The AKC® Humane Fund is pleased to announce the winners of the 17th annual AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). More...

Posted 11/10/2016 09:47 PM

5 tips to make Halloween safe for your pets

Lights and decorations. Costumes and masks. A constant parade of strangers at the door. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:47 PM

Trick-or-Treat at MHS

VIRGINIA – There will be treats for everyone at Mesabi Humane Society in Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 1 – 4 p.m. Kids, pets, everyone is invited for trick-or-treats at Mesabi Humane Society. More...

Posted 10/20/2016 10:07 PM

Veterinarians asked to help save cats’ lives

As Alley Cat Allies prepares to celebrate National Feral Cat Day on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, it encourages veterinarians to join the movement to save cats’ lives.  More...

Posted 10/13/2016 09:53 PM

Seasonal safety tips: Beware of these fall dangers

There’s nothing quite like the first few days of fall. The crisp, cool air and beautiful foliage get you excited for the changing of seasons, and we’re sure your pets are also welcoming a break from summer’s hot, sticky weather. More...

Posted 9/29/2016 08:26 PM

When traveling with pets, make safety a priority

Do you know the best place for your dog or cat in your car? The safest way for your dog to travel in the car is in a crate that has been anchored to the vehicle using a seatbelt or other secure means. More...

Posted 9/22/2016 07:19 PM

These dog breeds are especially compatible with seniors

Pets often make ideal companions. They are around when a person needs support, they can provide protection for those living alone, they’re always willing to lend an ear to problems, and many tend to offer unconditional love. More...

Posted 9/15/2016 09:40 PM

Remembering Dekka: A family loses a beloved lifesaver

PIKE-SANDY – Fifteen years ago I received my first grand-DOG-ter child support payment from my dad, Kendall Hilde. More...

Posted 9/8/2016 09:55 PM

BBB offers tips on buying a puppy

What’s not to love about puppies? They are playful, affectionate and cute. The fact that puppies are so cute is also the reason people sometimes buy them on short notice or on a whim. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:19 PM

Uncovering the mysteries of mixed-breed dogs

Welcoming a pet into a home can be a joyous event. Companion animals have a way of assimilating into a family rather quickly. More...

Posted 8/18/2016 09:47 PM

Grand Rapids Dog Park grand opening on August 14

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Posted 8/11/2016 08:30 PM

Website will help researchers, animals, animal owners and practitioners

The AVMA launched the AVMA Animal Health Studies Database in June as a resource for researchers seeking animals to participate in clinical studies and for veterinarians and animal owners exploring options for treatment.  More...

Posted 8/4/2016 08:52 PM

Keep pets cool, comfortable and safe during hot weather

Summer may be a time for vacations and recreational activities for human beings, but pets may not be privy to the same luxuries. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 09:18 PM

Meow. Did you know?

Animals verbalize in many different ways to communicate. More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:09 PM

More Paws to Read dates planned at Virginia Public Library

VIRGINIA – Paws to Read has been so popular at the Virginia Public Library that they are extending their dog visits. More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:09 PM

Mesabi Humane Society hosting 4 Paws Sake gala Feb. 16

GILBERT – Mesabi Humane Society of Virginia is holding its 4 Paws Sake annual gala on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Gilbert Community Center. More...

Posted 2/9/2017 10:47 PM

Improvements made to Precious Paws animal shelter

CHISHOLM – Precious Paws Humane Society in Chisholm had a busy year in 2016. Rescuing vulnerable animals and helping them find safe, loving homes is our main mission, but it’s not the only thing our shelter does. More...

Posted 2/2/2017 11:07 PM

St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office loses K-9 Roscoe

EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a Jan. 17, 2017, post from the Northland K-9 Foundation’s Facebook page which is reprinted here with permission. The Facebook post is followed by additional information about Roscoe as provided by Dana Kazel, St. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

Routine grooming: How to trim a dog’s toenails

Trimming dog toenails is a routine part of grooming that can promote health and comfort. The task, while on the surface seems relatively simple, sometimes can be a cause for anxiety. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 10:52 PM

Living a life loving (and being loved by) dogs

MEADOWLANDS - Having been raised on a small dairy farm, I grew up around many animals. Mostly cows, but my dad also had hogs and Mother raised chickens. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 09:06 PM

Hosting holiday guests?

Keep your pets happy and healthy around visitors

It’s the time of year when you’ll be opening your home to your closest family and friends, and if you’re anything like us, you’ll want to enjoy your holiday celebrations with everyone you love – including your fourlegged More...

Posted 12/22/2016 11:24 PM

Pet safety tips for holiday arts and crafts

If you’re planning on crafting this year, make sure you know which supplies could be a potential hazard to your pet’s health.  More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:53 PM

A stuffed Kong is a simple way to keep your dog busy

I’ve said it many times before and I’ll keep on saying it – owning a Kong is just plain awesome for any dog owner. More...

Posted 12/8/2016 09:22 PM

How to have a happy, healthy and humane Thanksgiving with your pets

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and while this food-filled holiday is a joyous time spent with family and friends, you don’t want to forget your furry family members. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:38 PM

This November, open your heart to a senior pet

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month! If you’ve been thinking about adding a four-legged-friend to your family, consider opening your home and your heart to an older dog or cat in need.  More...

Posted 11/10/2016 09:47 PM

A fun trick-or-treat event at Mesabi Humane Society

VIRGINIA – Mesabi Humane Society sends a great big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the shelter during their trick-or-treat event on Oct. 29! More...

Posted 11/3/2016 08:26 PM

MHS’s Pumpkin Patch Bingo fundraiser on Nov. 5

VIRGINIA – Wouldn’t you like to get away from all the TV coverage of stomachwrenching political ads? Maybe you’d like to think about something sweeter – like puppies and kitties!  More...

Posted 10/20/2016 10:07 PM

Did you know?

Animals verbalize in many different ways to communicate. One thing cat owners may notice is that cats have a tendency to meow as a form of speaking with humans. More...

Posted 10/20/2016 10:07 PM

October is Adopt-A-dog Month

Be a hero to dogs young and old at your local shelter

Each October, American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization and the nation’s leading first responder for animals in need, encourages animal lovers to consider adopting a dog from a local shelter or rescue group in hono More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:54 PM

Stop your pet from escaping

The ASPCA estimates that 7.5 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Many of these animals are strays, as shelters house about twice as many stray animals as pets given up by their owners.  More...

Posted 9/29/2016 08:26 PM

Pets can cause distracted driving

Do you ride with your pets in your car on a regular basis? Do they crawl in your lap or distract you while you are driving? More...

Posted 9/22/2016 07:19 PM

Protect Our Paws Burger Bash Fundraiser in Chisholm

CHISHOLM – Precious Paws Humane Society of Chisholm will be holding a Protect Our Paws Burger Bash Fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic church, 113 S.W. 4th St. in Chisholm. More...

Posted 9/15/2016 09:40 PM

Training is essential for happy pets

Training is one of the fundamentals of happy pet ownership.  Developing strong and healthy relationships with pets requires that pet owners provide for their pets in a variety of ways. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 09:22 PM

Precious Paws hosts monthly spay/neuter transport

CHISHOLM – Precious Paws Humane Society is on a mission to spay and neuter as many dogs and cats as possible. More...

Posted 8/18/2016 09:47 PM

Mesabi Humane Society BBQ IN THE PARK

Last week the Mesabi Humane Society held their first annual BBQ in the Park fundraiser at Olcott Park in Virginia, MN.  This family (and dog) friendly event featured BBQ pork ribs, and brisket plus all the sides and fixin's. More...

Posted 8/18/2016 09:47 PM

Disc Golf Tournament raises $520

CHISHOLM – The 3rd annual Precious Paws Benefit Disc Golf Tournament was held on Saturday, July 16, at both the Chisholm Disc Golf Course and the Hibbing Disc Golf Course. The event raised $520 for the care of the animals at the shelter. More...

Posted 8/11/2016 08:30 PM

Dogs and skunks: A smelly dilemma

While skunks are generally docile creatures, they do have a very potent method of fending off people or animals who bother them. Unfortunately, some dogs don’t get the hint soon enough and become the target of a skunk’s spray. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 09:38 PM

Host a Responsible Dog Ownership Day event

The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) is gearing up for the 14th annual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days (AKC RDO Days) this summer and fall when hundreds of clubs and dog organizations around the country will host free events to educate the public abou More...

Posted 7/21/2016 09:18 PM

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