Dogs from storm-afflicted South airlifted to Delaware

GEORGETOWN — Dozens of canines removed from shelters in Louisiana and Mississippi during Tropical Storm Cristobal are hoping for a new “leash” on life in Delaware through Wings of Rescue air transport and the Brandywine Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ adoption program. Ninety-six dogs were airlifted by Wings of Rescue to […]

Drive-thru pet food pantries coming

NEW CASTLE – The Brandywine Valley SPCA has teamed up with Terra Technical Services again to hold more drive-thru pet food pantries to help families financially impacted by COVID-19. Free cat and dog food will be distributed at the following drive-thru pet food pantries from 10:30 a.m. to noon:June 4, Sussex Academy, 21150 Airport Boulevard […]

Millsboro dog park now open to pooches and public

MILLSBORO — Fifi, Spot, Fido and their owners now have their designated getaway, a fenced-in venue to walk, run and strut their stuff right in the heart of Millsboro. The town is grooming the final amenities for its public dog park now open. “There has been a ton of people there every day,” said Millsboro […]

Pandemic unleashes rise in animal adoptions, fosters

MILTON — Delaware’s stay at home order has been a win for pets looking for new homes. Adoptions and fosters are up as people have more time at home to welcome a new member to their household during the COVID-19 pandemic. “People are looking for something good to do,” said Reinie Thompson, the board president […]

Letter to the Editor: Delaware spay/neuter facilities are essential

An open letter to Gov. Carney: Please allow opening and operating of spay/neuter facilities immediately! The serious problems with human health at this time are obvious, but the cost of closing spay/neuter facilities is gruesome. Most shelters have a policy of spay/neuter before adoptions. The fact that this cycle is broken means many more births, […]

MERR rescues pup seal from netting at Cape Henlopen State Park

LEWES — Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation (MERR) responded to a gray seal pup on the bayside of the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park on Tuesday. The seal was entangled in gill netting, which was wrapped tightly around its neck. Although it could still breathe, the line of the netting was cutting deeply into […]

Letter to the Editor: Refreshing good news

At this time of so much bad news, it was refreshing to read about the rescue of the horse deep in mud (Delaware State News, March 29). The pictures told the tale of a lot of concerned people working diligently together. I’m so glad they rescued the horse! Bunnie WilliamsSeaford

Delaware veterinary hospitals taking special steps during crisis

DOVER — First comes the pet owner’s call to a trusted veterinarian. The doctor determines whether there’s a true emergency at hand. If so, the pet owner drives to the animal hospital and parks. A staffer in full surgical gear – gown, cap, gloves and mask – comes out and takes the pet. The pet […]

SPCA seeks families for shelter pet holiday sleepovers

NEW CASTLE — The Brandywine Valley SPCA is looking for families to host shelter pets for holiday sleepovers. The sleepovers are a short-term foster arrangement in which a dog or cat currently available for adoption at one of the BVSPCA’s shelters stays with a family temporarily for a duration of a few days up to […]

Dogs may soon return to restaurants in Delaware

DOVER — Turns out you soon may be able to bring your dogs to restaurants after all. In August, the Division of Public Health began stepping up enforcement of a little-known policy prohibiting most canines from food establishments. Now, the agency is proposing changes to the laws governing food safety in the state, including one […]