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    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published October 19, 2000


    Humane Society starts Web site to display pets

    CLEARWATER -- To help alleviate overcrowding and give potential pet owners a chance to see the available pets via a computer, the Humane Society of North Pinellas Inc. has gone high-tech.

    People now can view more than 150 adoptable dogs and cats by visiting the society's Web site, www.humanesocietyadoptions.com, then selecting Clearwater, FL.

    The Web site will be updated regularly, said director Rick Chaboudy, to show pets that are available, which ones have been adopted and more. There are also helpful hints on how to care for pets and various resources available to pet owners.

    The Clearwater shelter also is offering half-price adoptions for some pets. For information, stop by the shelter, 3040 State Road 590, or call (727) 797-7722.

    Volunteers needed to help abused and neglected kids

    CLEARWATER -- Gulf Coast Community Care, a non-profit and non-denominational organization, is seeking volunteers 30 or older to work with abused and neglected children. In its Permanency Support Program, the agency places volunteers with children ages 3-11 who live in state-sanctioned foster homes.

    Volunteers are asked to spend between two and four hours a week with one child. The volunteer and child might participate in activities such as reading, fishing and baking. Both male and female volunteers are needed, particularly in mid and south Pinellas County. For information, call the agency at (727) 538-7460 and ask for Nancy Friedman at ext. 3018 or Polly Fisher at ext. 3014.

    Residence offers housing for low-income seniors

    DUNEDIN -- Milwaukee Grove House, 653 Scotland Ave., Dunedin, has a few openings for low-income seniors who can care for themselves but no longer wish to live alone.

    The residence also needs volunteers to read, visit with residents, play cards and do yard work. For information, call 736-6632.

    Gift, craft shop features work of senior citizens

    CLEARWATER -- More than 100 senior citizens make the unique handcrafted gifts sold at the County Senior Citizens Crafts and Gifts Shop, 940 Court St. The cooperative gift shop is sponsored by the Senior Citizens Services Inc. of Pinellas County.

    Among the items for sale are baby clothes, woodcrafts, quilts and afghans, and kitchen and household gifts. There also is a year-round Christmas section. For information, call 442-4266.

    Humane Society starts Web site to display pets

    CLEARWATER -- To help alleviate overcrowding and give potential pet owners a chance to see the available pets via a computer,the Humane Society of North Pinellas Inc. has gone high-tech.

    People now can view more than 150 adoptable dogs and cats by visiting the society's Web site, www.humanesocietyadoptions.com, then selecting Clearwater, FL.

    The Web site will be updated regularly, said director Rick Chaboudy, to show pets that are available, which ones have been adopted and more. There are also helpful hints on how to care for pets and various resources available to pet owners.

    The Clearwater shelter is also offering half-price adoptions for some pets. For information, stop by the shelter, 3040 State Road 590, or call 797-7722.

    Water workout targets new moms, moms-to-be

    BELLEAIR -- A comprehensive water workout program for pregnant mothers and those who delivered babies recently is offered from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays at the Belleview Biltmore Eclips Spa, 25 Belleview Blvd.

    For information on fees or to sign up, call 442-0618.

    Free guide lists county youth service programs

    ST. PETERSBURG -- A free guide listing more than 70 Pinellas County non-profit agencies is available to young people interested in performing a service learning project for the Bright Futures scholarships.

    Students who need to fulfill service-hour requirements for high school graduation also may request a copy. The guide, available through the Volunteer Action Center of Pinellas Cares Inc., gives a description of each agency, contact names and telephone numbers.

    For a free copy or for information on youth volunteer opportunities, call the Volunteer Action Center at 550-4035.

    Volunteer tutors needed to teach basic English

    DUNEDIN -- The Dunedin-based Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas County is seeking volunteer tutors to teach basic literacy and English as a second language to people who need to improve their reading and writing skills.

    Teaching skills are not necessary. Volunteer training classes are now starting.

    To tutor or for more information, call the Literacy Council, based at Dunedin Public Library, at 738-4489, ext. 242.

    Foundation distributing free child I.D. kits

    LARGO -- Free child photo I.D. and fingerprint kits are available through the Missing Children Awareness Foundation Inc., 13094 95th St. N, Largo.

    Since 1984, the non-profit foundation has made the kits available to parents and guardians in the event a child is reported missing.

    Each kit contains a section for listing the child's physical description and any distinguishing marks, a dental chart to be filled in by a dentist, a personal information section, DNA instructions, room for a photograph and thumbprint and instructions.

    Kits are available in English and Spanish; specify when ordering. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Missing Children Awareness Foundation, 13094 95th St. N, Largo, FL 33773.

    In addition to distributing the child I.D. kits, the foundation sponsors a Christmas party for needy families.

    For information, call the foundation at 585-5360.

    Free or reduced-cost mammograms offered

    Women 50 or older in Pinellas County may be eligible for free or reduced-cost mammograms from the Pinellas County Health Department.

    Women who might qualify are those without health insurance, those with low incomes or who are on Medicare.

    Included in the appointments are a clinical breast exam and a free Pap smear test to detect cancer of the cervix in its earliest stages.

    To make an appointment or for information, call the Health Department at 824-6917 or 824-6900. The facility is at 500 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg.

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