Posted in PAF News
This past year our grief counselor, Janice “Crystal” Finnis, spent 157 hours of telephone and in-person group session counseling and had 291 counseling telephone calls. Crystal has been with the PAF for over 34 years doing counseling in Pet Loss Support for our clients across many hospitals. This is a major undertaking if you multiple her work numbers over 30 plus years of service. It takes a special person to cope with people in a very difficult time in life.
Janice has practiced as a Grief Counselor/Trauma Therapist and Educator for 42 years. She completed post graduate studies specializing in death and dying, bereavement and the grief process, as well as trauma and related post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). Offered individual, family and group counseling as Mental Health Counselor at Illinois State University Student Services and at community social service organizations. Also, taught Family Life Education classes and workshops on grief and PTSD. Initiated the first Pet Loss Support Group in the State of Illinois and facilitated it.
In April,1987, She initiated the first Pet Loss Support Group in Florida at our Pinellas Animal Foundation (PAF). Made Public Service Announcements on radio and television regarding the Pet Loss Support Groups. Assisted in writing a grant to Juvenile Welfare Board for intergenerational program involving seniors and at-risk youth facilitated by companion animals. Taught classes at St. Petersburg Junior College on the Companion Animal Bond and on the Stages of Grief. Provided training for the SPCA staff and Disaster Animal Rescue Team (DART) on PTSD and the grief process.
Janice has continued to facilitate monthly Pet Loss Support Groups for the past 34 years offering grief support and education on stages of grief at the PAF and as an on-call Trauma Therapist at local hospitals that lack a psychiatric unit.
Please join me and the PAF BOD in applauding Janice for her many years of faithful service to our/your clients as she is a very special person in our community.
Posted in Latest Pinellas County Veterinary News
The Humane Society of Pinellas (HSP) is dedicated to reducing the rate of euthanasia in Pinellas County. Neonatal kittens are a particularly vulnerable population with more than 2,000 euthanized in Pinellas last year due to lack of resources. HSP is seeking the public’s partnership to drastically reduce this number through our Kitten Crusaders Program. Together, with the help of veterinary clinics, animal hospitals, shelter/rescue partners, and citizen foster homes, we can provide loving care to kittens in need. There are many ways to be a part of the solution! Please contact Amanda Audia, HSP’s Director of Operations at AmandaA@HumanePinellas.org to join the Crusade to save these precious animals and make a positive impact in our community!
Dr. Brenton Gallas
Humane Society of Pinellas
Pinellas County Animal Services News
Pinellas County Animal Services is finishing up January and prepared to have a strong and positive year. The department implemented some organizational changes for 2021 with the goals of providing more educational outreach to the citizens and organizations in the county; increasing licensing and microchipping; and implementing programs for improving animal live release rates. With the help of our Veterinary Licensing Partners, Pinellas County achieved a significant milestone in January. There are now 200,095 active licensed pets in Pinellas County which is estimated to be approximately 44.5% of the owned pets in the county. Thank you to all our Veterinary Partners in helping with this achievement. Please stay healthy and safe.
Doug Brightwell, MBA, CAWA
Pinellas County Animal Services
12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33774
SPCA Tampa Bay
Although last year was a strange year as far as intakes at the shelter, we anticipate 2021 will bring a return to normal. And early spring in Florida means kittens! As we’re expecting increased numbers this year, we’re going to add to our ranks of foster homes. Fostering is work but it’s also entertaining and fun and these kitties need you! If you’re interested in learning more about how you can support your community this year, please visit www.spcatampabay.org to enlist as a volunteer.
As spring approaches, we’re planning for this year’s Pet Walk, a hybrid virtual/in person event benefitting the shelter. Held at North Straub Park on April 17, we’ll be starting the event at 8:30, wrapping up around noon so folks can move on to Gasparilla events. It’s sure to be a fun day and we’re looking forward to having you join us!
Tara Yurkshat, COO
SPCA Tampa Bay
St Petersburg College – College of Veterinary Nursing
SPC’s Veterinary Technology Pinning Ceremony
SPC Vet Tech graduates celebrated the successful completion of their Associate’s degree December 13th at our official pinning ceremony. The ceremony was held outdoors at the Seminole Campus. Graduates, family, friends, and faculty gathered to recognize this milestone. Faculty presented student awards and graduates engaged in some dog breed fun. Tradition was upheld with a virtual student prepared video highlighting all the campus graduates and their SPC vet tech journey while enjoying a grab and go lunch. Attendees received a personalized yard sign to share their success.
A well-deserved congratulations to all our 2020 Fall veterinary technology graduates!
We would also like to thank everyone who donated holidays goodies for our animals. They had a wonderful holiday filled with love.
Cynthia Grey, DM
College of Veterinary Nursing
St. Petersburg College |