July fireworks have officially begun with a pet population explosion in Lee County. As we celebrate our country’s freedom, Lee County Domestic Animal Services hopes to give homeless pets a chance for a new life too! Throughout the entire month of July adult dogs and cats may be adopted for $10, puppies and small breed dogs are only $45, and kittens just $25. Cats and kittens are also two for the price of one!
The increase in pets entering the shelter coincides with the start of kitten season which began in May. An average of 523 cats per month enters the shelter during kitten season compared to a monthly average of only 286 during the rest of the year, an 83% increase. The shelter is also at capacity for dogs and the problem is compounded by a drop in adoptions during summer months.
Wednesday, April 17th – 8:30-12:00pm
FGCU (room 214 at the Cohen Center)
Event is Free. – AICP/CM credit pending approval.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, in partnership with The Florida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Center are happy to invite you to be part to our second annual Earth Day program: “Economic Growth and Business” at FGCU on April 17, 2013. The program will have two panel discussion groups: (more…)
Bravo! is voluntarily recalling its 2 lb tubes of Bravo! Raw Food Diet Chicken Blend for Dogs and Cats, product code: 21-102, batch ID code 6 14 12, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The recall involves 2 lb. Bravo! Chicken Blend frozen raw diet tubes (chubs) made on June 14, 2012 only; no other products or sizes are involved. The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. This batch tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers, however routine testing by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture of product collected from a single retail location tested positive for presence of salmonella. While the testing discrepancy is unclear, in an abundance of caution Bravo is issuing this recall. (more…)
Tri-Union Seafoods LLC, which previously announced a voluntary recall, is now expanding it to include a limited amount of Chicken of the Sea brand 5-ounce chunk light tuna in oil. This is in addition to the limited amount of Chicken of the Sea brand 5-ounce chunk white albacore tuna in water announced March 6, 2013.
The seams on the lids of the cans do not meet the standard for seam quality. Cans that do not meet seam standards could result in product contamination by spoilage organisms or by pathogens, which could lead to illness if consumed. There have been no reported illnesses to date, and Tri-Union Seafoods is issuing this voluntary recall to ensure the highest margin of safety and quality. (more…)
This is from an email from Suzanne Bradach of LMHS
Subject: Letters of support
AHCA prefers letters that are signed but an email letter can be sent as well.
All letters should be addressed to AHCA but sent to LMHS as we will submit them with our CON application in April.
Letters should be addressed to:
Jeffrey N. Gregg, Chief
Bureau of Health Facility Regulation
James McLemore, Supervisor
Certificate of Need Office
Agency for Health Care Administration
2727 Mahan Drive, Bldg. 3
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Letters should be mailed to:
Lee Memorial Health System
8300 College Parkway, Suite 200
Fort Myers, Fl 33919
Or they can be emailed to:
We would like all letters to be mailed or emailed to LMHS by April 1, 2013.
I have also attached a sample letter that people can use as a guide.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
LMHS Health System
During the Florida Cabinet meeting today, Governor Rick Scott presented Publix with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award for the company’s longstanding commitment to hiring people with disabilities throughout the state. Publix’s Associate Diversity Development Specialist Greta Dupuy, Store Manager Chip Seale, and Store Manager Mark Grant accepted the award during the meeting. Governor Scott and the Florida Cabinet also declared the month of March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.
Governor Scott said, “I am happy to recognize Publix with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award for their work to ensure every Floridian has an opportunity to get a great job. Over the past two years, we have taken steps to make sure Florida businesses can grow and it’s working. I thank Publix for their commitment to creating jobs and opportunities for Florida families.” (more…)
Join Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and the Kohl’s Kids Safety Program for a free pool safety party on Saturday, Mar. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lehigh Acres Pool, 1400 West 5th Street, Lehigh Acres. Learn ways to help your family stay safe while having fun in and around the swimming pool.
“In the state of Florida, we lose the equivalent of three classrooms of preschoolers to drowning each year”, said Michele King, Director of the Child Advocacy Program at The Children’s Hospital. “We must keep our children safe with layers of protection and constant adult supervision when they are in or near water.” (more…)
Artful Missions, The Emerging Artist Charity Art Show 2013 is a juried fine art and photography competition March 16 – 24, 2013 held in the lobby of First Assembly of God, Fort Myers. Awarding excellence by helping others, a portion of art sales (designated by the artists) go to help Project Rescue and free International rescue and restore victims of human trafficking. The opening reception and award ceremony is March 15 at 7:00 PM. The show hours vary. They are posted on our website www.artfulmissions.org. We have 16 artists participating in this show. And five of the artists are from Lehigh Acres Kiki Brewsaugh, Sarah Fritchey, Emily Starbuck, Ezequiel Ortiz and Ruben Ortiz Jr.
Lee County Domestic Animal Services is encouraging residents to be proactive and prevent pet overpopulation during the 2013 kitten season. In 2012 over 5,000 cats and kittens entered local shelters with over 3,000 euthanized due to serious injury and illness. These tragic statistics could easily be prevented by spaying and neutering.
“We’re seeing an alarming number of pregnant felines entering our shelter earlier than usual causing quite a concern because there just are not enough homes for all these animals. The senseless deaths of domestic animals in Lee County needs to stop, especially when there are free services being offered to solve pet overpopulation in our community,” states Executive Director Donna Ward.
Regardless of income there is an option for every owner to have their pets sterilized in Lee County. There are many full services veterinarians as well as low-cost clinics for those who do not qualify for free programs but need affordable alternatives. A list of Lee County veterinarians and low-cost clinics is available atwww.LeeLostPets.com. Residents receiving government assistance are eligible for free spay/neuter services through Lee County Domestic Animal Services by calling 533-9234 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. (more…)
Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist will speak at the Democratic Women’s Club of Lee County on Saturday, March 9, along with Carmen Rey-Gomez, Director of the Hispanic Institute at Hodges University. Governor Crist will speak about his views on issues facing Florida today, and will share his reasons for joining the Democratic Party. Carmen Rey-Gomez will speak about issues facing the Hispanic community and ways that we can develop a more culturally inclusive society. The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, in South Fort Myers, at the NE corner of College Parkway and Summerlin. Reservations to attend the meeting may be made with Patricia Fish, 466-8381 or email@example.com.