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Hi my name is Cindy and I'm the owner operator of Vero Beach Pet Sitters!  I occasionally post topics of interest for pets and their owners in Vero Beach Florida.

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Friday, May 22 2020


In addition to keeping yourself safe and healthy, we strongly advise anyone with a pet to include provisions for their pet in their preparedness plan. We encourage you to gather any member(s) of your household and walk through the following steps to ensure your animals will be well cared for in the event of an emergency.

  1. According to the CDC, there is no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from pets. The best place for your animal is inside the home they know and love. If you aren’t feeling well but are still able to provide care for your pet, please keep them at home with you where they’re most comfortable.
  2. If you become too ill or hospitalized with coronavirus, you will need someone to help take care of your pets. Check with a friend, family member, or neighbour who could care for your pet in case you have to be in the hospital, and have a backup just in case they get sick too. Even a groomer, daycare, or boarding facility may be able to help in your time of need with advance notice. Make sure your pet’s vaccines are current and keep copies of records handy in the event that boarding becomes necessary. Please talk directly with those people today so they’re prepared in case they’re called to action. If you are unable to find a temporary home for your pets, please contact the Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County at (772) 388-3331 in advance to schedule an appointment for short-term boarding. 
  3. Prepare a pet supply kit. It may not seem necessary today, but we promise it will be hugely helpful if you find yourself in an emergency situation without the ability to track down the proper supplies. If possible, your kit should include:
  • Name and contact information for the person who can care for your pets
  • Name and contact information for your back-up in case your go-to is no longer able to help
  • Food, treats, a leash, a couple of toys, and any other supplies necessary to care for your pet for at least two weeks
  • Medications and prescriptions, along with instructions
  • Vaccination records
  • Your veterinarian’s contact information
  • Collar with ID tags (don’t forget to make sure their microchip info is up to date)
  • A crate or carrier to transport your pet
  • Daily care instructions

With your whole family on board and a plan in place, you’ll feel a bit better about your pet’s safety knowing they’re in good hands no matter what challenges may arise.


From the Humane Society of Vero Beach Indian River County 

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Sunday, April 05 2020
Not Too Early To Plan for Hurricane Season!

Indian River County Pet Evacuation Shelter

The ONLY shelter of last resort. You need to reserve space. Alternatively, see if your vet boards. I recommend Dr. Kirby and Live Oak Animal Hosp. 

“Space in the pet-friendly shelter will be on a first-come-first-served basis,” says Etta LoPresti, Indian River County Emergency Management Coordinator.  Completing the registration form prior to your arrival will make the check-in process easier and more efficient.  If you have any questions, contact Ilka Daniel at or 772-571-6408

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Thursday, March 12 2020
Beautiful Human Beaches

Not dog friendly beaches but beautiful for humans.

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Sunday, March 01 2020

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Friday, February 14 2020
Toxic toads that can kill your dog in minutes moving into Central Florida; how to protect your pets

All it takes is a quick lick or a sniff. Fifteen minutes later, your dog could be dead.

That’s how poisonous experts say an invasive species of toad that is moving into Central Florida is to our pets.

Cane toads are the largest toad in the world. They’ve hopped from their native Central and South America to South Florida, up the state to Central Florida.

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Friday, February 07 2020

A dog is credited with saving a woman and her child from an abusive home in Southwest Florida. Stories like this are reasons why Florida lawmakers want to pass new protections for pets into law.

Two new bills are being considered in the state to protect pets in abusive relationships.

Studied show abusers can use a victim’s love for a pet as a source of control. Domestic violence victims who make it to shelters report their abusers threaten to injure or kill family pets. And, most of the time, that threat is carried out in front of the victim.

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Tuesday, January 07 2020
Bark in the Park 2020 1-11-20

The Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County will host our 7th annual Bark in the Park on Saturday, January 11th, 2020. This exciting dog and family funfest takes place in Vero Beach’s Riverside Park and is attended by over 5,000 people and 1,000 dogs.

Once again we will delight attendees with the World Famous Disc Connected K9’s, a champion Frisbee dog team, as our headline attraction. Participants are invited to run the popular lure and dog agility courses, watch the Indian River County Sheriff’s Department K-9 demonstration squad and enjoy merchandise, food vendors, children’s activities and much more!

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Wednesday, November 13 2019

Baby and Blanca's owner died and are available for adoption at the Indian River Humane Society. I have taken care of them in their home where they lived alone while she was in Skilled Nursing for six months.

More pictures are on Instagram and Flickr

Great cats, no annoying habits. No known medical issues - not even hairballs. Baby wants to be a lap cat. Blanca was fearful and shy but I rehabilitated her over a few months and she's now a fun and curious cat. She will need an owner who will allow her time to adjust. Baby used to get all the owner's attention so Bianca was submissive but not anymore. She would be better in a home where she can shine and not be part of a multi-cat family. 

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Tuesday, May 14 2019
May is National Chip Your Pet Month: Is Your Pet Protected?

From Devine Animal Hospital newsletter: 

Each year, millions of dogs and cats are lost. In fact, this disaster strikes nearly one-third of all pet-owning families. Of the millions of cats and dogs that are lost, only 10 percent are ever identified and returned to their owners. More pets lives are lost because owners did not identify them than from all infectious diseases combined.

All pets should wear traditional collars with identification and rabies vaccination tags. A traditional collar, however, is not enough. These collars are often worn loosely and are easily removed. Cat collars are designed to break off if the animal is caught in a tree branch. When the traditional collar is lost, removed or breaks off, nothing is left to identify the pet unless the pet has a microchip.

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Saturday, March 30 2019
Wolf hybrid who escaped from animal sanctuary found playing with dogs, recaptured

Awww poor Jax! Living all alone in a sanctuary without even his own species for company. Do NOT breed or keep wolf hybrids in captivity! It's mean! 

From TCPalm: 

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Jax, the wolf hybrid who escaped from his enclosure Tuesday, was recaptured Friday morning after being spotted playing with dogs not far from his home.

Jax is cared for by Critter Haven, an exotic animal sanctuary in southern Indian River County.

Critter Haven general manager Joey Borneman said about 9:45 a.m. Friday, someone spotted him near a home on 62nd Court Southwest, about three miles from the sanctuary.

"They saw him out in the backyard running the fence with the dogs," Borneman said.

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