Pets Issue 2011

Animal instinct

PETS ISSUE: Need a buddy? Adopt, foster, or volunteer with the pet of your dreams

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PETS A pet-free existence — who needs it? Creature comfort can't be underestimated, whether you're ready for a one-time volunteer session, a casual relationship, or some long-term lovin'.

 

ADOPT AWAY

In this country of serious pet overpopulation, there's no need to buy your next animal companion from a pet store. Whatever you're looking for — cats, dogs, parakeets, rabbits, mice, rats, chickens, snakes, lizards, even chinchillas — the odds are good that some local shelter or rescue group will have one waiting to be adopted.Read more »

When kitties attack

PETS ISSUE: How to avoid a case of cat-bite fever

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sarah@sfbg.com

PETS Our cat Spartacus has a reputation for being a bit of a badass. But we never thought he'd end up under house arrest with a rap sheet from the police.Read more »

Beyond Fido

PETS ISSUE: SF's most unusual pet owners share their parenting tips

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culture@sfbg.com

PETS You can't keep a hedgehog, ferret, or sugar glider as a pet — legally — in California. But don't worry, there are still plenty of options when it comes to unusual creatures to keep your pad rad. Read on for exotic animals you can enjoy right here in the city.

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Paw bump

PETS ISSUE: Pawesome.net fetches the goods for pet freaks

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For the past couple of years, Pawesome.net has been the Gawker of fuzzy cuddliness, collecting all the coolest, most relevant pet news onto one — yes — awesome blog. From in depth stories about Dogs of the Ninth Ward and Japanese disaster animal rescue help to peeps at intriguing and sometimes scandalous pet trends and products, Pawesome covers it all with fine feathered flair. Local BFF founders Sonia Zjawinski and Sarah Han (formerly of the Guardian) chatted with us over e-mail. Read more »

Scruff love

PETS ISSUE: Worst in Show documents the ugliest damn dogs

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caitlin@sfbg.com

PETS A tongue lolls fetchingly from on side of a mouth. Warty, crepey skin, accented with stray tufts of wiry white hair. Perhaps even an under bite ... to die for. These are the stars of the Petaluma Sonoma-Marin Fair's ugliest dog contest, and their owners care not a whit for hegemonic notions of beauty.Read more »