Wild Ginger Apothecary Welcomes Kensington Apothecary


Kensington Apothecary is the newest nontoxic skincare line now offered at Wild Ginger Apothecary, Sarasota’s eco-friendly boutique. Owner Nichole Leffler invites readers to experience this skincare product.

Location: 6557 Superior Avenue, Gulf Gate Shopping Village, Sarasota. For more information, phone: 941-312-5630emailWildGingerApothecary@gmail.com or visit WildGingerApothecary.com.

Posted in April 2015

Why Spay/Neuter Your Pet?


The following is adapted from the Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC) of Sarasota website. The words are wise and should be taken to heart by pet parents throughout the area, the state and our nation. It is an act of kindness to neuter or spay your pet, as you are loving and protecting them. Homeless animals rarely survive for more than a few years on their own, dying from starvation, disease, climate and accidents.

Cost should not be an issue. Many organizations, including ARC, provide free or low-cost spay/neuter services.

With each day that passes, more than 10,000 healthy cats and dogs are euthanized in the United States. The cause of this figure is simple and clear: there are not enough loving homes to adopt all these unplanned animals. Across the nation, animal shelters face the day-to-day tough and costly responsibility of cleaning up after an ignorant society that allows their pets to reproduce at an uncontrollable speed. Typically, a single community will end up spending millions of dollars a year to manage and take care of these unwanted animals.

There is virtually no limit to the number of litters dogs and cats can produce. One female cat and her brood can produce 420,000 offspring within seven years, while one female dog and her young can produce 67,000 offspring in that same time frame. The only solution is to increase sterilization of dogs and cats, and Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC) is ready.

Spay/Neuter Excuses: 

Myths Versus Facts

“My pet will get fat and lazy.”
The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don’t give them enough exercise. It is not caused by a spay/neuter surgery.

“It’s better to have one litter first.” Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, it shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier and neutered males have a lower incidence of some cancers.

“I want my dog to be protective.” Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog’s natural instinct to protect home and family.

“I don’t want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male.” Pets don’t have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet’s basic personality. Your pet won’t suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered. Neutering will decrease sexually orientated behavior (aggressiveness, fighting, roaming and urinary marking) which is undesirable.

Why Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

Most importantly, you will prevent countless future generations of unwanted dogs and cats from entering a world that has no room for them.

Spay/neuter helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.

It can eliminate or reduce future health problems that can be difficult and expensive to treat.

Pets become better companions.

Pets are less aggressive and less likely to bite, roam the neighborhood, get hit by cars.

No animal should be killed to make room for another.

Animal Rescue Coalition is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats in Sarasota and Manatee counties by means of a proactive spay/neuter program, a feral cat program, comprehensive adoption effort, and various other initiatives designed to recognize the profound benefits to people of animal companionship.

ARC is located at 6320 Tower Lane, Sarasota. Phone 941-957-1955, email Info@AnimalRescueCoalition.org, or visit AnimalRescueCoalition.org.

Posted in April 2015

Venice, North Port Receive National Recognition – SARA – April 2015 – Sarasota


Venice is in the running to be named the No. 1 Happiest Seaside Town in America for 2015 byCoastal Living Magazine, and was recently named “One of the Best Places in Florida for Young Families” in 2014 by NerdWallet. Additionally, North Port was named 2014 Playful City USA by KaBOOM! in partnership with the Humana Foundation, for the fifth year in a row. No surprise here, as North Port has 26 parks and recreational facilities.

Posted in April 2015

Urge the Florida Legislature to Save the Everglades


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is again dumping excess nutrient-polluted water from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers, threatening the health of marine life in these coastal communities. Meanwhile, the Everglades, a unique ecosystem stretching from Orlando all the way to Florida Bay at the tip, is starving for clean water.

According to the Everglades Foundation, the solution is for the South Florida Water Management District to buy land previously occupied by sugar farms, where water can be stored, cleaned and then sent south to the Everglades. In 2010, the state of Florida made an agreement with the sugar industry to acquire land to clean up the industry’s pollution, protect drinking water, and clean up polluted waterways on both coasts.

Thanks to the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment 1, approved by 75 percent of voters in 2014, there are available funds dedicated to acquiring, restoring and managing conservation lands, including lands protecting water resources and drinking water.

Floridians can tell Governor Rick Scott now to urge the South Florida Water Management District to buy 46,800 acres of U.S. Sugar’s land south of Lake Okeechobee before the state’s option expires in October 2016.

To sign the Act Now petition, visit Act.ProgressFlorida.org/sign/everglades.

Posted in April 2015

Suncoast Humane Society Hosts 7th Annual Critter Classic


This Shotgun Scramble features fun and fundraising on April 18, to benefit the Suncoast Humane Society in Charlotte County. For more information or to register, go here: 7th Annual Critter Classic Golfer Registration Form  and 7th Annual Critter Classic Sponsorship Form.

     Registration fee of $100 per golfer includes: Continental Breakfast from 7 to 8:15 a.m., two drink tickets, green fees and golf cart, golf bag handling and buffet lunch. Also available: Mulligans, Raffles, 50/50.

Location: Riverwood Golf Club, 4100 Riverwood Dr., Port Charlotte. For more information or to register, visit Humane.org/images/Golfer Registration Form.pdf. 

Posted in April 2015