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Pets of the Month PENNY

MY NAME IS Penny, and I’m a three year old plus hound mix. Everyone who meets me says I am sweet. They also tend to say I am the calmest dog they ever met. I can’t say I disagree - I am an easy breezy kind of girl. I consider myself both affectionate and friendly. I always make it a point to get along with everyone and would make someone a wonderful companion. I am already vaccinated and spayed and right here waiting for you.


MY NAME IS Tuna and I have 5 siblings that look exactly like me (although I do think I’m just a tad better looking- just saying!). I love to play but, I am not a kitty that will drive you crazy by bouncing off walls. I like to

make believe I am hunting, and I love to chase feathers. I get along well with other kitties and I love people. I enjoy being stroked and adore tasty treats. You will know I am pleased by my extra loud purr. I am neutered (they said we were going for hamburgers-they lied!) and vaccinated and never miss the litter box. I am six months young. Can you think of a better way to start off the New Year than adopting me?•

Please leave a message at 864-391-2349 or email us at if you are interested in learning more about our available dogs and cats. OUTDOORS | Nature HELP WILDLIFE SURVIVE WINTER

by LEE BELANGER Master Naturalist

In winter, we enjoy bountiful food and warmth in our cozy homes. Meanwhile, our wild animal neighbors face dwindling food supplies, inadequate shelter, and the highest mortality rates of the year. The colder the weather, the more food animals need to live. Insects are gone causing most insect-eating birds to migrate south, but diehards like the Carolina wren stay and tough it out. Wrens hunt for any dormant or dead insects under leaves, bark and on spider webs. Year around seedeaters like cardinals, chickadees, and mockingbirds compete for any remaining seeds and berries. Birds and small mammals search for shelter in tree cavities. With your help, more of our backyard animals will survive the winter.

1. Keep bird feeders stocked with high-energy foods. Crushed unsalted nuts, hanging suet, peanut butter, and mealworms help Carolina Wrens. Black- oil sunflower seeds (those with solid black husks) are the best choice for

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seedeaters. Seed mixes often contain seed fillers birds won’t eat so avoid mixes. Do not worry if you need to stop feeding birds during the winter. The birds are not dependent on one feeder and when you return, the birds will too.

2. Keep flower heads on plants until spring. Birds and other small animals will eat almost any remaining seeds. Plants with large or abundant seeds such as coneflowers, zinnias, marigolds, and phlox are especially helpful.

3. Leave live and dead trees for cover. Evergreens are best but low growing evergreens like azaleas and boxwoods are too low for most birds. Holly trees, cedars and thick pines offer safer shelter from cold and if they have seeds or berries, these trees provide food. Dead trees (also called snags) shelter birds and other small animals in tree cavities even when the trees are on the ground. Bats, squirrels, raccoons, bees, and frogs also use snags for shelter. In spring, standing snags provide nesting places for over 85 bird species nationwide.

4. Keep birdhouses up all winter. Chickadees and other social birds crowd together in tree cavities and nesting boxes to stay warm. Now is a good time to set out a box or two. If you already have used ones, be sure they are clean from last summer’s use.

5. Make a brush pile. Deciduous trees drop their leaves in winter, opening up wooded areas, exposing animals to wind and predators. For small animals, brush piles make ideal areas to escape detection and provide shelter. Piles should have large material on the bottom with several escape openings and small branches nearer the top. Adding leaves and other vegetation completes the camouflage. If you have a cut Christmas tree, it makes a perfect foundation for a brush pile.•

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FUN FACT: Feeding birds will NOT prevent migrating birds from going further south.

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