Merced County Animal Shelter: 2150 Shuttle Drive, Atwater. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Open 10 a.m. through 3p.m. Saturdays. Adoption fees for pet of the week are $35 for dogs and $15 for cats. If an animal is adopted before the newspaper comes out Saturday, another animal can be chosen in its place. For more information, call (209)385-7436.
This time of year I want to spend every possible moment outside in the garden, among new grass and reborn trees, surrounded by hummingbirds and worker bees and playful calves, enjoying the great outdoors.
If your dog isn’t protected by a heartworm preventative, or you forget to give it for a couple weeks, there is a window of opportunity for the first-stage larvae to grow to second stage and into the adult worms living in the chest.