Over two decades, the Collier County sanctuary has rescued more than 1,200 animals and had visitors from 40 states and 12 countries. It has reached capacity and plans to expand to a 17-acre campus nearby.

  THE SOUND OF HOWLING can be heard emanating from behind the gates of the Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education & Experience Center as you approach. This makes perfect sense, as the residents are mainly wolves and wolfdogs. But in this case, the howling was an intermingled chorus of wolf and human voices. Visiting adults and children were spontaneously joining in […]

‘Touching a piece of heaven’ at Shy Wolf sanctuary

Inside Shy Wolf Sanctuary, wild grapevines grow in profusion among a seeming maze of narrow walkways and chain-link fenced enclosures. Trees and native subtropical greenery are everywhere, providing shade and dappled sunlight. Coming on a day when all is quiet, watching the wolves in their habitats as they go about their activities is peaceful, calming, akin to a kind of […]

Thrift and resale stores help fight inflation, boost charities’ revenues

According to Resale Report, this year’s second-hand retail market will close at $119 billion, marking a 24% increase from year’s $96 billion last market. Inflation has risen by more than 8% this year, making second-hand retail a logical approach to saving money. Donating items also can bring tax deductions, as well as bolster an organization’s social enterprises — or even […]

The fuzzy-feelies

Every year we plunge into a month or more of the fuzzy-feelies, the gratitude-giving rejoicing imperatives of the holiday season. With those imperatives about how we’re supposed to feel and behave, come expectations: Comfort. Peace. Security. A full belly. Pleasure. But all that may be fanciful. Holidays can be rough. The days get shorter as the light dims. People keep […]

Pre-sales open for Florida Swims Foundation license plate

The Florida Swims Foundation has unveiled its new “Swim for Life” license plate that is now available for pre-order through the Florida Swims Foundation website in conjunction with the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles. The foundation, which operates under the umbrella of the Florida Swimming Pool Association, collaborated with graphic designers at Converge Public Strategies to create the license plate […]

Giving thanks should not include getting stressed

[Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from 2019.] Around the holidays, we seem to be more grateful for what we have. We all have something to be thankful for — but, much more importantly, we all have somebody to be thankful for. The material things we own will […]

Citizens tops 1.1 million policies, rate increase takes effect

As another sign of its explosive growth, the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has topped 1.1 million policies. Citizens had 1,107,033 policies as of Nov. 3, up from 1,098,762 a week earlier and 1,090,508 two weeks earlier, according to the Citizens website. Citizens, which was created as an insurer of last resort, has seen massive growth during the past two […]

Push for new monument to honor animals who serve

Sculptor Susan Bahary and a coterie of devoted animal lovers are leading the push for a new national monument to animals who serve. Their vision — a National Service Animals Memorial honoring dogs, horses, mules, homing pigeons, dolphins, sea lions and camels, among others — would be located in Washington, D.C. or its environs. Conceived as a sculpture garden, it […]

Pets of the Week

These animals are available for adoption at the Animal Welfare League, 3519 Drance St., Port Charlotte. All animals are microchipped, neutered and current with their shots. We are open by appointments only. All of our adoptable pets are on the AWL website ( If you see a pet that you would like to meet, call to make an appointment. We […]

Don’t let food spoil the fun

Cleanliness and temperature are key to safe holiday meals

Whether you dine on a traditional holiday meal this year or opt for something more exotic, keep safety in mind. That starts with shopping and goes through preparing the feast and storing leftovers. The University of Florida’s Keith Schneider, a professor of food science and human nutrition, answers some frequently asked questions about holiday meals. An extended article can be […]

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