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Pets At Home: puppy & kitten craze boosts profits as lockdown love beats the odds – Reuters

A labrador puppy sits with its owner at Ripley Farmer’s Market as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown eases in Ripley, Surrey, Britain, December 12, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

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  • Pets At Home shares jump 7%
  • Co expects annual earnings at top end of estimates
  • HY profit surges

Nov 23 (Reuters) – British retailer Pets At Home (PETSP.L) said the number of households taking on new pets, which surged last year during COVID-19 lockdowns, is continuing to grow, driving up membership numbers and sparking a 77% jump in half-year earnings.

The UK’s largest pet care retailer, which has 453 stores, said membership numbers of its puppy and kitten club more than doubled, with members typically spending a third more per annum than non-members. Active VIP members rose 13% to 6.8 million.

Shares in Pets At Home, which said that fiscal 2022 earnings will be at the top end of market estimates, climbed 7%, and were among top midcap gainers by 1450 GMT.

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Pets for adoption – Arizona Daily Star

Story: Kris Kringle is a handsome, blue-eyed Seal Point Siamese male who needs a new home for Christmas. He is a healthy boy whose family hated to part with him, but he did not get along with other cats, so needs to be your only feline.

Fee: $45, includes neuter, shots, and microchip

Contact: The Animal League of Green Valley, 1600 W. Duval Mine Road, Green Valley, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily (not open Christmas day); 520-625-3170 or www.talgv.org

Story: Augustine’s foster mom calls him Augie. Augie and Kateri were born outside but have been getting love in Foster care. This litter of kittens are sweet and calm, are used to other cats, dogs, and a small child. Augie especiall…….

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Crews douse North Park fire, revive two pet cats – The San Diego Union-Tribune

NORTH PARK — 

Crews revived two pet cats and doused a kitchen fire in a North Park apartment building late Monday morning, San Diego Fire-Rescue officials said.

The fire was reported about 11:35 a.m. on Park Boulevard north of Cypress Avenue, near North Park’s western border with Hillcrest.

Firefighters searched the apartment for victims, and came across two cats they needed to revive, Battalion Chief Erik Windsor told OnScene TV.

“Fortunately San Diego fire units have veterinary style EMS (emergency medical service) equipment on our units and they were able to use that equipment to revive the cats,” Windsor said.

He said the owner was taking the pets to…….