An easy online pathway to pet adoption

Dear Readers: Looking to adopt a dog or cat but don’t know where to start? The Shelter Pet Project, in cooperation with the Humane Society of the United States (, is a great resource.

Simply visit the website (, enter your ZIP code, select either a dog or a cat and sit back.

An array of adoptable animals will appear, along with a picture, description (including medical status, if available), contact information and instructions on how to proceed. The many animals on the site can be found at shelters and rescue groups in the ZIP code you’ve selected.

The Shelter Pet Project houses no animals; it is simply a clearinghouse to showcase these amazing, adoptable pets. — Heloise

Easy meds

Dear Heloise: Getting prescriptions filled at the veterinarian’s office may not be the best or most cost-effective choice. Did you know that the pharmacy at the grocery store may carry your pet’s meds, and they may be cheaper too?

One problem: The grocery store pharmacy may not have the correct dosage that the veterinarian prescribed. — Harold R. in Illinois

Fun cookie

Dear Heloise: When the grandkids visit, we bake sugar cookies. We have fun imprinting patterns on the cookies using ordinary kitchen items: citrus juicer, cooling rack, apple corer, the bottom of a glass, bottle cap, drinking straw, fork, uncooked bowtie pasta — anything with a pretty pattern or texture.

The cookies come out beautiful and delicious! — Mary S. in Pittsburgh

The plain side

Dear Heloise: I use the plain side of the front of greeting cards for grocery lists, phone call notes and miscellaneous memos. It is a good way to recycle. — Vonnie S., Pasadena, Calif.

Sure seal

Dear Heloise: If I’m out and about and notice I have a button coming undone, I have a fix: I dab some clear nail polish on the button, and this holds it in place until I can get home and reattach it properly. — Helen D., Monroe, La.

P.S. By the way, I’m the one in my group of friends with the big bag. Anything you need, I probably have it!

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send money-or time-saving hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or E-Mail: