Pet Stories: Kate the Great is back!

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Kate is STILL great! No doubt you remember her from her visit in September? Unfortunately, Kate spent a few months in a home and through no fault of her own, finds herself back at the Roanoke Valley SPCA.

Just as a refresher, Kate is a big girl with a heart of gold. She has gorgeous brown eyes and beautiful coloring to her coat that she hopes will get her lots of hugs. She would make a great centerpiece of your living room couch during evening TV viewing, but promises to leave just enough room on the couch for you! One thing we know for sure is that Kate likes to give chase, so a home with no cats or other small animals is best for this girl.

Kate is four years old, 65 pounds and has been spayed, microchipped, vaccinated and heartworm checked.

There are two things Kate prefers, to be active and to get lots of loving. If you think you can fulfill her Valentine's wish list, then head on over between Noon and 6 pm for your very own meet & greet.

In honor of Valentine's Day, the Roanoke Valley SPCA is doing a #MeetYourMatch special through today, February 18th.

This is extra special for Kate because her adoption fee is WAIVED!

If you’re interested in learning more about Kate, call the Roanoke Valley SPCA at 540-339-WAGS or .

While Sylvie Peterson was in studio with Kate, she talked about an important safety topic for pets; how to transport pets in the car. Here’s what she had to say:

The manner in which to safely transport a dog primarily depends on the dog. Very well behaved or trained dogs do extremely well sitting or laying in the back seat of a car. Here are some options to consider:

Carrier - A pet carrier allows you to place your pet inside the unit and close it, completely restricting mobility to inside the carrier. It should be appropriately sized so as to allow comfort during travel. Something too small can be harmful for your dog, especially if transported for long periods of time. Insert items that are comforting for your dog, such as a blanket to lay on or his favorite toy. Negative: Keep in mind that some dogs, especially young ones, can be destructive, so only place items in the carrier that cannot be destroyed or ingested. The crate can tip over or roll, even if secured. Some dogs can become extremely anxious in a confined space and break out, resulting in dog that is a panic bolting around your car. Also, for big dogs, you may not be able to fit a crate big enough to accommodate your big dog in the back seat of your car.

Harness - A car harness allows you to secure your dog around it's upper torso, much as you see Kate's walking harness, and then secure it to the seat belt in the back seat of your vehicle. It is more padded than a walking harness for comfort. The harness should not be secured so tightly to the seat belt so as to prevent the dog from sitting up to look out the windows or laying down to nap. Negative: Some dogs freak out when restrained in this manner and can hurt themselves trying to get out. My own dog, who is 70 pounds, has managed to almost strangle herself. I know that this is not the type of safe transport for my dog.

Front seat barrier - This allows you to block the dog's access to the front seats. Especially with a dog as big as Kate, having her in the front seat can be dangerous, so if she is the type of dog that tries to ride shotgun, a barrier will solve the problem. here are stylish options available. Negative: The potential downfall is that it blocks your access to the back seat should you or your passenger need to stop your dog from doing something.

One size does not fit all - The type of transport depends on the size, age and temperament of your dog. If you are unsure about the best type of transport of your own dog, talk to your vet or a trainer.

Never Do:
• Let your dog hang out your window. One sharp turn and your dog will tumble out of the car. If your dog loves fresh air, you can roll your window down enough to let them get a breeze without having them hang half of their bodies outside of the car.
• Ride in your lap while driving. This inhibits our ability to maneuver your vehicle effectively.
• Ride in the back of a pickup truck. An accident waiting to happen.
• Attempt to handle an emergency with your dog while driving. If your dog needs assistance, no matter the type of transport you are using, pull over as soon as safely possible.

How about cats? The carrier is the best, but some cats love riding in cars and do very well in a harness.