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Area pet groups join Web service Last Chance Cat Sanctuary Inc., of Billings, and Prairie Wind Border Collie Rescue, of Laurel, have joined a number of other Montana animal-welfare organizations in posting their adoptable pets on

The searchable database that showcases their pets worldwide via the Web.

Each organization has its own home page on the Web site, and each pets has it own page which features a description and usually a photo. Potential adopters can also search by type of pet, breed, size, age and gender.

Pets that match the search criteria are ranked in proximity to the visitor's ZIP code.

Each adoption is handled by the animal welfare organization that houses the homeless animal. facilitated more than a half-million adoptions last year alone.

For information call Last Chance Sanctuary Inc. at 248-2388 or email to or contact Prairie Wind Border Collie Rescue at 628-6140 or email:

Women invited to spring tea Grandmothers, mothers and daughters are welcome at the annual Sacred Heart Renewal Center Spring Tea.

"Memories" is the theme for the tea, set for 2-4 p.m. May 10 at St. Pius Community Center, 717 18th St. W.

The event will include displays and presenters on scrapbooking, stamping greeting cards and vintage clothing and a display from the Women's Museum.

Reservations are required by May 5. Call the Sacred Heart Renewal Center at 252-0322 for reservations.

The suggested donation at the door is $20 for adults and $10 for children.

Library offers 4 free programs Parmly Billings Library is hosting four free public programs in May.

"An Introduction to Embossing" will be the subject of the third in a series of programs by the Yellowstone Calligraphers Guild at 10:30 a.m. May 10.

Senior High science teacher Steve Gardiner, co-author of the book "Under the Midnight Sun," will talk about his experiences in Greenland climbing John Denver Peak. This program, "To the Top of The World: Search for the Northernmost Land on Earth," is at 7 p.m. May 15.

Want to develop a new hobby now that spring is here? Members of the Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society will present "An Introduction to Bird Watching" at 7 p.m. May 20.

The program series by the Yellowstone Valley Amateur Astronomers concludes when Rich McClelland presents "Observing the Moon" at 7 p.m. May 29.

All programs are on the third floor of the library at 510 N. Broadway. For information, call the library at 657-8258.