Monthly Archives: May 2011

Thursday 05-26-11

Well now, I don’t know how many of you remember the two cats “Cheeks” and “Ebony,” but they were recently adopted by a loving family that renamed them to “Emma” and “Oscar.” Oscar was a 3-year old brindle-colored male kitty and I must admit, a solid handsome fellow too. Emma was a sweet, playful black kitty about a year old. Anyway, I heard that they are both doing extremely well and are completely at home in their new environment with their new family.  Hurray!!  I just love it when I can find out how my animal friends are doing when they leave our shelter!  Apparently the transition didn’t happen overnight for Oscar, but Emma seemed to be comfortable from the start! In fact, I heard she was completely impressed and satisfied the first time she popped out of her crate and into her new home.  Oscar started out hiding in different places at first, but felt entirely at ease within a couple of weeks. They are both completely adjusted now and each of them sleeps on their owner’s bed! They are bringing lots and lots of joy to this family!! 🙂 This is such a cat-cool story and goes to show you that adopting older cats can be just as enjoyable as adopting kittens!

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Tuesday – 05-24-11

Purrrrrr….I met a new Animal Services Officer today! I was very excited to meet her and my cat-senses tell me she is going to be a great addition to our team here at the shelter!! J She arrived just in time too, because as of today one of our hardworking staff will be off work to have her human baby! I will miss her while she is gone ‘because she is always so nice to me, but I wish her all the kitty-luck in the world! I will look forward to seeing her again when she comes back. In the meantime, we’ll just do our best to keep things running around here. Besides, I’m still here to help oversee everything from my cat’s eye view.  🙂

Toady was SO crazy and kittens continue to pour in! It’s like a kitten nursery around here. We had five kittens come back from foster that are now ready for adoption. Hurray! Just look at those cute faces! Even I get smitten by those youngsters. Well, as long as they are not disturbing any of my naps or hijacking the petting I am duly owed by walk-in customers. 😉  Anyway, the foster mom of the five kittens is adopting one of them.  How cat-cool is that?! She was smitten by the feline face of the male kitten. Can’t say that I blame her.  😉 ~ We also got five adult cats that came in today and sixteen, yes, I’ll say it again…SIXTEEN 4-week old kittens!!  Meow-zah!!! Fortunately we were able to send seven to foster homes, but we are still looking for foster homes for the other kittens!!!

Another dog come in for quarantine because he bit someone.  Not sure of the details because I sometimes can only make out bits and pieces of the human conversations, but I sometimes wish humans could understand us better.  Animals sometimes bite when we feel frightened or threatened and that occasionally gets misunderstood and I get sad when that happens.  ~ A Boxer mix was surrendered because the owner moved to a smaller place where they couldn’t have dogs. But, “Marco” the dog got adopted and one stray dog went home! That makes me happy!  Three more dogs went up for adoption too, but now all 14 of our adoption kennels are officially full! We now have a kitten-kaboodle shelter full of dogs AND cats!

One dog, a Shih Tzu, was surrendered by a breeder because they couldn’t sell him.  My sensitive cat-nose curled up and I wanted to bury my head under my paws when he came in because he smelled so bad. But I tried not to show it because I didn’t want to hurt his feelings. He already seemed so confused and scared. I have a kitty-feeling that this place is going to be a big contrast from his outdoor only pen (with very little human contact).  Apparently that’s where he lived his entire one year of life! Poor guy. 😦  I know he doesn’t realize it yet, but coming here is probably the best thing that has ever happened to him. The staff and volunteers will get him all cleaned up and find him a REAL home that will love and spoil him.  His name is “Happy” by the way and I am hopeful that his name will more appropriately describe how he will feel when we find him the right home. Don’t worry…be “Happy.”

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Saturday – 05-21-11

3…2…1…Jump! Ha-ha! I love jumping on the counter where unsuspected people find themselves filling out adoption applications. My technique for getting someone to pet me while they concentrate on reading the questions rarely fails. All I have to do is wait until they are fully attentive to the application then I swagger over to their pen in hand and rub my cheek on it with just the right amount of pressure.  🙂 It’s like some kind of reflex for them to reach out and pet me!! Surely that is some sign that people and pets are meant for each other!

Anyway, today we had four more kittens to foster. That’s a total of about 50 kittens in foster homes right now! We could use some more foster homes, so spread the word and come in and sign up today to be part of all this kitten fun!

My friend Ricky is officially up for adoption. As sad as I will be to see him go, it has just gotten way to chaotic for him around here…poor guy.  The staff are in search of finding him a real family for him so he can be in an environment where he will be happier and much more comfortable.

“Bandit” a one-year old Australian Shepherd mix tested positive for heartworms. This makes me very sad when it’s so easy to prevent, yet our county seems to have one of the highest rates of heartworm in California! Luckily for him he is going to a foster home for treatment. If his treatments go well, he’ll be back here for adoption in a few months so I’m keeping my paws ‘doubly’ crossed for him!!

We also had something a little more interesting than usual happen this morning. *snicker* A big black cow was apparently found wandering around Pollock Pines. We knew because her sightings were being reported to us. Fortunately the owner called us and we were able to tell him every place it had been sited. The cow apparently had quite an adventure though before the owner was able to finally catch up to her.  Meowie!! I had a kitty-crack-up laugh about that one. Not sure if anyone else found it as amusing as I did, but oh well.

More stray cats were also brought in today…surprise, surprise, huh? ~ One dog came in to be placed in quarantine because she apparently bit someone. Two stray dogs went home and I was very pleased to see them go, but then we had three more dogs come in.  Ugh! We are so FULL right now! There are NO open kennels in our stray dog area. In fact, some of the dogs are forced to share kennels! Where are all their owners? Why haven’t they come looking for them? We’re the only shelter for stray dogs on the entire western slope of El Dorado County. We should be the first place an owner checks! *sigh*

And finally, seven new dogs passed their behavior evaluations and will be up for adoption on Monday! Hurray!

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Friday – 05-20-11

Sigh…we opened late again today because we have SO many animals right now and not enough staff to get them all cleaned and cared for on time! But despite that, I was feeling purrfectly happy today enjoying my seat near the window with the sun shining through again. At least until I saw “Tapanga” the cat being brought back in after already being adopted. Grrr… I’m not sure of the reasons, but apparently it didn’t work out.  We also had one stray dog go home today. Yay!! I’m keeping my paws crossed that he  doesn’t find his way back in here again. And as I stated yesterday, lots and lots of kittens! We had another two litters show up today, meow-zah!! I just hope we don’t run out of foster homes while these little guys keep coming in!! This just goes to show you how important it is for animals to get spayed and neutered to prevent an overpopulation of unwanted pets! ~ Ahhh…let me just roll over on my back here…now…that’s better.  So, a good thing did happen today that brought tears to my eye and that was seeing the daughter of a local pet owner who passed away last month come in and get the owners cat. *sniffles* She came all the way from Arizona to get him!! How cat-cool is that?! I don’t know if any arrangements were made ahead of time for that cat or not, but thankfully it all worked our for him. But like I mentioned yesterday, if owners could make arrangements for their pets ahead of time the less likely they will end up here if something happens to their owner.

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Thursday – 05-21-11

Holy meow-zah! We have kittens coming out of our ears! We keep getting kittens turned into us practically every day!! Lots of requests out for fostering kittens.  ~ Tuesday was surgery day and the last couple of days have been super incredibly busy!!  The cats “Bumpers” and “Woops” went together to their new home!! Hurray!! ~ Two dogs went home first thing Wednesday morning. Thankfully their owner saw them on petharbor.com the night before! And in case you didn’t know, Petharbor.com is that website with pictures of all of our animals. It gets updated every hour or so, so even if we aren’t open you can still check to see if your pet is here…just in case! ~ Another dog went home and one dog was surrendered by his owners. 😦  I also over heard that two stray dogs were shot for killing livestock by the owner of the livestock.  This is always such sad news when this happens. 😦 ~ Oh, and one cat was surrendered because his owner passed away. Many times people forget to make arrangements for what to do with their pets in case something happens to them and they end up here.  😦 If I was granted a kitty-wish, one of my wishes would be that more people be more prepared about the care of their pet in case something happened to them. Life can be so unpredictable…

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Tuesday – 05-17-11

Yesterday I watched the rain off and on through the shelter window thinking how odd it seems to have so much rain in mid-May, but what do I know about the weather except that I am glad I have a dry place to curl up.  I had just wished it was a little warmer around here because it had been a bit chilly in here over the weekend since our heater stopped working…ack! Thank goodness this wonderfully ‘cat-cool’ heater guy came in and fixed it! I call him ‘cat-cool’ because he has a cat that looks like ME so that makes him C-O-O-L! 😀  Anyway, we were a bit cold in here for the last few days, particularly at night.  All of us animals are very much appreciative of having our heater working again!! Just in time too because Sunday night one of the stray cats gave birth to four cute little kittens! *Meowzah!* 🙂

The dogs “Marco” and “Missy” got adopted and get to go to their new forever home tomorrow. Hurray! And the two dogs that came in on Sunday afternoon both got to go home first thing yesterday morning. I bet you can’t guess how that happened so quickly? – Well if you guessed it was because they were wearing ID you are absolutely correct! ~ We also had three stray dogs come in yesterday along with some more cats and our first litter of kittens this season came back from their foster home. They are all ready to go up for adoption and I’m keeping my paws crossed that they find a home very soon! They are plump, healthy and absolutely ADORABLE! Their foster mommy did a wonderful job!

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Saturday – 05-14-11

Today we had a number of PAWED volunteers help us with cleaning kennels, cat cages, etc., but still didn’t manage to open our doors on time! We have a lot of dogs and cats right now!  Nine new dogs went up for adoption, two of them “Salsa” and “Mario” who were both adopted right away! Hurray! They will go home after they get altered on Wednesday.  We had two stray dogs come in and two dogs went home. A mama cat with four kittens were surrendered by their owner and a litter of three kittens came in as strays. Another request had to be sent out for foster families for them. ~ Our volunteers bathed some of the adoptable dogs and oh boy do they look and smell a whole lot better! I bet they feel much better too. I know I always do after I bathe and groom handsome gmyself. 🙂 I never could understand why dogs don’t take as much pride in how they look as we cats do. But whatever…And last but not least, the rat “Miss Albi” got adopted!  😀

Miss Albie the rat!

Miss Albie the rat!

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Wednesday – 05-11-11

My goodness the last couple of days have been so kitten-crazy around here. I even had two of my naps disturbed with all the busyness! Hopefully I can catch up on them tomorrow. Today the staff didn’t even open the shelter again until close to 10:30 AM due to staff shortage! *Sigh*  ~ We had another litter of four, stray 3-week old kittens come in. They went to a foster home.  I am so glad there are wonderful people out there willing to help these little guys out.  I’m seeing lots of kittens these days.  “Goldie” one of our mama cats came back from foster and got adopted immediately, wow! She goes to her new home on Wednesday after she gets spayed. Oh, and “Bisquits” the cat got adopted too! Hurray! His new name is going to be “Walter” and I feel just caterrific about that! 🙂  Remember “Colby” the mouser with talents that were unappreciated and was surrendered last week? Well that talented kitty got adopted today too!! If I weren’t too tired from having a couple of my naps disturbed I’d definitely do the kitty-jig today!

As for dogs, well, sadly we had a total of seven dogs surrendered by their owners today!!  😦  We also had three stray dogs come in and I saw the owner of one of them come in to claim them right away, but couldn’t afford the fees to get the dog returned. The dog is still here. Hopefully the next day or so will be better for my canine friends.

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Monday – 05-09-11

It’s “meow-manic” Monday again and 3 stray cats came in and… “mouse roll please” …one had a microchip!! I totally rolled on my  back in disbelief that we actually had a C-A-T come in with a microchip! Hopefully it will provide enough information to get that kitty back to its owner. ~ One mama cat with 3 kittens came in. They will be going to a foster home on Wednesday. ~  We also had a litter of kittens dumped at our door.  Tsk…tsk…naughty!! Whoever left them must not have known that there is actually some human law and legal consequences for doing that.  What I’ve gathered from conversations around here is that there is this book called the California Penal Code. It sounds totally boring, but supposedly some humans some time ago thought it was important enough to protect animals and made sure we are legally protected from abandonment by putting in some laws to protect us from all kinds of things. One of them is abandonment.  I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen the book, but our staff and officers often make mention of some numbers found in it.  Anyway, one 10-yr-old cat was surrendered by her owners…poor kitty.  The dog “Tanner” that just came in went home because he was wearing his ID! ~ Three stray dogs also came in today without something. Can you guess what they were missing? The answer is no ID. 😦  Silly people… when will they learn that animals CAN’T talk to humans and tell them where they live!! They rely on their people to keep ID on them. It’s part of being a responsible owner!

“Zephyr” the Chihuahua mix left to be fostered with El Dorado Pet Club, where he will stay until he gets adopted. He is kind of cute for a dog, but he does need to learn a few manners.  The El Dorado Pet Club will surely help him with that while he’s there.

Zephyr the Chihuhua Mix

~ “Beauty” and her 3 kittens went to a foster home today. I’m sure they will be well taken care of and pleased with their new temporary environment. Shes the one who took on the orphaned little kitten, and has been such a good mommy to him, along with her 2 biological kittens!

AND….. another mouse roll please…. “Sweet Pea” the rabbit FINALLY  got adopted! She had been waiting and waiting since February 4th! It took us 3 months, but we finally found her a home!!! Hurray!!

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Saturday – 05-07-11

Thank goodness volunteers from PAWED came in today to help with cleaning, exercising the dogs and lots of other things in between! I know our staff really appreciate ALL the help! ~ “Yolko” the seven-year old Chow mix must have turned on her charm and batted her Chow mix eyes because she got adopted by her foster mom! Her new name is “Maggie” and I must say that I like her new name. 🙂 ~ The cats “Savvy” and “Sabbath” both got adopted together and will go home on Wednesday after they are neutered. Yippee! Doin’ the kitty-jig ’cause I love it just a tiny bit more (shhhh…don’t tell anyone) when my kitty friends get adopted. Especially when friends get adopted together! ~ “Buttons” an adorable Chihuahua/Jack Russel Terrier mix puppy was surrendered because he was to energetic for the older couple who, ah-hem, bought her from a local backyard breeder.  Helloooo…a Jack Russel Terrier for goodness sakes! Come to find out the breeder apparently promised this poor couple who were concerned of the energy level of the Jack Russell Terrier (rightfully so I must add) and were told the Chihuahua in her would make a nice lap-dog! Yeah right…like they had a crystal ball or something. Anyway, it was obviously not true! People need to be warned about irresponsible breeders who only care about making money and willing to tell buyers what they need to hear to get the ‘cha-ching’ even if it’s a litter box full of cat poo! These breeders are of course not to be confused with responsible breeders. That being said, man people forget to come visit our shelter when they are looking for the right pet for them. We get lots of purebred dogs here along with mixed breeds that are a whole lot less expensive, despite the recent increase in adoption fees. I’ll keep my paws crossed for this little girl in hopes of finding the right home for her.

Let’s see, another dog was surrendered because the owners moved to an apartment. How many is that now just this week…sheesh! ~ One 4-week old orphaned kitten was brought in today.  That was one lucky kitten too because we just happened to have a mama-cat name “Beauty” with two kittens the same age. She fortunately gladly accepted the little guy as her own. What a purrrfect little addition and boy was he happy to have a mommy again!! So now the 4 of them will be going to a foster home tomorrow for about a month where Beauty can raise her kittens until they are old enough for adoption! ~ We got another mama-cat with four 4-week old kittens surrendered today too.  We are still trying to find a foster home for her, but havent had any luck yet. I’m keeping my paws crossed for her too.

“Colby” the cat was surrendered today, because he was an under-appreciated mouser. That means he is REALLY good at catching mice, and um, snakes, bugs, gophers, birds, and anything else that he can catch. And apparently it seems to be a lot, which is fine for cats except that he is a bit of a proud “mouser” and feels the need to always bring his “prizes” into the house to play with. This was a bit too much for his owners and it totally freaked them out! So now he’s here…

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