Monthly Archives: July 2014

SIAMESE KITTENS

As things are winding down at the Sand Fire, and its sort of getting back to normal around the shelter, I felt it was prime time for another update on the New Shelter Facility over on Capitol. All I can say is Siamese Kitten – Yes you read that right – Siamese Kitten. My deputy found all of these white plastic buckets on site.

Siamese Kitten?

Siamese Kitten?

A little investigative work turned up the truth. This is fortunately not the leavings of a kitten smuggling ring that uses the buckets to transport the kittens, but the color of the interior walls at the new facility. On close examination the deputy found painters painting and buckets of this stuff being pumped out airlessly in lines snaking throughout the building. And the color of the paint does match that of a Siamese kitten.

IMG_0078wKeeping with the pet theme, the painters are using “Husky” plastic to mask off stuff as they paint. It appears that most of the insulation is in and the drywall is up and taped. There is a little sanding and smoothing of the taped plaster but mostly just a lot of painting.

The giant ladders still fascinate me though. I wonder if there are other places that can be accessed for exploration once the drop ceilings are in. I definitely have reconsidered letting the little kittens go exploring up there as I am sure one would drop through the ceiling onto me during my all important afternoon nap and handsome sleep.

Check out the Velux Sun Tunnels. It still amazes me how much light these things bring into the building. It all seems to be on schedule for an expected opening in October.

Sun Tunnels, Drop ceiling supports and giant ladders.

Sun Tunnels, Drop ceiling supports and giant ladders.

More good news. The PAWED Finishing Touches campaign is going great. So far $180,000 of the $200,000 goal have been raised. We really do have some incredibly generous members and donors in our community, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The photography crew came in on Tuesday to get My picture for My tile for My new shelter. Did you get one of your pet for the tile wall in the new shelter? Click here if you are interested.

Speaking of the photographs, check out some of the little ones available for adoption at the shelter right now. They look pretty energetic and likely to disturb “some one’s” afternoon naps. Sooo, your assistance in getting them adopted ASAP would be greatly appreciated. All kittens are currently only $40 to adopt.

TIGER

TIGER

LINCOLN

LINCOLN

One last thought is that I think we need a training class on proper cat massage and chin rubbing techniques. I will be glad to provide direct instruction to all attendees or work with you on a one on one basis. Just stop by and say high to Bullet at the Animal Shelter in Placerville. Remember 12-1 is nap time – so not then.

AND SAVE THE DATE! – The Grand Opening Celebration is schedule for November 15, 2014.

MEOWZA! Bullet

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PAINT AND FIRE

Animal Services staff, PAWED volunteers and my Deputies are all scrambling this last week. And workers are still on site at the new shelter making further great strides. The FIRE in the title is of course the “Sand Fire”. And this is the incident map from the CalFire website. The PAINT is the paint going up on the walls at the new shelter as work continues apace. Fortunately the painting is going all ahead full and the fire is almost fully contained now – So glad it is not the other way around.

2014 SAND FIRE incident map.

2014 SAND FIRE incident map.

My deputies and I are gathering up stories and pictures from the Sand Fire and my next blog will focus on those. Just to let you know that Deputies Janice and Donna were both in the evacuation zone and I was really worried about them and our other PAWED friends that live in that area. I had all the dogs and cats at the shelter thinking strong positive thoughts for everyone in that area. We want everyone to be OK and I hate the smell of singed fur on many levels. – Not gonna get into that on these pages.

I am happy to report that Staff, SCLAR, PAWED and Foothill Dog Rescue all worked together to shelter and rescue animals during this incident. Lee’s Feed also chipped in with discounted supplies for the animals affected by Sand Fire. Lee’s has a special account and you can donate through them to the animals affected. The donations are overseen by Animal Services staff so that they are properly used. Animal Control Field Officers are routinely checking up on the animals that were not evacuated and those that are returning now that the road blocks are being lifted.

If you are missing an animal please post on El Dorado County Watch Animal Lost and Found FB page and call Animal Services during regular hours at 530.621.5795. The same for found animals. Check back tomorrow for the New Shelter Construction Update and Gallery. Check back next week for stories from the fire incident. If you have a story to share please send me an email. – For now just Meow. BULLET

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KITTENYATAS, LIGHTTUBES, DARK HALLS AND DRYWALL(S)

A lot has happened in the last 20 days.The “Steam punk” look is gone behind all of the dry wall and concrete board. At least before, I could

Light tubes let in the good part of the outdoors - sunlight.

Light tubes let in the good part of the outdoors – sunlight.

walk right through the walls from one room to the next. Now this place is really a labyrinth of dark hallways (no skylights there and electric is not yet connected) and rooms. Some of the rooms are wonderfully lit with skylights. This technology is pretty amazing – It lets the good parts of the outdoors in (sunlight) and keeps the bad parts out (cold, wind, rain and pesky flies and mosquitos).

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Cold water lines, hot water lines with white insulation wrap, a fire sprinkler tie in and a drain pipe nested in that nasty pink fiberglass insulation. – Safety Hint. – don’t let your pets near this stuff including walking around in construction areas.

The crew working at the shelter now is mainly taping the drywall and covering seams in the concrete board. Pipes and wires still run everywhere but a lot of it is now covered up. The insulation is in, in the walls and surrounding the hot water supply lines. I am reconsidering my idea to let the little ones into the duct work. Look at the size of these ducts. I am thinking they would probably make an incredible echoing racket and disturb my “handsome sleep”. My new plan is to get one of the construction people or maybe Deputy Donna to build me a platform on one of the giant ladders. That could then be placed under one of the skylights. Lots of sun and out of reach of the little tykes. It’s something to think about anyway.

The Barn Pad is graded the barn is funded (Thank You Noah's Wish) and on its way.

The Barn Pad is graded the barn is funded (Thank You Noah’s Wish) and on its way.

Outside the Large Animal Barn pad is looking pretty ready. It’s just in time too, because Noah’s Wish just donated the funds to buy it. With that and the donation from Nor Cal Structures that project is now ready to move forward. I love the smell of horses, I am Sheriff Bullet after all, so I am lobbying to be allowed to go outside to rub on their legs and do their temperament testing. Kind of like I do for the dogs. That matching thing for the Shade Sails is all done to so it looks like the dogs will get their shade so they don’t burn their feet on the synthetic turf in the summer months and the staff and volunteers don’t get sun burned. PAWED has all the Major Shelter Donor’s names listed on their website now. Take a look. Click on  a paw.Gold paw platinum paw Silver paw If there is any of the joint compound left I was thinking I could make some Kittenyata’s (You know, a piñata in the shape of a kitten.) out of it for our Open House. And no, I would not just cover over some random kittens with the plaster and tape but utilize my deputies to help me create them (without a kitten inside).  Either that or see if I can use it as a poultice to help my arthritis – it is called joint compound. Gallery below. Put cursor on pic to see caption.

Think this stuff (Joint Comound) will help my arthritis?

Think this stuff (Joint Comound) will help my arthritis?

That and I am hoping that this blue stuff called Dryvit is not some new food supplement we all have to eat at the new shelter. – I’ve got some internet searching to do again tonight. One thing has not changed, we still need kitten fosters and people to adopt. It is still kitten season. There are some really excellent little tykes like Orbit and Capt ‘N Black still waiting to be adopted. The dogs seem to fly out of here faster that I can draw my six-shooter,

Capt 'N Black

Capt ‘N Black

Kelly

Kelly

Orbit

Orbit

but we need some serious help with these cats. Check out the gallery of adopted and adoptables this week over on Facebook.

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