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GIANT CAT HAMMOCKS INSTALLED

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Can you honestly tell me that these do not look like giant cat hammocks?

GIANT CAT HAMMOCKS INSTALLED The Shade Sails Are Up should be the title.

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Shade Sail installation is an interesting and mildly complex process.

Some of my deputies diligently supervised the PAWED  Finishing Touches Shade Sails installation. As you may remember in my last blog the Turf was down but the sails were still in transit from Australia. The speedy pineapple express weather pattern was held up somewhat at the ports? or who knows why but they arrived and on Friday, February 20th, 2015 the official installation occurred. For all the world these really look like sunny day Hammocks for cats if some one would just provide me with a ladder I could test out my theory. But alas it is an unsecured area for us clever cat types and hence reserved for the dogs and people who are denizens of only ground level.

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Sail installation involves, special fire rated nylon, huge turnbuckles and some mongo big cables.

That said, they are still really really cool and worth stopping for a look see when you come to visit me at the shelter. It has been said in a sort of semi-official email dispatch that the pictures do not do them justice. But my Deputies have tried to capture the installation and “the look” for my fans that are not able to rush right down to see them in person. Pictures of the Shade Sail installation process are in the gallery at the end of today’s blog.

Serious turnbuckles and cables.

Serious turnbuckles and cables.

But please, DO come visit me often in the next couple of weeks as the Volunteer Coordinator Deanna Chedsey will be away for a bit from 3/2 to 3/9 and I rely heavily on her for head pats and the like.

A big MEOWZA for the recently adopted shelter residents.

Cats:  Darla, Zazu, Little John, Violet, Mattie, Coldin, Crispin & Lucy

Dogs: Bruce really found a great home as he was adopted by Deanna the Volunteer Coordinator who has allowed me to announce the news, Snookums, Buddy, Ono, Alicia, Peter and Fanny Mae.

Deanna's new bud. I am not the jealous type, but...

Deanna’s new bud. I am not the jealous type, but…

Horses (29 horses still available): PJ, Mandan, Bonny, Dehilah, Tangles, Nemo, Special, Buddy, Apple, OC, Tres, Dakota, Snow Angel, Cowboy, Ben, Grace, Jerry, Williams, Butterfly, Lilly, Yuri, Suzy, Specks & Tag A Long

BeBe

BeBe still available

And the rabbit Circle.

That’s all for today. Coming Soon – “ALTERNATE PERSPECTIVE” blog.

On a final note Crimson and Draco are looking for a quiet home where they can hang out. Please come check out these best buds here at the Diamond Springs Shelter.

Crimson & Draco

Crimson & Draco

And a couple of pups in foster care deserve a look – Sparkle and Spirit.

 

Currently in Foster Care

Currently in Foster Care

Currently in Foster Care

Currently in Foster Care

MEOWZA! – Bullet

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TURF’s UP (OR DOWN in this case)

IMG_6272hdtvIf you every thought “a horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse” (ala Richard the Third – sort of) you can make your dreams become reality. Check out El Dorado County Animal Services Pet Harbor link to see 6 pages of these noble creatures which are available for adoption. Just one of these noble beasts can pretty handily eliminate the need to weedwack a 5-10 acre parcel come spring time. With my limited grasp of “whinney-speak” I don’t have a lot of detailed history on them but the website should provide a pretty good introductions for them. So have a look here under other animals  – – they are housed off site so you will have to make arrangements to visit them in person. The history of why EDCAS has so many of our equine friends right now is here.

Another new experience for me is the arrival of a couple of pet pigs. I do not know much about them as I do not speak “oink” at all. “Oink” is not a very intelligible when spoken by cats anyway. And while we cats might like a bit of a dust bath on occasion we just cannot comprehend the whole concept of a mud bath even though I understand it is a common spa treatment enjoyed by people. So if you speak “oink” or want to learn it stop by and practice with the two temporary residents. More about them on the last page of other animals for adoption on the EDCAS website.

And as promised last week, an update on the synthetic turf and shade sails. There is a nice gallery of pictures below on the turf installation and the setting of the shade sail tension poles. (Thanks Deputy Barb L. for the majority of the pictures and for coordinating ALL of these Finishing Touches that spiff up the place even more.) The sails are in transit from Australia. With the Pineapple express in effect may be they could just unfurl them and send the by “air mail”? We need rain and snow but this wind is pretty scary and it upsets my naps. (Rain and snow are quiet so no objections to them at all, as I am quite snug and dry inside on MY Lobby Counter or on Deanna’s and MY desk.) Anyway right now we are looking for the shade sail installation around the 16th or 17th of February.

Turf is in, poles are up and Sails are on the way.

Turf is in, poles are up and Sails are on the way.

 

Take note; Animal Outreach has a Free Feral Spay Day on 21 FEB 2015. So if you have feral cats that need fixing and live in El Dorado County, now’s the time to get them fixed BEFORE they get pregnant and have kittens.

Lastly a shout our to some of my buds who were adopted last week.

COOL CATS: Puddy, Fiona, Heidi, Aiko, Valentino, Bugzie, Tym, Sarabi, Tartar Sauce, Stitch, Katness, Tuckett, Mattie, Helen & George.

ADOPTED

ADOPTED

DESERVING DOGS: Reba, Lira, Murphy, Westin, Mufin, Polly

ADOPTED!

ADOPTED!

FEATHERED FRIENDS: All three remaining Parakeets

ADOPTED!

ADOPTED!

POCKET PETS?(rabbit): Raider

ADOPTED!

ADOPTED!

ELEGANT EQUINES & A Sheep(listed first): Wooly Wonka, Toffee, Yuri, Suzy, Specks, Tag Along, Drogon, Danni, Marbles, Ariel, Spice

Remember – it is kitten season with new arrivals weekly.

Come check them out!

Come check them out!

Check back next week for news on the Shade Sails and the latest “scoop”. Signing off, MEOWZA – Sheriff Bullet.

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Image IS Everything

Just the Right Look

Just the Right Look

OK, I know, I have been away for 3 weeks plus a bit. My personal protective equipment (PPE) for the construction site finally came in. But, first I had to go to the tailor to get it fitted and then there were some portrait sittings to get just the right look, with the helmet at the right angle, the right look on my face etc. As you will see I was in luck because the Shelter Staff and PAWED Photographers just went through some super duper training over at the Animal Shelter in Amador County and then some follow up work here at our shelter on Placerville Drive. The workshop put on by the Shelter Art Foundation was FREE and they donated over $600 worth of studio equipment to help get great photos of our adoptables. Naturally they all insisted that I be a model for them when they were here at our shelter. I obliged as I know my fans would be disappointed if they did not see how stunning a handsome dude like me looks under these conditions.
There is a little gallery attached here with some pics of yours truly and a few others for comparison. That said you will notice how great this set up makes even the most scruffy of our adoptables look. You can see the “New Look for the New Shelter” in the Friday Mountain Democrat, on the PetHarbor pages for our El Dorado Animal Services, on the PAWED Facebook page, on El Dorado County Animal Services Facebook page and here on my Blog which will feature some of the out take photos. Myself, the other animals, the PAWED photographers and the shelter staff all want to send out a major thank you to Debb Cobb of the Shelter Art Foundation (and her polite canine Abbey) for taking us to the next level.

 

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Bullets 10 Steps to Preparedness – Step Two

Step Two – Situational Preparedness (Advanced Planning)

So hopefully you have your pictures in your phone and your zip-lock bag with some stuff in it. Do not let the kittens play with this bag or they will surely riddle it with little pin holes rendering it something short of waterproof. Find a safe place to cash the emergency supplies. We pets will feel far more secure if our humans are not running around like the proverbial headless chickens – nasty thought. If all the stuff is in one place then you can spend more time seeing to our comfort and perhaps not have to retrieve us from some really difficult hiding place like the middle of under a king-size bed or the interior of a couch. Not speaking from experience here, but just conveying some of the tales I have heard here at the shelter.

So let’s think about situational preparedness.  Don’t wait until the emergency is on the radio and TV, plan now. This is gathering all the information you can about where you live, potential hazards and actions you might take to deal with them significantly in advance of the actual emergency. (Situational awareness is gathering information on current weather and other factors that will influence you actions during or immediately prior to a potential emergency. I will talk about this later, in upcoming blogs.)

You can check here to see El Dorado County’s Emergency Plan. You might also want to check and see if your workplace has an emergency plan. Next use these resources and the internet to determine what types of emergencies are common where you live. I am pretty sure from my late night internet searching that I will never be threatened by a Tsunami or Hurricane. A tornado is not likely but remotely possible. However having experienced them before I know a power outage is quite probable at some point. A building or wildland fire are also possible. As are the threats of localized flooding or a Hazardous materials spill.

The other thing to think about is how long each one of these is going to disrupt normal activities such as naps and chow time. Will you have to leave home or can you shelter in place? (If you plan to shelter in place what preparations need to be made?) Are you going to be away from home for 12 to 24 hours, or might you be displaced for a week or more. It is best to have a 7 day supply of food, water and necessities for the pets and the people too if you are sheltering in place and unable to get to the store or if the disaster affects a whole region. Although it is hard to think about sometimes there is no home to return to after and emergency. My photo albums and photo dvds are on my emergency checklist.

And if you are not sheltering in place how are you going to exit your neighbor hood for each of these types of events. It is best if every neighborhood has at least two ways to exit the area. If you live on a dead end street, is it really a dead end? Can you create another route with some planning and effort? If not, and you cannot shelter in place, you need to evacuate sooner or risk being trapped.

You can benefit from my late night internet work by checking out these useful links:

 http://hazardmitigation.calema.ca.gov/   This website helps you determine your risks and has some good links

http://hazardmitigation.calema.ca.gov/docs/areyouready_full.pdf   This is a 204 page FEMA document that details the step by step process to prepare for any disaster.

And don’t forget to check the PAWED website for some great handouts emergency preparedness for specific types of pets. Clickable links below.

Summary Step Two – Hazard Identification – Advance Hazard Mitigation – Escape Routes – Sheltering in Place

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Bullets 10 Steps to Preparedness – Step One

Step One – Identification & Immunizations

Get a current picture of you and each of your caretakers in the picture with you. Selfie’s are fine as long as your caretakers are in the picture with you and it is of pretty good quality. – I am still perfecting my “Selfie” technique. – In addition to the photo ID, a microchip, or if your ‘that type’, a tattoo, is an excellent idea.  Put a copy of the chip number in each of your caretaker’s smart phones and a hard copy on a card for a wallet or purse. If you are a purebred or hoity- type pet then make sure they get a picture or hard copy of your pedigree and registration or bill of sale. Make a special album or albums on your smart-phone to save all the images in. For the hard copies put them in a water proof bag. No need to get fancy, save your money to buy me some cat treats or a cat hammock, just use a quart or gallon zip-lock bag.

For most lists this identification stuff is step two but you are going to need the ID and records for so many things, not just emergencies so ‘I’ suggest that you do these first.

And let’s talk about this microchip thing. Collars are not so bad for dogs, but even they slip them or loose them. Even we indoor only kitties can get injured, disoriented and lost or go for unplanned rides in vehicles while investigating them. We do not ‘do collars’, except breakaway ones. Microchips are really a cheap insurance policy with a really good success rate for pet recovery. Plus, I don’t need your pets at my shelter disturbing my naps for any longer than absolutely necessary and a chip is the quickest way to reunite you with them.

It is time to get off my soap box and back to the topic. Don’t forget to keep immunizations up to date. Caretakers check with the vet. Caretakers, while you are doing this you can get an updated copy of your pet’s medical record. Do the same for yourself. You are not gonna be much help to your pet if you are sick or quarantined.

OK so lets get too this stuff. Please write me if you have any clever or useful tips to add. At the end I will put all of this information into a single PDF.

Summary of the first step – ID Pictures and Proof of ownership – Microchips – Immunization Update – Medical Records

Next week (March 10th ) more stuff on the New West Slope Animal Shelter

In Two Weeks (March 17th) I will post Step two of Emergency Preparedness for you and your pets.

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Saturday – 04-02-11

I’m exhausted! I didn’t get all my naps today…Saturdays can often be really busy days. ~ We had 4 stray cats come in today. I can’t believe it. More cats!? Three stray dogs were fortunately reunited with their families and that includes that big yellow lab with the heartworms I told you about yesterday. Hopefully the owners get him treated and healthy again. Five more dogs were adopted, woo-hoo! Oh, and “Snowflake” the 8 foot python FINALLY went home along her friend “Slither” the gopher snake.  They were a little worried for awhile because they knew they had an owner, but didn’t understand why they were left here. I had to help explain to them (from a distance of course) that their owner was waiting for her home to get setup properly.  You should have heard the animal cheers from all the cats and rabbits when they were finally out the door! I’ll have to be honest, I cheered right along with them! *yawn* — My eyes are getting very heavy now so I’m going to go catch up on my sleep.

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