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December 11, 2011

Usually it is pretty quiet around the Shelter on a Sunday and I can get some serious handsome sleep, but not today. PAWED – that is People for Animal Welfare in El DoradoCounty– was here to train 17 yes 17 new volunteers. Let’s just say there were people everywhere doing all kinds of stuff and clearly it was not a time to nap. I don’t know much about technology other than the computer and projector things produce quite a bit of hot air and make a great place for napping if things are actually quiet. Anyway they had a computer and this big fabric thing that they showed pictures on that came out of this other heat emitting devise that was white. It was not very interesting to me but the humans seemed to like it and hey that’s 17 more laps for me to sit in and 34 more sets of hands to pet me so life is lookin’ pretty good. Next week I go on the hunt for some deputies to roam the county for me and report in on fosters, Animal Outreach and adopted pets that are livin’ the good life in their new homes.

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Monday – 08-08-11

Meow-zah! “Parker” the Chihuahua finally got adopted! Fortunately for him, his adoption was paid for by a PAWED member.  Those PAWED members never cease to amaze me! They have shown to have great big hearts and make such a huge impact on the lives of my companion animal friends here at the shelter AND out in our community.  In fact, I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but PAWED even took their big mobile clinic to Georgetown, CA where they spent a day with many volunteers providing spay and neuter services to dogs for only $10!  Double meow-zee!! I sure wish I could have been there to see that because I heard it was so incredibly successful that they will be doing it again in a couple weeks!!  I did hear some of the volunteers talking about needing some fleece blankets (4′ x 5′) for use in future clinics to pad the bottom of crates and cover recovering dogs. So if you have some you are willing to donate, you could drop them off at the PAWED office. I’m sure they would really appreciate it.

PAWED Mobile Clinic in Georgetown

PAWED's Big Mobile Clinic Parked in Georgetown

Meow! Guess I digressed a bit. 😉  Anyway, we just had a few of the most adorable Jack Russel Terrier mix puppies (Lucy, Jack and Diane) get adopted. Yippee! And the sweet pitbull “Davine” that recently got put on medical hold after getting sick is now ‘released’ from medical hold by the vet.  But something really ‘cat-cool’ happened…her foster family decided to adopt her. Woo-hoo for Davine! I’m quite sure it was her natural charm oozing with sweetness! Her new name is Dagny and I’m so glad that she found her forever home! ~ “Victor” the playful and smart lab mix was also adopted too, but sadly he was returned because his adoptive sister apparently didn’t like him playing with toys. 😦 And if anybody knows Victor, well they know he’s a dog that loves to play with toys. You know, the kind of dog with owners that love going to pet stores without walking out with a new toy as payment for receiving that ‘canine-smile’ of sheer joy they get in return! I’m really keeping my paws crossed that he finds his permanent forever home soon because he really is nice boy (for a dog anyway) and loves to ‘please’ if you play with him.

Victor Needs a Home!

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Saturday – 06-25-11

So today I thought I would work on my customer service skills. I decided to sit behind the counter and greet potential new companion animal owners. I thought that with my charm and good looks people could see the potential of any of the wonderful pets we have available.  What do you think?

Bullet behind the counter.

Hello, may I help you?

Right now we have a total of 11 dogs in foster homes! Out of the 11 dogs being fostered, 8 are puppies and 2 are going through heartworm treatment. Another one is with the vet who treated her ear ailment, and the other one is “Pivet.” Pivot is this cute little black and white mix who has been at the shelter for a very long time.  I could tell by the change in his behavior that he needed some time away from the shelter. Unfortunately it could be particularly tough on the spirit of a dog when they spend too much time in a shelter so being fostered will be kind of like a vacation for him.

We also have a whopping total of 56 kittens in foster care, along with 2 mommies! “Holy Meow-zah!” Kittens are all around everywhere. Twelve are also up for adoption and 12 more kittens are waiting for either spay/neuter or for foster homes. ~ My friend “Sombrero” has been here since April. I really wish I we could find him a forever home. I’m really keeping my paws crossed for him. He has beautiful soft, black and white fur and plays energetically with other kitties. He so deserves to be in a permanent home and family to warm up to. He likes to play with the other kitten in his kennel and enjoys rough and tumble play.

And finally “Mason” the pitbull mix was adopted! His new adoptive brother knows an amazing 30 commands and tricks! He will definitely get some mental challenge learning the commands his new brother already knows. Hurray for Mason!

Mason

Mason found a home!

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Saturday – 05-28-11

Woo-hoo! We had two kittens adopted, “Sunnydelight” and “Khloe,” along with “Dewey” a big orange tabby cat. “Chloe” a yellow lab mix was also adopted. She has been in our shelter quite a few times because she likes to run off and socialize. Can’t say that I blame her.  I’m keeping my paws crossed that this will be the last time I see her in here.  It’s nothing personal, but she really needs to be in a stable home. 🙂  In addition to Chloe, we had five other little dogs adopted.  “Maxine” a cute Terrier, “Gloria” an adorably plumb Shih Tzu, “Percy” the perky pug, “Sully” the silky, long-haired Chihuahua, “Meeka” a bouncy Jack Russell Terrier, and “Sasha” the pretty Border Collier mix puppy!!! Wow! This makes me VERY happy! 🙂

“Kendall” an 8-year old pit bull who apparently went through a recent surgery to remove cancer found herself in our shelter. Fortunately for her, her mom came in to look for her.  You should have seen the frantic look on her mom’s face. She was ecstatic when she saw Kendall. (I love reunions!)  *sigh* Her mom said it seems that Kendall wants to “experience life” after her “near-death” experience with cancer because only now after her recent surgery has she begun to wander. Goes to show you that even animals understand that life is short so we need to make the best of it and live in the moment!  Meow!! 😉

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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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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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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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Saturday – 04-30-11

Well what a surprise (sarcastically), it’s another busy Saturday!  And last night we had one stray hound come in that I thought was going to be able to go home this morning when her owner came in to get her.  Sadly for her the owner couldn’t afford the fees to get her back so she had to stay here. 😦  My animal friends don’t understand why they don’t get to go home when their loved ones come in to get them only to see them turn around and leave them because they can’t afford the new fees. It’s been happening quite often these days. In fact, in addition to this hound, I saw the owner of the two Pitbull strays that have been here a few days finally come in to claim them, but again couldn’t afford the fees to be able to take them home…so they too are still here.  It’s a bit distressing knowing my animal friends are not being returned in instances where they have a family that loves them but for financial reasons prevent them from being reunited.  ~ I also saw Zephyr, a Chihuahua that was adopted from here only a couple of months ago returned to our shelter. He was apparently given away yesterday via a local paper by the person who adopted him. Pfh!  The lady who took him from the original person that adopted him ended up not being able to keep him and turned around and surrendered him to us! You should have seen the confused look on his face as he was being taken to the back kennel area. Poor lil’ guy. ~ We also had one stray dog with no ID come in and one injured, neglected and emaciated stray Pitbull. I got this big lump in my throat when I saw how much pain that “pitty” was feeling. 😦 She was taken immediately to the vet, but sadly I heard she was too far gone for the vet to save.  She has left this world now, but at least she’s not in pain anymore. One can only hope that she’s gone to some doggy heaven or something, right? Well, on a happier note, “Chloe” the Border Collie that came in yesterday went home today! She was happily wagging her doggy tail on her way out the door! Yay! And lots of dogs got adopted and went to their new homes too. Let’s see…there was Benny, young Clarabelle, Eggo, Enzo, Shelly, AND…drum roll please..my doggy buddy, Bailey!!! Hurray for Bailey!  Bailey has been here for quite some time so knowing Bailey goes to his new forever home made my whole day!!

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Sunday – 04-24-11

HAPPY EASTER! I know I don’t normally post on Sundays, but you should know that we still do a lot of work around here even on the days we are closed to the public. Cages and kennels still need to be cleaned and animals need to be fed and cared for everyday of the week. ~ So today I give thanks to PAWED volunteers who chose to spend their Easter morning with us and other volunteers who also stopped by for awhile to help out! It’s so awesome that we have such dedicated volunteers who think about all our homeless pets enough to come to our shelter and help us even on a holiday! And Jazzmine, the sweet Rottweiler even got to go have Easter dinner with one of our staff. That lucky girl!  ~ I only have one complaint about today and that is that staff actually attempted to dress me up in ridiculous bunny ears and teeth! I don’t know what they were thinking?! I’m way too sophisticated for such nonsense. As soon as I saw what was coming I stiffened up, wiggled and pushed my way out of that situation! I have too much ‘cattitude’ for that. Now my friend Ricky on the other hand? Well, this photo says it all! Better him than me. 😉

Ricky Rabbit

Ricky Rabbit!

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Saturday – 04-23-11

Saturdays can be extra crazy and today, well, it was!! The shelter was worrisomely short-staffed today in comparison to all the work that needed to get done.  I even found myself feeling overwhelmed and concerned watching the chaos of the few staff and volunteers we had to get all the animals taken care of, including all the cleaning, feeding, and getting all the dogs out to relieve themselves and exercised! Dogs aren’t like us cats. It is true that they require more work than us cats and their behavior in the shelter are often misunderstood.  So it’s a good thing those PAWED volunteers showed up to help us!! I don’t know what we would do without them! ~ Today we had two Chihuahuas that came in late last night go home first thing this morning! Koda the Husky also went home today and 3 out of 6 stray dogs that came in today also went home. Woo-hoo! That’s why it’s always good to contact us as soon as you know you have either lost or found a pet. We keep those reports in our office in hopes of reconnecting companion animals with their family.  ~ Both Jaycee and Lila went to their new families today! I had just mentioned Lila in yesterday’s post as being brought back after being adopted. Fortunately, that American Bulldog gets another chance to finding a forever home and only had to stay here again for less than 24 hours! Yessss! ~ Sweet Maggie, the Shepherd mix that was originally surrendered because her owners moved to a place that doesn’t allow pets, was adopted and will be going to her new home on Monday! I’m so pleased for her that everything worked out. Older dogs have a harder time finding homes even though there are lots of advantages to adopting an older dog. ~ We had one Dachshund surrendered for killing her owners pet rabbits. Oh my! And Burton, a white and blue merle coated Catahoula Leopard Hound mix puppy WAS going to get adopted today until the adopting family discovered they couldn’t afford the increased license fee for their other dog. 😦 That’s not a good thing. But, we also had lots of visitors today and for me that means lots of attention!! 🙂

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