13420 Lincoln Way s Auburn, CA 95603 s 530.823.6828                                   www.AnimalPlace.com

             Strength in Partnerships

Winter 2010

                 We’ve Moved — that’s right, we will officially be closing the Cat House  at the end of  2010 and complete the consolidation of that adoption center into our book store.  The move makes financial sense and gives us renewed visibility in a high-traffic shopping center — all the better to find homes for our homeless animals and generate income from book sales.

             The success of our used book store in Auburn has helped us weather the storm of financial difficulties during these tough economic times.  Since April, volunteers have been hard at work keeping the store open seven days a week from 10AM-6PM.  We estimate that we sell 7,000-8,000 books a month.  In addition to the book sales, we’ve added an area for gently used items and constructed a few enclosures for our four legged felines that need a temporary place to call home. As long as our lucky stars stay aligned, we’ll be calling this place our temporary home until the landlord finds a permanent tenant. 

             The FRIENDS organization is increasing its involvement in animal welfare issues in cooperation with our sister organization the Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills (HSSF).  As

this partnership develops to bring together both animal rescue aid and prevention of animal abuse and neglect through anti-cruelty investigations our strength continues to be your support for our programs.  We’ve hired a full-time Humane Officer and revamped our Reward Fund program for crimes against animals by increasing the size of the reward.  Our hope is a little seed money might loosen some tight lips to assist in bringing forward people with vital information to help prosecute animal abusers. 

             We continue to participate in community education efforts with another Let’s Talk seminar scheduled for Spring 2011.  This program will talk about the connection between animal abuse and domestic violence.  Be sure to watch our website for more details. 

             In 2010, we were happy to participate in a partnership with Animal Spay and Neuter Clinic and AAARF and funded by Placer County Animal Trust Fund to conduct targeted spay and neuter services for animals owned by low income people and residents of mobile home parks throughout Placer County.  It’s important to keep addressing this need, and combining our resources helps us penetrate deeper into the areas that need assistance.  Even though most of our readers have understood for years how fundamental spaying and neutering is to an animals well-being with the ultimate goal of reducing the unwanted pet population, the fact remains that every single surgery is a major step!  Placer is so fortunate to have Animal Spay and Neuter Clinic as a low-cost resource, and we are determined to keep it busy! 

             More partnerships on the horizon — We are exploring the idea of sharing an advisory board that will bridge the Friends organization and the Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills.  An advisory board is different from a board of directors.  The advisory board would be more like ambassadors to the community, keeping us advised about what is important to our constituencies and giving our organizations more "exposure."  If you are interested in participating, please contact us. 

             And while we can aspire to help more animals and bring more community programs forward its really your donations that accomplish these amazing things.  We hope you will continue to support our work through your donations, adoptions of our animals and our book sale fundraiser.

             So before I sign off, I want to invite everyone to our holiday Open House on Friday December 10th at 6:30PM at our new location —13420 Lincoln Way, Auburn.  There is a cover charge to attend this event.  We’re asking everyone to bring two dozen cookies or your favorite baked sweets.  We’ll supply the cider and coffee.

             We wish you a happy holiday season filled with fond memories and good cheer. 

Rosemary Frieborn