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             2011 year-end newsletter

Winter 2011

                 From a stellar bookstore run entirely by volunteers to multiple animal investigations, seizures, rescues, adoptions, and so much more, 2011 has been one of the busiest for both “sister” nonprofits— Friends of the Placer County Animal Shelter (“Friends”) and the Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills (“HSSF”).

The Year in a Nutshell

                 The bookstore celebrated its first anniversary in April.  Steady book sales have helped both organizations with their operating expenses—everything from food, shelter, veterinary care, and medical supplies.

                 In July, after learning that animals were living (and dying) in deplorable conditions on a rural Loomis property, HSSF Humane Officers followed legal protocol to seize dogs, goats, sheep, pigs and a cockatiel.  All 76 animals received medical attention, but some were simply too ill to survive (infections, parasites, Parvo, etc.).  Shortly after the seizure, the animals that were pregnant at the time eventually gave birth.  The numbers grew with puppies, kids, and even lambs.           

                 Did you know that the gestation period for a goats is five months?  A majority of the animals have new families, but a few still remain in foster care.  Room, board,

and veterinary care climbed to nearly $30,000.  It was worth every cent because we won’t rest until they have all gone on to wonderful homes to live quality lives—we also know that’s what you expect from us.  (It’s now in the hands of the District Attorney’s office.)

                 In October HSSF assisted 57 special needs animals including dogs, goats, horses, sheep, cows, and pigs who could no longer be cared for at a sanctuary that had fallen on hard times.  Again, HSSF found foster and permanent homes and pasture for almost all the animals, and will continue to care for them until they are adopted. 

Other Rescues and Action on Behalf of Animals

                 The large rescue operations mentioned above have taken a great deal of energy and resources, but there are many other smaller calls that HSSF responds to with positive results.

                 Earlier in the year 20 cats between the ages of 2 and 4 years were removed from a less-than-ideal situation.  After being examined and treated by veterinarians, homes were found for all.  None of those would have been rescued or found new homes without your help and support. 

                 HSSF was first to offer a reward for the apprehension and conviction of the person(s) responsible for extreme animal abuse on three separate incidents.  Although the perpetrators of these crimes were never apprehended, HSSF remains on the front lines to stop such abject cruelty.

                 Citizens continue to call to us to report potential neglect or abuse, and are to be commended for doing do.  Whether it’s livestock or house pets, people are concerned enough to take action when it comes to animal cruelty.  Often informing owners of their legal animal welfare obligations as well as steps they need to take to remedy the situation suffices, in which case, no citations are necessary.  However, if there is reluctance or refusal to properly care for animals, then HSSF humane officers are authorized to cite offenders.  Our humane officers are professionals who often contend with highly emotional situations.  They conduct follow-up checks, and work for the best outcome for animals.

 Gratitude Galore!

                 We send our heartfelt thanks to all the organizations and individuals who stepped up to help with animal placements from many of HSSF’s enforcement activities. 

                 We want to publicly thank the wonderful organizations that assisted HSSF with animal rescues this year.  Our heroes include:  Tony LaRussa’s ARF, City of Folsom Animal Services, Animal Spay and Neuter, North Fork Veterinary Clinic, Animal Medical Center, Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic and Loomis Basin Large Animal Hospital, Foothill Fosters, The Grace Foundation, Great Dane Rescue of Northern CA, German Shepherd Rescue, Drs. Hunt, Carlson, Schule, Wooden, Reich, Pride-Clark, Goss, Jackson and Dill.  Many local retailers offered gift certificates and discounts both to HSSF for animal feed and to those who adopted animals.  Be sure to let these retailers know how much you appreciate their generosity:  Foothill Feed, Douglas Ranch Supply, Incredible Pets, Diamond in the Ruff Pet Spa, Pet Crossing, PetSmart and PETCO were huge invaluable players. 

                 We also thank the many individuals who helped foster animals until they were well enough to be adopted.

                 These rescue operations are very expensive—shelter, food, medical expenses, veterinary care and farrier services have increased our operating expenses in  2011.  We rely on your donations and generosity of other organizations, but we couldn’t operate if it weren’t for our volunteers.  Our bookstore sales and the dedicated volunteers who keep it running provide the foundation for both Friends of Placer County Animal Shelter and Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills operations.  We are eternally grateful!

Help Keep Us Working for Animals  

                 Our humane officers’ work is ongoing, as are our expenses.  This year we are asking our supporters to consider a regular, monthly donation which would help our operations immensely.  We hope you will consider making a generous donation or consider an ongoing, monthly donation.  We hope we can count on your $25 a month (or any amount!) to support the work of HSSF and its humane officers in their efforts to stop animal cruelty.

                 We wish you a very happy holiday season and joyous new year.                                                

 

Board of Directors for Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills and

Board of Directors for Friends of Placer County Animal Shelter

"Crystal"

Thanks for

helping  me

“Crystal”

Loomis Rescue