“I’m one of the lucky ones. I was saved from a life of misery in an illegal puppy mill when HSSF Humane Officers rescued over 50 of us a few months ago.”
“We were kept in a dilapidated “barn” with no natural light and a stench so strong it made us feel sick and irritated our eyes. We were meant to live forever in wire cages that hurt our feet, or crates. Our puppy mill females were bred to bear as many puppies as possible for the perpetrators to profit by selling our puppies under false pretenses.”“After we were rescued, we (I and the other RPM’s – Recovering Puppy Millers) were all medically examined by HSSF veterinarians and treated for a wide assortment of ailments associated with puppy mill operations where making money is most important. Then the best thing happened – we were placed in actual homes to be trained, socialized, and to learn what life in a loving home can be.”
“Here’s hoping my other RPM buddies and I get our forever homes soon!”
Published in Style Magazine – Roseville Granite Bay Rocklin, on April 27, 2016. By Tara Mendanha // Photo by Dante Fontana.
HSSF enforces California’s anti-cruelty laws through “humane officers” who are trained, sworn personnel appointed by the Superior Court that have the power to issue citations, make arrests and conduct searches if necessary, to prevent animal abuse anywhere in California. The nonprofit is a sister organization of Friends of Placer County Animal Shelter, and has rescued and rehabilitated countless animals through medical attention and legal services. “[It’s] most satisfying when a neglected or abused animal situation is turned around and corrected so that the animal can live out its life without suffering,” says Marilyn Jasper, president of HSSF’s board of directors.
According to Rosemary Frieborn, executive director and humane officer, the penal code states that “failure to provide medical care placing the animal at a high risk of great bodily injury or death” is a felony; and a misdemeanor means that “although the animal was not at high risk of great bodily injury or death, the acts or omissions on the part of this animal’s caretaker could have foreseeably caused danger to this animal’s life.”
When HSSF receives a complaint, they contact agencies like animal services/control, to make sure no one else is working the case. Then, a humane officer verifies the validity of the complaint, contacts the owner and educates them on making corrections to improve the animal’s condition. With the owner’s cooperation, treatment is prescribed and when conditions improve, the case is closed. On refusal to comply, a citation may be issued, search warrant obtained and the animals may be seized. A citation filed with the District Attorney’s office for criminal prosecution may result in the owner paying for rehab expenses or relinquishing the animals to HSSF, who then nurtures and trains them for adoption and selects suitable homes, before the case is closed.
HSSF’s success stories are vast and varied—having seized 76 animals from horrific conditions in Loomis and seven horses in Lincoln, along with 10 cats, two ponies, llamas and exotic birds. Usually, the most common occurrence is the deterioration of these animals as a result of neglect. “Study after study has confirmed a direct link between animal abuse and human abuse. When young people are indoctrinated into believing that animals are a commodity, or are disposable (or worse), and can be treated as such, it is a recipe for future human abuse as well,” shares Jasper, making their work all the more significant.
With a workforce of two humane officers (only humane societies and SPCAs can have court-certified humane officers) and over 100 dedicated volunteers, HSSF also works closely with veterinarians, trainers and lawyers. “Our love of animals instills a responsibility to protect those that cannot speak for themselves. We refuse to walk away or ignore an animal that is being mistreated, unintentionally or otherwise,” asserts Jasper, proving HSSF is a champion for our two- and four-legged furry, hooved and winged friends.
As we begin to celebrate our 7th year anniversary of protecting animals from cruelty, we earmarked 2016 as the year to increase our operating revenue to sustain and improve our current programs while we continue to grow.
With your help, we will open a resale store next to our very popular book store – we know the new store will be just as popular as the book store. From now until February 21st, donations of quality items are needed to fill the store and get it ready for a Grand Opening. Tax deductible donations can be dropped off daily 10am-6pm.
Rescuing animals from cruelty and neglect comes with an incredibly high price tag, but that isn’t going to stop us from helping helpless animals. From intense veterinary care, special nutrition needs for animals in very poor condition, and rehab training for potential adoption, to the cost of legal representation, it’s no wonder HSSF is the ONLY organization in the region with court-certified Humane Officers doing this important work.
Where: 13416 Lincoln Way, Auburn
(next to the HSSF Used Bookstore)
When: Coming Soon
Drop off 10-6 daily.
UPDATE – Pee Wee Goes Home!!
Truly amazing… that’s what you are. After our newsletter telling you of Pee Wee’s plight, we received oodles of messages wishing him good health and a speedy recovery. Those who couldn’t give him a home, reached into their pockets and made a donation to help with the costs of his medical care.
But the very best gift of all, was the offer from a wonderful horse owner to provide Pee Wee with a forever home. Yep, we are so fortunate to be surrounded by truly amazing folks. Thank you for reaching out to help us and a special thanks from Pee Wee.
Meanwhile, he’s is making a remarkable recovery, gaining weight with each passing day.
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In this season of giving and good cheer, we’re reaching out to our friends nearby to ask you to consider giving a home to a very special horse. Pee Wee is a grey dappled gelding about 24 years old. He is 16.2hh and currently weighs about 888 pounds – he should weigh around 1,100 pounds. We’re sure Pee Wee was once someone’s noble mount whose only fault that couldn’t be overcome, was getting old.
The good news is our veterinarian is confident that with proper nutrition, hoof care and dental work, Pee Wee will once again radiate good health. But just to confirm his exam, we’re waiting for the results of blood work.
HSSF will pay the costs to rehabilitate Pee Wee IF we have a forever home for him. That’s right, we will be with you every step of Pee Wee’s journey until he makes a full recovery. There are few better satisfactions in this world than helping an animal in miserable condition such as Pee Wee, recover from the horrible neglect he has endured.
Please contact us if you are able to give Pee Wee a new home; if unable, please share this message with your circle of friends. Together, we will find him a special place.