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February...and a young (or old) man's (or woman's) fancy turns to thoughts of LOVE. Here at Amador County Animal Control & Adoption Center, we have cats (young and old) and dogs (large and small) to fill that space in your heart as only the love of an animal can do. This month's newsletter features love connections made between animals and people who have found their true loves right here in this county, in this shelter. If you have room in you heart for a new animal pal, look no further. Come on down and meet your destiny. ADOPT the one!



Friday the 24th
at the Feed Barn

Saturday the 1st
at the Paws Center

Saturday the 8th
at the Paws Center


Friday the 19th at  Jackson Rancheria


$9 for 9 LIVES for 9 DAYS


at American Legion Hall

BARK in the PARK 
Saturday the 30th at Detert Park, Jackson

All Treats, no Tricks

Animals and their people

Bring JOY to your WORLD

Saturday the 2nd
at the Feed Barn
Certain peanut butter and other nut butters can be dangerous to your dog.
Love Letter I: JAN + DIESEL: Furever yours

Diesel has been a part of our family for over 11 years.  Because he had emotional issues, he was made available for adoption through Margaret Blair's Second Chance Dog Rescue Program. We were told he was a young dog with a very old soul. That describes him well. He had been abused in his past by a man who was a workman. As a result, he was not only afraid of men but also of tools, ladders, and trucks. He is great, though, with children and other dogs, and he has no food issues. Even though he still has fears
, once you gain his trust, he blesses you with long, slow kisses and his large head in your lap. Diesel is a smart, loyal, and loving companion, and we are honored to be his forever family.

Love Letter II: SUE + SAMMY = Girls...er...BOYS just wanna have fun
ACAC & AC staff asked me to take Sammie after every effort to save her had been tried and still she was an emaciated  six pounds. No one was sure this cat would survive.  Sammie could not hold down food and was painfully thin for an adult cat, crying constantly and struggling to cling to life.

It is always amazing what intensive home care, a combination of good food, proper medication and, of course, LOVE can do to heal these special cats. Slowly, Sammie began to take and hold down small amounts of food. Her crying lessened and she was clearly turning the corner. 

Once she reached nine pounds, it was time for her to go to the vet to be spayed. A few hours after I took her to Jackson Creek Veterinary Hospital, they called and told me they had good news. Sammie did not need to be spayed because he was a neutered male. We got a good laugh out of this and of course I blamed it on the shelter, who had given me my Sammie as an intact female.  And, of course, Sammie was not going anywhere because he had found his home and stolen my heart.   SUE M.
MADELINE + SANDY: Greater than the sum of their parts

It isn't every day that such wonderful things happen, even at our Adoption Center. Madeline, a sweet-faced black pitty, arrived here with an old injury to her right foreleg that had been ignored. As a result, she carried her useless limb raised across her chest--unable to put weight on it. It was not painful, but awkward. The nerves in her paw tingled and irritated her so that she chewed and licked at it obsessively. Because she was injuring her paw, and because the affected muscles had atrophied, it was decided the limb should be amputated at the shoulder. Dogs of Madeline's size and youth do remarkably well on three legs, and she recovered in record time. Now, all that was needed was the perfect home. Enter: SANDY.

Sandy's health issues make it necessary for her to use a walker most of the time. Three-legged dog + six-legged woman = BINGO! Madeline instinctively understood that she should walk quietly behind Sandy's walker while underway and rest at her mistress's feet, under the walker, when standing still. Sandy has plans to get Service Dog or Therapy Dog certification for Maddie in the near future. Together, these two promise to be a Love Story for the ages.
JASMINE + CAROLYN + SYBIL + CAROLYN: Why can't we go on as 3?

Special Cats get a Special Home
Jasmine is a beautiful 10 year old Siamese cat whose owner died. A-PAL took her from the shelter and adopted her to two homes where it just did not work out.
Jasmine was a sweetheart, but she had arthritis and needed medication and a patient owner. She was treated by Dr. Alison Pillsbury who believed Jasmine should get another chance at a forever home. We believe she has found that home with Carolyn.

Sybil came to A-PAL as a very chubby 2-year-old cat with badly scarred eyes. We discovered that she was having even more eye trouble from painful glaucoma. Her eyes were removed by Dr. Alison.
We worried Sybil would have difficulty without her eyes, but she has shown us how well she can maneuver. She is jumping up on perches and finding all the essentials; food, water and her litter box.
When Carolyn said she would consider TWO special needs cats, we began introducing these two, who had been in our care for so long. In a very brief period of time, they had agreed to tolerate each other. Could this be the beginning of a beautiful friendship?

Heartfelt thanks to the many people who supported A-PAL and these cats along their journey. We so appreciate loving people like Carolyn, who are willing to share space in their homes and in their hearts for these special cats.
With the belief that there is a home for every cat, we can work to SAVE THEM ALL.
For more information please visit www.pawspartners.org or call 209.223.0410.

We'd love to hear from you. Send your story, with photos if you have them, to Lisa Peterson.

Spotlight on Staff: JENNIFER MASON
Rancher. World Traveler. Animal Control Officer. All of these descriptions fit Jennifer Mason.

Jennifer's official title is "Part-time Animal Control Officer I". She has been working for Amador County Animal Control since 2003. Jennifer found out about the job from a friend and thought she would give it a try for a year or two. Almost 14 years later, she is still here!

Born and raised in Amador County, Jennifer grew up on the family ranch outside Plymouth. Her father was a ranch manager and veterinarian. The ranch now has 60 cows, numerous sheep, and paint horses. Jennifer shows cattle, transporting them to shows throughout the United States.

Jennifer loves to travel. She has seen the Lipizzaner horses in Vienna, loved the architecture in Venice and has spent time in China. Australia is next on her list of places to visit.

You have to be a people person, Jennifer says, to be an Animal Control Officer--so much of the job is public relations. She works with individuals and families, educating them about the various regulations pertaining to animal ownership. It is not so much enforcement as it is being empathetic, finding solutions that work for everyone.

Jennifer thinks our shelter is wonderful. She feels it is the combination of staff and volunteers that make it so successful. We agree and are glad that Jennifer decided to give us a try all those years ago.

Funny? Beautiful? Adorable? 
We would love to see your animal-related photos. 
Send them to Sabeth Ireland  and we will share them .
Thinking of becoming a VOLUNTEER?
We are always looking for volunteer help at Amador County Animal Control & Adoption Center. I f you think you'd like to join our ranks, Drop in to the shelter at 12340 Airport Road in Martell and request a volunteer application. You can review  the  APPLICATION for VOLUNTEER WORKER  used by the county .here. You will need to fill out a pink copy, available at the shelter.
Help us build our BARN
PHASE 2 of the original building plan for ACAC & AC's new facility called for a barn. That project has stayed on the shelf since the shelter was completed (in 2005), until a recent endowment from the estate of a local and generous animal benefactor got things moving again. Look for an article in an upcoming Newsletter on the past, present, and future of this project, plus details on how you can help get our barn built.