No matter what Holiday you celebrate we hope you all have a safe and happy Holiday. It certainly has been a challenging, sad year for everyone. Some of us have lost our loved ones, or our beloved pets. Some have lost their jobs. We hope that 2021 is a brighter, prosperous and healthy New Year for everyone.

As we look back on the past year, we want to THANK the many generous people who have helped NorCal Cocker Rescue continue our mission to help homeless and abused dogs.

November was "Adopt a Senior Dog" month. We get mostly senior dogs from the shelter or owner surrenders -- especially this year. We also have been very fortunate in finding senior dogs homes. Lady Mae, in the photos is 10 years old and was an owner surrender. She has been on a strict diet and has gone from 40 lbs to a svelte 32.5 lbs...so far! Thank you to foster parents John and Pattie who are taking such good care of her.
New Dogs
Cleo was brought to the shelter by her owner to be euthanized. The shelter called us to see if we were interested in rescuing her -- we said yes! We knew she had medical issues and may be another sanctuary dog, but wanted to give her a chance. Cleo is blind and deaf. She is 12 years old. She has the typical appetite of a cocker :-) Cleo may have a few months or a few years - but she will be loved until then.

Toffee was surrendered by a family who could no longer care for him. He looks like a puppy, but he is 11 years old. Toffee had not been to the vet in several years, so needed vaccinations, blood work and a dental. See his adoption news below!
Cruz and Xena are both seniors, both blind, but very much loved by their mom Patty.
Maggie and Molly were adopted by Rocky and Marilyn several years ago. I'm not sure Rocky knew Marilyn was coming home with two dogs, but Maggie and Molly were a bonded pair and are still going strong.
Lady Mae - Before and now!
Griffin is with dad Doug helping out at the Polls in November.
Cooper and Pepper taking a nap together.
Lady Bug is all ready for the rain:-) This sweet little girl was adopted several years ago by Ron and Rosa.
Harper was adopted by Sue earlier this year. Such a happy girl!
Ellen and Robbie taking a walk to get some fresh air in Eureka.
Misty was adopted by Hal and Candice. They can't say enough good things about their sweet girl :-)
Tobi and Charlie, both adorable seniors who are loved by their mom and dad Mike and Sherry.
Charlie - Tobi's brother :-)
Eleven year old Toffee was adopted by Tom and Susie. They also have another cocker Marley. Tom and Susie love the seniors!
Iko found a new home with Mark and Dorian. They say he is settling in just fine. We are so happy for all of them.
Rusty (Chipper) went to live with Daryl and Susan. Rusty quickly claimed his chair! They adopted two other dogs from us that went over Rainbow Bridge. Rusty is another senior boy we rescued.
Cleo! Stephanie adopted Cleo shortly after we rescued her. Stephanie has another black and white cocker who is 13 years old.
A Special Thank You

You know the saying "It Takes a Village" --- Well, it takes a Village of Volunteers to keep NorCal Cocker Rescue going. We have a wonderful group of volunteers who are creative and work hard all year around. I'd like to give a special thank you to:

Diane, Lisa, Michaeline, and Sandy for working all year around sewing and quilting to sell items on our online store. Since COVID, we have not been able to attend any dog events or craft fairs, so now we have our items online to raise funds for our dogs. Karen was an awesome organizer of our two Facebook Sales which raised over $2,800!

Pattie and Kim for posting on social media to tell people about our rescue and our dogs. Pattie posts on Instagram and Kim posts on Facebook. Kim also helps with contacting shelters if they have cockers in need of rescue.

Janet and Diane for reviewing adoption applications and making phone calls and emails to potential adopters.

Michaeline, Diane and Joan also help with transporting dogs, doing home checks.

Finally, to our fosters (we need more!) Sandy, Becky and Janet.

Without our Village of Volunteers, we would not exist. So, THANK YOU!

Sincerely - Joann Reagan - Executive Director

Wilbur was adopted by Stu and Brenda in February of this year. Wilbur is blind and deaf, but he doesn't know it! He has been on over 70 camping trips in their RV. As you can see, Wilbur really knows how to "chill"!
Napping with Dad
Just napping
Keeping Dad company while he reads

We have had so many of our NorCal dogs cross Rainbow Bridge this year. To everyone who has lost their beloved 4-legged companion, we offer our condolences. It has been a rough year, but losing a pet, or a human is heartbreaking - we just wanted to let you know you are in our thoughts.

Our volunteer Joan Christy has moved back to California. Many of you may have met Joan if she transported a dog to you. She is happy to be back with her friends and family. We are glad she is back with NorCal too!
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