NOVEMBER. A good time of year for honoring our mutually beneficial relationships with animals. In Novembers past, we've featured stories expressing gratitude for service and therapy animals who help us everyday, and stories of animals we have helped through difficult times of their own. We thank them for being our companions through good times and bad, and they thank us for our kind stewardship. T o paraphrase the wise words of Mahatma Gandhi, our value as human beings can be measured by how we treat the animals in our midst.. THANK you. To--and from--the animals.
CALENDAR of EVENTS
2016
JANUARY 
ADOPT a WORKOUT
PARTNER

FEBRUARY
ADOPT 'THE ONE'
 
MARCH
SPAY and NEUTER AWARENESS
 
APRIL
TRAP/NEUTER/RELEASE

MAY
Find your MISSING PET
 
JUNE  
FELINE FRENZY

WHISKERS & WINE 
Friday  the 17th
 
JULY 
ADOPT a SENIOR PET

AUGUST
$9 for 9 LIVES for 9 DAYS

SEPTEMBER 
ADOPT your MVP

BARK in the PARK
Saturday the 24th

OCTOBER  
ORANGE & BLACK
All Treats, no Tricks

NOVEMBER  
GIVING THANKS 
Animals and their people

DECEMBER  
Bring JOY to your WORLD
LINKS
the WASHINGTON POST

PAWS for LIFE & KARMA RESCUE
YOUR PET'S HEALTH
CARE.com
MY NEW HOME: from Sam

Hi, hi, hi, my name is Sam and I am a good dog. Did I mention that I am a Border Collie? That makes me a busy, busy boy.

I loved my family and they loved me. The problem was, when they went to work they'd tie me up in the yard. I get bored easily, so I'd just slip out of my collar and run to where I could find people and other dogs--I love people and dogs!

Sometimes, I'd stay gone for days. Kind humans always took me to the shelter, where the caring staff would check me in and get me settled. I was what they called a "frequent flier". Many times I visited there, and every time my family would come to get me back.

My friend Andrea at the shelter got to know me well and mentioned to my family that someone
she knew, who lived on a ranch where there are always many things to be done, was  interested in me. The next time I had to be reclaimed, my Dad made the tough decision to give  me up to this new family. He cared so much for me that he paid my shelter fee one last time,  and headed out with me to my new home, so that he could be sure I would be happy and loved  there.

Everything went well at first, until I became bored again in my new backyard. I found a weak
spot in the fence, and off I ran. This time, though, I had my collar on with the contact
information for my new family. They were able to come and get me right away. I confess, I
escaped one more time before I realized, Wait. I HAVE A JOB TO DO HERE! My new family
is counting on me to work for them.

I have to break up cat fights, I watch over the chickens when they are allowed to roam, and I
really like to watch the cows. My favorite thing of all is to greet visitors. I can be found hanging
out on the deck or front porch during the day. At night, I have my own comfy bed. At first, I was
squeezing myself into the tiny bed of my new small-breed dog-sister. My new family would just
laugh and laugh, but  she was not amused.

I really am happy in my new home and am so grateful Andrea was looking out for me. I have
decided to stay in my new home where I am wanted and needed. I may be 10 years old, but as
I said, I'm a busy boy and happy to have a home with so many jobs to do. I need to get  to work now, the chickens are out and I am on watch duty.
Spotlight on Staff: ERIC MIKKELSON
Problem Solver. 

That is how Eric Mikkelson describes his job at Amador County Animal Control & Adoption Center. Being able to calm a scared dog or help neighbors resolve animal-related disputes are just a couple of reasons Eric loves working at the shelter. 

Originally from the Bay Area, Eric grew up in Calaveras County. He worked for an Animal Control in Iowa for seven years, making his way up to the rank of Animal Control Officer before moving back to Amador County. He maintained a job at Napa Auto Parts while campaigning to be hired by Amador County's Animal Control.

Eric is the second longest-term employee at our shelter, he has been here for 15 years. As Animal Control Officer II, he sees his job having three distinct parts: Public Safety, Animal Safety and Nuisances. Public Safety includes rabies control and prevention, handling aggressive animals and retrieving loose livestock. Animal Safety involves helping injured or neglected animals. Nuisances, like barking dogs, are the problems he especially likes to solve. 

Eric has many interests, but travel is high on the list. He would like to see more of the United States and there might be trip to Australia and New Zealand in his future.

CATS, CATS, CATS and KITTENS, too.


ACAC & AC is experiencing an unusual surge in cat population this fall. So much so, that we've had to suspend non-emergency owner turn-ins until homes can be found for the cats already here. If you've been thinking about adopting a kitty, now is a great time to do it. Many of our current long-term feline residents can be adopted for a special fee of $20. 
SYBIL: A slightly special-needs kitty from APAL


DO YOU HAVE A GREAT ADOPTION STORY FROM OUR SHELTER? 
We'd love to hear from you. Send your story, with photos if you have them, to Lisa Peterson.
petreher1@yahoo.com


MUTUAL RESCUE: Eric and Peety
an inspiring story of another "ordinary" shelter adoption
 



Help us build our BARN
PHASE 2 of the original building plan for ACAC & AC's new facility called for a barn. That part of the plan was set aside once PHASE 1 was completed, until a recent endowment from the estate of a local and generous animal benefactor got things moving again. Specifications for the new barn are being reviewed now, but more money will be needed to get it built. If you would like to help, you can make a tax-deductible donation to the Amador County Community Foundation, and specify in writing that it is for the Amador County Animal Control BARN. Donations can also be made online at the Amador Community Foundation website.

If you have questions, contact the Foundation at 209.223.2148.


Thinking of being a VOLUNTEER?
If you would like to join the dedicated ranks of volunteers at Amador County Animal Control & Adoption Center, you can view or print a Volunteer Application here , on the Amador County Website.  Final applications must be submitted on the county's original pink form, so you will need to pick up an original at Amador County Animal Control & Adoption Center, 12340 Airport Road, in Martell. They will walk you through the process.










Funny? Beautiful? Adorable?
If you have a great animal-related photo, 
we would love to share it. Send it to 
Sabeth Ireland , and we will post it here.
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