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ADOPT a workout partner

2020 is out of the gate with a bang. But the year is still young, so how about an exercise program with your new pet, the one you just might find at ACAC & AC? See our  JANUARY 2018  issue for a wealth of fun and challenging things to keep you and your new pard on the right track to a healthy lifestyle.


exercise LOVE in the new year

Meanwhile February, the month of love, is almost over but the love itself is always available. It's never too late to ADOPT the ONE. As any veteran pet lover can attest, that ONE often has a way of falling right into your lap when you least expect it. Still, you are permitted to assist the fates by marching that lap over to Amador County Animal Control & Adoption Center, where many 'ones' of all shapes and sizes are waiting to climb into it. 
2019 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
JANUARY | FEBRUARY
SHELTER PETS ROCK
adopt a workout partner
adopt "the one"

MARCH | APRIL
NO LITTERING
spay & neuter awareness  
trap | neuter | release

MAY | JUNE
CATS!
$9 for 9 lives for 9 days

whiskers & wine
FRIDAY MAY 8th, JACKSON RANCHERIA  

feline frenzy


JULY | AUGUST
VIVA 'VINTAGE' PETS  
adopt a senior pet


SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER
DOGS!  
adopt your MVP

paws & claws (TCWC)
FRIDAY SEP 18th, AMERICAN LEGION HALL
bark in the park  
SATURDAY SEP 26th, DETERT PARK | JACKSON  


NOVEMBER | DECEMBER
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
thanks   
bring joy to your world

santa paws
FRIDAY DEC 8th, THE FEED BARN | JACKSON
STROODLE: a testimony to loving kindness
A-PAL: 20 years | 10,000 lives
PABLO PICASSO: Cubist face | Romantic heart
Working and volunteering at the county animal shelter has its challenges. Often, these can be downright discouraging for those devoted to the well-being of animals. Naturally, we love to share stories of success and extraordinary kindness as often as possible.

Here comes one now.

Christmas Eve, 2019

Vet Tech and ACAC & AC staff member Courtney Johnson was in charge of the anesthesia at a Caesarian surgery for a French Bulldog. Four pups were successfully delivered, but one of them had a cleft lip and palate. Dogs with this condition have to be fed via a tube; if they try to nurse or bottle feed, they will aspirate (inhale) the feed. Courtney had spent years hearing veterinarians recommend euthanasia for puppies with this difficult defect, but was inspired by a positive Facebook post she had seen concerning a Pit Bull puppy with the same issue. She asked the vet to see if the breeder was planning to tube-feed this puppy, and if not, would she agree to give him to a rescue that might be able to save him? That 'rescue' turned out to be Courtney. These last two months, she and her young daughter have been devoted to feeding and caring for little Pablo Picasso, as they have named him. He is responding beautifully to all that love, and is as lively and happy as any healthy puppy should be—growing, playing, alert… CUTE. Courtney has decided she will opt for the surgery needed to correct his palate as soon as he is grown enough (at about 6 months). It is expensive, but as we have seen again and again, the heart is full enough to overcome monetary deficiency. 
Picasso has grown considerably, even since these photos were taken. He is doing GREAT.
10:30 pm

This is 911. What is the nature of your emergency?
Send someone over right away to get this calf out of my apartment.
Excuse me? What?
A calf. We put it in the car when we found it on the road tonight because it seemed cold and alone. It was really cute. Now it is hungry and ripping the apartment to shreds.
Is this a joke?
NO! It is kicking and wailing. Get someone over here!

Hello? This is Sheriff's Dispatch. Are you on call for Animal Control?
Uh, yes. What's going on? (Animal Control Officer, Shannon)
Well it seems someone picked up a little calf off the road and took it home with their kids to their apartment in Jackson. Now it is destroying the place.
Say again? I was asleep. I don't think I heard that right. You mean a cat not a calf, right?
It's a first for us, too. Can you go get it?
Oh boy. I am on my way.

Shannon arrived at the apartment where this lady and her children had a bellowing black calf in the living room (I believe she said it was a second floor apartment but not sure of that). They had picked it up without trying to find Mom or calling AC. Now it is very thirsty and wants Mama. Now it is being destructive and no longer fun. Now it is someone else's problem.

It is always fascinating how people choose to make decisions.
2019 Christmas Crafts Faire
Elaine Hunter, valued volunteer at ACAC & AC, staged her last Christmas Crafts Faire booth this December in Sutter Creek. It netted $1800. for the Rusty Fund. Many thanks to Elaine and grandson, Dylan, for their amazing energy and dedication. They will be sorely missed.
ACAC & AC is always in need of items that can improve the lives of our animals while they are with us. If you can help, please feel free to donate any items from our Amazon wish list
Volunteers needed
If you can help walk dogs or socialize animals, we want you! The   Application for Volunteer Worker   is available for review here. Think you're game? Come on over and fill out an original pink copy, available from the shelter. 
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