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Summer 2010
This summer so far is full of promise!  We've had some amazing fairytail endings for long-time feline resident, Bambini, and a very special kitten, Phoenix. And one month after a heartbreaking fire, the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society is slowly beginning to rebuild with help from their community partners.

As the summer heats up, we hope to greet you at our upcoming event or on a visit to our Adoption Center.  We'd love to see you and we know our shelter animals would appreciate the visit!

Phoenix Kitten

Even though he spent his first days at Pets Unlimited in a desktop crate while he got over his runny nose, Phoenix the kitten wiggled his way into staff members' hearts. Brave as can be, Phoenix didn't even have a problem getting along with the staff dogs in his office!


Meanwhile, a family who had already adopted one of our shelter dogs, Columbia, started to think about adding a feline to their home.  They were looking for a companion who could travel back and forth to their cabin in the mountains.  Can you guess which adventurous kitten fit the bill? 


PhoenixColumbia and Phoenix became instant friends and they both enjoy some of the same pastimes - namely watching squirrels and birds through the window and walking outdoors on leash! What lucky kids to go on road trips to enjoy both the city and the country, to have a furry pal right at home, and to get such wonderful parents who care so much for their happiness!

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Bertha went home with a lucky volunteer!
Who are our volunteers?  Well, we know that they are special people who selflessly offer up many hours of their free time to give comfort to the many dogs and cats that temporarily make their homes here.  But demographically speaking, our volunteer team is comprised of people of all ages from many different walks of life. 

They range in age from 12 to 78 years old.  Included among their varied jobs are actor, airline pilot, teacher, attorney, nurse, programmer, park ranger, sales associate, executive-level manager, real estate broker, film/video curator, musician, jewelry designer, hair stylist, nanny, social worker, graphic designer, disaster recovery planner, housekeeper and writer.  They represent such companies as Williams-Sonoma, Chevron, Goldman, Sachs & Co., UCSF, Genentech, Stanford, Asian Art Museum, Bloomingdale's, Catholic Healthcare West, Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, Morgan Stanley, the San Francisco Symphony, and their own small businesses.  In addition, we have a large contingent of both unemployed and retired volunteers as well as students from middle school through college.  We are certainly grateful for the important work they do here for the animals.  Hats off to our volunteer team!

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Sweet Bambini originally came to Pets Unlimited as a young cat in 1999 from San Francisco Animal Care and Control. She was treated in our Veterinary Center for injuries stemming from a high rise fall before moving upstairs to our Adoption Center. She quickly found her forever home and Bambini lived a wonderfully happy and pampered life with her loving mom until Christmas 2008 when she passed away.

After this sad event, Bambini returned to our Adoption Center at a challenging age for shelter cats.  As an older gal, she spent nearly 17 months in our shelter until the stars finally aligned for our special tuxedo lady. A wonderful woman approached us who wanted to explore long-term foster care and with her extensive experience caring for special cats, it couldn't have been a better fit!

Bambini now enjoys long naps in the sunshine, lots of lap time, and little breaks in her special sleeping bag "snuggie," which went home with her from the shelter.  She also has been reported to frolic (yes, frolic!) after wand toys on a daily basis. Finally, the life our eccentric older lady deserves!

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We hope you will share some summer fun with our shelter animals and bring home something sweet at our Second Annual 4th of July Bake Sale!  We'll be selling our delicious baked goods at this year's Fillmore Jazz Festival, the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast!  Last year's inaugural event raised nearly $3,000 for our shelter animals - that's a lot of baked goods sold!

For more details, visit our online calendar.

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As many of you may have heard, on May 20th Berkeley East Bay Humane Society experienced a devastating fire that destroyed much of their building and left them unable to care and provide treatment for many of their shelter animals.

Pets Unlimited, in addition to many other Bay Area rescue organizations, quickly stepped in to offer whatever assistance was needed. We were able to provide a handful of critical surgeries to their homeless shelter dogs, as well as a complex dental procedure. We are proud that our state-of-the-art Veterinary Center was able to quickly accommodate these animals, and that our charitable veterinary care programs were able to cover the cost for our partner in need.

When these animals were finally ready to move up to our Adoption Center, they quickly found their forever homes!  We will continue to provide ongoing assistance to Berkeley East Bay Humane Society in any way they need during this challenging time.

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From all of us at Pets Unlimited, thank you for your support!
Warm Wishes,
Pets Unlimited Team
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