CALENDAR of EVENTS
2015
JANUARY  
ADOPT a
 WORKOUT
PARTNER

FEBRUARY

ADOPT a SENIOR SWEETHEART

 

MARCH

SPAY and NEUTER AWARENESS

 

APRIL
TRAP/NEUTER/RELEASE

MAY
BACK in BLACK

ACAC &AC OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, the 30th

 

JUNE  
WHISKERS & WINE 
Saturday 
the 13th

Food Bank PET FOOD DRIVE

JULY 
$9 for 9 LIVES for 9 DAYS

AUGUST
DOG DAYS of SUMMER

SEPTEMBER  
BARK in the PARK
Saturday the 26th

OCTOBER  
ORANGE & BLACK!

NOVEMBER  
GIVING THANKS 
From animals and their people

DECEMBER  
HOME for the HOLIDAYS
LINKS

 

In 2013 A-PAL Humane Society, with the cooperation of Amador County Animal Control, launched a Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) program with the goal of limiting and eventually reversing feral cat overpopulation in the county. While there are still differing opinions on the success of TNR as a population-reducing alternative to feral cat euthanasia, we believe any program for the humane reduction of feral cats must be comprehensive, persistent and multi-faceted to be successful. We think the figures and diagrams cited here, using data from the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), will help you decide that TNR is the best course of action.

 

How TNR Works
BARN CATS and COMMUNITY CATS

 

An important component of Amador County's TNR program is A-PAL's COMMUNITY CATS program. Before 2013, cats categorized as feral were held for 72 hours and euthanized. Under the Community Cats program, incoming cats are evaluated for tameness and categorized as either home pets, barn cats, or feral, to be returned to the colony. All are spayed or neutered, vaccinated against rabies and ear-tipped to show they have been sterilized.

 

In addition to A-PAL's Community Cats, ACAC's Adoption Center always has cats suitable to be barn cats. These are usually animals who have been waiting a long time for homes, and who have the potential to live happily in an indoor/outdoor setting. Come and meet them at our shelter.

 

There are still many cats captured from the hoarding site (see MARCH Newsletter) in need of humane homes where they can live out their lives as barn/garage/shop cats. A-PAL will bring these cats to you. They ask that you provide food and shelter. Please call Jeff at 

209-304-0928 if you can provide a home for one or two of these beautiful cats.

 


KAI, aka EL DRAGO, aka CHEWBACCA


 

Kai (short for "Kaiser") is one of many German Shepherds that seem to turn up at the shelter in bunches. Our rescue coordinator, Barbara, has sent a number of these gorgeous dogs to El Dorado County German Shepherd Rescue, where they specialize at finding just the right places for a shepherd. Here is what Kai's adoptive "father" had to say about him. 


 

I really don't know where to begin when it comes to all the things I love about Kai. I call him 'El Drago', Spanish for The Dragon, because he looks like a big beautiful dragon. He is a gentle giant and doesn't have a mean bone in his body, so his personality is more like Ferdinand the Bull. He loves to wrestle with me but is especially gentle with children and small dogs. I also say that he is my 'Chewbacca'. He follows me on all kinds of adventures, the same way Chewbacca did with Han Solo, and he looks majestic and intimidating to onlookers. People swoon over him wherever we go. He loves frolicking through the high desert sagebrush, alpine meadows and forests, and swimming in the beautiful lakes and creeks of the Sierra. He is a great companion while mountain biking or back country skiing.

 

Every single work day, I miss him like crazy and can't wait to open my door and see him dance around, so happy to jump into the truck and head off for a hike or bike ride. He is so happy all the time, and has added great enjoyment to my life. Every time I look at his big huge face, it puts a smile on mine.


 


 

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 HAZEL JOYCE
hjoyce1871@yahoo.com.