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 
DOG DAYS of SUMMER

AUGUST
$9 for 9 LIVES for 9 DAYS

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
PET FOOD DRIVE: No one should have to face the day hungry

Animals at our shelter are fed fresh Science Diet every day as part of an ongoing agreement with Hill's Pet Nutrition. In our area, however, there are many families, with pets, who do not have enough to eat. This summer, we join forces once again with the Interfaith Food Bank and encourage you to donate pet food to the Food Bank, Amador County Animal Control & Adoption Center, or the Feed Barn Country Store. There are large boxes staged at these and other locations throughout the county where you can make your donations. You can brighten the outlook of so many deserving families and their animals. Remember, NO ONE-not even pets-should have to face the day hungry.  

DOG DAYS of SUMMER: Cool, Comfy, and FUN
Planning a trip with your pet this summer? Here's a checklist of things to take along when traveling with animals.

During the summer months please remember, never leave an animal outside in your vehicle. A moderate air temperature of 75 can reach 94 in just 10 minutes inside a car, even with the windows open. In 20 minutes, the interior of your car will be 104.

Can Pit Bulls "lock" their jaws?

 

This is a MYTH. The jaws of the Pit Bull are functionally the same as those of any other dog breed. The few studies conducted on Pit Bulls' skull structure, mandibles and teeth show that, in proportion to their size, their jaws are no different than any other breed of dog.

 

"There is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any kind of 'locking mechanism' unique to the structure of the jaw and/or teeth of the American Pit Bull Terrier," says Dr. I. Lerh Brisbin of the University of Georgia (from the ADBA booklet, Discover the American Pit Bull Terrier.)

 

When a Pit Bull is seen hanging by its mouth with a strong grip on something, be it a tug toy or a tree branch, it is doing so because it wants to--not because it can't let go. Similarly, statements that Pit Bulls have more bite pressure per square inch (PSI) than any other breed are false. Dr. Brady Barr of National Geographic tested and compared the bite pressure of a Pit Bull, a Rottweiler, and a German Shepherd. The Pit Bull had the lowest PSI of the three dog breeds at 235 lbs, and the Rottweiler had the highest (328 lbs). Domestic dogs average about 320 lbs. PSI.

 

For more information about the characteristics of Pit Bulls, see:

 

http://www.businessinsider.com/pit-bulls-breed-locking-jaw-myths-2014-2 

 

http://animalfarmfoundation.org/pages/home 

 

http://www.pitbullfaq.com 

 

IRIS meets LILY: A unique pair make friends in a special forever home

from Margot Culver, friend to the Partners:
 

WHEN 3 + 3 = 1
 

We did not know what to expect when we first adopted a three-legged kitty. What we got was a deliriously happy, fun, active little cat. "Momma-cat" had been shot two weeks prior to being picked up by Amador County Animal Control. Along with her came her six kittens! In spite of the pain and discomfort of her injury, she took good care of those kittens, earning her the nickname "Momma-cat".
 

After her amputation, we were the lucky ones to adopt her. As she came running out of her carrier on that first day, not from fear but from joy, we knew we had something special. We named her Lily.


We've had two cats together in the past, so we thought it would be nice to try that again. But, what was the chance we would find a compatible cat? Full grown, Lily is only 5 3/4 pounds. How could we ever find another cat so small? Any 4-legged cat of normal size might be too much for her.


Along comes a four-week-old female kitten found tangled up in a shredded tarp. Sadly, the leg that was tangled could not be saved. But here was a small kitten, now with only three legs, that could grow up with Lily and together they could be best buddies.


So with two cats, each with three legs, we now have two front ends and one complete hind end. That is how 3 plus 3 equals one and one-half, and together they make us laugh and smile every day.
 



Note: Lily was featured in our JULY, 2014 Newsletter.  see JULY newsletter

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