October: A mystical month where our thoughts run to Cats, Bats, and Things Orange and Black. There are no bats available for adoption at the animal shelter--bats are much too busy being wild things, exterminating insect pests, to hang around--but cats and dogs, we do have. Many of these come in quality orange and black, with charming variations. You are invited to browse Amador County Animal Control's Adoption Center in person or on the Web, at the Feed Barn, or ask about A-PAL's Barn Cats program (item below) for all the options available on a wonderful New Pet. We have Old Pets, too, as you will 
see in November's Newsletter.

All of the pets above are available for adoption from Amador County Animal Control & Adoption Center.
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
BATS! BATS! BATS!  from Tri-County Wildlife Care

There are a lot of myths about bats: they are blind, they will suck your blood, they are rodents (or birds).They are not blind, they will not suck your blood, and they are mammals. And, they are actually very helpful to humanity.




FIRE! Bringing people together for a common cause

The range and devastation of the Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras Counties is now a matter of record.  Most of us who live here can cite direct experiences with this horrendous event. Of the hundreds of Firefighters, Law Enforcement personnel and Volunteers who devoted their time, hard work and expertise to the community during this struggle, enough cannot be said. In rural counties, especially those with rugged terrain such as ours, the Animal Community must be especially well-prepared when disaster strikes.

$9 for 9 LIVES: Success Report UPDATE

September's Newsletter reported the number of cats adopted through the $9 for 9 Lives promotion (in August). The numbers from the Feed Barn were not included as we had intended. The Feed Barn adopted 63 cats and kittens for the $9 price in 13 days. They raised their prices after that, due to a lack of cats, and adopted out a total of 90 in the month of August, for their highest number ever. Great numbers for the 2015 Kitten Season.

NEED BARN CATS?

A-PAL Humane Society's Community Cat program is run by Jeff Holman. At this time, they have 40+ cats waiting for barn homes. They bring the cats to you, spayed or neutered, and vaccinated against rabies. The cats arrive in a cage where they need to stay for a couple of weeks, so that they will know and remain in their new homes. Please call Jeff (209.304.9590) if you can give one of these young cats a home.

A-PAL takes in over 300 community cats each year. Kittens are socialized and placed up for adoption into pet homes, feral adult cats are returned to their colony whenever possible. Others are placed into caring barn homes. These cats are a bargain at only $15 and can help with rodent control on your property. All they ask for in return is food, shelter and a caring home.

A-PAL is a non- profit organization totally funded by donations. For more information about its programs, visit www.pawspartners.org. 

BLAZE of the Butte Fire

Blaze was found at the CAL FIRE Academy in Ione during the Butte Fire siege. He is a young domestic shorthair, black, with a small white patch on his belly, inspiring the name Blaze. This little guy turned up at a time when the Academy was housing upward of 150 firefighters from the Butte Fire every day. There were so many vehicles coming and going, it is not known whether he wandered over from Castle Oaks or just caught a ride on one of the fire engines.
Blaze is an extraordinarily friendly little fellow. He spent his first night at the Academy in one of the dorms, sharing dinner with the fire personnel. He was very inquisitive, had a great time following folks around the dorm rooms, and was not at all afraid to be carried by strangers. Several Staff members wanted to keep this charming little guy, but, because the Academy grounds are inhabited by an assortment of TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) ferals, some of whom are pretty tough customers, it was decided to bring him to our Adoption Center, where, should he turn out to be lost, he will have the best chance of being reunited with his family. 

Blaze is an all "people" kitty. If you are looking for a cat to follow you around the house, help you work on the computer, or enjoy lots of pets while you watch TV, this is the cat for you.



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




Funny? Beautiful? Adorable? 
We would love to see your animal-related photos. Send them to Sabeth Ireland and we will share the ones we like best.