Here they are again, the Holidays. Of all the ways we choose to celebrate this time of year, we love it best as a season of giving. From Shelter Partners, here is our annual "Home for the Holidays" issue. If you are considering adding a cat or a dog to your family this season, why not select a deserving animal from a shelter like ours, and ADOPT one? A home is the ultimate gift to these wonderful creatures, and you will be giving yourselves a worthy companion for many holidays to come.

While the idea of an adorable kitten or puppy popping out of a box under the tree has age-old appeal, we cannot encourage you enough NOT to do it this particular way. Households are usually in an uproar at this time of year, making the peaceful acclimation of a new pet especially difficult. Instead, we suggest taking advantage of our Adoption Gift Certificates. These certificates are exceptionally patient, and can sit quietly under the tree or Festivus pole without food, water, or a potty break. They won't be frightened by Aunt Lulu's statement necklace, get bumped by a BarbieMobile, or nibble a toxic poinsettia. Instead, you'll hear those heartwarming squeals of delight as you and your family open the Gift Certificate envelop and celebrate the new arrival together. Then, after the first of the year, scamper over to Amador County Animal Control's Adoption Center and pick out a great new pet. Bring them "Home for the Holidays"...after the holidays.

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
 SAFE HOLIDAYS:
The ASPCA has helpful information on potentially toxic decorations and treats.
HEALTHY TREATS this Holiday: Great Info worth repeating
from Renč Cintas:

During the holidays, we all tend to eat a bit too much, and treats are everywhere you look.  Excel  K9 Kafč wanted to offer some advice about the best treats to give your canine and feline companions so that they can enjoy the festivities while avoiding a trip to the Vet's office.

ACAC & AC 2015 Holiday Hours
Amador County Animal Control and Adoption Center will be closed on Christmas Eve Day, Thursday, December 24, 2015, Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 2015 and "Boxing Day", Saturday, December 26, 2015. It will also be closed Friday, January 1, 2016. 
Where to find your new BEST FRIEND...

Wonderful 4-legged friends are waiting for you at Amador County Animal Control and Adoption Center, and through A-PAL at the Feed Barn Country Store in Martell.
Douglas and Katie: A TALE of Two PITTIES



DOUGLAS and KATIE arrived separately (within weeks of each other) at our shelter, but they ended up sharing the undesirable distinction of being long-timers here. So long, in fact, that the staff and volunteers were beginning to lose hope that anyone would ever notice how charming they were. Both were pit mixes, but each had unique characteristics that made them special. DOUGLAS looked quite the English Bulldog, wide and low to the ground, with an exceptionally mellow temperament. KATIE was a budding singer who trilled like a bird whenever she was invited for a walk or playtime. Still, nobody who came to look at our dogs seemed to notice either of them. Once again, however, patience ultimately paid off. KATIE and DOUGLAS were adopted separately (within weeks of each other) in October, just in time for this year's Holidays. We wish the happiest of Holidays to both of them and their new forever families.


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