Since 2003, A-PAL Humane Society has been underwriting the cost of spay and neuter surgeries for cats as a key part of reducing feral cat populations in the county. In 2013, after discovering that 25% of these "ferals" were actually tame, abandoned pets, A-PAL initiated the Community Cats program, which enabled it to remove ferals from the animal shelter, spay or neuter them, and return them to their colonies. This is "TNR" (Trap/Neuter/Return). TNR eliminates the need for the routine 72-hour hold and subsequent euthanasia of feral cats previously required at the shelter. Here is how it works.
 
CALENDAR of EVENTS
2016
JANUARY 
ADOPT a WORKOUT
PARTNER

FEBRUARY
ADOPT 'THE ONE'
 
MARCH
SPAY and NEUTER AWARENESS
 
APRIL
TRAP/NEUTER/RELEASE

MAY
Find your MISSING PET
 
JUNE  
FELINE FRENZY

WHISKERS & WINE 
Saturday the 18th
 
JULY 
ADOPT a SENIOR PET

AUGUST
$9 for 9 LIVES for 9 DAYS

SEPTEMBER 
ADOPT your MVP

BARK in the PARK
Saturday the 24th

OCTOBER  
ORANGE & BLACK
All Treats, no Tricks

NOVEMBER  
GIVING THANKS 
Animals and their people

DECEMBER  
Bring JOY to your WORLD
LINKS
Still have questions about TNR? Check these links.
 




If you FEED it, FIX it: Euthanasia vs TNR
ONE in SEVEN Americans feed cats they do not own.
 
By the NUMBERS: 2015 stats from A-PAL

LILY and IRIS and ALLAN and MARGOT
Lily and Iris are two very special cats. They arrived separately at the shelter with injuries that made it necessary for each of them to lose one leg. Their touching story was featured in our November, 2014 newsletter. Histories like theirs are compelling because they illustrate the value of commitment and cooperation among animal advocates in our community: veterinarians, shelters (ACAC), humane societies (A-PAL), wildlife advocates (TCWC), emergency preparedness organizations (ACART), and last but not least, the people who adopt pets from a shelter. Without these advocates, animals like Lily and Iris would not have been able to make the difficult journey to the home they have now. Lily once sent a  letter of thanks to her "Fairy Godmother". Here, we offer our letter of thanks to the front-line organizations that work together to see to it that kitties like Lily and Iris make it to their forever homes.

To our local SHELTER, Amador County Animal Control and Adoption Center (and the people of Amador County): for providing a facility where rescued animals get humane and loving treatment and a chance to thrive.

To VETERINARIANS Dr. Bob Yack and Dr. Alison Pilsbury: for giving their time and expertise to perform the surgeries needed by Lily and Iris.

To A-PAL HUMANE SOCIETY: for tirelessly going the extra mile to make funding a reality for so many of these "ownerless" animals' medical care.

To LILY and IRIS (3-legged cats) and ALLAN and MARGOT (2 legged heroes): for overcoming adversity to see the beauty in each other and in a healthy, happy 'normal' life among friends.

This is what we're here for.







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


TNR: SETTING a HUMANE TRAP


with John Vail, former Director of ACAC & AC

Help us build our BARN
PHASE 2 of the original building plan for ACAC & AC's new facility called for a barn. That part of the plan was set aside once PHASE 1 was completed, until a recent endowment from the estate of a local and generous animal benefactor got things moving again. Specifications for the new barn are being reviewed now, but more money will be needed to get it built. If you would like to help, you can make a tax-deductible donation to the Amador County Community Foundation, and specify in writing that it is for the Amador County Animal Control BARN. Donations can also be made online at the Amador Community Foundation website.

If you have questions, contact the Foundation at 209.223.2148.



Thinking of being a VOLUNTEER?
If you would like to join the dedicated ranks of volunteers at Amador County Animal Control & Adoption Center, you can view or print a Volunteer Application here, on the Amador County Website. Final applications must be submitted on pink paper, so you will need to pick up an original at Amador County Animal Control & Adoption Center, 12340 Airport Road, in Martell. They will walk you through the process.





"Give us a KISS."
Come and meet BABY, available for adoption right now.

UPDATE: Baby is ADOPTED! Come see our other wonderful dogs at ACAC and AC.









Funny? Beautiful? Adorable?
If you have a great animal-related photo,
we would love to share it. Send it to 
Sabeth Ireland, and we will post it here.
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