Through the years, our shelter has been tracking the numbers on missing pets and how many are restored to their owners. In the first quarter of 2016, 61 stray cats found their way to our shelter. Only 2 of these (less than 1%) were reunited with their owners. Of the 84 stray dogs so far this year, 58 of them (70%) were returned to their homes. Clearly, the stats for dogs are far better than those for cats, but both are disappointing. In fact, our Amador County statistics are abysmal compared to the annual national percentages reported by the ASPCA. Why? The rural, low population-density of the area is certainly a factor, but it may also be that residents just don't know how to go about tracking down their missing cat or dog. We've provided a checklist of things you can do when your animal is lost, but the most crucial of these is to GO TO THE SHELTER IN PERSON and look for your pet. Shelter staff is busy and many cats look alike, so, while calls to the shelter and online reports are a great tool, they cannot take the place of a visit to Amador County Animal Control & Adoption Center | 12340 Airport Road, in Sutter Hill. Shelter hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10-1 and 2- 4:30 (closed from 1-2 daily for lunch).

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 
Friday the 17th
 
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
'MISSING' LINKS
 


CESAR'S WAY:


FIDOFINDER:


YOUR DOG'S HEALTH
 
MISSING DOG or CAT? Here'e what to do.
MICROCHIPPING: A great way to identify lost or found pets.
Your pet may not speak English, but he or she can still speak volumes to Animal Control. A microchip, kept up-to-date, will provide the crucial information needed to reunite you with your baby. One scan will tell ACAC all it needs to know. Getting a microchip for your dog or cat is quick and painless. 

Tractor Supply Co. will be offering special low-cost microchipping at its location in Jackson on May 14 and 28 from 10 to 11:30 AM. Tractor Supply is located at 73 South State Highway 49 in Jackson. Call for details at 209.223.1507.

To see future low-cost microchip clinics in our area, check this link at VIP Pet Care.
A KIND HEART comes in all shapes, sizes...and ages.

Twelve-year-old Melanie decided she could put her love of animals to use as a volunteer at the Shelter. She was disappointed when she learned she had to be 18 to volunteer, but she didn't let that discourage her. Instead, Melanie applied her energy to a school exercise that focused on goal setting, and set to work doing extra chores for her parents and grandparents, so that she could meet her goal. She did. She exceeded it. Then used the money she'd earned to buy a humongous collection of treats and toys for all the critters at ACAC & AC.

Everyone here, both 2-legged and 4-legged, wish to thank Melanie for her loving generosity. You may have to be a legal adult to volunteer, but there is no age limit on a kind heart. Thank you, Melanie. You rock.

Woof! Meow! Squeak! YAY!




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


OSCAR finds his NICHE


For many of the 
dogs who come through our facility, we wish we could 'order' that ideal 10-year-old kid to be the perfect companion. Guess what? Oscar got two! Happy little guy(s).

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.
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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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