Shelter Partners devotes one month a year to encourage the adoption of senior pets, but to be honest, "ADOPT A SENIOR PET" is a promotion worthy of all 12 months. At our shelter, both dogs and cats qualify as "senior" from age 5 and up. Plus, for senior humans (65 and up) who want to adopt one senior pet, we offer a special "Seniors for Seniors" half price adoption fee all year around. There are many great reasons to choose a senior animal as a valuable addition to your household, but if you need help to make the decision, we've collected our choices for the top 10.
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
ADOPT-A-PET


PETFINDER

CNN

YOUR DOG'S HEALTH
TOP TEN REASONS to adopt a senior pet
GREY MUZZLE
The Grey Muzzle Organization is dedicated to ensuring that senior dogs find loving homes all over the country. If you are still on the fence about whether to commit to a senior dog adoption, have a look at the many stories in their Resources section, where you will find an abundance of how-to information and testimonials that can help you make an informed decision and successfully ADOPT A SENIOR PET.
A-PAL and TCWC open the long-awaited new facility
In our JUNE newsletter, we featured three charming special needs kitties given a "leg up" for a new life, thanks to the caring folks at A-PAL Humane Society. These cats were among the earliest recipients of the extraordinary care that will be available from the new joint facility for A-PAL and Tri-County Wildlife Care. For too many years, these dedicated organizations have been coordinating their wide-ranging animal services without the benefit of a bricks-and-mortar location, but no more! At last, A-PAL and TCWC have a central location at 80 Ridge Road, Suite B (in Sutter Hill).


BUSTER and GAIL: Memories of a great adoption
In December, 1989 we visited the shelter for a dog and saw a black English Lab, looking very sad, which made us ask to see him.  He was friendly and healthy so we adopted him and named him Buster.  We walked daily around Sutter Creek and he loved taking long walks on Tonzi Road.  However, since I hadn't had a dog before, I kept him in our fenced yard workdays, and in the garage at night.
 
Buster didn't like staying home, so he often went visiting our neighbors (who loved him too, luckily).  One day I left him on the porch while at a neighbor's, and you could hear him howling all the way to Main Street in Sutter Creek! 
 
Then, he got a new 'master' who knew what dogs liked, and within the year Buster was sleeping in the bedroom and staying in the house. He was very happy to be a part of the family as he climbed hills, walked everywhere, dug rocks in the creek and got lots of loving. 
 
We had Buster for 14 years and his ashes are still with us, under the oak tree on the hill.  Even as I write this, tears fall as I miss my very special first dog.
 
Gail Schifsky




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



The RUSTY FUND posted its Go Fund Me page last month and the response has been amazing. Naturally, as with all fundraising efforts, we need to keep pounding the drum. We are not quite one third of the way to our goal of $3000. To those who have already made donations, thank you so very much. If you have been planning to donate but haven't yet, consider this a nuzzle from the wet noses of the deserving critters who will benefit from the fund. For many, that benefit is the gift of life.

Coming up...
KITTEN SEASON is upon us, expected to peak in August. ACAC & AC will have many kittens ready for adoption at the shelter. Likewise, A-PAL will be offering the little dears at The FEED BARN. If you or anyone you know is ready to make a great home for a new feline, by all means, come on down.

BARK in the PARK will be happening Saturday, September 24th (see Calendar of Events) at Detert Park in Jackson. This event always makes for a fun time for you and your dogs. Come, "Strut Your Mutt", compete in entertaining contests, win prizes, eat, and generally have a great day. The 2016 Bark in the Park tee shirts will be available, too. Remember, all proceeds benefit A-PAL Humane Society. 
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 the county's original pink form, 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.

Note: Volunteering is good for your Heart, but the benefits don't stop there. One of our new volunteers has lost 16 pounds since she started walking dogs six months ago. 

Local dog, Blaze, discovers a new use for his cone: roto-tiller!















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