For nine days in August (Tuesday, the 2nd - Saturday, the 6th and Tuesday the 9th - Friday, the 12th) Amador County Animal Control and Adoption Center will offer its annual "$9. for 9 Lives for 9 days special, aimed at stimulating cat adoptions in the midst of the famous "Kitten Season". The adoption fee for kitties of all ages will be dropped from $20 to $9 on these nine days. If you've been thinking of adding a little feline magic to your household, now would be a practical time to do it. But, whatever the date and whatever the fee, consider the cat for your next furry companion.



Friday the 17th

$9 for 9 LIVES for 9 DAYS


BARK in the PARK
Saturday the 24th

All Treats, no Tricks

Animals and their people

Bring JOY to your WORLD

CATS: Why do they have "9 Lives"?

Ever wondered why it's said that cats have 9 lives? And why the number nine? 

The saying may have originated with this old English proverb: "A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays". Giving three lives to each of these phases attests to the hardy nature of cats, and to the notion that they give the most love when they are older--too old to chase mice or run away.

Cats have been both worshiped and feared throughout the ages. In ancient Egypt, they were considered sacred; mummified and entombed with pharaohs. Likewise, the number nine possesses power in many beliefs and disciplines, and is even the number of Life in some cultures. This could very well be why it became associated with a cat's longevity.

Their natural curiosity tends to get cats into trouble, and agility often gets them out of it. Their most famous skill, known as cat righting reflexhelps them land on their paws, adding fuel to the "nine lives" myth.

PART I   from Jim Birmingham

Jim Birmingham is a life-long animal lover, longstanding supporter of worthy animal causes, member of A-PAL, volunteer at ACAC&AC, Coonhound Guy, and Distinguished Old Gentleman.

I didn't want another dog. I vowed I would never have another after losing Alex during the summer of 2009. It was too much, too difficult to handle, I was getting too old for this. And then, I saw her. I made the mistake of dialing up Amador County Animal Control's Petfinder website. She was beautiful! She had a face like Mona Lisa--so very expressive--but even better, the long velvety ears which are so characteristic of Black and Tan Coonhounds. I knew this 1 -year-old girl would soon be adopted. How could she not? I continued to check in on her. Days went by, then weeks. How could this be? This dog was probably the most beautiful creature on Earth, yet she was still homeless!

After a few weeks, I couldn't stand it anymore and asked my wife what she would think about getting another dog. I'm sure she thought dementia had set in and chose to ignore the question. More weeks passed and then, as an A-PAL volunteer, I participated in the monthly adoption outreach at the Feed Barn. Well, wouldn't you know it, I was assigned to Maggie that day! This was a match made in Heaven, and I knew it was going to be a great day.

She jumped out of the truck and there she stood: beautiful, elegant, shiny black and tan coat, slender muscular body, and long sinewy legs that carried her gracefully across the parking lot. Those long ears framed Maggie's proud face like the true aristocrat she was, and I was certain, as painful as it might be, that she would quickly find that perfect home. As the day progressed and various potential adopters expressed way too much interest, I realized I didn't really want an adoption to least not yet.

I continued to follow Maggie's progress in the ensuing days, knowing her picture would soon disappear from the website, indicating that she was adopted. My state of mind was easily gasped by my wife--perhaps due to the continuous whining and pouting from me, which had increased to an annoying level. One day she asked, "Well, what are you going to do about that DOG?", and I let myself hope we might soon have another resident in our home.

Later that very day we drove to the shelter and my hopes were high. My wife was going to meet Maggie! How could she resist her? Still, when she saw Maggie, her first comment was, "Jim, she looks just like a HOUND DOG!" I quickly retorted, with my normal wit, "Well...yeah." This was only a brief setback, and at last, I was allowed to go into the shelter to complete the required paperwork, while my wife and Maggie were left alone together. Maggie was quiet, loving and calm, all of the things that make a perfect adoption candidate. My wife picked up on that and saw her as she least in that moment. A squirrel, a rabbit, or even a gopher would have certainly caused Maggie to jerk my wife out of her shoes, throwing a wrench in the adoption plan. Fortunately, that did not happen. 
I was going to be a Coonhound guy!

Next month, PART II: Citizen Maggie!
Spotlight on the Staff: JAN PINGREE
Jan Pingree has the distinction of being the longest-tenured employee at Amador County Animal Control and Adoption Center. She has worked at the shelter for 15 years-before the arrival of new building and its new name. If you have a question about the shelter, Jan has the answer.
Jan was born in Placerville, but has lived in Jackson most of her life. She ran a child daycare for 19 years before deciding to make a change.

She was hired originally by the county personnel department as a temporary employee, to fill various open positions until a permanent employee could be found. Jan's first stop as a temp was Amador County Animal Control. They offered her a permanent position, and she said yes. The rest is history.

Jan has always loved animals. She says the best thing about working at the Shelter is the knowledge that the animals are so well taken care of during their stay.

In an office with a limited number of employees, everyone must be able to perform multiple duties. Jan's official title is office coordinator. As such, she is usually the first point of contact for the public, and handles the paperwork required for all aspects of the shelter. This includes documenting incoming animals, adoptions, lost animal reports, animal reclaims and bite reports. Bite reporting involves answering the initial incident call, sometimes scheduling visits to the home of the animal to determine whether home quarantine or shelter quarantine is indicated. Jan needs to be well-versed in county regulations regarding animal issues. She schedules appointments for prospective volunteers and, when needed, assists other staff members with the never-ending duties of laundry, dishwashing, and kennel cleaning.

When she retires, Jan would like to do more traveling in the United States. She has been to many of the nearby attractions in California, such as Yosemite Valley, but would love to widen her range, particularly to the Western coastal region. We are not in a hurry to see her to go!
NATE: Patience has its rewards.

Oh, Nate! 

We were beginning to despair that you might never get adopted. There you were, day after day, week after week. Waiting. You were very popular inside these walls. To know you was to love you. But where were your people? The ones from outside, who would come, see your value, and take you home? Wait...never mind! Your 'someone' is here. She was here all along. A volunteer, who had learned first-hand what a peach you are. You are HOME!

By all means Nate, make yourself comfortable. Can somebody freshen your drink?    

"Would you bring me YOUR slippers?"

We'd love to hear from you. Send your story, with photos if you have them, to Lisa Peterson.

Here's an update on the drive to raise money for the Rusty Fund:

As of mid-August, our Go Fund Me site has accumulated just over $1000! Thanks from all the animals who have -and will- benefit from this great resource.

If you'd like to donate to the Rusty Fund, you can do it easily by clicking on the image above. You will be re-directed to the Rusty Fund page. When you make a donation, you can leave your name and a message, if you choose. THANK YOU!

Coming up...
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. 

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we would love to share it. Send it to 
Sabeth Ireland, and we will post it here.
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