Wednesday, September 17, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Paws for Thought: For ‘Just One Day,’ many lives were saved

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Suzanne Farrell relaxes with recently adopted dogs Georgia, left, and Winston. She and her husband Jim are responsible pet owners devoted to bully breed dogs. They see to it that Georgia and Winston go to doggie day care where they get good exercise and socialization time. Courtesy photo

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From page A3 | June 17, 2014 |

June and July include important events for animal advocates. Here are three:

Just One Day: For most of us, June 11 is just another day, but for shelter animals it is a day of reprieve. On June 11, animal shelters and rescues across our nation pledge for “Just One Day” to find homes or rescues for adoptable animals in their care rather than kill them. We can be proud that our local municipal shelters, Yolo County Animal Services and the city of Sacramento’s Front Street Animal Shelter, took this year’s pledge.

Front Street Animal Shelter has participated in the “Just One Day” event for three years. This year it also promoted adoptions by lowering fees to just $11. As a result, not only were no adoptable animals euthanized at this municipal shelter, but 50 animals found loving homes.

Last year, about 10,000 animals were saved on “Just One Day.” What if we continued for Just Another Day? Imagine how many lives we could save in a year. Might our community, state and nation become a place where all adoptable animals found loving homes?

For a complete list of animal care agencies that participated in this year’s event, go to www.justoneday.ws.

* Mutts & Martinis: Have fun helping our largest local nonprofit sanctuary, Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue, at this fundraiser on June 28 at the historic Hotel Woodland, 436 Main St. Cocktails and entertainment begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner. Special events include a Rescue Parade, K-9 demonstration, raffle and silent and live auctions. For additional information and to purchase tickets, go to http://rottsoffriends.com and click “Mutts and Martinis” at the top of the screen. You’ll be glad you did.

* Redemption: “The No Kill Revolution in America”: On July 10, Sacramento’s Front Street Animal Shelter is sponsoring a screening of this documentary film at the Sierra 2 Center for the Arts and Community in Sacramento. Details can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/redemption-screening-for-front-street-tickets-10968572295.

Happy Tails: Suzanne and Jim Farrell needed to fill the void after their two pit bull dogs passed away. Suzanne writes, “There was no question it would be a pit bull. Our personal mission is to be responsible owners while providing a safe and loving home.

“I met Georgia at the Front Street Animal Shelter. She was friendly, interacted with me, and showed me she could sit and stay. She’s a quirky girl, loves viewing the world from the front-room window and loves kisses in the morning. Like most pit bulls, she has an abundance of energy. Her quirky pleasure? Rolling around in the back seat of the car like a gymnast, almost into a headstand.

“I met Pit Crew Rescue of Sacramento during their organized pit bull socialization walks. It was a good way to get Georgia out with other dogs and we both enjoyed it. It was through Pit Crew that we were introduced to Winston.

“Winston was at the (Sacramento) County Shelter and scheduled to be euthanized unless Pit Crew could find a foster family to take him. (He) had demodex, a painful skin condition that is not contagious but a bit smelly. With (Pit Crew’s) assistance, we got him healthy, neutered and trained, and he and Georgia became quick friends. Of course, we fell in love with the silly boy; seeing him bounce around the house like he has springs in his feet brings us many smiles.

“Once a week they attend doggie day care at The Pet Inn. We enjoy that they are able to socialize with other dogs, and the bonus is that they are doggone tired when they get home!”

— Evelyn Dale of Davis is a volunteer and advocate for shelter animal welfare. Contact her at pawsforthought@sbcglobal.net. This column is published monthly.

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