This morning I received an email from Henning Schreiber, who runs Calaveras County Animal Services. He told me Animal Services made great strides in 2013 in increasing “good outcomes” for dogs and cats. “Good outcomes” are defined as cases where the pet either gets returned to an owner or is adopted by someone new, or transfer to rescue groups. In other words “good” means those particular animals were not euthanized. He said the Calaveras shelter in 2013 euthanized only 57 percent of cats and 19 percent of dogs, far less than the national average of 70 percent of cats and 50 percent of dogs.
Also, he said that in a recent week, the shelter appears to have set an all-time record for pet adoptions. I am posting what Schreiber wrote below, but I want to warn sensitive readers that they may want to stop here. Schreiber’s note is the first time the term “love muffin” has appeared in this blog:
After just finishing an exciting and successful 2013, volunteers and staff at Animal Services established another record last week! With the help of many loving people, we were able to find new homes for 6 cats and 17 dogs within seven days! According to our electronic records system, and supported by anecdotal evidence, last week was the best week for adoptions ever! Granted, having nine adorable puppies available certainly helped, but we also found new forever homes for several of our sweet adult dogs.
One of our older dogs who found her forever home this past week is Mia, an English Mastiff made of solid love. Sadly her owner passed away and she had been mourning his loss here at the shelter. She is a huge love muffin who was ready to bring warmth, love and devotion into a new home; she really just needed someone to come in, give her a chance, and want to fill the sad place in her heart. Luckily for Mia, a fantastic family came in and it was love at first sight! She seemed to be wagging all of her 140pounds when she got to leave the shelter with her new family. It warms our hearts to get to see such a ‘happy ending’ for such a sweet and loving dog.
The shelter is continuously getting sweet dogs and cats who need homes. Please think about how you can make a difference for the critters of Calaveras County; whether it’s becoming a loving forever home for one of our homeless pets, volunteering, opening your home as a foster parent, or making a donation (however large or small). Every little bit helps and our wonderful homeless animals depend on people like you.