Better reuniting lost pets, owners
Happy New Year Sonoma! And what a glorious New Year's Day it was.
We are beginning this New Year on a very positive note. Of the 424 cats and dogs that were admitted to the shelter, 343 have been adopted and are snuggled into their forever homes and 67 were reunited with their very relieved and happy owners. That's amazing. Of the 14 remaining, 11 are black or tuxedo (black and white) kittens and cats that have yet to meet you. So that you start your New Year in the black, we have a $25 special on all those wonderful black and tuxedoed felines that still call Pets Lifeline home.
For Pets Lifeline, 2012 is a big year. We are celebrating 30 years as Sonoma Valley's only animal shelter. Can you imagine that? I would love to put together a 30 year retrospective on the shelter, so please let me know (email email@example.com) if you have any pictures or archive material to help us assemble the pieces for a complete history of Pets Lifeline.
Can you imagine life in Sonoma without Pets Lifeline? On that note, we send out a collective "Thank You" to all who have sent in donations to our holiday appeal. And a note to anyone who hasn't yet - it is not too late. If you missed that Dec. 31 deadline for this year's tax deduction, then start your 2012 charitable giving now by sending in a donation to your favorite (and only) animal shelter in Sonoma Valley.
Please check out the new Humane Education page of our website where we are posting all kinds of helpful information for kids to see. One fun thing they can view is the Kids Speak For Pets, pet bios written by the kids.
Kids Speak For Pets is a remarkable program that encourages reading and writing in fourth- and fifth-graders by having them write bios on the adoptable animals and publishing their stories both on our website and in Kids Scoop. Pretty cool, eh? Thanks to the Rosemarie Piper Foundation, we are able to keep this program going for a while longer.
Another useful tool we just launched on our website is the Lost and Found page. If you have lost or found a cat or dog, you can look on the page to see if the animal is listed. The front page gives you very useful information of what to do first when you dog or cat goes missing. Call us ASAP so we can post it on the site. On the left are the categories for Lost Dogs, Lost Cats, Found Dogs, Found Cats - if we get information from the public, we can share the information we have and hopefully reunite animals with their very worried owners before they even have to come into the shelter. Isn't that a beautiful thing.
Let's all start this precious New Year being kind to all living creatures.
With a wag and a woof ... Ciao!