Finding love at Pets Lifeline
Hi Sonoma! It’s February, the month of love, and who does not love their pets? We are so pleased that our kitten room is now down to a handful of kitteens, but since they are still only black and tuxedos, we are extending our “Start your New Year in the Black” special through February with all black and tuxedo cats on sale for $25. Come down and meet our Flora, a black and white cat with a big heart shaped polka dot on her back. Such a love and perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Keeping in mind this is Pets Lifeline’s 30th birthday, we are very excited about starting our journey into the next 30 years of Pets Lifeline. Bringing people and animals together is what we do. Last year, we increased our adoptions by 5 percent from the year prior, and we also increased the number of animals we reunited with their owners by 3 percent.
The other statistic is that in 2011 we had 2 percent more owner surrenders, which is a sure sign of the economy. We are just so happy to be here for those families and individuals who have to make those tough decisions when their life situations change. We always assure them we will do everything we can to find their beloved pet an equally loving and caring home.
And we do find them homes. In 2011, of the 68 animals we took in as owner surrenders, we found homes for 66 of those animals. These statistics may not mean much to you, but it a measure for us of how we do our job and how we can better serve our community.
One part of broadening our horizons is that we will be enacting some methods to better socialize the animals in our care and therefore make them more adoptable. This ultimately would result in more adoptions and an increase in how many more animals in our community we can help. So check in with us in the next few months as part of this process is an effort to have organized groups come through the shelter at scheduled intervals to throw treats to the dogs and hang out with the cats in an attempt to present different situations they may encounter when they leave here. We want every experience to be more positive than the next.
We are also working toward offering Canine Good Citizenship training here at the shelter sometime in the spring, so stay tuned.
Do you have a capacity for unconditional love? We have a couple of special needs animals who need just a bit of special attention, but most of all, need a home to call their own. There is Oreo, the sweet little Boston Terrier with some food allergy issues; and Soshi, a rather rotund three legged cat who’s owner just passed away. Firefly, the cutest tabby with white mitten paws who gets a wee bit over-stimulated. Then there is our darling Mama Lucy, whose only issue is a broken heart that she is still living her life in a shelter. They are all here, filled with an unconditional love to beat the band.
What about you – are you ready to bring that kind of love into your life?
Until we meet again, be kind to all living creatures.