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What's the Scoop at SVACA?

Post Date:04/07/2020 2:01 PM

 These are strange days and we wanted to let you know how we're doing here at SVACA.

We Are Always Caring for the Animals

We’ve been quite busy working behind the scenes to help all animals in need in our community.

Our Animal Control Officers are responding to emergencies in our neighborhoods as always, and are helping out by transporting animals awaiting adoption to foster families.

Our staff at the Animal Care Center, while working reduced schedules and following physical distancing rules, are answering phones, giving advice to callers and caring for animals seven days a week.

While we’re certainly not in business-as-usual mode, we are here if you need us.

Thank you to Our Foster Volunteers

We offer a heartfelt thank-you to all of you who have opened your homes to the animals who were ready for adoption at SVACA. Because of you, these animals are in loving foster homes, getting attention and exercise and socialization while they wait to find their forever homes. Thanks to the tremendous outpouring of help we’ve received, there are currently only a handful of stray animals at the center. You are amazing and we love you!

Speaking of foster volunteers…

Cats Aren't Practicing Social Distancing!

After an amazing day of workshops with ‘Kitten Lady’ Hannah Shaw at the end of February and the awareness of fostering that is spreading online, our list of foster volunteers is robust—and the babies are coming, the babies are coming!

While the rest of us have been lying low and avoiding social gatherings, cats in our neighborhoods have been doing what cats do in the spring (and summer and fall!) Kitten season is here and kittens and pregnant females have begun arriving at SVACA.

We're gearing up for the season, putting new protocols in place for our foster program, and brainstorming ideas for bringing new foster volunteers onboard while the Animal Care Center is closed. We’ll announce details as we can, depending on recommendations from the county.

Have a great idea for keeping our foster program rolling smoothly and getting those babies from intake to forever homes safely and lovingly? Contact us at janet@svaca.com! 

A Story to Make You Smile

We’ll end with a happy story about Sir Arthur, a chihuahua mix who was discovered sleeping on an old mattress in the dumpster area of a vacant business plaza, no collar, no microchip, and with a piece missing from one ear.

Sir Arthur was extremely shy and nervous around people—he’d certainly presented a challenge to the Animal Control Officer who rescued him—but we at SVACA love an underdog story and the staff worked every day to socialize him with treats, kind words, love and patience. In a few weeks, the scared little pup blossomed into a charmer whose missing chunk of ear gave him extra character.

Newly confident (and newly neutered), Sir Arthur was adopted by a wonderful, loving family who knew at first sight that he was meant to be theirs. They all left SVACA with huge smiles on their faces—especially Sir Arthur. Renamed Eazy, he is now an active and friendly boy, whom his family loves dearly, and whose favorite place to sleep is the family couch. No more old mattresses for him!

Be Well

 Like you, we hope things get back to normal soon—what a great day that will be! Until then, we thank you for your support, wish you well, and hope that you and your pets are enjoying all the unexpected extra time together. We will weather this storm.

Stay safe and healthy!

 

 

 

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