Furrever Tales - Chloe
CALL-Opossum Family in need?
The caller said she had an opossum in her trash can that had just given birth to 3 babies. The trash can had been emptied the day before. We had a simple solution...
With eyes not quite open, it is a good bet the nest was dug up by the dog who brought in this brush bunny. Shown are the 2 am feeding and sleepy bunny following the 8 am feeding... A big job!
Wild About Wildlife - the Barn Owl
If you came out last Friday to Tri County Wildlife Care's Wild About Wildlife Presentation, you were treated to some of our finest Wildlife Ambassadors! Our Education Animals! Here you see our Education Barn Owl!
DID YOU KNOW:
"A family of Barn Owls can consume about 1300 rats per year and 3000 rodents in a breeding season alone! It is for this reason the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stated that the barn owl is the most economically beneficial species to humans". (via The Hungry Owl Project) -What a wonderful, natural, green, form of rodent control! It's important to avoid harmful and poisonous, rodent control. Our raptors, who do a wonderful job of rodent control, can eat poisoned rodents and it ultimately results in a slow and painful death for the raptors. So lets let nature do it's thing! Mother Nature knows best!
Interested in having our Wildlife Ambassadors visit your school or organization? We'd love to see you!
-Since 2012, TCWC volunteers have made 62 school, scout, and event visits, reaching more than 6,800 people and half of them have been kids. Clearly, educating about the importance of wildlife and living in balance is important to us.
Education presentations are FREE, simply call 209-283-EAGL(3245) to schedule a session.
Davey is Ready at Twin Cedar K9
Davey is looking for his forever home! He is currently in the Twin Cedar K9 Second Chance Program.
Davey hails from the great people at the Calaveras Humane Society. Davey is just under 2 years of age and looks like he could be a Pointer cross. We have done a DNA test on him but do not have the results back yet. We will update you as soon as we truly know what he is. What we do know is… he is a wonderful, comical, friendly, energetic and fun loving kind of guy!! He seems to get along with everyone he meets, people and dogs alike! We have not tested him with cats but he has not reacted too much when our resident “Cadog”, that would be Gabby our Savannah cat that thinks she is a dog, has crossed his path!
Davey is coming along nicely with all of his obedience and he has been introduced to all of the basics. He went on his first pack walk this week but we have not taken him off lead yet. He had a blast playing in the water and running with the pack while he was on a long line. We will be taking him off lead in the next few days!
Davey is sharing one of our 100’ X 100’ runs with our Amador girl Fawn and they get along famously! They take turns chasing each other around the kennel and then they rest side by side sharing chew toys or bones. After a short rest, they are right back at a good game of chase!
Please give us a call or send an email if you would like to come out to Twin Cedar Ranch to meet this really cool dog!
209-223-3194 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wild About Wildlife!
If you came out last Friday to Tri County Wildlife Care's Wild About Wildlife Presentation, you were treated to some of our finest Wildlife Ambassadors! Our Education Animals, along with some from Sierra Wildlife Rescue! You may remember the tiny but ferocious Pygmy Owl. The SECOND smallest owl! In these photo you can see her face AND in the second, you can see her camouflage...it looks like her face, but it's the back of her head, which makes her blend very well into tree bark!
Please stay tuned for more photos from our Wild About Wildlife Presentation!
About the Northern Pygmy Owl:
The Northern Pygmy-Owl, like all Pygmy-Owls, is diurnal (active in the daytime). It is a small but very bold and ferocious predator that will attack prey more than twice its size.
Another Happy Tail Tale!
An A-PAL Humane Society "Happily Ever Furafter Tail"
Prior to being adopted, Rascals was fostered by our very own Susan. Our foster families are invaluable and instrumental in finding these animals their Furever homes. If you would like to foster or are interested with questions, PLEASE CALL Judy at (209) 267-9050! There are many ways to help the homeless animals in Amador County, fostering is one of them! Together, we CAN save them all! From Rascals new, wonderful, furever family:
"I can't say enough about Rascals! He is loving, independent and gloriously curious. I feel I have this intelligent cat spirit about the house watching everything I do. I feel you helped him to become a wonderful companion!"
Thank you, Alcala Family, for choosing adoption.
Mountain Lions are intimidating predators who avoid contact with humans in most circumstances. There are many things that can be done to safeguard people, pets and livestock from mountain lions.
Adopt a Barn Cat!
CHARLIE'S CHALLENGE-Degenerative myelopathy and what you should know about it.
8 years ago, Charlie, a Corgi mix dog, was pulled from a cattle roundup where he was roaming as a 6 month old puppy. The moment Charlie entered our lives, my days of even going to the bathroom alone, were over. He is kind and sweet and he picked me to be his best friend and I am honored.
At age 8, Charlie began having trouble getting up and this coincided with his required rabies vaccine, so off to the vet we went. Charlie had a torn ACL, so we prepared for surgery. The surgery went well and on to the slow and difficult job of medications, sedation and keeping a rather young dog still. He would cry to follow me as before which was heartbreaking, but we kept telling ourselves that it was only 8 weeks.
We were heartbroken when after that time period, the wobbling hind end was worse instead of better. The healing from the surgery was great, but it was clear that something else was going on, so we were referred to a specialist. We learned that Charlie may have a condition called Degenerative Myelopathy which is a progressive disease that destroys the white tissue of the spinal cord in the thoracic region of the back. The onset is typically between 8-14 years of age and as the paralysis begins, it is seen as wobbling with loss of function of one or both hind legs. Dogs will knuckle under their hind legs rather than smoothly pull them forward. There is no known cure and the progress is from 6 months to 3 years.
If you have a middle aged dog who is wobbly in the hind end, I would encourage you to ask your veterinarian to do this new DNA test. If the dog has symptoms and shows as "affected" on this test, then you will have a pretty certain diagnosis of DM.
Knowledge is power and one of the things you can do for your dog is to avoid stressful situations which seem to hasten the progress of this disease process. I have ordered holistic medications and although I am skeptical of their value, I will go down swinging for my best friend.
This was thought to be a disease of purebred dogs and included the American Eskimo, Bernese Mountain Dog, Borzoi, Boxer, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Great Pyrenees, Kerry Blue Terrier, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Poodle, Pug, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Shetland Sheepdog, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers and Wire Fox Terriers, but mixed breed dogs such as mine are also at risk.
Although there is no cure, there are several things you can do such as avoiding stress from surgical procedures and anesthesia if possible. Exercise, medication, supplements and supportive care are advisable and dogswithdisabilities.com is a great website with helpful information.
Charlie is still able to wag his tail and although his hind legs are failing, he is not in pain and we are grateful for every moment we have left. I highly recommend the
simple and inexpensive DNA test for anyone who suspects their dog may have Degenerative Myelopathy because it can help you do the best job to provide for your best friend's care.
Koby and Milo, feeling hopeful
Koby and Milo are looking for their new furever home! They are the sweetest pair, they are charming brothers, neutered, house trained, and good with children. When presented with a cat, one dog wasn't interested and the other was just curious. The cat just sat there looking at them. Wasn't scared of them or threatened by either. Koby and Milo are eager to please, they mind incredibly well, and they're NOT hyper or jumpy. They love walks and they love to be groomed!
They are free to the RIGHT home, TOGETHER. They are very attached to the other. For further info, if you're interested, or have any questions, please call (209)763-2812
PawsPartners.org is an alliance formed between A-PAL Humane Society of Amador County and Tri County Wildlife Care, the latter serving native wildlife in Amador, Calaveras, and Eastern San Joaquin Counties. Since inception we have added the Shelter Partners volunteer group, who support our local Animal Control organization, and Amador County Animal Response Team (ACART).