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Improving the Lives of Our Shelter Pets

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Introducing Delroy the Cat: I was found in a box in Calaveras County with my mom and three brothers and sisters. Mark Twain also spent some time in Calaveras County, writing his first successful short story in 1865, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. One hundred and fifty years later, my literary career begins.

My family was transferred to the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, from where we were sent to foster homes and given names. We are not gluten-free. My mom, a beautiful white calico, was named Biscuit. I was named Bagel, and my siblings became Croissant, Toast, and Muffin. We were four of the 56 animals that found homes in the month of May. Other friends included some nutty dogs: Cashew, Peanut, Pistachio, Almond, and Walnut. We also had a dog named Taco, and cats Wasabi, Sushi, Sashimi, and Sake. Toto the dog isn’t in Kansas or the shelter anymore; she found a new home.

My family was lucky to be adopted quickly. Other friends spend more time at the shelter. That is why I am excited about the new animal wellness program: each day, HSTT staff appraises the well-being of all the animals at the shelter. At the end of the week, the scores are tallied and the lowest scoring cats and dogs are highlighted and given a training plan. HSTT volunteers are sent an animal wellness email each week that outlines the training plan, asking for their help. We all know that dogs love walks and that cats love to play, but often our lowest-scoring animals need a different kind of attention. What many of the dogs and cats need is quiet time with a person. Grooming, petting, and just hanging out with a human can make a big difference in an animal’s life. It also helps make them more adoptable.

This month, one of the lowest scoring dogs is Leo, a Rhodesian ridgeback mix. The longest tenured animal at the shelter, Leo has been with us for about six months. He loves car rides, bike rides, hikes, and just about any outdoor activity. A lover of people and other dogs, Leo would do great in an active household with another dog he could hang with, but does not do well with cats; I won’t hold that against him. Leo is smart and eager to please his people, and he has the most beautiful eyes. His adoption fee is sponsored so you can take home a great dog for no charge.

Stop by the shelter this month and find out how you can help improve the lives of some of my friends. For more information on Leo visit hstt.org.

 
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May 10, 2018