Saturday, November 28, 2015

HELPING THEM GET A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS


To have a “Home for the Holidays” is a wish many would like to come true.  The merriest time of the year for a lot of us can be a heartbreaking occasion for many.  Our organization, P.E.T.S., also realizes that, while there are pets who have homes and will receive an abundance of gifts and treats during the holiday season, their homeless equivalents will not receive those luxuries.  It is our hope that each Tehama County shelter pet will get a “Home for the Holidays”.  In order for us to gather the funds necessary to empty the shelter this holiday season, we will host our largest fundraising event of the year, “Strikes for Strays” on December 4th, next Friday.  No matter how much we wish that it wasn’t necessary, contributions are essential to us in achieving this and the many other goals we have for both animals and their families.  For those of you who are not aware of how P.E.T.S. utilizes donations, perhaps the following will provide some insight.

This past year we instituted at the Tehama County Animal Care Center (TCACC) two programs to facilitate increased animal adoption by covering the spay/neuter amounts of the adoption fees.  In addition, we believe each program aids some very special members of our community.  The "A Senior for A Senior” program is all about seniors discovering the joys of having a pet in their lives.  The program helps senior citizens who are on a fixed income and unable to afford the adoption fees for a companion animal, but are capable of caring for a pet.  The other is the “ Law Enforcement/ Fire Protection” Adoption program.  P.E.T.S. feels that the men and women who serve our county deserve our support and gratitude for the jobs that they do.  Just as they help us, P.E.T.S. hopes that, by reducing the adoption fees, we can help them and the animals of TCACC come together a bit more readily.  In addition, monthly, throughout the year, special adoption events are held at TCACC with P.E.T.S. again paying the spay/neuter fees to reduce adoptive costs.

Many animals come into TCACC with extraordinary needs.  The monies received allow us to assist animals who have the potential to become healthy and adoptable if provided additional medical care and resources that the limited county budget cannot meet.  P.E.T.S. also purchases equipment and supplies to provide comfort and improve the quality of their lives while the animals stay at the Center.

We subsidize the transportation of animals from TCACC to collaborative rescue organizations throughout California and other states, in order for the animals to have a better chance for adoption.  Over these past 10 months, 313 animals were transported under this amazing worthwhile program.

 P.E.T.S. truly believes that pets are a lifetime commitment and deserve a safe and loving home.  They can help make us better people and have the ability to strengthen our family unit.  As an indirect result, communities are improved and the world around us becomes a healthier, more pleasant place to live.  Therefore, we actively participate in local community events like L.I.F.T. and Community Action Agency Tailgate giveaways when resources allow.  During the past 10 months, we have provided over 4,000 pounds of pet food to low income families, and provided vaccinations for more than 180 pets. 

For the residents of our community, we offer information and education to introduce the higher ideals of compassion toward pets and people, responsible pet guardianship, and controlling pet overpopulation.  Our core belief is that the community, as a whole, greatly improves with responsible pet ownership.  Additionally, we established a Lost/Found Program, where we post and network lost/found animals in Tehama County through various media outlets in order to reunite the animals with their owners, thus preventing them from entering the shelter system. 

All of P.E.T.S. operating costs come from donations and our fundraising efforts.  We are completely run by dedicated volunteers, thus ensuring that all monies raised can directly influence the health and well-being of as many animals as we possibly can.  100% of donated monies go to our programs.


No matter what gets you into the holiday mood, celebrations with family and friends, festive decorations or joining us next Friday at “Strikes for Strays”, sharing kindness ensures that the spirit of the season will stay with us throughout it.  Let us all, this holiday season, strive to make a homeless animal believe the world is a little kinder during this most magical of times by helping us help them get a “Home for the Holidays”.



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