by Kathy Eide Casas
Miss Winkles…A distinctive name, for sure! Named in recognition of David McDonald’s adorable yet mischievous West Highland Terrier, Miss Winkles. She and her brother Rocky were ever-faithful companions to David. Though Rocky is still an ever-present friend, David made the generous decision to celebrate Miss Winkles’ short life by supporting the amazing, state-of-the-art, Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center.
Located at Sierra and Temperance Avenues in Clovis, the Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center is truly a community jewel. Walk through the doors of the Adoption Center and you’ll find the friendly faces of staff and volunteers, all waiting to assist you in finding the perfect furry companion for you and your family. The Adoption Center lovingly cares for up to 150 animals at a time, so visitors can be assured of finding their perfect match.
The highly trained Adoption Center staff believes that pets help make a family complete. Their goal is to ensure that visitors find the pet that will bring joy, laughter, happiness, and companionship for many years to come.
Working in partnership with the Clovis Police Department, the Clovis Animal Receiving and Care Center, and the Clovis Animal Response Team, George Rodriguez, MSW and Erin Ford-Horio, MPA, who oversee the Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center, agree that the collaboration is a perfect fit, “The fit and collaboration with the Clovis Police Department, the Clovis Animal Response Team and the Clovis Animal Receiving and Care Center enables us to come together to protect and care for homeless and injured animals in our community.”
With over 4,000 visitors per month, Miss Winkles has truly become the premier Adoption Center for the Central Valley. A full array of services and programs offered by the Center include Low Cost Vaccination Clinics and a Vet Talk Series, where guests are given the opportunity to listen to a local vet on a specific topic, and are able to interact with questions and answers.
The furry friends who stay at the Center until they find a forever home enjoy advanced sanitizing technologies, air filtration systems, and over 15,000 square feet of outdoor play, as well as precious time with devoted volunteers and staff. All adoptable pets at Miss Winkles have been spayed or neutered, are current on their vaccinations, and are microchipped.
One of the unique aspects of adopting at Miss Winkles is the adoption process itself. Though the cost of all adoptable pets is only $25, George Rodriguez explained there is so much more than simply the affordable cost, “At Miss Winkles we want to make sure that you and your new companion are the best match possible. The Miss Winkles adoption process is easy, thorough, and effective. Simply visit the Center, and meet your new best friend. Fill out an application and talk to the staff about the wonderful world of pet ownership, and head home with your new furry family member to experience the joy and happiness that comes with your new dog or cat addition.”
For those pet lovers who wish to donate their time and talents, volunteers and foster families are always welcome to apply at Miss Winkles. Simply visit the website and download a Volunteer Application at www.misswinkles.com/volunteer. In addition, there are many ways to donate to the Center. Opportunities include fulfilling a Wish List item to Naming and Sponsorships options. Miss Winkles is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, and donations are always welcome.
To find out more about the Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center and their full menu of hours, activities, and programs…
Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center
85 N. Temperance Avenue
Clovis, California 93611