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by Alyssa Nader

Jennifer and her family adopted two rattie boys from Rattie Ratz in December. We spoke to her (and heard in her kids’ own words!) about how they’re doing in their new forever home.


by Jackie Dale

The past month has been interesting to say the least. I live in the country surrounded by orange trees, and every year the trees bloom for about a three-week period. During this time bee keepers bring their hives in so their bees can make the oh-so-luscious orange blossom honey. There are literally hundreds of hives in a one-mile radius of my home. Every year a bee keeper from Sacramento rents a piece of my land for his hives for which I receive a bit of cash and a gallon of honey.


by Lee Juslin

Imagine being just a baby and finding yourself alone on the mean streets. This was the situation for little Conrad.
Found wandering the streets and taken in by a local shelter, Conrad was eventually rescued by Col. Potter Cairn Rescue. At only eleven pounds, heartworm positive, and just eight months old, the Col. Potter volunteers could only imagine the horrors this little Cairn had seen and experienced. He was terrified and hard to hold still for the vet to treat him.


by Sandra Murphy

Wally is an Airedale puppy, in training to be a cadaver recovery dog. His person, Jazz, works as an administrative assistant at St. Catherine’s school for girls. It’s time for the annual career day and the school is jam packed—except for one guest who’s had a minor car accident.


by J.C. Eaton

One of the things we enjoy most about writing our Sophie Kimball Mysteries, is creating quirky characters whose antics shine. We introduced reluctant sleuth Sophie (Phee) Kimball and her demanding mother Harriet, along with Harriet’s dog, Streetman, and a cadre of book club ladies and pinochle players. Then we added Phee’s seventy-four-year-old Aunt Ina to the mix, a free-spirit who never left the sixties.


by Harvie Schreiber

If this were an ordinary year, I would be writing about The Cat House on the King’s Spring Open House which had been scheduled for April 18, before it was canceled due to the global pandemic. I would write about the beautiful weather, the myriad visitors, the dozens of vendors, our amazing silent auction, and how much money we raised to help us provide for the hundreds of senior cats, kittens, special needs cats, and injured cats in our care.


by Jackie Dale

The month started out pretty brisk, rescue-wise. Until two weeks ago when our rescue had to cut us off until the Covid-19 crises is resolved. We made it in with the final transport by the skin of our teeth. The person we deal with had to literally beg the powers-that-be, to allow us to bring in the last batch of cats. They were out of cats and people were calling for cats, so they said “Ok” to the one last run.


by Stephanie Cameron

A little over a year ago Rattie Ratz was asked to help with a hoarding situation. A woman had gotten in over her head and had far too many pet rats living in her home. There weren’t enough cages to separate genders, so the females were getting pregnant indiscriminately. The local authorities had to get involved and from young pregnant females to old males, the rats made their way to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. The shelter asked Rattie Ratz to help and between December 2018 and January 2019 Rattie Ratz took in almost one hundred rats.


by Paula Hunsaker

Our rescue pulls cats from many high-kill shelters throughout California. Our rescue is known for not just looking for perfect cats that are at these shelters, but we also look for cats that just aren’t going to make it out of the shelter alive. I wish I could help all the cats that aren’t going to make it out of the shelter, but that is impossible to do. When we pull one cat, their empty shelter kennel is full within minutes. At times it’s like an endless battle that just keeps going with no end in sight.


by Terese Shaw

As most folks are aware, Fresno Bully Rescue is a mostly shelter based, meaning all of our dogs live at our facility. Puppies do not live at the shelter so this dictates that our wonderful fosters generally care for puppies only. Our current nationwide crisis has forced us all to stay home and shelter in place, meaning extra time to hang out at home. So, as everything has slowed down and folks are home, some have opened their homes and hearts to a dog in need and are fostering.




FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures,
andLee Juslin

by Lee Juslin

Marcel came into Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue Network from a puppy mill. At the time, he was about four years old.
He is now fourteen and has been in several adoptive homes. His last adopter was an elderly woman who simply got to the point where she was no longer able to care for Marcel.


by Wendy Hunter

My fellow Americans, the world has officially gone mad. People are sheltering in place with Netflix and Domino’s, while trying to keep the kindergarteners entertained. This is the time when we earth dwellers need to find a common ground and be there for one another during this crazy, germ-filled crisis. Instead of stock-piling all the Kleenex, Purell, and Lysol we can find, let’s think about our fellow man.

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by Paula Hunsaker

During this unusual time in all our lives due to the Covid-19 virus, many of you are at home and now thinking it is a good time to bring a new cat or kitten into your home to spend time with while you shelter-in-place. But what happens when we all go back to work? Are you going to then think the cat/kitten won’t work because you’re busy again?

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by Harvie Schreiber

Life hasn’t changed for the hundreds of cats at The Cat House on the Kings. They still wander our 12-acre sanctuary along the Kings River, enjoying the sunshine, the breezes, and the fresh air. They sleep curled in warm beds near our pellet stove in the Big House, and in the dozens of smaller buildings scattered around the property. Every morning, they wait for the arrival of staff for their breakfast of canned food mixed with supplements, as well as for some petting, companionship, and activity. The sameness of their daily routine is comforting to them because they know what each day will bring. The same cannot be said for the staff and volunteers of The Cat House on the Kings, or for the rest of the world.


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