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365体育投注After a good meet-and-greet with Scott McCarthy and his resident dog Raider, Topaz (right) relaxes with new pal Raider in her new home. Courtesy photo

Paws for thought: Companionship in times of isolation

Looking for a silver lining to brighten your day? Animal shelters are running out of animals to adopt! Yes, there’s been a run on pet adoptions.

365体育投注Of course, there are still dogs and cats waiting for their forever homes on the Davis Enterprise’s Pets of the Week column each week, but Yolo County Animal Services is pleased that there aren’t as many coming into the shelter and a lot more heading to their forever homes from their foster families.

Volunteer Coordinator for the Yolo County Animal Shelter Jonne Rodart explains, “YCAS continues to have limited animals in the shelter because both the dog and cat Foster teams have found such wonderful placements for our animals. We have placed every adoptable animal in a foster home. The majority of our foster placements have become ‘foster failures’ or adopted from their foster homes. Our Rescue Partners have been actively involved in helping YCAS place shelter animals in fur-ever homes or in fosters as well.

“The Cat Annex is currently empty. The Dog Adoption floor has only a few dogs. We do have dogs in stray but once available they are quickly going to foster. The dogs are spending their days enjoying doggie playgroups, socializing and swimming in their pools.

365体育投注“The office remains closed to the public for non-emergencies but our staff is still assisting the community fielding calls on 530-666-8282. Our officers continue to work in the field serving the community responding to animal emergencies 24/7.

365体育投注“The community has supported YCAS by making masks for the shelter staff, supporting the foster program by making donations to Friends of YCAS who have supplied shelter animals with anything they have needed during this time and have been filling the needs of the foster families by purchasing everything from collars, harnesses, leashes, bowls, crates, toys, pee-pee pads, food, etc. Friends of YCAS has also been raising funds to pay for the spay/neuter of shelter animals being adopted. The Davis Enterprise readers have been instrumental in getting YCAS animals adopted by sharing our Pets of the Week.”

Now that’s a truly happy and uplifting “silver lining” that every pet lover can enjoy! For some heartwarming adoption stories go to YCAS’s Facebook page or #pawsitivemoment.

Looking to adopt or foster a pet? Check out Pets of the Week in Friday’s Davis Enterprise or go online to find local animal rescues such as Hearts for Paws, Orphan Kitten Project, Purebreds Plus Cat Rescue, Rotts of Friends, Yolo County Animal Services at Pet Harbor, and Yolo County SPCA. With so many options, you’re sure to find a furry friend who will love you furever!

Happy Tails

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Scott McCarthy was looking for a canine companion for himself and his resident dog Raider when he stopped by Front Street Animal Shelter and met Topaz a Catahoula leopard hound.

After counseling and a good meet and greet with Raider, Topaz jumped into Scott’s truck ready to head for home. That afternoon Scott wrote, “So far so good. She rode in the cab of the truck very nice. She’s a very smart dog and well mannered; she gets along with Raider very well so far.”

365体育投注A few weeks later Scott wrote, “Hello … everything’s going great with Topaz, the Catahoula leopard hound, she’s kind of the boss and kind of not. She loves to give kisses; she gives (Raider) greater kisses but she also puts him in his place.”

365体育投注Catahoula dogs are active and so it’s not surprising that Scott wrote recently, “Everything is going great they’re two machines…They’re fairly independent but they are friends and love to run out the door together to look for cats and see who can get there first.”

Well, there’s never a dull moment when you have two lively canine companions! No doubt, Raider and Topaz always greet Scott with happy enthusiasm regardless of how long he’s been away or how late he is coming home. Now those are two happy tails indeed!

— Evelyn Dale of Davis is a volunteer and advocate for shelter animal welfare. Contact her at [email protected] This column appears monthly.

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