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Paw Prints —The Volunteer Voice






JULY 2008


MONTHLY nEWsLETTER FOR
tvar voluntEers


Paw Prints - The Volunteer Voice is a monthly publication for Tri-Valley Animal Rescue (TVAR) volunteers.
 In This Issue:

  • Number of Animals Adopted

  • Foster Homes Needed

  • Volunteer Kudos

  • That’s Amore Planning Committee

  • Fundraisers

  • Wish List

  • Help Wanted

  • Contacts & Coordinators

  • Calendar of TVAR Events

Do you have a story or event you’d like to have published in this newsletter?

Please contact Paw Prints Editor



Cindy Ferrin, at 925-828-8664, or cferrin@pacbell.net

Thanks to the following contributors to this edition:



Shannon Chase

Terri Duncan

Cindy Ferrin

Joy Furtado

Linda Galisatus

Penny Green

Lisa Healy

Sue James

Carole Leschinsky

Kevin Metz

Pat Murray

Susan Ruxton

Kathi Samec

Wish List

Donations of the following items (list was updated 4/08) may be dropped off at the East County Animal Shelter in Dublin, open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We thank you for your donations.



Cat Items

Cat Litter (any kind)

Cat Litter Scoops

Cat Litter Pans

New Cat Beds

New Cat Toys

Small scale to weigh kittens daily

New Scratching posts



Dog Items

New Dog Beds

New Dog Toys (chew bones, squeak toys, balls, pull toys, etc.)

Dog Pens


Frontline or Frontline Plus Flea Medicine

Grocery store roll of clear plastic bags (for poop bags)

Big plastic watering cans (to fill outside dog bowls)

One inch nylon or leather leads and heavy choke chains in various sizes



General Items

Cash Donations for Medical Supplies

Pet, Retail, or Supermarket Gift Cards

Laundry Detergent

Simple Green Cleaner

Office Supplies

Paper Towels

Wet Wipes (anti-bacterial sheets)

Color Copier Paper to make flyers

Postage Stamps $.42 & $.27


Monthly Board Meeting

The next TVAR Board of Director meeting will be Tuesday, July 8th (2nd Tuesday of each month). The location is Keller Williams Realty, 5994 W. Las Positas Rd. in Pleasanton (corner of Hopyard and W. Las Positas), from 6–8 p.m.

Contact President Lisa Healy at lisahirschhealy@yahoo.com or 925-355-9039 if you would like to attend.


Volunteer Orientation

The next TVAR volunteer and shelter orientation will take place on Sunday, July 27th, (held monthly) at East County Animal Shelter (ECAS), 4595 Gleason Drive in Dublin from 1-2:30 p.m.

Questions regarding orientations may be referred to Deborah Thompson at deborahthompson@comcast.net or 925-461-9910.

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Volunteering

When a potential volunteer e-mails volunteer@tvar.org showing interest in volunteering, they now get an automated response inviting them to attend an upcoming orientation event.


For new volunteers who sign up to volunteer through our website or call our TVAR recorder, Cindy Ferrin is the contact. Cindy may be reached at 925-828-8664 or cferrin@pacbell.net.

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Cat & Dog Foster Medical Supplies

For your convenience, the following volunteers may disperse medical supplies:



CATS:

Pleasanton

Nancy Shriver at 925-462-4157

Terri Duncan at 925-487-7279

Dublin/San Ramon/Danville

Carole Leschinsky at 925-829-0728

Livermore (Does Home Visits)

Barbara Finn at 925-455-8237


Castro Valley/Hayward/Dublin

Terri Duncan at 925-487-7279

DOGS:

Dawn McKeown at 925-362-0798

General Supplies for

Dog and Cat Fosters

Before buying supplies for your foster animals, please check with your foster coordinator. We stock many items.



Cat Foster Coordinators:

Terri Duncan

Linda Galisatus

Carole Leschinsky (kitten food and bottle baby expert)

Dog Foster Coordinators:

Patricia Oliveira

Lisa Healy

Susan Ruxton 

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TVAR’s Mission Statement

Tri-Valley Animal Rescue (TVAR) is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization whose mission is to end the unnecessary euthanasia of homeless animals.  TVAR cooperates with area shelters and rescue groups, primarily the East County Animal Shelter, to provide homeless animals with socialization, foster homes, medical care and the opportunity for another chance.







2008 TVAR Officers

President – Lisa Healy

Vice President – Leslie Haas

Treasurer – Susan Ruxton

Secretary – Terri Duncan

2008 TVAR Board of Directors

Leslie Haas

Lisa Healy

Sue James

Dawn McKeown

Susan Ruxton

Larry Stein

Lisa Williams
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***** Fundraisers *****

Buy & Help TVAR Animals!
TVAR is now a registered organization at Buy For Charity, a website that gives a percentage of sales to nonprofits. Shop online from over 350 stores like Barnes & Noble, Gap, Office Max, 1-800-Flowers, REI, Orbitz, and more at BuyForCharity.com! Up to 35% of each purchase will benefit us if you select TVAR as your beneficiary.
Anytime you buy online, whether you are looking for airline tickets, flowers, clothes, music, or anything else… visit BuyForCharity.com, sign-up and shop away!

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***** Fundraisers *****

Free Money for TVAR by Using the Internet

By Susan Ruxton


What if Tri-Valley Animal Rescue earned a penny every time you searched the Internet? Well, now we can!
Goodsearch.com is a new search engine that donates half its revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. You use it just as you would any search engine, and it's powered by Yahoo!, so you get great results.

Just go to www.goodsearch.com and be sure to enter Tri-Valley Animal Rescue as the charity you want to support. Just 500 of us searching four times a day will raise about $7300 in a year without anyone spending a dime! And, be sure to spread the word!


***** Fundraisers *****

Vehicle Donation Program

Let TVAR and homeless animals benefit from donation of your old car, truck, van, trailer, RV or boat. It’s tax-deductible and easy too.



Call All Bay Vehicle Donations, at 1-877-700-4483 and ask for a free pick-up. They handle all the paperwork. Let them know that you want the proceeds to benefit Tri-Valley Animal Rescue.

Jeri Behymer is our coordinator for this program and she may be reached at copperk97@sbcglobal.net or 925-468-1505.

***** Fundraisers *****

Make the Most from Your Donation!

Do you have an item you would like to donate but just haven’t gotten around to it? TVAR now accepts high-priced items to sell on eBay, with the proceeds helping homeless animals!

Volunteer Diana Mittelberger is generously donating her time to sell items for TVAR on eBay. Contact Diana Mittelberger at xtboys@pacbell.net or 925-323-7989 if you have items that you are willing to donate!



***** Fundraisers *****

Escrip is An Easy Fundraiser

Looking for a free and easy way to help TVAR raise funds?

Simply go to www.escrip.com, register your grocery loyalty and/or credit cards and participating businesses will contribute 2-5% of your purchases to TVAR.

Escrip.com recognizes our group name as Tri-Valley Animal Rescue, not TVAR.


NOTE that for grocery loyalty cards, each time you make a purchase at participating stores, you need to swipe your card. Entering your phone number on the touch-pad will not activate the escrip donation.


  • Apparel: Eddie Bauer, Macy’s, Outdoorkids.com

  • Automotive: Big O Tires,

  • Grocers: A.G. Ferrari Foods (agferrari.com) Diablo Foods, Gene’s Fine Foods, Lunardi’s Markets, Safeway, Whole Foods

  • Newspapers: Contra Costa Times, San Ramon Valley Times, Valley Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury (for new subscriptions)

  • Office Supplies: Office Max, Staples

  • Pet Store: None

  • Restaurants: Baja Fresh, Carrows, Claim Jumper, Coco’s Bakery Restaurant, Le Boulanger, Round Table

  • Tax Service: Liberty Tax Service

  • Travel: Club Cruise, mitchstuart.com

  • Traffic: webtrafficschool.com, escrip.driversed.com

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Around TVAR

If you know of a volunteer who should be recognized in this newsletter, send an email with the person’s name and a short description to Cindy Ferrin at cferrin@pacbell.net or call 925-828-8664. Submissions are needed by the 15th of each month for publication in the following month’s newsletter.


If you know of a volunteer who is ill and you would appreciate a card sent from TVAR volunteers, contact Cindy Ferrin at the above contact information.

Volunteer Information

By Lisa Healy

You can now get your TVAR volunteer name button through Zazzle on our tvar.org website for just $1.45. 

Go to the "Shop TVAR" link on the left side of the home page and that will take you to the Zazzle site to purchase TVAR items. You can also purchase personalized TVAR shirts, aprons and hats.

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East County Animal Shelter (ECAS) Information



East County Animal Shelter is located at 4595 Gleason Drive, off Camino Tassajara in Dublin. The phone number is 925-803-7040. Daily hours of operation are from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Animal Services

Phone Numbers for Lost & Found Pets

Danville 925-335-8300

Dublin 925-667-7763

Livermore 925-371-4848

Pleasanton 925-931-5100

San Ramon 925-335-8300



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TVAR Communication - TVAR Yahoo Groups

Keeping updated with TVAR happenings is as easy as joining a TVAR Yahoo Email Group. You can join just one or multiple groups. Here are the available groups and the corresponding addresses:


Tvargroup—General messages.

E-mail to join:



tvar-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

 

tvarcats—Cat Program messages.

E-mail to join:

tvarcats-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
tvardogs—Dog Program messages.

E-mail to join:



tvar_dogs-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

TVAR Adoption Days

Messages regarding weekly farmers market adoption events and other TVAR outreach activities.

E-mail to join: TVARAdoptionDays-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

TVAR Shelter Volunteers

Messages for those who work with shelter dogs or shelter cats.

E-mail to join: TVAR_sheltervolunteers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
NOTE: If you reply to a TVAR group message it goes to everyone in that group. If you wish to reply just to the person sending the message, forward the message to that person.

YAHOO Group Moderators

If you have questions regarding YAHOO groups these are the volunteers who can answer your questions or make updates.



tvarcats@yahoogroups.com

Contact Terri Duncan at terrilduncan@yahoo.com or



Tracey Quartaroli at tlsmith30@yahoo.com

tvar@yahoogroups.com

tvar_dogs@yahoogroups.com

TVARAdoptionDays@yahoogroups.com

TVAR_sheltervolunteers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Contact Susan Ruxton at itsmrsuz@aol.com

NOTE: If you are on a TVAR yahoo group distribution list and change your e-mail address, you will need to re-subscribe to the TVAR yahoo group again.

Naming Your Pet

Running out of names for your foster pet or your new bundle of joy? Check out boogiepet.com

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Ice Cream Social for TVAR


Murphy's Paw located at 410 Main Street in downtown Pleasanton (925- 600-8925) will be hosting an ice cream social with proceeds to benefit TVAR on Saturday, July 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Ice Cream will be served for canines and humans with all proceeds benefiting Tri-Valley Animal Rescue.

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Pet Medical Care Inflation

Health care expenses are rising for pets as well as humans. According to a recent National Pet Owners Survey, 63 percent of U.S. households (71 million homes) include a pet!

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) found that owners spent $25 billion on veterinary medicine in 2006, more than double what they paid in 1996.

In the past, a seriously ill animal would have to be euthanized. Today some of the higher costs are due to having MRIs, ultrasound and CAT scans available to detect illnesses in pets. Heart surgery, kidney transplants, laser surgery and chemotherapy are now viable options.

Pets also need more attention today since they are living longer as a result of better preventative care, food, medicine, and vitamins.

Today pet health insurance is an option. However policies vary in costs but typically cost between $30 and $50 a month. Fewer than 4 percent of American pets are insured, according to a 2007 study by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association.

There are currently more than 25 companies offering plans. In 2006, the industry sold approximately $230 million in policies.

If you are considering purchasing pet health insurance read the fine print carefully. Understand the exclusions and what your deductible is. Many have restrictions, such as not insuring breeds that are prone to certain ailments, or older animals. Make certain that you can go to the vet of your choice. Typically, the pet owner has to pay the bill upfront and request a reimbursement from the pet insurance company.



2008 TVAR Animal Adoptions

By Terri Duncan and Carole Leschinsky


Here is a running tally of all of TVAR’s adoptions made possible by dedicated TVAR volunteers. Last year all of our efforts resulted in 1045 animals finding new homes. Thanks for making a difference in the lives of homeless animals in our community.

Month

TVAR Cat Adoptions

TVAR Dog Adoptions

TVAR ’08 Total

1 Qtr. ‘08

148

46

194

April ‘08

55

31 kittens, 6 teens, 18 adults



28


83


May ‘08

84

63 kittens, 3 teens, 18 adults



22

106

Year To Date

(thru May)

287


96


383


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East Bay Stand Down (EBSD) starts Aug. 7th

By Lisa Healy

From August 7 -11, the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton will be the site for the East Bay Stand Down (EBSD), a place of refuge for 500 homeless veterans who will get a chance to regroup, get fed, have shelter, and receive medical and dental care, among other services.

In previous years, many homeless veterans who have animal companions have been unwilling or unable to leave their animals to attend this event.

This year, East Bay Stand Down (EBSD) is expanding accommodations to include veterans with pets. While the veterans are given a respite from the street, their pets will receive medical care, food, socializing and grooming services.

We will need volunteer support before, during and after the event. A list of duties will soon be available, some of the areas include: pre-planning activities, animal care and feeding, walking, cleaning, grooming, transportation, security, administration, etc.

If you are interested in volunteering please e-mail Sue James at
ssuejames@gmail.com

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Now More than Ever, Fostering Saves Lives

By Terri Duncan


Foster homes are always needed, and the need is especially high right now. Foster homes provide homeless animals with temporary housing and TVAR provides the necessities, including food and medical care. To learn more about how you can become a foster parent, contact one of the volunteers listed below:


Kitten and Cats:

Linda Galisatus at lgalisatus@sbcglobal.net or 925-961-0260

Terri Duncan at terrilduncan@yahoo.com or 925-487-7279

Kitten Bottle Babies:

Carole Leschinsky at littertoes@comcast.net or 925 683-1956

Dogs:

Patricia Oliveira, olveiry@yahoo.com or 925-787-5825

Lisa Healy at lisahirschhealy@yahoo.com or 925-355-9039

Susan Ruxton itsmrsuz@aol.com or 925-337-4946

July Kitten Special!

By Linda Galisatus



For the month of July, kitten adoption fees will be $50 for kittens 2 to 3 months of age and $37.50 for kittens 4 to 11 months of age.

If you have questions, contact Linda Galisatus at 925-961-0260 lgalisatus@sbcglobal.net or Terri Duncan at 925-487-7279 terrilduncan@yahoo.com
Teen/Jr. Volunteer Kudos – Katie Robbins

By Kevin Metz





Katie Robbins, 12, and her father Chris get ready to take 2-year-old Wheezy on a walk during the Teen/Jr. program at the East County Animal Shelter.

 

Yes, it’s true. Some 12-year-old girls seem to want nothing to do with their parents, especially once summer vacation hits. Katie Robbins didn't think twice about spending the first hours of her vacation walking dogs at the East County Animal Shelter with her dad Chris.

"I love my dad," said the confident teen/jr. volunteer. "He loves dogs [like I do] and is really experienced with dogs. He grew up with a lot of different breeds so he knows how to handle the big dogs."

 
Confidence is the operative word to describe Katie. She carries it with her everywhere, whether it is singing in front of her peers on stage at Creekside Middle School in Castro Valley or holding the leash of a 50-pound shelter dog.

Chris, who has been supervising Katie since they joined TVAR, says he loves spending time with his daughter doing something they both enjoy. This experience has helped him bond with Katie while teaching responsible pet ownership.

Katie and her dad looked at the programs at other shelters, however TVAR offered more opportunities for kids her age. 
 

Katie has two dogs - a Yorkshire Terrier named Tucker and a Cairn Terrier named Cocoa - and she admits that she wants either a German Shepherd or a flat-coated Retriever when she gets older. She also has a fascination and gift for both life-science and singing.

"If I don’t do something that has to do with singing, I would want to be a large or small animal-veterinarian,” Katie said.

A huge fan of American Idol and Kerry Underwood, Katie might decide to follow in her idol's footsteps when she turns 16, the youngest age someone can audition for the show. "I don't think I would win, but the experience would be fun," the eighth-grader said.

Until then, she is very happy volunteering with TVAR and 4-H, where she raises and shows rabbits and, next year, hopefully goats.

Likewise, Chris is also happy with the program, evident by the smile he wears as frequently as the wide-brimmed hat on his head. 

"As I have gotten older, I have realized how important it is to spend time helping out and supporting some sort of cause," Chris said.

For Father's Day, this father got a very special gift every Tuesday and Thursday - bonding time with his daughter while making a difference in the lives of dogs at ECAS.

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TVAR is on TV!

By Lisa Healy


Our very own volunteers Samantha Laffie and Erika Shaffer can be seen promoting ECAS cats and dogs on Comcast on Demand right now.

According to latest numbers, the Comcast on Demand site is receiving about 30,000 hits a month and increasing. This will provide TVAR with additional Public Relations exposure and hopefully drive more traffic to the East County Animal Shelter (ECAS) shelter.

If you have Comcast, check it out by going to:



  • Comcast Channel 001

  • Select Bay on Demand

  • Select Pet Adoptions

  • Select Cat or Dog

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Volunteer Kudos – Liliana Santos

By Linda Galisatus


Liliana Santos has been a TVAR cat and kitten foster for less than one year, but she has already joined the ranks of the cat programs most valuable assets! She first called me to express an interest in fostering cats or kittens in September of 2007.  Even after receiving my daunting, “you may have to deal with diarrhea, ringworm, distemper” speech and being asked to think about if for a week, Liliana called again. And again! And again! Since she continued to express her willingness to foster, we decided to let her try her hand at a couple of kittens, which she received in October of 2007.  Although they started out shy, Liliana quickly had them socialized and they were adopted to new homes within two months. Liliana then received a mother cat and her litter of kittens. The rest is history. Liliana has quickly progressed to become one of TVARs most effective and dedicated fosters!

Liliana has quickly learned the ropes of fostering. She has had shy kittens, hissy/spitty kittens, a semi-feral mom cat, and the challenges of URI and ringworm. Liliana has handled it all like a trooper, keeping a calm, cool head, and dealing with everything that has come her way. Not only does Liliana always express her willingness to help with that one more kitten or litter, but she is perfectly comfortable asking for advice or assistance. Liliana knows her limits, and is not afraid to speak up.

Liliana is gifted with the ability to match her fosters with their perfect forever families. She uses all of our resources to show her cats and kittens. Her mama cats go to PetSmart as soon as they have recovered from their spay surgeries, and they have all been adopted from PetSmart. She posts all of her fosters on the TVAR website and also on Craigslist, and she’s a regular presence at weekend adoption events. Even though she is confident doing her own screening, she will ask for a second opinion if she has even the slightest hesitation.  Her instincts about people are outstanding! Recently Liliana took over the task of setting up tables and cages for the weekend adoption event at PetSmart. She now also makes sure that there are adoption packets available for PetSmart adoptions.


Here’s a HUGE ROUND OF PAWS APPLAUSE for LILIANA SANTOS! TVAR is very lucky to have her as one of its volunteers!!

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That’s Amore Fundraiser - Oct. 11, 2008

TVAR’s biggest fundraiser of the year will be held on Saturday, October 11th, 6-10 p.m., at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Road in Dublin. Girasole Grill Restaurant in Pleasanton will be the caterer for this event.

There will be live and silent auctions and fun for all. Seating is limited (216 seats available), so purchase your tickets early. Prior to August 1st, the ticket price will be $50 and after that time the ticket price will go to $60. To purchase tickets, go to tvar.org and click on Pay Pal or send a check to TVAR, P. O. Box 11143, Pleasanton, CA 94588. Be certain to include your e-mail address so a receipt can be sent to you.


Lisa Healy is our That’s Amore event coordinator. Tricia Bregman is in charge of the live auction items and Lisa Williams is in charge of the Silent Auction items.

The next planning meeting will be held Tuesday July 15th starting at 6 p.m. at Keller Williams Realty, 5994 W. Las Positas Rd, Suite 101, Pleasanton.


For more information, contact Lisa Healy at 925-200-7760 or lisahirschhealy@yahoo.com.

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Beware of Cocoa Mulch

Cocoa Mulch is sold by Home Depot and other garden supply stores, contains a lethal ingredient called Theobromine. It is known to be lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. Several deaths have already occurred already this year when it has been ingested. Please check the ingredients of what you and/or your gardener are using in your garden.


Theobromine is the ingredient that is used to make all


chocolate especially dark or baker's chocolate which is toxic to dogs.
Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities
of theobromine, similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.
Maggie

By Pat Murray


I first met Maggie, a cocker mix, one Saturday morning at the Tri-Valley Animal Rescue adoption area at the Pleasanton Farmers Market. I had no intention of adopting a dog at that time, but the minute I saw her, I knew she was mine. Her facial expression gave the appearance that she was smiling and overjoyed at seeing the other dogs and people she knew who would soon be petting her.

I adopted Maggie (approximately 4 years old) that day and we remained best friends for the next 14 years.
Maggie was the happiest dog, bringing smiles to everyone she met and leaving her mark on the walls, furniture and my heart. She knew where every dog in the neighborhood lived and would bark “hello” as we passed their houses. When a passerby would ignore her, she would look at me as if to ask, “didn’t they see how cute I am?”
Maggie arrived at our home and quickly made friends with our other dog and the cat. With such a mellow disposition Maggie and I were soon making regular visits to a nearby convalescent hospital. She loved this outing, as she knew there were lots of people waiting to pet her and she did her best to make them happy.
One of her favorite pastimes was watching the Animal channel on the TV. Maggie would park herself on a chair or sit in front of the TV and bark at the dogs, big cats, and even the fish that were being shown. She especially like the shows about dogs and would bark and wag her tail as if expecting a response.
The one thing Maggie liked to do best was eat! When she came to our house we had a continuous kibble feeder for the other dog. Maggie thought this was wonderful and quickly made short work of the food in the feeder and then came looking for more. Needless to say we removed the feeder and began twice a day regular feedings. You could set your watch by Maggie’s request for food. She knew when it was time for breakfast and dinner and if the food wasn’t there she would let you know. But like most animals, the twice a year time change meant nothing to her. Her internal clock said its 5 p.m. even though the clock on the wall said it was only 4. Little by little I would try to change the feeding time but it never worked, so I would relent and feed her when it was “her” time.

Over the years, time began to take its toll on Maggie. She began to lose her hearing and was soon totally deaf. Cataracts overtook her vision and soon we were putting drops in her eyes to keep them moist. Eventually, she lost sight in one eye and if anything was moved or out of place, it proved a challenge for her. Arthritis settled into her joints, adding to other problems she was experiencing. Maggie would go and lay on the heater when pain set in. All these aliments came on gradually and it wasn’t until she passed that we realized how much time we spent on trying to maintain her quality of life. But through it all, Maggie never lost her love of life or her desire to go for a walk or ride in the car.

This little black bundle of joy taught me so much. It was almost like she was saying, “Okay, I have a few problems, but that doesn’t mean I'm going to stop living.” When she passed, she left a big hole in my heart and to this day I can still hear her barking at the doggie door to be let inside or to go outside.
Maggie was 18 when she died, a long time for a dog, yet it wasn’t long enough for me. I never wanted to lose her and thinking about her still brings tears to my eyes. There will never be another Maggie; perhaps other dogs will come into my life…but never another Maggie.
To all those who have loved an animal that became part of your life, and when their passing left a void, I share the joy you have known and the sorrow you feel.

Rocky’s Incredible Journey

By Joy Furtado, Rocky’s Foster Mom




Rocky with his adopters Nancy and Olaf Hoff

Rocky is a wonderful, beautiful domestic long-haired, easy-going kitty who loves other cats and people. In March 2006, he was owner-surrendered with an injured eye that several veterinarians concluded could turn malignant and spread to the optic nerve and brain, even before becoming noticeable. 

Thanks to TVAR’s Cinderella Fund, Rocky’s got his much needed eye surgeries. Although his health was restored, after the surgery, he was blind in that eye. We volunteers will always be grateful to our Cinderella Fund for helping animals like Rocky.

I am happy to report that Rocky was adopted by the perfect couple. After multiple eye surgeries, Rocky was welcomed home by a very caring couple, Nancy & Olaf Hoff, who understand and are very willing to work with Rocky’s special needs. He won the Hoff’s hearts at the adoption site by head-butting each of them against their brows, licking their faces and “talking” to them.

I carried Rocky to his new home, where Scooter and Abby, his new kitty buddies, were waiting. This won Rocky’s heart, as he always loved being around other cats. Rocky’s new buddy, Scooter, greeted him by dropping a favorite toy at his feet. Rocky is patient with Abby, the long red-haired kitty, who is a little more cautious. I’m sure he’ll win her over.

I loved the time I got to spend with this special needs kitty. My husband and I miss him, but we're so happy that he is with people who love him as much as we do.


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Some Great Ways to Get Involved



Cats:

1) Cat Fostering: Help save a life by fostering. Contact Linda Galisatus at lgalisatus@sbcglobal.net 925-961-0260 or Terri Duncan at terrilduncan@yahoo.com 925-487-7279.  

2) Bottle-Baby Kitten Fosters: In order to continue taking young kittens without moms out of the shelter, we need more volunteers for our bottle baby foster program. It you know of anyone able to help with bottle babies please contact Carole Leschinsky at littertoes@comcast.net or call 925 683-1956.

3) PetSmart Cat Cage Cleaning: Volunteers are needed Thursday and Friday mornings to clean cat cages at PetSmart in Dublin. Contact Carole Leschinsky at littertoes@comcast.net or 925-683-1956 to volunteer.

4) Shelter Cat Care at ECAS: Contact Samantha Laffie at dslaffie@comcast.net or 925-577-6789.

Some Great Ways to Get Involved (cont’d)


5) Cat Medical Team Member: Learn how to check temps, weigh, complete medical forms and properly restrain cats/kittens for blood testing by being a member of the Cat Medical Team. The evening clinic is held most Wednesday nights at the Tri-Valley SPCA from 6-8 p.m. Contact Terri Duncan at 925-487-7279 or terrilduncan@yahoo.com for more information.


Dogs:

1) Dog Fostering: Fostering saves lives! Contact Patricia Oliveira, olveiry@yahoo.com or 925-787-5825

2) Dog Program Coordinator: Lead TVAR’s dog program activities. Contact new potential dog fosters and introduce them to the world of fostering. For more information, contact Lisa Healy at 925-355-9039 or lisahirschhealy@yahoo.com.

3) Dog Walking at East County Animal Shelter (ECAS): Contact Sue James at ssuejames@gmail.com or 408- 202-6708.

4) Dog Adoption Event Coordinator and/or volunteer: You are needed at the PetSmart dog adoption events, held twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. Contact Patricia Oliveira at olveiry@yahoo.com for more information.

5) Dog Adoption Foster Pals: Volunteers who cannot foster but would like to have direct contact with the animals—we need you! Foster pals will be paired with dog fosters to provide transportation to adoption events, provide handling during the events, transport to/from vet appointments, etc. Contact Patricia Oliveira at olveiry@yahoo.com for more information.

6) Pleasanton’s Farmers’ Market Adoption Set-up and Break Down every other Saturday morning: Training will be given. Contact Patricia Oliveira at olveiry@yahoo.com for more information.


Other Volunteer Opportunities:


1) Pleasanton’s 1st Wed. Night Street Faire: Volunteers are needed to help with the 1st Wednesday Night Street Faire located at Space 146-W in downtown Pleasanton (just to the right of Strizzi’s and Domus) on July 2nd from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. It is a great way to educate the public about TVAR and our programs. To volunteer or for more information, please contact Susan Ruxton at (925) 337-4946 or itsmrsuz@aol.com

2) Volunteer Recruiter: Help recruit and retain volunteers. For more information, contact Lisa Healy at 925-355-9039 or lisahirschhealy@yahoo.com.

3) Outreach Events Coordinator: Arrange and coordinate events for TVAR to attend. Contact Lisa Healy at 925-355-9039 or lisahirschhealy@yahoo.com.

4) Lifeline Newsletter Story Writers/Editor: If you have a story for Lifeline or if would like to see a topic covered in Lifeline, contact Shannon Chase at scipc@comcast.net or 925-998-8038. We also are looking for someone with writing/editing experience to act as co-editor.

Kitten Adoption Assistance

By Terri Duncan



Linda Galisatus and I would like to offer our assistance to help our kitten fosters adopt out their babies. Every adoption means space is available in your foster home to save another life.

TVAR website and craigslist.org: Please contact Linda Galisatus for picture-taking and bio-writing tips. Once you've gotten those pictures and bios to her, Linda can post them to the TVAR website and onto craigslist. Some of our most successful fosters adopt their kittens without ever leaving home!


Dublin PetSmart: Please contact Terri Duncan if you would like to bring your kittens to PetSmart on Saturdays, IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO STAY WITH THEM YOURSELF. Please let Terri know by each Thursday of each week if you would like her to adopt your kittens out for you on the following Saturday!

We're here to support you and help you out! Please call on us: Terri Duncan at terrilduncan@yahoo.com 925-487-7279 or



Linda Galisatus at lgalisatus@sbcglobal.net 925-961-0260

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Cat Medical Clinics

By Terri Duncan & Kathi Samec



Cat Medical Clinics are held every Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m., at Tri-Valley SPCA. The SPCA is located directly across the street from East County Animal Shelter in Dublin. These clinics are for routine check-ups, immunizations, worming and testing.


If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact Bonnie Edwards at bonnie.edwards@gmail.com (preferred communication method) or (510) 502-6528 by 9 p.m., the Tuesday before the clinic.
Volunteers Kathi Samec and Barbara Finn also hold medical clinics every Wednesday morning starting at 10 a.m. at Tri-Valley SPCA, across from the East County Animal Shelter. To make an appointment, contact Kathi Samec by Tuesday afternoon at tvar@dukestavern.com or 925-867-9892.

If you need medical assistance for other cat/kitten related illnesses, please contact one of the following:


Barbara Finn at 925-455-8237 or Nancy Shriver at 925-462-4157


Carole Leschinsky: 925-829-0728 (bottle baby expert)

If you would like to become part of the medical team, contact Terri Duncan at terrilduncan@yahoo.com or 925-487-7279.



Save Lives: Spay and Neuter Your Pets

By Susan Ruxton


TVAR's low-cost Spay/Neuter certificate program for the public is currently suspended.   However, please continue to promote spaying and neutering pets and refer inquiries to the following local sources:
Tri-Valley SPCA - Dublin  Clinics in Dublin & Oakland, free mobile Spay/Neuter clinic, free S/N for pit bulls/pit bull mixes:

    http://eastbayspca.org/vetservices/spayandneutercenters.cfm    

 Contra Costa County Animal Services - Martinez 

    http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/depart/animal/spay.html

 Animal Rescue Foundation - Walnut Creek

    http://www.arf.net/Resources/clinic.html

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Program Coordinators & Contacts

CAT and CAT FOSTER Program - Terri Duncan at terrilduncan@yahoo.com 925-487-7279 or

Linda Galisatus at lgalisatus@sbcglobal.net 925-961-0260

CAT MEDICAL ProgramRoutine Medical Care Barbara Finn at 925-455-8237 or wwfinn@sbcglobal.net

- Major Medical Consult - Tracey Quartaroli at 925-449-0705


CORRESPONDENCE - Joyce Bank (Donations/Memorials) at 925-462-2827 or joyce.bank@bankofamerica.com


DATABASE - Daphne Williams mouzears@comcast.net or 925-580-4179 or

Linda Galisatus (cats) lgalisatus@sbcglobal.net or 925-961-0260

DOG Program - Vacant – Contact Lisa Healy at lisahirschhealy@yahoo.com or 925-355-9039

DOG FOSTERING - Patricia Oliveira olveiry@yahoo.com or 925-787-5825

DOG MEDICAL Program - Dawn McKeown at mcwhip@aol.com or 925-362-0798

FERAL CAT Program - Denise Leddon at denise@leddon.com or 925-462-0133

FINANCIALS - Leslie Haas at tvarleslie@prodigy.net or 925-216-2569

FOOD PROGRAM INVENTORY MANAGER - Susan Ruxton itsmrsuz@aol.com or 925-337-4946

FUNDRAISING - Jim Walker at jimwalker@kw.com or 925-397-4300

That’s Amore Chairperson (10/11/08) - Lisa Healy at lisahirschhealy@yahoo.com or 925-355-9039

Crab Feast Chairperson (2/7/09) - Cindy Ferrin at cferrin@pacbell.net or 925-828-8664

KITTEN Program (Bottle Babies) - Carole Leschinsky at littertoes@comcast.net or 925-683-1956


MEMBERSHIP - Danielle DeMeyer at danielled@star- realty.net or 925-846-1106

MICROCHIPS (Cats and Dogs) - Susan Ruxton itsmrsuz@aol.com or 925-337-4946

NEWSLETTER (Lifeline) - Shannon Chase at scipc@comcast.net or 925-998-8038

NEWSLETTER Paw Prints The Volunteer Voice - Cindy Ferrin at cferrin@pacbell.net or 925-828-8664

ORIENTATION (for adults age 18 years or older)

Deborah Thompson at deborahthompson@comcast.net or 925-461-9910 or volunteer@tvar.org

OUTREACH EVENTS - Vacant-contact Lisa Healy at lisahirschhealy@yahoo.com or 925-355-9039

PHONE CALLS (Return calls from TVAR Recorder)

Cats—Carole Leschinsky at littertoes@comcast.net or 925-829-0728

Dogs—Karin Carter at kccarter5@yahoo.com or 925-828-8108

All Other Mailboxes—Valerie May at 925-829-6660 or vmaykm03@hotmail.com

PUBLIC RELATIONS (Newspaper, radio, etc.) - Nazy Moradkhani at nazy_moradkhani@yahoo.com or 925-381-1872

SHELTER CAT CARE Coordinator - Samantha Laffie at dslaffie@comcast.net or 925-577-6789


SHELTER DOG CARE & WALKING Coordinator - Sue James at ssuejames@gmail.com 408-202-6708

SPAY/NEUTER CertificatesProgram is temporarily suspended.

STORAGE ROOM Coordinator - Mary Camacho at maryc911@sbcglobal.net 

TEEN/JUNIOR Program (volunteers 10-17 years old) - Nancy Metz at lucyfur@pacbell.net or 925-462-9679

VEHICLE DONATION Program - Jeri Behymer at copperk97@sbcglobal.net or 925-468-1505

VOLUNTEERINGCindy Ferrin at cferrin@pacbell.net or 925-828-8664

WEBSITE - Daphne Williams mouzears@comcast.net or 925-580-4179 or

Linda Galisatus (cats) at lgalisatus@sbcglobal.net 925-961-0260


July 2008 - Tri-Valley Animal Rescue Event Calendar


Wednesday

July 2
Cat Medical Clinic

10 a.m.


Tri-Valley SPCA, Dublin

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Cat Medical Clinic

6–8 p.m.


Tri-Valley SPCA, Dublin

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First Wed.

Street Party

Downtown Pleasanton

6-9 p.m.


Saturday

July 5
Cat and Dog Adoptions

9:30 a.m.–1 p.m.



Pleasanton Farmers Market

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Cat & Dog Adoptions

Cats 12–4 p.m.

Dogs 1–4 p.m.

PetSmart, Dublin

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Cat Adoptions

12–4 p.m.



Pet Food Express, Livermore

Sunday

July 6
Cat Adoptions

1–4 p.m.



PetSmart, Dublin

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Cat Adoptions

1–4 p.m.


Pet Food Express, Livermore

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Tuesday

July 8
Board of Directors Meeting

6–8 p.m.



Keller Williams Realty,

5994 W. Las Positas Rd, Suite 101,

Pleasanton.

Contact Lisa Healy if you would like to attend.

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Wednesday

July 9

Cat Medical Clinic

10 a.m.


Tri-Valley SPCA, Dublin

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Cat Medical Clinic

6–8 p.m.



Tri-Valley SPCA, Dublin

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Saturday

July 12
Cat and Dog Adoptions

9:30 – 1 p.m.



Pleasanton Farmers Market

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Cat & Dog Adoptions

11 a.m.–3 p.m.



Pet Food Express, Danville

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Cat Adoptions

12–4 p.m.



PetSmart, Dublin

Cat Adoptions 12–4 p.m.

Pet Food Express, Livermore



Sunday

July 13
Cat Adoptions

1–4 p.m.



PetSmart, Dublin

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Cat Adoptions

1–4 p.m.


Pet Food Express, Livermore

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Tuesday

July 15
That’s Amore Planning Meeting

6:00 p.m.


Keller Williams Realty

5994 W. Las Positas Rd,

Suite 101

Pleasanton

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Wednesday

July 16
Cat Medical Clinic

10 a.m.


Tri-Valley SPCA, Dublin

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Cat Medical Clinic

6–8 p.m.



Tri-Valley SPCA, Dublin


Saturday

July 19
Cat and Dog Adoptions

9:30 a.m.–1 p.m.



Pleasanton Farmers Market

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Cat & Dog Adoptions

Cats 12–4 p.m.

Dogs 1–4 p.m.

PetSmart, Dublin

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Cat Adoptions

12–4 p.m.



Pet Food Express, Livermore

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Sunday

July 20
Cat Adoptions

1–4 p.m.



PetSmart, Dublin

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Cat Adoptions

1–4 p.m.


Pet Food Express, Livermore

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Wednesday

July 30
Cat Medical Clinic

10 a.m.


Tri-Valley SPCA, Dublin

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Cat Medical Clinic

6–8 p.m.



Tri-Valley SPCA, Dublin


July 2008 - Tri-Valley Animal Rescue Event Calendar


Saturday

July 26

Cat Adoptions

9:30 – 1 p.m.



Pleasanton Farmers Market

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Ice Cream Social

11 – 2 p.m. (benefits TVAR)



Murphy’s Paw

410 Main St., Pleasanton

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Cat & Dog Adoptions

11 – 3 p.m.



Pet Food Express, Danville

Cat Adoptions

12–4 p.m.



PetSmart, Dublin

Cat Adoptions

12–4 p.m.



Pet Food Express, Livermore

Sunday

July 27
Volunteer Orientation

1-2-30 p.m.



East County Animal Shelter

4595 Gleason Dr., Dublin
Cat Adoptions

1– 4 p.m.



PetSmart, Dublin

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Cat Adoptions

1–4 p.m.


Pet Food Express, Livermore

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Contacts for Adoption Events:

Farmers Market Adoptions: Lisa DeFinney, lmdefinney@yahoo.com 650-490-0455

Location: W. Angela & First Streets, Pleasanton


PetsMart Cat Adoptions: Carole Leschinsky, littertoes@comcast.net 925-829-0728

Location: 6960 Amador Plaza Road, Dublin



PetsMart Dog Adoptions: Patricia Oliveira, olveiry@yahoo.com 925-787-5825

Location: 6960 Amador Plaza Road, Dublin



Pet Food Express—Danville: Jeri Behymer, copperk97@sbcglobal.net 925-837-2570

Location: 609 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Danville



Pet Food Express—Livermore: Denise Leddon, denise@leddon.com 925-462-0133

Location: 1436 First Street, Livermore


Contacts for Other Events:

Cat Medical Clinic (Wed. a.m.): Kathi Samec at tvar@dukestavern.com or 925-867-9892.

Cat Medical Clinic (Wed. p.m.): Bonnie Edwards at bonnie.edwards@gmail.com.

Fundraising Meetings: Jim Walker at jimwalker@kw.com or 925-397-4300

First Wednesday Street Party: Susan Ruxton itsmrsuz@aol.com or 925-337-4946

That’s Amore Coordinator: Lisa Healy at lisahirschhealy@yahoo.com or 925-355-9039.

Volunteer Orientations: Deborah Thompson at deborahthompson@comcast.net or 925-461-9910.

Tri-Valley Animal Rescue (TVAR) Volunteer Newsletter—Volume 41, July 2008

P. O. Box 11143, Pleasanton, CA 94588 www.tvar.org 925-803-7043 Tax ID 94-3156937




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