Gratitude

We Appreciate The Generosity Of Our Community

Without the generous donations from individuals and organizations, your Calaveras Humane Society could not help so many of the families and pets in our area. Listed here are just a few of the people whose donations have kept our programs going. From food, to monetary donations, to blankets, to volunteers, we are sincerely grateful for everyone’s contributions

August 7, 2020

We’re delighted to announce that our Calaveras Humane Society Thrift Store is the winner of the Ledger Dispatch Best of Calaveras award for Best Consignment/Thrift Store. Thank you to everyone who voted! Our thrift store staff works hard to maintain an inviting shopping environment with high-quality merchandise. If you’ve never stopped by before, put it on your to-do list. We’re worth a visit! ❤️🐾
Thrift Store - Best of 2020

July 25, 2020

Rescued Lab/Border Collie mix and Angels Camp resident Mocha stopped by today with an absolutely lovely assortment of donations for her animal friends at the Calaveras Humane Society: pet food, kitten formula, Greenies, and more!

Thank you, Mocha (and mom and dad Irene and Elwood) for your kindness. ❤️🐾

Thank you Mocha, Irene, and Elwood

July 23, 2020

We did it, thanks to you! Your generous donations here on Facebook and via our website raised enough funds to completely pay for foster puppy Bree’s liver shunt surgery at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine on July 29. Woo hoo!

Having our entire annual “special needs” medical budget eaten up by one charming puppy was a definite cause for concern. But because this expense is now covered in full, we will be able to welcome the next homeless pets with treatable but potentially costly medical conditions with open arms.

You might not be aware that 10-20% of the animals we take in need special veterinary care beyond spay/neuter surgery and routine vaccinations. Our most common expense is dentals for middle-aged and senior pets.

THANK YOU to everyone who gave from the heart. We’ll keep you posted on Bree’s progress and will let you know next week how her surgery went. ❤️🐾

July 10, 2020

Big shout out and huge appreciation to our friends at Jackson Creek Veterinary Clinic and Blue Oak Veterinary Hospital for spaying and neutering THIRTY-FOUR (34!) of our shelter animals in the last nine days alone!

These superstars helped us break through our post-COVID logjam, and we are now up-to-date and good to go. Many, many thanks, guys! ❤️🐾

Thank you, vet clinics

May 28, 2020

We absolutely ❤️ the Women of the Moose (Ebbetts Pass), who brought us 50 more amazing handmade fleece blankets to keep our dogs and cats snug and secure. We like to send each adopted pet home with his/her favorite blankie, so they’ll have something familiar in a new environment. As you can see, CHS ambassaDOG Marlee wholeheartedly approves of this very generous gift.

Thank you, Women of the Moose, for your kindness and hard work! ❤️🐾

Thank you, Women of the Moose, Ebbetts Pass

May 10, 2020

Many, many thanks to the Calaveras Community Foundation for once again awarding us a major grant to continue our Senior Veterinary Assistance program. We are honored to have received this grant for four years running.

Through the program, low-income seniors (65+) living in Calaveras County may apply for one-time help paying some or all of their pet’s veterinary bill. The assistance may be used for either emergencies or routine preventive care like vaccines and dentals.

We already know that seniors are among the most caring of pet guardians, and we’re thrilled to be able to help their pets get the care they deserve. Thank you, Calaveras Community Foundation, for making this possible! ❤️🐾

Thank You Calaveras Community Foundation

May 6, 2020

We can’t begin to express how honored and grateful we are to everyone who donated yesterday to our #GivingTuesdayNow fundraiser. Your compassion and generosity resulted in just over $7,750 in contributions, our biggest Giving Tuesday event ever.

We are deeply appreciative that, in this time of financial unpredictability for many, you so selflessly chose to support us. Thank you for helping to take a bite out of the COVID-19 cloud we’ve been under.

We can’t wait to welcome you back to our adoption center and our Calaveras Humane Society Thrift Store in the future. Until then, we’ll be beginning some socially distanced, contact-free adoptions of kittens in the coming weeks. Watch for posts here and information on making an adoption appointment if the kitty of your dreams catches your eye. And we’ll see you at our Drive-Thru Pet Food Bank event this Saturday!

THANK YOU, everyone! ❤️🐾

March 17, 2020

Our most sincere thanks to everyone who donated to our Itty Bitty Kitty Formula Drive over the last two weeks! The Amazon Fairies (our UPS guy says he doesn’t mind when we call him that) delivered box after box of formula, bottles, Miracle Nipples, and more — including one of the stuffed cats with a heartbeat that we’ve always, always wanted to use to soothe an orphaned litter!

We’re overwhelmed by your generosity and are feeling 100% ready for the start of kitten season. We promise to thank you with many adorable photos of the little buggers as they come into our care.

Still want to give? It’s NEVER too late, as our itty bitty kitties gobble up endless amounts of formula:

Thank you for your help with Kitten formula drive

February 10, 2020

Many thanks to Angels Camp resident Richard Hurkman, who stopped by today to donate two enormous bags of new and gently used toys in memory of his beloved dog.

Our ambassa-DOG, Marlee, is inspecting for quality control (and the whole lot met with her resounding approval). ♥️🐾

February 6, 2020

Four paws way up to Tractor Supply Co. in Angels Camp for their incredibly generous donation Wednesday.

Store manager Ridvan Arsian, pictured here, delivered multiple pallets of food for our Pet Food Bank. We’re just delighted when local businesses care about pets in need in our community! ♥️🐾

February 3, 2020

We’re incredibly proud of our team! Friday night we accepted the Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce award for 2020 Non-Profit of the Year. We’ve worked hard to make our organization the best it can possibly be, and this kind of recognition feels amazing.

CHS team

Above: Our group at Friday’s awards ceremony. From left: Administrative Assistant Tracy Malandra, Animal Care Technician Rami LeGrande, Customer Service Rep Kelly Napoli-Floto, Executive Director Dee Dee Drake, Customer Service Rep Lorrie Morris, Board Member Emeritus JoAnn Kromfols, and financial adviser Donna Stevenson.

Calaveras Chamber of Commerce - Non-Profit of the Year Award

December 6, 2019

Four paws up and many thanks to the Women of the Moose (Ebbetts Pass), who brought in FIFTY fleece blankets today to keep our animals snug and warm!

Adopted dog Daisy, pictured here with this amazing bounty, definitely approves.

We like to send pets home with their favorite blanket so they’ll have something familiar in a new environment. Thank you, Women of the Moose, for your generosity! ❤️🐾

Women of the Moose contributions

November 2, 2019

Keepin’ the critters warm during the latest power outage was a snap thanks to all the fabulous blankets from our Kitty Knitters and a very timely donation of snuggly (and stylish!) dog clothing.

Pictured here: Staffer Rami during the blackout with recently-adopted dog Roxy, who was waiting on her spay appointment before going home. ❤️🐾

Roxy dog bundled up

October 22, 2019

A thousand thanks and a resounding chorus of purrs to Arnold resident Gail Davis, who brought us more than a DOZEN crocheted blankets, handmade with love, for our kitties. ♥️🐾

Gail Davis blankets

October 14, 2019

Many thanks and four paws up to Carol Sturdivant for all the amazing and cuddly blankets she made for the pets in our care! The kitties and pups are going to be enjoying these crisp autumn evenings snuggled up warm and cozy in Carol’s handiwork. ❤️🐾

Carol Sturdivant with pet blankets

September 30, 2019

Great big furry thanks to all the folks who answered our call last week for new cat toys! We’re being visited daily by the Amazon fairies, and can see we’re going to be wonderfully stocked with a huge variety of fun and fabulous playthings for the cats and kittens.

We like to send every adopted feline home with his/her favorite toy or two, so we do go through them fairly quickly. Thanks to your generosity, we’re all set for a while! ♥️🐾

cat with tons of toys

September 4, 2019

Dual Arnold/Dublin resident Heidi thrilled us the other day with her generous donation of handmade fleece blankets for our animals. We see some snuggly, warm critters on crisp autumn nights in the not-too-distant future. Thank you, Heidi! ♥️🐾

When folks asked about dimensions, Heidi answered: “18” X 24″ for the great majority, with fleece this will give you 4 per yard. I always try to throw in a few larger dog blankets at approx 36″ X 24″. Sometimes they are not quite 36” once you’ve straightened the fabric store cut. This will give you 2 per yard. Happy shopping and happy sewing!!!! 🤗”

Heidi donates flannel blankets

June 28, 2019

Many, many thanks to Murphys resident Judy Bigelow (known to her piano students as “Mrs. B.”), who spent the winter knitting blankets for the cats and kittens in our care.

We’re just delighted with this unexpected bounty. Thank you, Mrs. B., for your kindness!

Judy Bigelow with her handmade blanket contributions

June 16, 2019

We want to give a huge thanks to Native Daughters of the Golden West Ruby Parlor No. 46 in Murphys for their ongoing support of your Calaveras Humane Society.

Their generosity is truly awe-inspiring, and we appreciate and acknowledge their kindness! ♥️🐾

Thank you, vet clinics

June 14, 2019

Hadean, almost 12 (left) and Seidon, 8, of Angels Camp are really excited about the imminent opening of the Calaveras Humane Society’s shelter!

The brothers created posters to advertise their cat food drive, then collected a lovely assortment of donated goodies from neighbors and friends. They’re pictured here delivering the items and posing with CHS ambassaDOG Marlee.

Thanks, Hadean and Seidon! We absolutely love the support of enthusiastic young folks! ♥️🐾

Hadean and Seidon Help Out

May 29, 2019

We are delighted to announce that BISSELL Pet Foundation has awarded a major grant to your Calaveras Humane Society. The grant will help offset the cost of our spay/neuter assistance program for low-income Calaveras residents.

Thank you, BPF! Your generosity will ensure that Calaveras County can continue to be a major player in the fight against pet overpopulation! ♥️🐾 

Bissell Pet Foundation grant - thank you

May 28, 2019

Oh my DOG! Just look at the incredible pile of donations the employees of the Calaveras County Office of Education so generously gave to your Calaveras Humane Society!

Pictured here with the “loot” is a staffer’s assistance dog, Pu’a, in the CCOE office. We are so grateful for the employees’ kindness, and truly appreciate that they thought of us. Pets in need will be just delighted with ALL of it. ♥️🐾

Calaveras County Department of Education food donation

May 21, 2019

Many thanks to the big-hearted Calaveras County Frog Jump employees. They once again chose your Calaveras Humane Society and Friends of Calaveras Animal Services (FOCAS) to receive the donation proceeds from their annual Calaveras County Employee Frog Jump on Tuesday.

Pictured here is Calaveras Humane Society Chief Financial Officer Allen Dodson, along with representatives from FOCAS. On behalf of the animals, we thank you, County employees!

Frog Jump County Employees donate to CHS and FOCAS

May 6, 2019

Albert Michelson Elementary second grader Allie asked her friends not to bring her gifts at her eighth birthday party — she asked for presents for the animals of the Calaveras Humane Society instead.

“We’ve been learning about animals in school,” Allie says. “I learned that some animals are in danger and I thought I should give donations to help.”

What a haul! What a kid! Thank you, Allie. Your generous heart is an inspiration to us all! ♥️🐾

Allie's Birthday

April 5, 2019

We are delighted to announce that your Calaveras Humane Society is once again the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Calaveras Community Foundation. This will fund our Senior Veterinary Assistance Program.

The program allows us to assist low-income Calaveras County senior citizens with their veterinary bills. The bills can be for anything from preventive care to surgery to emergencies.

Seniors are among the best of pet guardians. They are experienced and often have plenty of time to give their animals love! Their pets are an essential part of their happiness and mental health. We couldn’t do this without Calaveras Community Foundation’s support. We thank them for their generosity. ♥️🐾

Calaveras Community Foundation Grant

July 30, 2018

Rail Road Flat resident Linda Burns has been a Calaveras Humane Society volunteer since 2006. “I started out collecting donation box money, and a month later I was asked to take over as team leader!” she remembers. Under Burns’ supervision, income from the donation boxes (those clear acrylic banks at retail check stands in stores throughout the county) has doubled, “in spite of our local economy,” says Burns.

In 2010, Burns also began volunteering in the cat adoption center in our Arnold thrift store, caring for the cats and kittens and assisting the public in selecting and adopting their new feline friends. She now oversees the scheduling of all volunteers at that location, and fields questions from both them and the public during open hours. “I used to turn my computer on maybe every three days,” she says. “Now it sometimes doesn’t even get turned off at night.”

Burns averages 40-50 hours of volunteer work per month, and takes tremendous pride and satisfaction in the work she does. “I have rewarding experiences continually while talking to people about their pets…or being lucky enough to participate in an adoption,” she says. “It always amazes me what conversations I get to have just because I’m wearing a CHS t-shirt.”

Congratulations to the Calaveras Humane Society’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year, Linda Burns! We give thanks for all that she does for our organization.

Linda Burns 2018 Volunteer of the Year