The Community Memorial Museum offers its annual Summer Vacation Children’s Program with the Sierra Muzzleloaders’ Mountain Men re-enactor’s group. The mountain men will set up their encampment in Howard Harter Park behind the Museum to show visitors what life was like 200 years ago in the rugged mountains of the West. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on July 12th, 2012, the authentically costumed mountain men will demonstrate time-honored survival skills, such as starting a fire and making arrowheads for hunting. Children and grownups alike will learn what life was like for those rugged and solitary trappers and hunters who helped to push the western boundaries of our expanding country.
The Sutter Animal Services Board of Directors on Monday unanimously approved new strategies to reduce the use of euthanasia on healthy cats and improve the number of animals adopted at the Sutter County Animal Shelter.
Beginning September 1, Animal Control officers will stop picking up healthy cats in the field and will not accept healthy feral cats brought to the shelter.
The shelter staff will continue to pick up unhealthy cats in the field and to accept unhealthy cats and healthy, adoptable cats that are brought in to the shelter.
The SASA Board’s decision was based on recommendations by Dr. Kate Hurley, the director of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, which has been hired by SASA to help develop policies to improve shelter operations, reduce the use of euthanasia and increase adoptions.
The Sutter County Animal Shelter is at capacity and will be limiting the number of cats it will receive as the community cat population increases with the spring and summer months.
“We are at, or constantly near, capacity, and we are announcing that there will be periods of time when we will not be accepting new cats at the shelter,” said Bob Clary, Interim Animal Services Manager. “In these situations, we actively network with multiple organizations to find fostering arrangements. Networking often takes a day or two to reduce the volume. Until then, if we took additional cats in, it would require having to euthanize healthy, adoptable cats that have been with us. We want to give as much of an opportunity as possible for the cats to find their next homes. Euthanasia is a last resort when all other options have been exhausted.”
The Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013 is expected to be available on Friday, June 8, and will be posted to the County’s website.
The Board of Supervisors has scheduled two special meetings, for budget hearings, on June 25 and June 26 at 9 a.m. each day. The budget hearings will be conducted in the Veterans Memorial Hall, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.