I wrote last week’s blog entry — my first — without any introduction. Since I’ll be writing in this “Telling Tails” space regularly, I thought I’d share a little background.
As a kid, I had guppies and puppies, maybe even at the same time. And, I was pretty good with both, even for a little kid and even by today’s standards; that is, after our first family pet, Clancy the Dalmatian, wouldn’t put up with my 3-year-old shenanigans and my parents rehomed her. A few years laters, I’d take our yellow lab mix, Ginger, on daily walks and earned an allowance, which was blown immediately on pinball machines or baseball cards.
Ginger was my buddy, but my childhood love growing up in the ‘burbs 30 minutes south of San Francisco was baseball. When I wasn’t playing, I was watching; Candlestick Park was my setting for countless warm memories and chilly games during the mid 1970s to late 1980s. The last stop for me and baseball was Stanford. I didn’t get a “free ride” athletic scholarship, but close enough.
I’d make a lousy prison guard. I spent a few hours with the SPCA’s Ruff Start program which pairs shelter dogs with level-four inmates inside the Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad. These are tatted, hard-looking men; central casting material for any movie with a prison yard scene. Upon meeting each one and seeing them interact with “their” dogs, I thought to myself, “He’s a really nice guy!”
Fortunately, I run the SPCA, not a prison.
The dogs our Animal Behavior Department selects for the Ruff Start program need intensive, focused work before they can transition into
When the SPCA For Monterey County teamed up with Mazda Motorsports in 2007, it led to many things. Donations large and small. Adoptions by racers and race fans. And many new friends in the extended motorsports family. Now, several of our new motorsports friends have teamed up to create unique works of art that will be auctioned off to benefit the SPCA for Monterey County.
When is a helmet not a helmet? When it is a work of art.
Sparco USA generously donated four brand new helmets to be used as blank canvases. The results are four unique works of art that will appeal to a wide variety of race fans, art lovers, and animal advocates.
Calling all pet supermodels! All submissions for our 2018 Calendar of Superstar pets must be in by midnight on Monday, August 31. The deadline will be here before you know it! It’s time to plan that photo shoot featuring your furry, feathered, or scaled family members. Remember, we love getting photos of all pets – dogs, cats, horses, iguanas, birds – all of them. The more the merrier!
From Scott Delucchi, Executive Director
For many, summer is time for relaxation, fun, and vacation. Sadly, abuse, neglect, and homelessness do not take a vacation for the pets in our community. During the summer we have some our busiest months. Just this past weekend alone, 73 pets arrived at The SPCA for Monterey County. All of these pets need food, water, vaccinations, safe shelter, and medical care. One of the most vulnerable of these is a young pup who has been receiving