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Have you tried on your  winter wardrobe and it is too snug or maybe even too big?  If so,  Consider donating your clothing to the Thrift Shop.  We need new and very gently used  Spring and Summer clothing as well as purses and shoes.  Your closet cleaning could make a difference in the life of a pet.  We accept donations Tuesday - Saturday from 10am - 4:30pm.  We appreciate your donations and we will provide you a tax deductible receipt.
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Meet Koda.  She is such a low-key sweet girl.  Unfortunately, for whatever reason, she gets overlooked when people come to adopt a dog.  She has been with us for a long time and she needs to desperately find a loving home.  She would make a great ranch dog or even a companion dog.  She is alert so very watchful of her surroundings.  We feel she would do best as an only dog, as some dogs just get on her nerves, just like people.  She has spent the night with one of our volunteers and she said that Koda has great house manners and is potty trained.  She will show her playful side and does listen well.  She is good on a leash and will travel anywhere you want her to go.  Please consider this sweet dog. 


Fall clothing and seasonal decorations, Halloween too, being accepted at the Thrift Shop, Tue-Sat 10-5
Do you enjoy posting pictures on social media sites?  Do you like to write?  If you do, our dogs need you!  We are looking for someone to post pictures on our Facebook page and various other animal adoption sites.  These pictures and write-ups are essential for getting our furry friends adopted.    If you can spare a few hours a week, please speak with Theresa at our Thrift Shop, located at 855 Gray Avenue, in Yuba City.  We will work around your schedule and after you become familiar with the system, this could be done from home.  You can also call us at 530-755-2025
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Why Do We Have Adoption Fees?

  • Spaying and neutering
  • Vaccinations, including Distemper, Kennel Cough, Parvo, and Rabies and De-wormer.
  • Food and Shelter.   This includes providing shelter, blankets, dog houses, food, with some dogs requiring special food for special diets. Also, we provide toys and treats.
  • Flea control, grooming supplies, and bathing.
  • Medical Care and Medications, which can be quite costly to the Rescue.  We frequently use eye medications, ear medications, skin medications, intestinal medications and also we provide x-rays when needed and any emergency or any other needed medical attention when  necessary. The cost to provide care for just one dog can be anywhere between $150.00-$500.00, and depending upon the particular situation, possibly more. This of course does not include costs involved in maintaining the rescue, maintenance and other day to day operational costs.  Please remember, we do not receive Federal or State Funding.  The adoption fees we charge allow us to to continue to care for these animals. 

A common question among adopters is why do we have adoption fees?  Shouldn't the dogs be free or at least discounted because they are rescue dogs?  When you adopt a dog from our Shelter, your fees are helping with the continious costs involved in the care of the dog.  These costs typically include, but are not limited to:
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House Training Dogs & Puppies
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Sue Sternberg
The key to training your dog to eliminate outside (where you want him to) is to prevent accidents, and to reward success. Adult dogs have better bladder and bowel control, and can “hold it” for a longer period of time than puppies. The rule of thumb with puppies is to take their age in months, add one, and that’s the number of hours the puppy can “hold it” during the day (i.e. A four-month-old puppy can be expected to be clean for up to five hours during the day).
Here are some simple steps to help you and your dog find success!

Feed your dog on a schedule (he’ll eliminate on a schedule, too).
Keep his diet simple and consistent (avoid table scraps and canned foods; a high quality dry kibble produces the least waste).
Choose an area, about ten square feet, outside, where you wish your dog to potty.
Take your dog on leash to the area, pace back and forth (movement promotes movement) and chant an encouraging phrase (“do your business, do your business “).
Do this for no more than three minutes:
if he eliminates, give huge amounts of praise and play.
if he doesn’t eliminate, keep him on leash, go back indoors, keep dog on leash with you or confined in a crate.
Try again in an hour; eventually your dog will eliminate appropriately and you can
give huge amounts of praise and play.
REMEMBER! Do not punish accidents! Ignore them, and reward success!
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Obesity in dogs is almost as common as obesity in humans. In fact, experts say somewhere between 25 and 40 percent of dogs are obese or likely to become obese.

The health consequences of these extra pounds are just as serious, too: overweight dogs put greater stress on their joints, hearts, lungs, liver, and kidneys. They’re more prone to injury, and are at a higher risk during surgery.
And it probably doesn’t feel good to them, either. Fat dogs don’t have the energy or the natural curiosity and playfulness that fit dogs do. Although dogs can’t decide to go on a diet or exercise more, they definitely appreciate life a whole lot more when they’re trim and ready for action.
Some dogs have physiological reasons for their obesity, but most of the time, their weight problems are the result of two simple, all-too-common factors: too much food and not enough exercise.
Overeating for a dog is really a matter of overfeeding–overly generous portious, too many between-meals snacks, and table scraps. Sometimes the owner mistakenly believes that a dog needs access to food twenty-fours a day, or that dogs only ‘ask’ for more food–oh, those puppy-dog eyes!–when they’re truly hungry. Not true. Dogs are natural-born scavengers, and if they learn that a certain look or whimper will always yield more food, they’ll ask for it over and over, whether they’re hungry or not.
Lack of exercise is easy to explain: it’s the same problem we humans have. With dogs generally confined indoors or in yards, they don’t get the exercise they need (and no, dogs will not ‘automatically’ exercise any more than humans will. They’re just as lazy as we are.) Fence-running and playing isn’t enough. If the dog’s over-eating–even a little–there will be a slow but steady spread, leading to all-too-common obesity in middle age.
However, there are other reasons a dog may gain weight, including:
Spaying or neutering lowers the dog’s metabolism, but it’s remarkably rare that dogs gain a lot of weight solely because of that. What does happen: feeding and exercise plans don’t change with the age or condition of the dog, and what was fine for an active puppy is far too fattening for a ‘fixed’ middle-aged adult. It’s entirely controllable. A fixed dog does not automatically equal a fat dog.
Hormonal disorders such as an underactive thyroid gland, or hypothyroidism, can cause a weight problem. Or a dog’s adrenal glands may produce too much of a hormone called cortisol and create a condition known as Cushing’s disease. Dogs with Cushing’s disease don’t actually gain weight, but their fat is re-distributed to the abdomen, giving them a pot-bellied look.
Slowing metabolism happens to all of us in middle age, including dogs. Research shows that middle-aged spread in dogs begins in earnest around the age of five or six…so if your dog is already overweight by that time, the problem is only going to get worse.
Breed can play a role, too. If your dog is a mixed-breed or purebred Beagle, Cocker Spaniel, Collie, Sheltie, Basset Hound, Dachshund, Lab, or Golden Retriever…be aware.
How to tell if your dog is overweight
Check the ribs. Yes, there should be a little fat over them, but you should be able to feel them. If you can’t find them…you’ve got a problem. In fact, feel around for the major bones all over your dog’s body–legs, spine, shoulders, hips. If you have trouble finding any of them, then your pet has a bit too much padding.
Check the breathing. If your dog breathes heavily even after little or no exertion, or has a hard time recovering from a short walk or play session, there could be a problem.
Check the base of the tail. A little fat should cover this area, but if you can’t feel the bones at all, you dog is very overweight.
Look down. Seriously: check your pet’s silhouette from above. Can you find a waist? Can you tell where the ribs end and the hips begin?
Check the “abdominal tuck.” The tuck is the area behind the ribs. It should be smaller around than the chest. How much smaller depends on the breed, and the more deep-chested your dog, the greater the difference. A dog who’s too thin will have a very severe tuck, while a fat dog may have no tuck at all.
When to call your veterinarian
If you give your pet a good once-over and think there’s a weight problem, make an appointment with your vet. The doctor will give your dog a thorough physical, do some blood tests, and ask questions about eating habits and frequency. Then she can help you build a realistic, gradual, and low-risk weight loss plan. The plan will almost certainly include:
Reduced caloric intake, probably using a special dog food formulated for weight loss
Less food each day
Increased fiber or water intake
More exercise
You might want to consider keeping a log of food intake–including treats–and exercise, so you can monitor your pet’s progress. You might even have to get a little obsessive, measuring the exact amount of foods offered and noting every treat.
No matter what the plan, be prepared for it to take a while. Inducing weight loss at a rate faster than two percent of total body weight per week is more likely to reduce lean tissue, and trigger a rebound weight gain.
Keep in mind that you’re in this for the long haul. Most dogs may take as long as eight to 12 months to reach their goal weights, and even then, they’ll need to keep up the diet and exercise to maintain their new, healthier shape.

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   Don't let your pet drink the water in the Christmas Tree holder, as it harbors bacteria and can make your pet sick
    Tinsel on trees are attractive to pets and if ingested can cause serious gastrointestinal problems, even blockage.
   Don't leave candles in low areas, pets can knock them over and burn themselves, or even cause a house fire.
   Keep wires and ornaments out of your pets reach, (if possible, don't put them on the bottom branches); your pet could suffer electrocution or ingest an ornament. 
    Keep your pets away from sweet treats, especially chocolate.  Xylitol is an artificial sweetener which can be dangerous for your pet. 
    Spicy, fatty foods or foods with bones should NEVER be given to your pet. Make sure garbage is completely out of pets reach.
    Make sure to keep cocktails out of your pets reach, as they can cause serious illness to your pet, including death. 
    If you plan to give your pet a Christmas Treat, make sure that you buy durable dog toys that are indestructible.  No ribbons or loose parts that your pet can ingest.
    Remember to tell your guests to keep their medications in a safe place, zipped up, where Rover can't get to them.
    Make sure your pet has a quiet, secure place to go.  Some pets get very nervous at holidays, with people coming and going and it can cause stress in your pet.
    As you count down to the new year, remember confetti and poppers can be very dangerous if swallowed.  Loud noises, fireworks and horns can terrify pets and also cause  hearing problems. 
    Train your furry friend to stay back from the fireplace.  Embers can pop out and injure your pet and even the fireplace screen can reach temperatures that can burn your pet if they rub against it.