Pieology Pizzeria and C.A.R.E

Hey C.A.R.E. Friends and Supporters!

Please stop by the new Pieology Pizzeria in the Camden Shopping Center (@ Union Ave) in San Jose tomorrow, Thursday December 1st, to help support C.A.R.E! Please share for greater exposure! Hope to see you there!

Come celebrate Opening Day at Pieology Pizzeria’s Camden Park and support Companion Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.) of Santa Clara County.

Visit Pieology tomorrow, Thursday, December 1st between 12pm and 8pm, and receive a delicious artisan style pizza with unlimited toppings for just $5 and 100% of your pizza purchase will be donated back to C.A.R.E.

Sign up for our Pie Life eClub and receive all the latest news plus free pizza on your birthday! Just text PIELIFE to 48307 or visit www.pieology.com to join.

April 2016 eNewsletter

April Showers Bring May Flowers

We’ve recently had more rain in the San Jose area – we’re glad to see that as we need the rain, but it makes it interesting if you have dogs: Do they deal well with rain? Do they like playing in the mud? Should you give them a bath every day? Do you have the right attire for them to be out in the rain (if you believe in dressing up your dogs ;-)? We’re happy to send a few rainy day ideas your way as well as some fun images to brighten your day! We’re also repeating an article we had about mushrooms – it’s important to be careful and keep our fur babies safe!
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Should you give your dog a bath every day? Well, if they get as muddy as some of the dogs below, you may need to, but here’s some expert advice about how to deal with your dirty dog: An Expert’s Secrets to Cleaning Muddy Dog Paws.
photo = Muddy Paws

Doggie rain attire? Some of you are all over this and others think this is pretty ridiculous… In case you’re in, here are some resources for you:

Enjoy dressing your dog up! Please send us your pictures and we’ll be happy to share them on our Facebook page!

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For those of you who wonder if dressing your dog up is the righ approach, here’s an interesting article that describes what you should consider: Why Not to Put a Raincoat on Your Dog: A Cogntive Scientist Explains the Canine Umwelt.

It’s still raining, so remember to keep an eye out for mushrooms popping up in your yard and the places you walk your dog. It’s best to assume that the mushrooms you see are toxic to your pets and remove them as soon as you see them sprouting up.

For more information about how mushrooms affect pets, here’s a great resource:
https://www.petfinder.com/dogs/dog-health/pets-poisonous-mushrooms/.

In Memorium message

And just remember:
April showers... Bring May flowers

How You Can Help C.A.R.E.

Our biggest need is for foster homes – the more foster homes we have, the more dogs we can save. If you’ve ever thought about doing fostering, please contact us. And even if you’re not sure and just want to commit to be a one-time foster parent, we’re happy to give you that experience. What many foster parents like about C.A.R.E. is that we let you pick the dog(s) you foster based on the size, breed, temperament that works for you! It’s a great experience, one we hope you’ll consider.

Our biggest expenses are related to vet expenses and rent for our adoption center. Our adoption fees cover some of these expenses, but we also look to our donors for their support. We sometimes knowingly or unknowingly take on dogs that are special needs dogs, and often this results in higher vet expenses. This year we took in ranch-born puppies, some of whom had worms and other minor issues – all of which were cured and these pups are now in great homes.

If you’d like to make a donation, you can do so directly on our donate or send a check to C.A.R.E., P.O. Box 111474, Campbell, CA 95011-1474. Keep in mind we’re a 501c3 non-profit, so donations are tax deductible.

C.A.R.E.’s mission is to find good, permanent homes for dogs that were abandoned, relinquished, or lost and never reclaimed. C.A.R.E. will provide temporary shelter, food, love, and medical care to these foster pets until they are placed. In order to promote the reduction of pet overpopulation and euthanasia, C.A.R.E. spays or neuters all of its foster pets. Our purpose is to educate the public on pet ownership and responsibility.

March 2016 eNewsletter

Happy Easter, Everyone!

C.A.R.E. is wishing you a great Easter and a happy spring! Hoping the Easter bunny is good to you this weekend!

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Did you know that chocolate is dangerous to dogs? Why, you ask? Well, chocolate has methylxanthines, like theobromine and caffeine, in it. These chemicals are toxic for dogs. Different types of chocolate have varying degrees of these chemicals, so if your dog has eaten chocolate, here’s a great site to find out the toxicity level of what your dog has consumed: http://www.petmd.com/dog/chocolate-toxiccity

This will help you decide if you need to take your dog to the vet for treatment. Keep your Easter safe and happy for your dog by keeping all chocolate treats out of reach!

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We recently received a letter from a donor that touched our hearts! Here’s what C.A.R.E. Board President Sharon Clifford said when she forwarded Christine’s note on to others at C.A.R.E.: “I can’t tell you how much this letter touched me coming from this young lady…12 years old. She sent a check in the amount of $31. I sent her a thank you along with a note telling her how the heart feeds the soul and her heart is the biggest heart ever. I thanked her for her creativity and thoughtfulness for C.A.R.E.’s foster doggies. I also welcomed Christina to come visit us some day at one of our pet fairs. I hope her letter made you smile as much as it did me.” We welcome donations of any size, visits anytime, and acts of kindness always!

t’s spring and with the recent rains we’ve had, mushrooms are popping up everywhere. It’s best to assume that the mushrooms in your yard are toxic to your pets and remove them as soon as you see them sprouting up.

For more information about how mushrooms affect pets, here’s a great resource:
https://www.petfinder.com/dogs/dog-health/pets-poisonous-mushrooms/.

When you shop at Amazon Smile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Companion Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.). Go to this link to support us when you shop: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/77-0285750.

How You Can Help C.A.R.E.

Our biggest need is for foster homes – the more foster homes we have, the more dogs we can save. If you’ve ever thought about doing fostering, please contact us. And even if you’re not sure and just want to commit to be a one-time foster parent, we’re happy to give you that experience. What many foster parents like about C.A.R.E. is that we let you pick the dog(s) you foster based on the size, breed, temperament that works for you! It’s a great experience, one we hope you’ll consider.

Our biggest expenses are related to vet expenses and rent for our adoption center. Our adoption fees cover some of these expenses, but we also look to our donors for their support. We sometimes knowingly or unknowingly take on dogs that are special needs dogs, and often this results in higher vet expenses. Last year we took in a litter of ranch-born puppies, some of whom had worms and other minor issues – all of which were cured and these pups are now in great homes. If you’d like to make a donation, you can do so directly on our website (http://www.carepets.org/donate/) or send a check to C.A.R.E., P.O. Box 111474, Campbell, CA 95011-1474. Keep in mind we’re a 501c3 non-profit, so donations are tax deductible.

Come by and see us, learn about us, and get the word out about us. Our pet fairs are on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10-1 at our San Jose adoption center (1080 Saratoga Ave #3). We’d love to see you along with any dogs you’ve adopted from C.A.R.E.

C.A.R.E.’s mission is to find good, permanent homes for dogs that were abandoned, relinquished, or lost and never reclaimed. C.A.R.E. will provide temporary shelter, food, love, and medical care to these foster pets until they are placed. In order to promote the reduction of pet overpopulation and euthanasia, C.A.R.E. spays or neuters all of its foster pets. Our purpose is to educate the public on pet ownership and responsibility.

December 2015 eNewsletter

It’s not too late!

As 2015 winds down, the volunteers from C.A.R.E. would like to thank all of you for your contributions and donations. We wanted to send a quick reminder that there’s still time to make a year-end donation, and we’d appreciate whatever you can send C.A.R.E.’s way.

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If you have room in your HEART & HOME, become a foster

Our next Volunteer Orientation is Saturday, January 23 from 9 to 10 a.m. at our adoption center. If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent, we’ll explain the process and help you figure out the next step for you. You’ll find fostering with C.A.R.E. to be a very rewarding experience – with each dog you foster, you’ll realize the joy of saving a dog’s life and of bringing a new family member to the adoptive family.

Your Company May Match Your Donation

Does your employer have a matching gifts program? If so, your Human Resources department can explain the process and we’re happy to help with whatever paperwork is needed. C.A.R.E. is already set up to receive donations from various Bay Area businesses, and we appreciate the matching funds C.A.R.E. receives in this manner.

It may be too late for this year’s Christmas shopping, but we also wanted to remind you that when you shop at Amazon Smile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Companion Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.). Go to this link to support us when you shop: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/77-0285750.

We also wanted to let you know about our upcoming pet fairs on January 9 and 23 (held the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). We’d love to have you visit us at our adoption center and wish you a healthy and happy 2016!

Hope you have a great New Year!

How You Can Help C.A.R.E.

Our biggest need is for foster homes – the more foster homes we have, the more dogs we can save. If you’ve ever thought about doing fostering, please contact us. And even if you’re not sure and just want to commit to be a one-time foster parent, we’re happy to give you that experience. What many foster parents like about C.A.R.E. is that we let you pick the dog(s) you foster based on the size, breed, temperament that works for you! It’s a great experience, one we hope you’ll consider.

Our biggest expenses are related to vet expenses and rent for our adoption center. Our adoption fees cover some of these expenses, but we also look to our donors for their support. We sometimes knowingly or unknowingly take on dogs that are special needs dogs, and often this results in higher vet expenses. This year we took in ranch-born puppies, some of whom had worms and other minor issues – all of which were cured and these pups are now in great homes. If you’d like to make a donation, you can do so directly on our website (http://www.carepets.org/donate/) or send a check to C.A.R.E., P.O. Box 111474, Campbell, CA 95011-1474. Keep in mind we’re a 501c3 non-profit, so donations are tax deductible.

C.A.R.E.’s mission is to find good, permanent homes for dogs that were abandoned, relinquished, or lost and never reclaimed. C.A.R.E. will provide temporary shelter, food, love, and medical care to these foster pets until they are placed. In order to promote the reduction of pet overpopulation and euthanasia, C.A.R.E. spays or neuters all of its foster pets. Our purpose is to educate the public on pet ownership and responsibility.

November 2015 eNewsletter

Note from the President – New Beginnings!

Reflecting on this past year, C.A.R.E. has turned the corner and started a new chapter. We have had our share of struggles and challenges, but we have always remained steadfast and never wavered in our mission to save animals and to find loving permanent homes for our foster dogs.

In February, we opened up our new adoption center in San Jose. Ironically, it is right around the corner from a previous location (at 1080 Saratoga Avenue #3 in San Jose). We have downsized, but also have welcomed and added a few new foster homes which has helped save a few more lives and give some of our foster dogs happy endings.

The C.A.R.E. website has also been given a facelift, our blog is now live and on our website, our Facebook page now has almost 1,000 fans, we’ve adopted 26 dogs to date this year, and our new eNewsletter is reaching you today.

I would also like to take this opportunity to give thanks to our donors, volunteers, trainers, veterinarians, and to those who come and visit us at our adoption center and events to share their stories.

I hope you will enjoy our new website, will comment on our blog, will like us on Facebook, and will share our stories. I also welcome you to come visit us in person at one of our Saturday pet fairs. I always appreciate you, our adopters, for your support and for adding a C.A.R.E. dog to your family!

Keep Calm and Wag On,
Sharon Clifford, C.A.R.E. President
www.carepets.org
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President Sharon Clifford with Oso, one of the Schnauzer-mix pups placed by C.A.R.E. this year.
President Sharon Clifford with Oso, one of the Schnauzer-mix pups placed by C.A.R.E. this year.

C.A.R.E. at Local Events

Every year C.A.R.E. attends several local events. In January, we were at the San Jose Pet Expo at the San Jose Fairgrounds and in September, we were at Bark in the Park at Williams Park in San Jose. These events give us the opportunity to talk about C.A.R.E. and meet new and old friends. Many people who have adopted from C.A.R.E. stop by our booth to say hello and tell stories about their dogs. Here are a few shots from the events we attended this year.

In Memorium message

You can read memorial stories here: http://www.carepets.org/donate/memorials/.

How You Can Help C.A.R.E.

Our biggest need is for foster homes – the more foster homes we have, the more dogs we can save. If you’ve ever thought about doing fostering, please contact us. And even if you’re not sure and just want to commit to be a one-time foster parent, we’re happy to give you that experience. What many foster parents like about C.A.R.E. is that we let you pick the dog(s) you foster based on the size, breed, temperament that works for you! It’s a great experience, one we hope you’ll consider.

Our biggest expenses are related to vet expenses and rent for our adoption center. Our adoption fees cover some of these expenses, but we also look to our donors for their support. We sometimes knowingly or unknowingly take on dogs that are special needs dogs, and often this results in higher vet expenses. This year we took in ranch-born puppies, some of whom had worms and other minor issues – all of which were cured and these pups are now in great homes.

If you’d like to make a donation, you can do so directly on our donate or send a check to C.A.R.E., P.O. Box 111474, Campbell, CA 95011-1474. Keep in mind we’re a 501c3 non-profit, so donations are tax deductible.

C.A.R.E.’s mission is to find good, permanent homes for dogs that were abandoned, relinquished, or lost and never reclaimed. C.A.R.E. will provide temporary shelter, food, love, and medical care to these foster pets until they are placed. In order to promote the reduction of pet overpopulation and euthanasia, C.A.R.E. spays or neuters all of its foster pets. Our purpose is to educate the public on pet ownership and responsibility.

Halloween Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe

Fall is here! And that means it’s time for cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and Halloween. A holiday, that unfortunately for pets, can be filled with looming dangers.

Here are four reminders that can help keep your pet safe on Halloween.

Blow Out the Candles
Glowing pumpkins look great and make your house extra spooky, just make sure to keep them safely out of reach. Pets, and little kids for that matter, can easily knock over burning candles, creating a truly scary Halloween.

Also be aware of other Halloween decorations that can be pulled down, fall down, or are an entanglement risk.

Watch those Doors
As you hand out candy and other treats to gremlins, princesses, and pirates remember to keep an eye on your curious pets who would love nothing more than to sneak out that front door.

If you have a room where you can lock up your furry ones for a few hours, even better! This will keep them from running out the door and away from the sometimes frightening and always strange sights and sounds of trick-or-treaters.

Hide the Candy
We all know chocolate is bad for dogs. But so are candy corns, sweets containing xylitol (a common sugar substitute), and many other treats just calling your pooch’s name. And don’t forget the wrappers! The more inquisitive and less picky pets will eat those too.

Keep your pets inside
Good rule any day of year, but be extra watchful around Halloween when pranksters have been known to tease, injure or even steal pets from their yards. Keep your loved one safe inside, especially at night.

Volunteer Spotlight: Jessica and David

We have lots of caring volunteers who help with a plethora of duties at C.A.R.E. and this week we wanted to spotlight Jessica and David.

Jessica and David first learned about C.A.R.E. when they adopted Savannah approximately two years ago. They had recently reconnected with us, wanting to volunteer and help unite loving families with doggies who need exactly that.

They’ve been on the front lines of adopting for the last six months and have loved every minute of it. “One of the best things is seeing a dog go home. And seeing the family so happy. Especially the kids,” says Jessica. “And it’s pretty amazing to see the transformation that happens with the animals, too. We’ll adopt out a shy dog, who blossoms, and just becomes full of spunk and happiness. All after just a week of love. It changes everyone,” adds David.

One of their recent adoptions is a great story full of second chances. C.A.R.E. got to Zoey, a pocket pit bull mix, just in time – saving her from a shelter in Los Banos, CA where she was going to be put down the very next day. Zoey did have a few behavior issues, but absolutely loved people. After about one month, she was adopted by a family.

However, a few days later the family had a change of heart and circumstances and decided that they could no longer keep Zoey.

The story (fortunately) doesn’t end there. A couple who had been extremely interested in adopting this cutie pie previously but had renewed their search after hearing about the adoption were notified and they were there in a blink of an eye.

Today, Zoey is happy as can be with her loving family and two older doggie sisters whom she adores. And they make quite a team, a 120lb ridgeback, a 65lb pit mix and little Miss Zoey at 35lbs.

The C.A.R.E. Blog is Back

It’s been awhile since we’ve blogged but we are back and ready to share adoption stories, available dogs and their tales, volunteer spotlights, tips and tricks, and much more. Our plan is to blog every few weeks so be sure to stay in touch.

If you have adopted from C.A.R.E. and would like to share your story with others, please let us know. All we need is a few minutes of your time for a quick interview, either by email or phone, and some pictures of your adorable dog.

We are very excited about the recent changes at C.A.R.E.

As some of you may have noticed, we have a new, beautiful website thanks to generosity and hard work of i2i Interactive (Shona and Mary who also adopted dogs from C.A.R.E.). Take a few minutes to explore the site and share with your friends and family.

We also have a new home at 1080 Saratoga Ave #3, San Jose, CA 95123. If you haven’t had a chance to stop by and say hello, please do so — we’d love to see you! We’re there on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 10am until 1pm.

GO FUND ME for Sofi and her pups:

On May 22nd, Sofi and two other dogs were found by a good Samaritan scavenging for food around a school. She was able to catch two of the three dogs and took them home. They were given baths as they were scruffy, filthy and exhausted. Next came the vet check and hope for microchips (no chips and no owner could be found). At the 2nd vet visit, it was discovered that Sofi, a 12 lbs. terrier mix, was pregnant. The good Samaritans contacted C.A.R.E. for help. C.A.R.E. readily stepped in and offered financial support as well as 24-hour access for questions or advice.

The night of their births was terrifying. Sofi had been showing signs of labor for over a week. We soon realized something was wrong. Two puppies were trying to come out at the same time! We rushed to United Veterinary Specialty & Emergency clinic in Campbell, CA, where she had an emergency C-section. Without the intervention of the doctors and nurses there, she would have certainly died, along with her puppies. She lost a great deal of blood and needed a blood transfusion. Sofi delivered 6 beautiful puppies; two boys and four girls. They have been affectionately named: Gus, Grover, Cleo, Milly, Lola, and Violet. Since that hectic evening, Sofi and her puppies have thrived. She is a wonderful mother, even at the young age of 1 & 1/2 years.

Any help with the emergency vet bills (which were over $4,000) for Sofi and her spunky puppies would be greatly appreciated. C.A.R.E. will continue to support and care for Sofi and her puppies until they all have found their forever homes. Please check back here or you can find updates on Facebook.

 

If someone you know is looking to add to their family, please tell them about C.A.R.E. And stay tuned for more posts!