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WINTER 2012 newsletter
Ni Hao Says “Hello” to His New Home!
You may remember him as the kitten that barely survived a two week, 2,700 mile trans-oceanic journey without food or water. On
July 11, 2012 an emaciated and dehydrated 3-month-old kitten was discovered inside a freight container delivered to a business in the
unincorporated area of Compton. The container originated from Shanghai, China. The Department was contacted by the manager of
the business and we immediately sent an animal control officer to rescue the little kitten.
The orange and white male kitten arrived in guarded condition
at the Carson/Gardena Animal Care Center’s medical unit.
Department staff named the little kitten, “Ni Hao,” which means
“hello” in Mandarin Chinese. Ni Hao required a great deal of
supportive care due to his weakened state. He remained in the
care of the medical staff for two months as he slowly regained his
strength and learned how to walk again.
Ni Hao’s plight gained worldwide attention and the Department
was flooded with offers of adoption. “We received more than 80
applications from potential adopters from across the globe. We
were humbled by the outpouring of care and concern expressed
for this special kitten,” said DACC director, Marcia Mayeda. “Our
staff carefully reviewed each application, selected the top choices,
Ni Hao shortly after he arrived at the Carson/Gardena medical center
and followed up with a home inspection to solidify our decision.
We couldn’t be happier with our selection. We know the new pet
parents, Kathleen Shaver and Harvey Hettick, will provide Ni Hao
with the special attention he needs to live life to the fullest of his
abilities,” Mayeda said.
Douglas Blake Hindley was so touched by Ni Hao’s story that he
wrote the children’s book, “Ni Hao’s Journey.” At the October
2, 2012 Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor’s meeting,
Mr. Hindley presented each Supervisor with a copy of his
book. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich commented on the
magnificent resiliency of animals and how they touch peoples’ lives
in so many ways.
Supervisor Antonovich, Ni Hao and friends
President’s Message 2
dacc celebrate 75 years 5
Adoption story 9
adoption story
It felt like déjà vu. Here I was in Downey again, less than one mile from where we
first met our precious son over six years earlier. This time, my son and I were in
Downey to adopt a bunny!
The Los Angeles County Animal Care
Foundation is an independent 501(c)
(3) charitable foundation that supports
the animals served by the County of
Los Angeles Department of Animal
Care and Control. The Animal Care
Foundation provides help to more than
90,000 animals each year. Through
the leadership of a volunteer Board of
Directors, money raised by the Animal
Care Foundation is used in many ways
to enhance the care and increase the
adoption of unwanted animals.
John Gonzales, President
Phyllis Sullivan, Vice President
Phyllis Daugherty, Secretary
Phillip Gharabegian, Treasurer
Abby Douglass
Pauline East
Thomas L. Gibson, DVM
Robin Kahrs
Chris Laib
Laurene Weste
My husband and I fell in love late in life, long after we were able to have a child of our
own. In fact, we started dating just after I had already become certified to adopt a
child from the County’s foster system as a single parent. Once certified as a married
couple in January 2006, we were initially told to expect that the child we would
adopt would be somewhere around five or six years old. We decided, however, to
initially hold out for a bit to try for a child aged two or three, never dreaming we’d be
able to adopt an infant.
And, then, the miracle occurred! In the spring of 2006, we were called in the
late afternoon about a beautiful baby boy born in the morning, who had been
“safely surrendered” and left at a Downey hospital by his birth mother. We had 20
minutes to decide if we wanted to become his foster/adoptive parents with the little
information the County had about him. I remember putting our social worker on
hold on my office phone and calling my husband on my cell phone, so we wouldn’t
lose what little time we had. He asked if this is what I wanted, and I said “yes.”. Once
he gave me the A-OK, I hung up from him and reconnected with our social worker.
After I said “yes,” she said, “Well, then, congratulations, you have a son.”
Six years later, our son Gus had been begging us for a pet. We knew he wasn’t ready
for a dog, as he so desperately wanted, so I (not his dad!) agreed to a hamster. In
a totally unconnected communication with Animal Care and Control Director
Marcia Mayeda, I happened to ask her if a particular pet store I knew of was an
acceptable place to secure a hamster. She mentioned to me that the County’s animal
care centers happened to have “little critters,” which had never before dawned on
me…but was so perfect for our situation!
In that same e-mail, she also mentioned she thought a bunny or a guinea pig would
be a better pet for a six-year-old than a hamster. She let me know of several bunnies
at the Downey animal care center, many which her staff could recommend. So, Gus
and I drove to the Downey shelter to adopt our pet on a Sunday not too long ago.
Carla, the staff member where the bunnies are kept, let our son hold several bunnies
on his lap. There was one in particular she recommended, because she thought
he had a perfect temperament for a young boy who might be less than…hmmm…
delicate! When she brought him out, my son said he looked like a cow, which is why
the staff had obviously named him “Mr. Moo.”. And, this was the bunny he wanted!
However, he insisted on calling him “Mini,” the name of his cousin’s rabbit.
Not having previously known which pet we were going to adopt, I hadn’t purchased
a cage, food or any of the paraphernalia we needed. So, I asked Carla if she could
point us to a pet store in the vicinity, and she knew of one just a few miles away. It’s
when I got to the pet store that I had my déjà vu moment…because we had visited
our son each day for a week and then took him home from the Downey medical
center literally one mile from where I was standing.
Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation
Gloria Molina
Mark Ridley-Thomas
Zev Yaroslavsky
Don Knabe
Michael D. Antonovich
William T. Fujioka 1st District
2nd District
3rd District
4th District
5th District
Marcia Mayeda
Administrative Office
5898 Cherry Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90805
animal care center
Gus and his adopted rabbit enjoy some time together
11258 S. Garfield Ave.
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 940-6895
I was able to explain to Gus how important Downey was to us, because our family
now had two adoptions from the area, the first, when his daddy and I had adopted
him and, now, when he was adopting his pet from the very same place. He has always
known he’s adopted, but he’s at the age when he has more understanding of what
adoption means and, now, having adopted a pet, how the love is no different no
matter where a child or a pet originates.
216 W. Victoria St.
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
In going back to pick up Mr. Mini from the pet store, our son learned how hard it
was to leave something behind in Downey and to wait, as we had to do years earlier
for him, because it turned out that Mr. Mini hadn’t yet been neutered. Thankfully,
Gus had only one day to wait, not the seven days his father and I had to impatiently
endure. The very next day, Gus went back to Downey with his daddy to pick up Mr.
Mini…only to find out that “Mr. Moo” (to me) and “Mr. Mini” (to him) was actually
“Miss Moo.” The staff made sure that our son didn’t mind having a girl bunny, which
didn’t seem to bother him at all. However, given there’s already a girl “Mini” in our
family, he’s now calling his bunny “Ninja Mike Mini.” Both he and his daddy prefer
to think of “Miss Moo” as a boy!
5210 W. Avenue I
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 940-4191
Baldwin Park
4275 N. Elton
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
(626) 962-3577
29525 Agoura Rd.
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
(818) 991-0071
31044 N. Charlie Cyn. Rd.
Castaic, CA 91384
(661) 257-3191
AV Pet Stop - Adoption Center
42116 4th Street East
Lancaster, CA 93535
One of the Department’s most compelling responsibilities
is the protection of animals that have suffered abuse and
neglect. Fortunately, in Los Angeles County there is a unique
prosecutorial system in place to ensure that people who abuse
animals are held accountable for their crimes.
The County of Los Angeles District Attorney’s Animal Cruelty
Prosecution Program, founded in 2007, is the first and largest
of such programs of its kind in the nation. The program has
achieved great success in effectively prosecuting animal cruelty
cases throughout Los Angeles County. To date, this unit has filed
875 cases and prosecuted more than 1,050 individuals for crimes
against animals.
This unit is managed by Deputy District Attorney (DDA)
Debbie Knaan. Key components of the program include
assigning specially trained DDAs at each of the 28 District
Attorney offices throughout Los Angeles County. Each DDA is
selected based on their desire to work in the program and trained
by DDA Knaan in the unique laws and prosecutorial matters
related to crimes against animals. This selection and training
ensures that animal cruelty and neglect cases are prosecuted
consistently and effectively throughout the County.
This unit employs the use of “vertical prosecution” in managing
the cases. Vertical prosecution occurs when a criminal case is
prosecuted by one DDA from the time the case is filed until final
disposition of that case. The advantages with vertical prosecution
ensure the prosecuting attorney has a thorough understanding of
the legal nuances involved; knows the unique forms of evidence
needed in order to prove animal cruelty cases; and has knowledge
of the various conditions or orders that are unique to animal
cruelty cases for purposes of case dispositions.
Ms. Knaan regularly provides trainings to other prosecutors,
law enforcement officers, animal control and humane officers,
veterinarians and animal medical staff, and others interested in
preventing animal cruelty. She is a favorite speaker at the annual
Older Dogs Shine
Animal Care Conference in California, attended by more than
500 people every year. She has presented specialized training for
DDAs that prosecute cases regarding juveniles; family violence;
gangs; and other crimes that link to violence toward animals. She
and prosecutors in her unit have spoken to community groups
such as battered women’s shelters; Rotary clubs; and at local
veterinary and registered veterinary technician programs. She
also added a chapter on animal cruelty and neglect to the DA’s
L.E.A.D. program, which educates 5th grade students about the
criminal justice system.
Ms. Knaan also oversees the District Attorney’s tip line for
reporting animal fighting. This tip line has resulted in a number
of arrests and convictions for dog and cock fighting. She also
initiated a poster and leaflet campaign against keeping animals in
cars during hot weather, informing people that this can not only
result in serious injury or death but is also prosecutable. Now
in its fourth year, the campaign has received local and statewide
media attention.
This unique program has led the way in the rapidly developing
national movement toward effective animal crime prosecution.
This has and will continue to inspire similar efforts throughout
the country. The programs, and District Attorney Steven Cooley,
have been recognized by a number of national organizations for
the success of the program. These recognitions include Humane
Society of the United State’s 2007 Humane Law Enforcement
Award; recognition by The Animal Legal Defense Fund during
its National Justice for Animals Week in 2009; nomination for
the Award of Caring in 2009 by Actors and Others for Animals;
and award of the first Hero Dog Award by the American
Humane Association.
The Department is grateful for the hard work and dedication
of District Attorney Steve Cooley, DDA Knaan and the many
DDAs who strive to improve the safety and care for animals in
our communities.
Prince was surrendered by his owners in 2010 at our Carson/Gardena
Animal Care Center because he was 17 years old, blind, arthritic and missing
most of his teeth. His nails were overgrown and his coat was in need of a
good shampoo. However, animal care attendant Gacey Meza saw his inner
beauty. Through her outreach efforts with department Adoption Partners
(animal rescue groups) Gacey was able to ensure a happy ending for Prince.
He is now 19 years old, and his transformation under the loving care he
has received at his new home is amazing. He was recently in the Parade of
Rescues in San Diego, and showed everyone that older dogs can still shine!
Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation
Department Celebrates 75 Years of
Caring Service (That’s 525 in Dog Years!)
The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and
Control (DACC) is proud to announce its 75th anniversary of
service as the largest animal control agency in the nation. DACC
has evolved into one of the most progressive animal control
agencies in the United States.
The Department was first named the “Pound Department”
in September 1937 by the Board of Supervisors, during the
height of a statewide rabies epidemic. There were no housing
facilities, animal control equipment, and very little staffing.
The Department initially contracted with humane societies to
house impounded animals, but by 1945 it was apparent that the
humane societies could no longer meet the growing animal care
needs of Los Angeles County. The first County shelter opened in
1946 in Downey. Additional County shelters were opened in the
1950s, 1960s, and the last facility in 1976.
Today, DACC operates six Animal Care Centers (with a seventh
center in the works) and services all unincorporated areas of Los
Angeles County as well as 52 contract cities. DACC’s public
and animal safety functions are in high demand throughout
the County, 24/7. Animal control officers respond to several
hundred requests for service each day, including animal rescues,
cruelty and abuse complaints and various health and safety
matters. DACC maintains a 24/7 communications center which
serves as the hub for information and dispatching; a medical
team responsible for the health of all the shelter pets; animal care
personnel who provide the day-to-day care of the animals; and
support staff who serve as the customer care link to the public.
“The Department has evolved into a critical service provider
since its inception in 1937. We’ve gone from rabies control to
a modern-day, full-service animal care and control agency,” said
department director, Marcia Mayeda. “To better address some
contemporary animal issues, we’ve been able to implement
much-needed ordinances, such as the mandatory spay and
neuter/microchip ordinance and the Commercial Breeding
ordinance. Both ordinances are unprecedented and serve as
model ordinances for other jurisdictions to adopt. DACC has
come a long way since 1937, but the early Departmental mission
has remained intact: To protect the safety of the public and the
animals of Los Angeles County,” Mayeda said.
To celebrate the Department’s successes over the years, DACC
hosted a celebratory adoption event on September 29 and 30,
2012. Adoptions were discounted to $19.37 to honor the year
the Department was established and 251 animals were placed
into new homes! There were displays of animal care equipment
and vehicles, displays of memorabilia recounting the history of
the Department since 1937, free refreshments, and a visit from
the Laker Girls. We look forward to continuing to serve the
people and animals of Los Angeles County for many more years
to come.
The Laker Girls
DACC’s Enforcement Services Team
DACC’s Enforcement Services Bureau
is composed of four divisions – Administrative Licensing,
Facility Licensing, Canvassing, and Spay/Neuter. All together,
the bureau is made up of nearly fifty staff. Generally, it is
Enforcement Services’ responsibility to handle all licensing
activities made outside of the care center operations and to
process the revenues related to those functions.
Administrative Licensing is made up of four
budgeted positions and is responsible for the administrative
licensing transactions for the Department. They not only
respond to licensing inquiries related to licensing, but also
process the licensing revenue received through the mail, from
canvassing receipts, and from the County’s Treasurer and Tax
Collector Department. Administrative Licensing staff input
new dog information into Chameleon, input renewals, and
make status changes as needed, such as a change of address; out
of area, transferred or deceased animals; and reduced fees due
to spayed or neutered pets. They also send license tags, issue
personal identification codes to the public who want to renew
their license online but have misplaced their code, and reconcile
the deposits with the correspondence sent from the TreasurerTax Collector. The above named responsibilities are done on a
rotational basis so that each employee is trained in all areas and
the responsibility for each task is shared on a weekly basis. The
shared responsibilities model has been instrumental during past
few years and as a result, the Administrative Licensing Division
has been responsible for processing several million dollars in
revenue each fiscal year in addition to handling their many other
work responsibilities.
Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation
Canvassing supports a healthy pet population through
enforcement of pet license and vaccination requirements in the
unincorporated areas of the County of Los Angeles and the 52
contract cities we serve. There are 38 budgeted positions in
the Canvassing Division, broken into three groups – Southeast,
Southwest, and North. Canvassers are assigned areas according
to their geographic location and go door to door to collect
delinquent licenses. Many times they will discover previously
unlicensed pet, and bring them into compliance with county
and state law. This process, once updated in the animal
inventory system, helps the department maintain updated
records on the residents in our areas with pet licenses. The
role of the canvasser has evolved in recent years and canvassers
take a more customer service approach to collecting licenses
by educating the public about other animal laws as well
(tethering, leash, rabies vaccinations, spay and neuter, microchip
ordinance, etc.). This new approach, coupled with a larger
staff than in recent years, has resulted in increased revenue
collections. In 2009-10 the collections exceeded $1,000,000;
in 2010-2011 the collections increased to $2,100,000; and in
fiscal year 2011-2012 year end collections was approximately
$3,700,000. Canvassers have been able to canvass 90-100%
of the unincorporated areas in the County each year for the
past three years through targeted actions and have canvassed
at least a third of the contract cities each year, many of whom
were convinced by presentations by Canvassing Supervisors
and Managers of the many pros of canvassing. Another recent
development in the Canvassing division is the implementation
of a Training Sergeant who individually trains new staff on
canvassing techniques and processing of paperwork.
Chips save lives
Animal Facility Licensing is responsible for
inspecting dog and cat kennels, pet shops, grooming parlors,
animal exhibition events, animal menageries, mobile groomers,
as well as performing guard dog inspections at businesses,
circus inspections, inspecting establishments that require a
conditional use permit, and when necessary, issuing orders to
comply, citations to appear in court and to enforce county and
city ordinances. There are four budgeted positions assigned to
the Facility Licensing division who have the task of conducting
approximately 650 inspections annually. The staff works closely
with care center operational staff as well as the Department
of Regional Planning’s Building and Safety Division and state
agencies such as Fish and Game in order to get their tasks
done. Staff takes proactive approaches to ensure the health
and safety of animals by approaching unlicensed and licensed
businesses within our jurisdictions and imposing mandatory
periodic follow up with business owners who are hesitant about
following the guidelines. Each year, Facility Licensing brings
several hundred thousand dollars in revenue to the department,
and ensures the humane treatment of animals in these facilities.
Spay/Neuter is budgeted for three positions that are
responsible for working with agencies to provide free and low
cost spay and neuter services for the residents of the County
and, ultimately the enforcement of the ordinance. This service
is critical to the enforcement part of the mandatory spay and
neuter ordinance as it helps residents who are low income or
on fixed incomes to comply with the ordinance requirements.
Because the service is seen as an important one, private
foundations and the Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich have
devoted time and money to the effort. Per ordinance, money
for this program is generated through license sales where a small
portion of each license is set aside for the purposes of spaying
and neutering pets in the County. Last fiscal year, 1,032
vouchers were redeemed from residents in the County of Los
Angeles, and approximately 350 were redeemed by residents
in the Antelope Valley bringing the total number of spay and
neuter coupons redeemed to nearly 1,400 pets. Spaying and
neutering prevents the birth of unwanted animals and reduces
euthanasia of pets in our community.
Enforcement Services staff is proud of the work that they
provide to the Department and to the County and the services
they render to the County of Los Angeles.
Janus and his family
Microchipping your pets ensures a permanent, lifetime
identification for your animal in case it becomes lost.
An excellent example of how microchips can save lives
is the story of “Janus,” who disappeared from his home
more than two years ago. Janus was brought to the
Castaic Animal Care Center, where staff discovered
he had a microchip. His national chip registration
records did not include an address or telephone
number but did have the name of the owners, Michael
and Sarah Ruskow. Our dedicated staff searched
by the Ruskow’s name in our animal database, and
through some excellent detective work were able to
find their current contact information (the Ruskow’s
had been good Samaritans and reported a lost dog
in 2009). The Ruskow’s were ecstatic to recover
their beloved pet, and made a generous donation to
the Castaic animal care center to thank the staff for
reuniting them with Janus. It is always heartwarming
to see lost pets reunited with their families! And
remember, keep your contact information current with
your pet’s microchip registry to ensure you can always
be informed if your pet becomes lost.
Memorial Gifts
Bethany Ackerson – in memory of Ryan S. Delaney
John Albert – in memory of Wally
Sheryl Aldrich – in memory of Rusty
Roberta Araiza – in memory of Tinker
Dr. Joseph Arditti – in memory of Salomon & Rebecca Arditti
Christine L. Arias – in memory of Oreo
Bark and Purr Alliance – in memory of Max
Azusa Greens Women’s Golf Club – in memory of Kathy Gilbert
Samantha Barrows – in memory of Ian Long
Rosemary Bauer – in memory of Sonya & Ivan
Mark Bennett – in memory of Biffy & Bootsey
Greg Bloomfield – in memory of Lucky
Marc Bonanni – in memory of Woof & Zyn Berardinelli
Danielle & Chris Boyles – in memory of Boo Dobbins
Amy Bredeson – in memory of Spunky
Bernard Bromberg – in memory of Brandy
Janet Brunner – in memory of Mako
Ann & Terry Brutocao – in memory of Kathleen Wakefield
Nancy Campbell – in memory of Abby Gail
Joseph Campos – in memory of Buzz
Theresa Carrico – in memory of Mordecal
Patricia Casey – in memory of Molly
Fanny Chen – in memory of Skippy & Sleepy
Margaret Chen – in memory of Yogi & Tubby
Carlos Cortez – in memory of Puppita
Vivian Dalton – in memory of Shelby
Chelsie Darling – in memory of Duke
Lisbeth Darling – in memory of Duke
Pat Dasse – in memory of Harry
Jim & Cherie Daughton – in memory of Sprocket Mason Morisak
Sandra & Santos Delgado – in memory of Bandit
Philip & Sherri Ellman – in memory of Max DiSliverio
Philip & Sherri Ellman – in memory of Megan Waggoner
Nancee Ellsworth – in memory of Trudy Ellsworth
Sharon Eskra – in memory of Ziggy
Aaron Fell – in memory of Andrew Briskin
Cathy Fischer – in memory of Kathy Gilbert
Linda Fitzgerald – in memory of Magic
Balbino Garcia – in memory of Pee Wee
Joan Getz – in memory of Kodo
Paul Gill – in memory of Blackie King
Kelle Goodin – in memory of My Dad
Robert & Mary-Lee Gray – in memory of Kevin
Beverly Hicks – in memory of Kathy Gilbert
Honorarium Gifts
Robert Abrams – in honor of Maxi & Fanci Patterson
Iris Aparicio – in honor of Logan Monkey-Boy
Ginnie Assenza – in honor of Monty
Catherine Bahm – in honor of Bella
John & Anne Beecher – in honor of Susan & Pumpkin Babcock
Mark Bennett - in honor of Biffy & Bootsey
Bernard Bromberg – in honor of Phoebe
Joseph Cachuela – in honor of Maili
Paul Carapotes – in honor of Dinah & Dolores
George Carenzo – in honor of “Grace” rescued by Baldwin Park Shelter
Daria Castellanos – in honor of Hazel
Patience Crozier & Jessica Keimowitz – in honor of Tuppett Yates & Katja Guenther
Jacqueline Day – in honor of Wally
Sarah Dershowitz – in honor of Moonshine
Russell Dion – in honor of Shotzi
Michael Faulkner – in honor of Coco Peggy
Michael Fishman – in honor of Philip Ellman
Geoffrey Funk – in honor of Slater
Deborah Galvan – in honor of Alex
Maricela Garibay – in memory of Kobe, Lily & Chill
Tom & Joan Getz – in honor of Howard Rosenberg’s Birthday
Tom & Joan Getz – in honor of Wilma Krakow
Veronica Gonzalez – in honor of Foxy & Lily
Francesca Hannan – in honor of Jack, Jade & Junie
Camille Hart – in honor of Talullah Belle
Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation
The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the following
contributions made in memory of loved ones.
Lois Hicks – in memory of Nina & Candy
Fernando Hidalgo – in memory of Daisy, Ashley, Chiquita & Chata
Barbara Higgins – in memory of Joe Brassell
Carol J. Jackson – in memory of Carol English
Stacy Katzman – in memory of Lulu & Olive
Karen Kleinfelder – in memory of Carleton Ring, DVM
Niki Kwok – in memory of Lucy
Mala Levine – in memory of Puppy Matai
Carol L. Lewis – in memory of Tim Lewis, Animal Shelter Aid, Downey Shelter
Richard Lewis – in memory of Claire
Edward Lopez – in memory of Chiquita Marie & Chili Dog
Armando Loureiro – in memory of Slobberz
Susan Madris – in memory of Bailey Koch
Neddy Mason & Fran Martin – in memory of Sprocket Mason Morisak
Cindy Mendoza – in memory of Scrappy
Judi Miller – in memory of Moby
Victoria R. Molcsany – in memory of Nickolas Jade
Nancy Moomau – in memory of Aunt Rae’s 100th Birthday
Bonnie Moran – in memory of Max
Karen Morris – in memory of Hunter, Osito, Mickey, Shayna and all the rest
David Murillo – in memory of Rocky Bambino
Mary Nissim – in memory of Baily
Victoria Orphan – in memory of Juno
Isabel Palencia – in memory of Michael
Sharon Pecorelli – in memory of Aunt Rae’s 100th Birthday
Rita Pesini – in memory of Mickey
Wendell Phillips – in memory of Spunky & Chunky
Judy & Wilmer Pittman – in memory of Dr. Warren L. Gardner, DVM
Geraldine Pontilano – in memory of Jacob Edward Pontilano
Sandra Reuben & Kenneth Marks – in memory of Koa Green
Paula Rounds – in memory of Brandi
Jill Matson-Sachoff – in memory of Frances M. Labyorteaux
Joan Sauer – in memory of Elvis
Helen Skannal – in memory of Babe
Mathew Steinbrenner – in memory of Porter
Elizabeth Stothers – in memory of Rusty, Orion & Indy
Susan Suhr – in memory of Leo, Giselle, Gelsy & Misha
Deborah Talbott – in memory of Cinnamon
Allison Tilakamonkul – in memory of Nell
Bertha Torres – in memory of Gretel & Hansel
Carla M. Trent – in memory of Lucky
Amy Van Hagen – in memory of Irie Beagle Boy
Richard Watters – in memory of Brownie
John & Toni Weemes – in memory of Lexie
The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the following
gifts made in honor of special people and animals.
Maggie Ho – in honor of Mary, Happy, Jaguar, Circle, Triangle, Mimi, Kiki & Looloo
Carol J. Jackson – in honor of Stretch & Tai
Connie Land – in honor of Bronco & Precious
Diann Long – in honor of Manhattan
Craig Mason – in honor of Ruthanne Davis
Lori McIntyre – in honor of Sayde
Amy Panicara – in honor of Jack Brandt
Carol Patrick – in honor of Toby
Francine Price – in honor of Tila
Ofelia Ramirez – in honor of Brownie & Bubulu
Tina Rivera – in honor of BJ, Lady and the gang
Paula Rounds – in honor of Kikko
Rebecca Ruben – in honor of Tovah Weinstein
Jose Sanchez – in honor of Sweetie
Rosabla Saldana – in honor of Molly
Jorge Sandoval – in honor of Maggie
Isabel Sanford – in honor of Spike
Cynthia Servin – in honor of Stella
Jennifer Simone – in honor of Blinky
Tae Lyun Spalding – in honor of Mickey & Minnie
Misako & Akemi Takemoto – in honor of Pumpkin
Cindy Terrell – in honor of Scoobie
Ann Villaescusa – in honor of Marta Askanas
Elizabeth Wiener – in honor of Chauncey