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Author Visit January 22: Dr. Sophia Yin, Animal Behaviorist

Author Visit January 22: Dr. Sophia Yin, Animal Behaviorist

Fearful, reactive, unruly or just too rambunctious – does this describe your dog?

Yolo County’s Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, located at 315 East 14th Street in Davis, welcomes veterinarian, animal behaviorist and author, Dr. Sophia Yin, for a speaking engagement on Wednesday evening, January 22, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Dr. Yin will present two back-to-back lectures: “Teaching Fido to Learn to Earn: developing leadership in humans and impulse control in dogs” and “Help! My Dog Barks and Lunges at Other Dogs!: how to handle your fearful or reactive dog”.

Animals from Around the World on January 11

The Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library is pleased to present “Animals from Around the World!” on Saturday, January 11, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.  Children age five and up will take a journey from the library to the continents of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, South America and North America through the eyes of live animals representing these parts of the world, and will learn the special contributions they make and how we can all make a difference in maintaining a healthy planet.

“Come meet a global collection of invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals representing different parts of the world, and learn about the contributions these animals make to diversify our environment,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong.  “Let the animals touch you!”

Sacramento animal shelters join national initiative to find homes for thousands of animals

Sacramento animal shelters join national initiative to find homes for thousands of animals

Local community challenged to #EmptySacShelters over the course of one weekend

Sacramento, CA (October 14, 2013)—Later this week, shelters from around the country will collaboratively attempt to place thousands of homeless animals into new homes over the course of just one weekend for the ASPCA’s Mega Match-a-thon initiative.

Four local animal shelters have joined the initiative and are calling on the Sacramento community to #EmptySacShelters from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, October 18 to Sunday, October 20.

The local effort, aptly named the Empty Our Shelters Project, will provide individuals and families the opportunity to be a part of something big by helping to end homelessness for animals found in shelters. That weekend, participating local animal shelters will allow Sacramentans to adopt any animal from any shelter for just $20!

Participating shelters include:

Pet missing since the 4th?

Pet missing since the 4th?

Did  your pet run off during fireworks on July 4? Check the following shelters:

Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E.Gibson Rd. Woodland,  (530) 668-5287
https://www.facebook.com/YCAS

Sacramento Animal Shelter, 2127 Front St., Sacramento, (916) 808-7387. www.cityofsacramento.org (click on Animal Shelter)

Sacramento County Animal Care, 3839 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento. (916) 368-7387. www.animalcare.saccounty.net

Sacramento SPCA, 6201 Florin Perkins Road, Sacramento. (916) 383-7387; www.sspca.org

Yolo County Fair, food & fun

Yolo County Fair, food & fun

It won't be long before West Sac families can head for the Yolo County Fair - the state’s oldest fair that has no admission charge.

Tickets are now on sale for the Fair's annual Opening Night Gala (6-8 p.m. Aug. 14, $15 in advance, $20 at the gate). The fundraiser helps support a fair that also boasts hundreds of  volunteers, partners and sponsors.

Located in the Fair's Agriculture Building at the Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland, the gala will feature entertainment by area musicians, Clarksburg wines, locally produced honey, jams, olive oils, produce and crafts, all set against the Americana backdrop of the fair, said event spokeswoman Monique Garcia in a press release.

Law Dogs Challenge draws a crowd

Law Dogs Challenge draws a crowd

Despite the heat, more than 1,000 spectators turned out June 15 to watch West Sac Police Department K9s and others from throughout the region participate in a SWAT demonstration as part of Law Dogs Challenge 2013.

The Challenge, staged on the softball fields at West Sac's River City High School, is both a training exercise and fundraiser, said West Sac PD K9 Officer Roger Kinney. The nearly $4,000 raised by this year's event helps pay medical expenses for retired dogs, he said, as well as the costs of training and equipment not in the police department's budget.

The first day of the two day Challenge, June 14, demonstrated dogs' ability to sniff out narcotics. (Some police K9s are trained to sniff out bombs and are called in to 'sweep' buildings in Sacramento when dignitaries visit.)