Humane Society of The Sierra Foothills Inc
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Organization Details

Programs

Description
Enforcing California's animal cruelty laws. Responding to public complaints of animal abuse and neglect and working with animal owners to remedy situations. HSSF Officers participated in community festivals, attended animal health and welfare conferences, monitored fairs and rodeos, spoke at public meetings on animal welfare issues, and met with elected officials to improve the lives of animals. All of this is accomplished with one employee and over 60 volunteers.
Budget
$750,000
Program Successes
2019:
- In February 2019, HSSF court-certified Humane Officers seized 23 dogs, chickens and a goose from a repeat offender. All the animals were rehabilitated and found new homes.
- In November 2019, HSSF court-certified Humane Officers seized three underfed horses after the owner refused to follow veterinary recommendations with appropriate food supplies. The horses are being rehabilitated. Once completed, they will be trained and re-homed.
- Throughout the year, our Officers respond to complaints of possible animal cruelty. Our highly trained officers work with the animal owners and veterinarians when necessary, to resolve the situation then monitor the animals recovery.

2018:
- In 2018, the court confirmed a new HSSF Humane Officer to respond to the increased demand of neglected or abused animals.
- We provided assistance to the animals and people of the Paradise/Butte County fires by helping Animal Services distribute food and supplies.
- Our participation in Sacramento County's Animal Cruelty Task Force throughout the year has been a rewarding collaboration effort between agencies across jurisdictional lines to identify and investigate crimes against animals.
- In July 2018, with a valid search warrant, our Officers seized two Alpaca's, two goats, and one Llama -- all neglected by their owners. Unfortunately one horse was so grossly neglected, the veterinarian recommended he be euthanized. At the end of 2018, we were still awaiting the Placer County District Attorney's decision on filing charges.
- In September 2018, two emaciated Greyhound dogs were removed from their home under exigent circumstances and rushed to the veterinary hospital after our Officer spoke with the owner. According to the on-staff emergency veterinarian, the dogs were four days away from complete shut-down. Weeks of a specialized diet and a slow re-feeding program, along with countless veterinary re-checks, restored them to good health. We are awaiting the Placer County District Attorney's decision on whether to file animal cruelty charges.
- In August 2018, our New 2 You Thrift Store was reopened in a new location after being closed for six months because of water damage.

HSSF Officers participated in community festivals, attended animal health and welfare conferences, monitored fairs and rodeos, spoke at public meetings on animal welfare issues, and met with elected officials.

Approximately 62 volunteers donated a total of 12,322 hours of their time in a variety of different capacities, including animal fostering, book sorting, book sales, thrift store sales, outreach events, legal/court hearings, animal feeding, grooming and training. In 2018, our volunteers provided the equivalent of 5.92 full-time workers for a savings of $147,864 calculated at the current minimum wage of $12.00/hr.

2017:
- In 2017, our court certified Humane Officers fielded 134 formal complaints serving over 201 animals requiring welfare checks and follow-up visits as needed.
- In December of 2016, with a valid search warrant, our Officers seized 57 neglected dogs from an illegal puppy mill, living in unsafe, filthy conditions, without appropriate veterinary care. We worked tirelessly during the first five months of 2017 to help these dogs adjust to life outside a cage before finding them life-long homes with caring and understanding pet parents. In the process, HSSF paid the costs of long-overdue veterinary care for the adult "breeder" dogs to relieve their pain and suffering. The majority of the dogs had ear infections and "trench mouth" so long standing that veterinarians stated it began to affect their vital organs. No charges were filed by the Placer County District Attorney.
- In May 2017, after HSSF pursued neglect and abuse charges against a horse owner, he pled no-contest to one misdemeanor count of Penal Code 597f(a) but the second count of cruelty was dropped. The perpetrator is currently on probation. Charges against his wife were dismissed. "Peewee" now named "Pierce", the horse victim in this case, is enjoying his new life with his pasture mates thanks to the kindness of a private citizen.
- In August 2017, with increased complaint activity, HSSF hired our first field investigator to improve response time and act as liaison to members of the community.

HSSF officers participated in community festivals, attended animal health and welfare conferences, and monitored fairs and rodeos.

Approximately 103 volunteers donated a total of 17,770 hours of their time in a variety of different capacities, including animal fostering, book sorting, book sales, thrift store sales, outreach events, legal/court hearings, animal feeding, grooming and training. In 2017, our volunteers provided the equivalent of 8.54 full-time workers for a savings of $195,470 calculated at the current minimum wage of $11.00/hr.
Description
Once animals are rehabilitated and legal proceedings completed, HSSF continues to care for them until new homes are found. While in HSSF's care, they are provided with necessary medical attention and in many cases, re-trained to improve their chances to find a forever family.
Budget
$112,000
Program Successes
- In the past five years alone, HSSF has rescued and found good homes to well over 100 dogs, almost as many cats and horses, as well as, birds, sheep, goats, pigs, exotic/pet birds, chickens, and a rabbit - all victims of animal neglect. Since it's inception, HSSF's animal rescue work has been non-stop and continues into this year.
- HSSF Humane Officers have improved the lives of hundreds of domestic animals by educating animal owners and helping them provide better care for their pet(s).
- HSSF's Investigator/Community Liaison is one of the first respondents to citizens' calls for assistance and/or information related to animal welfare.