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August 25, 2019
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Fostering is fun The Richard Crane School- Cougar Cub Character Assembly Richard Crane’s walk-a-thon Dog fights – often more bark than bite Summer hazards for pets Odd couples and unusual friends Sonoma County Vegfest – learn about a plant-based diet Mark your calendars-Support Bark After Dark Belated Happy Mother’s Day RP Animal Shelter has a rodent nursery All the pieces in place Cautions for your pet on the 4th of July Long distance adoptions Saving Hopps becomes a job Bark After Dark benefit a great success Richard Crane- Cougar Cub Character Assembly for May 20 Hahn Elementary-Life skill recipients for May To be a senior cat during the summer is the pits Black is beautiful! Spring is turtle season? Thomas Page Academy awards for May Summer camp review Monte Vista Elementary Student Builders-2018 Why nice animals sit We appreciate our volunteers John Reed Elementary-Positive behavior winners for April 30 You love pets? Quality vs. quantity Bark after Dark is coming Nov. 3 John Reed Elementary Positive Office Referral recipients Fires, floods, mudslides oh my! Monte Vista-Student builders for April 2 Monte Vista Elementary received recognition of being safe Monte Vista-Award winners for May 7 Monte Vista School Student Builders for October 2 Rancho Cotate High School Recognition of Curiosity for the month of October Monte Vista Elementary-Student builders for March 5 Richard Crane-Cougar Cub Character Assembly for April 1 Penngrove Elementary-Life skills for April 10 Inside or out – the debate continues Hahn Elementary School Monte Vista Walk-a-thon The Richard Crane School Cougar Cub Character Assembly students November 5 Planning for our pets Penngrove Elementary- Life skills for Feb. 27 RCHS seniors sign commitment University Elementary-Life Skill Award for Perseverance for the month of April Summer fun for animal lovers Hahn Elementary-Lifeskill recipients for the month of April John Reed Elementary School A beloved dog, a stolen car and...a happy ending Broken legs in cats very costly Furry fire victims John Reed Elementary- Honor roll 2018-pets in review Finding strays out of Sonoma County A visit to Thomas Page Academy Leoni wins speaker contest The Richard Crane School Cougar Cub Character Assembly April 29 Penngrove Elementary School A lifetime commitment Hahn Elementary Life skills awards - October, 2018 Are you ready for Thanksgiving? 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Life skill awards for Creativity Hahn Elementary Life skills for the month of Feb.  2019 World’s ugliest dog® contest University Elementary for September Rancho Cotate High School Students for the month of Nov. Thomas Page Elementary School - Lifeskill awards Prepare pets for better grooming visits Rohnert Park municipal code update Rancho Cotate High School Achievement award for January Richard Crane Elementary Cougar Cub Character Expectation award winners for the week of Feb. 25 Penngrove Elementary for Sept. 12 Hahn Elementary School - Life skills for Nov. 2018 Girls, it is time to make changes and be empowered Monte Vista Elementary-Student builders for Feb. Visiting Cape Town SPCA John Reed School Positive behavior winners for Nov. 27 Thomas Page Academy Respect, Integrity, Service and Endurance awards Step up your kids’ STEM skills Taking work on vacation John Reed Elementary- Positive behavior winners for Jan. 22. Monte Vista Elementary-Student Builders for Sept 4 Penngrove School Lifeskill award for Sept. 5 Penngrove Elementary - Lifeskill Award for Aug. 31 Teacher Amy Miller is wrapped up Some assembly required: Putting together the pieces of your rescue pet University Elementary School life skill awards for the month of August Penngrove Elementary Lifeskill winners for the week of Aug. 22 John Reed positive behavior winners for Aug. 28 Happy Birthday Small dog syndrome: When predators are also prey Richard Crane School walk-a-thon Hope unleashed for pets with cancer Penngrove School Aug. 8 Richard Crane School Cougar Cub Character Assembly students for Aug. 20 Penngrove School for Aug. 15 Penngrove Elementary Lifeskill award winners for Aug. 1 Rescuing Pitbulls: When myths affect reality Try attending Sonoma County VegFest Aug. 18 “Stuff the truck” Time to get immunized before school starts 5 tips for bringing your pet to work this summer School bus safety 101 Living with a 3-legged dog is not easy Can we can clear the shelter?

Bunny fur ban bill

By: Mickey Zeldes
April 12, 2019

While we were busy celebrating everything rabbit last weekend at our third Annual Sonoma County Bunfest – a great day by the way, with over 500 guests visiting and learning about these adorable creatures – there was a big bunny fight in our state legislation to keep rabbits included in the newly proposed fur ban.  The bill, AB44, introduced by Assembly Member Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) and sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Animal Hope in Legislation and Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation would make it unlawful to manufacture, sell, offer for sale, display for sale, trade, give, donate or otherwise distribute a fur product in California. According to Friedman, “There is no need for fur in the 21st century and no place for it in a sustainable future.”  All fur products – including rabbit fur.

Then an amendment raised by a Northern California Assemblyman to exclude rabbit fur from the statewide fur ban was introduced which has the potential to contradict the spirit and intention of the bill.  “Agribusinesses are lobbying for the right to continue to sell rabbit fur for the luxury fur market, claiming that since they are already killing domesticated bunnies for meat, they might as well sell the pelts,” says Marcy Berman, Founder and Executive Director of SaveABunny Inc. “Rabbit meat is not very popular, as proven by a failed 4-year pilot program by Whole Foods Market. If rabbit fur is the only kind of fur allowed in California, it creates a lucrative corner on the fur market that will increase the number of domesticated bunnies who are raised and killed specifically for their fur.”

The amendment was not picked up in the first committee but it has several more hearings to go before reaching the governor’s desk and the rabbit farmers are putting pressure on legislators to include the amendment citing dire economic consequences if they are not allowed to sell the fur of the rabbits they raise.  It will next be heard in the appropriations committee so we need to express our support of keeping the bill intact and not allowing an amendment that would exclude rabbits.  You can go to apro.assembly.ca.gov/membersstaff to get a list of committee members and their contact information.  Be sure to also let your Assembly Member (locally that’s Cecilia Aguiar-Curry) and Senator (Bill Dodd) know that you want them to support the bill as originally written and to resist pressure to exclude any animal.  Follow the bill’s progress yourself to keep up with who needs to be contacted next or just follow the Rabbit Advocacy Network on Facebook for updates.  

California is once again leading the way to a kinder world where all animals are valued and treated humanely.  I don’t know about you, but I’m proud to say I live here!  All of you who love rabbits, these wonderful, loving, playful pets, please help keep their fur on them, not on people!

Upcoming Events

“Get Them Back Home” Campaign – Every lost pet should have a way to get back home.  FREE pet ID tag and a back-up microchip are available to all residents of Rohnert Park and Cotati.  No appointment necessary, just come by the shelter during our regular open hours: Wed. 1-6:30; Thurs.-Fri.-Sat. 1-5:30; Sun. 1-4:30.

Fix-it Clinics – Free spay and neuters for cats; and $60 dog surgeries (up to 80 lbs.) for low-income Rohnert Park and Cotati residents.  Call 588-3531 for an appointment. 

Mickey Zeldes is the supervisor at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter. She can be contacted at mzeldes@rpcity.org.