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Brentwood Dog Trainer Lori Lee Tonkin

February 19, 2011 Volunteers In The Spotlight

Local dog trainer Lori Lee Tonkin is reflective as she sits on top of an empty kennel in the backyard of her Brentwood, California home on a warm summer day, watching like a hawk the menagerie that gathers around her like Little Bo Peep’s beloved sheep. Today she’s got mostly small breeds, like Chihuahuas, Terriers, Dachsunds and mixes. An over-sized Rottweiler rounds out the group…

Commisson on Animal Rescue and Education (C.A.R.E.)

February 19, 2011 In The President's Corner

Antioch Mayor Jim Davis and Councilman Reggie Moore have called for the establishment of a Commission on Animal Rescue and Education (C.A.R.E.). The commission will be tasked with making recommendations to the City Council. C.A.R.E. grew out of a request I made at the June council meeting at which the 2010/2011 budget was adopted. That budget made a 24% cut in the Animal Services Fund and eliminated the Volunteer Coordinator position…

Rescuing Lily

February 19, 2011 Happy Tales

My husband, John, and I adopted Lily in January of this year. We had to put our dear Lab to sleep last September and I was feeling like a lost soul. After four months I knew in my heart I truly needed a dog in my life. I was checking online and dis-covered that H.A.R.P. would have dogs at the local PETSMART. I walked in and there was Lily (then Snowflake) in the arms of Gloria Bailey, H.A.R.P.’s Dog Adoption Manager…

Fire Fighters Rescue Manny

February 19, 2011 Happy Tales

It was adoption Saturday at PETSMART in Pittsburg. Two fire fighters will always get our attention, but when they come through the door cradling a cardboard box and heading in the direction of the H.A.R.P. cat adoption table, even more so. They had just rescued a little orange kitten from the middle of Somersville Road. When asked how in the world they did that, with all the traffic, they said they used lights and sirens and stopped traffic. It was wonderful to know that the Contra Costa Fire Department thinks a terrified, trapped kitten deserved a heroic effort and H.A.R.P. felt the same way, so Susan Krueger, our Adoption Manager, took him home to foster. As the fire fighters left, we asked their names. “Manny and Jeff,” was the response, so Manny was named…

Garfield the Cat

August 23, 2010 Happy Tales

Garfield was found at just six weeks old with a bump on the head that left the little tyke disoriented. He was taken to the emergency room and then transferred to the Martinez shelter where shelter volunteer Sue Underwood took care of him for a few days until Harpie Jane Buyny took him home and nursed him to health…

Foster Feline Adoption Manager - Susan Krueger

August 01, 2010 Volunteers In The Spotlight

As on most Saturdays, Susan Krueger is sitting quietly this day at the H.A.R.P. adoption table, stationed off to the left of the entrance at PETSMART in Pittsburg. She’s got her nose buried in some paperwork, busy with whatever task at hand needs completing. She hardly notices when her name is called…

The Importance of Microshipping and I.D. Tagging Your Pet

H.A.R.P. encourages the use of identification tags and microchipping. Through personal experience with lost and found pets, we know these efforts work. One of my cats, Solomon, ended up at the Martinez shelter. The chip had my contact information…

Scooter Gets a Home

June 01, 2010 Happy Tales

In February, at the H.A.R.P. annual dinner at The Red Caboose Restaurant, we had an uninvited guest who desperately wanted to be part of the celebration…

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