Love has no age limit when adopting a pet

Wanda is about 8 years old, spayed and litter box trained. Her eye had been surgically removed prior to coming to the shelter, but that doesn’t stop her from being the friendliest cat around. (Contributed)


PUBLISHED: November 27, 2020 at 3:15 p.m. | UPDATED: November 27, 2020 at 3:16 p.m.

November is Adopt a Senior Pet month and, even though this is the last weekend of the month, there is no reason not to consider adopting a senior anytime during the rest of the year. Disturbingly, out of the millions of animals taken to shelters each year, senior relinquishment has become a more prevalent occurrence. Sadly, just like the older individuals who talk of feeling abandoned and frightened when displaced to a nursing home, it is not difficult to imagine that senior pets experience the same despondency and fear when they lose the only home they have ever known.

Unfortunately, senior pets often end up in shelters for a variety of reasons, most of which are not their fault. Some reasons are the same as any other animal, such as neglect, abandonment, or straying. Unfortunately for some, their previous owners may have died without providing instruction regarding what was to happen to their beloved pet in the event of their demise. Others may have moved to assisted living or an area where they are no longer able to provide proper care for their pet. Family members may not be available, may themselves not be able to care for the animal, or simply do not want to take on the additional responsibilities. Whatever the reason, the health of older animals is at higher risk in a shelter environment. They usually do not adapt well, and frequently will decline rapidly.

In addition, older animals, due to public perception, are often more difficult to adopt. Perhaps it is because adopters feel adopting a senior pet will only lead to heartbreak. But we never truly know how much time we have with any animal or, for that matter, with anyone that is important to us. Nothing in this life is ever guaranteed, as we have well learned this year. However, as surprisingly as it may appear, we have heard numerous times that seniors who were adopted not only thrived, but also exceeded their expected lifespan once safely placed, again, in a loving home environment.

The common thought is that cats and dogs become senior around seven years old. But like humans, senior pets can and often do, defy the adage of “old and decrepit”. While a bit a little slower in some areas, they still have a lot to offer, among which is experience and the sweetness of maturity. And like the rest of us, given a nutritious diet, enough exercise, and regular check-ups there is no reason why an elderly pet cannot enjoy a good quality of life for many years.

Something to consider when adopting is that with older pets, what you see is what you get. Whether they max out at 70 or 10 pounds, or are stubby or lanky, senior pets have already developed into exactly who they are going to be.  Not only have they have reached their full-grown size, but their personality has already developed. Thus, it is easier to see if the animal will be a perfect fit for you and your family.

They are more independent. While senior pets still love being close, they can amuse themselves and not make the same demands for your attention as younger animals. They no longer need the constant training and care puppies and kittens require. Puppies and kittens are notorious for getting into trouble. Chewing, scratching, and other unwanted behaviors have decimated untold amounts of furniture and articles of clothing in many households. Seniors, conversely, have learned what appropriate conduct is and do not need the constant monitoring and reinforcement that pups and kitties do.

Whoever said, “You can’t teach an old dog (or cat) new tricks”, obviously never had an adult pet. Youths, in whatever venue, typically have shorter attention spans and less impulse control than their more mature equivalents. Older animals, as a rule, will focus more readily and with better comprehension on the job at hand. Another positive factor is that senior dogs and cats are most likely already potty-trained, thus preventing frustration and oodles of extra cleaning.

They also make excellent companions for seniors. An older pet can have a lot of energy, but tends not to be as inconsistent in its behavior as a younger version.  They are definitely “more chill”. Something to consider, obtaining either a puppy or kitten can mean many years of responsibility that an older person may not have. However, to those seniors I strongly suggest considering a pet who is also in his or her golden years. Having the companionship of a faithful friend and providing a loving home to an elderly pet can definitely be a win-win for all concerned.

When you open your heart and home to a senior pet, you let them know that they are worthy of love and comfort during their twilight years. In return, no matter who you are or where you live, the rest of the pet’s life will be spent thanking you for their second chance at happiness. For additional information regarding senior pets, “My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts” book by Laura T. Coffey is a good read and includes a valuable resource guide also available online ( The Senior Dogs Project ( ) has excellent resources too.

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Ronnie Casey has been volunteering with the Tehama County Animal Care Center since relocating in 2011. A retired R.N., she strives to help animals in need within Tehama county. She can be reached at

Celebrate with Random Acts of Kindness Friday


As all of us are aware, this year has not been “normal” in many respects. Over these last few months I am sure that you, like me, have seen more bitter, mudslinging coarseness and cruelty than I had ever hoped to see from people from whom I expected better. And, despite the lip-service given to curb hate speech, eradicate bullying, and extend tolerance to our fellow man, a culture of nastiness has grown immeasurably, and common decency and civility is becoming the exception rather than the rule.

Personally, I am fed up and would like to see a kinder start to this holiday season, with the hope that it might extend into the coming year. Four years ago, a movement was started called “RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) Friday” as a way to transform the commercialism of “Black Friday” by committing as many random acts of kindness as possible. So I ask, what harm could there be in celebrating #RAKFriday, and ring in the holidays like they were meant to be?

The phrase “Random Acts of Kindness” (RAK) is well known. A “Random Act of Kindness” is simply doing something nice for someone else, without them having to ask and it is done without the expectation of receiving something in return, which includes a “thank you” or some other form of recognition. It is an action that is selfless, or a mindset that puts compassion for others before one’s own interests. It has been proven that when one person commits a random act of kindness for another, it not only positively affects both the giver and the receiver, but it also impacts anyone who witnesses the act. As Mark Twain stated, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

During these unsettling times, the news abounds with suggestions for dealing with feelings of depression resultant from the imposed isolation. Something to consider, whether you are the recipient, giver, or witness to an act of kindness, is that you can experience the benefit of an increase in oxytocin, a natural hormone. Oxytocin helps to lower blood pressure, improve overall health, and increase feelings of self-worth and optimism. And if that was not enough, kindness to animals has its own set of tangible rewards. Every purr or tail-wag somehow makes life a little brighter. And, of course, every life helped brings even larger, immeasurable rewards.

“Random Acts of Kindness by Animals”, by Stephanie LaLand, documents stories of acts of kindness performed by various animals.  The book not only highlights ways that they practice compassion among their own and other species, but it also integrates instances of human compassion for animals. However, the biggest take-away is that, if those considered not as intelligent as us advanced humans can be kind and compassionate, there is absolutely no excuse that prevents us from being the same.

Whether you donate monetarily, a little or a lot…whether you volunteer one or 1000 hours…whether you adopt one pet or foster a hundred…whatever it is you do, no act of kindness is considered trivial. If you are wondering what can be done, here are some suggestions: Take an elderly neighbor’s dog for a walk or to the vet if necessary; gather coupons for pet food and share them with those who might be financially stressed or, better still, give them some pet food; donate supplies to our animal shelter; foster an animal until it can be placed in a loving home; volunteer to muck out stalls, socialize, groom and feed animals for those that might need an extra hand; help cover pet medical expenses for those struggling; and, most of all, remember to smile, give a compliment, and thank someone. It costs nothing and you just might make someone’s day.

While you are at it, why not consider “adopting” an animal shelter, rescue, animal control unit or vet clinic. This may not help an animal specifically, but it is an indirect way to show kindness to animals by helping those in the trenches avoid compassion fatigue. These people have tough jobs, and they are on the front lines helping animals in difficult and often emotionally gut- wrenching situations. Showing gratitude and doing a random act of kindness can give them a little boost of happiness in what might be an extremely difficult day. Dropping off a box of donuts, or providing a lunch, or offering some sort of freebie service can provide an immeasurable boost.

If we hope to shape attitudes toward different animal, cultural, and human rights issues, then we need to nurture in our children the value of kindness toward one another, animals, and our environment. While it is easy to believe that children will naturally be kind to animals without having to be taught, it is not necessarily true. Some do not have an instinct for being gentle, and as we have especially seen this year, not all have had good examples from which to learn. As we look to the future for all of us, we need to integrate the qualities of compassion, tolerance, and integrity into our lives. #RAK Friday is a golden opportunity for us to do this.

It does not take much to help change the world for the better. Begin the change with a small act of kindness.

More News Articles of interest

PawPrints fundraiser a success for PETS


PUBLISHED: August 7, 2020 at 2:28 p.m. | UPDATED: August 7, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.

The 2020 Nu-Way PawPrints fundraiser for PETS, or Providing Essentials for Tehama Shelter, is complete for the fifth year running.

More PawPrints and donations were garnered this year than in any past year. The support of Nu-Way and the all-important checkers was phenomenal. Every checker contributed to this great success. The organization thanks the people of Los Molinos who shopped at Nu-Way.

Lost dogs looking for way home again after holiday celebrations

By GEORGE JOHNSTON | | Red Bluff Daily News

PUBLISHED: July 7, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. | UPDATED: July 8, 2020 at 1:14 p.m.


RED BLUFF — The Tehama County Animal Care Center is looking to return the many dogs that ran away from home during the Fourth of July holiday due to the noise of fireworks celebrations.

Pawprints 2020 (5th year running)



PUBLISHED: June 24, 2020 at 2:11 p.m. | UPDATED: June 24, 2020 at 2:12 p.m.

For the fifth year in a row, a PawPrints fundraiser for Providing Essentials for Tehama Shelter, or PETS, is planned at Nu-Way Market, 8049 SR 99E in Los Molinos.

Nu-Way is sponsoring and the start date is July 5. The campaign will run through the end of the month.

Animal care center in Tehama County is lowering fees for holiday adoption event

RED BLUFF, Calif. — On Thursday, the Tehama County Animal Care Center


(TCACC) kicked off their fifth annual "Home for the Holidays" pet adoption event.

Those looking to adopt have until Saturday to take advantage of discounted fees and prices.

TCACC says every dog is $25 and under and every cat four months or older is free. Kittens are $10.

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Free spay and neuter clinic coming to Tehama County


PUBLISHED: December 18, 2019 at 3:03 pm | UPDATED: December 18, 2019 at 3:27 pm


The Tehama County Animal Care Center will be holding a pet adoption event Dec. 19-21.  During the fifth annual Home for the Holidays event, the center will reduce adoption fees for all dogs to $25 or less, all kittens will be $10 and all adult cats will be available free. Staff are hoping to use this adoption event to find every dog and cat in the shelter a new home before the new year begins.

170 local nonprofits will benefit from North State Giving Tuesday

Posted Nov 24, 2019 at 12:01 AM

Hosted by Shasta Regional Community Foundation and Merchants Bank of Commerce, North State Giving Tuesday is a 14-hour online giving event to benefit more than 170 nonprofits in Shasta, Siskiyou and Tehama counties.

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Free spay and neuter clinic coming to Tehama County


PUBLISHED: October 14, 2019 at 5:37 pm | UPDATED: October 14, 2019 at 5:38 pm


Tehama County Animal Care Center will be hosting a three-day spay/neuter clinic in Tehama County, courtesy of the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA.

Adopt a feline star during Purr-miere Friday


PUBLISHED: September 5, 2019 at 5:30 pm | UPDATED: September 5, 2019 at 5:32 pm

In celebration of Free Cat Friday, the Tehama County Animal Care Center will undergo a transformation into Purrywood on its all day Purr-miere Friday, Sept. 13

Los Molinos market hosts Paw Prints fundraiser for PETS


August 12, 2019 at 4:53 pm

The Nu-Way Paw Prints fundraiser for Providing Essentials for Tehama Shelter, or PETS, was a howling success for the fourth year in a row.

Los Molinos market hosts Paw Prints fundraiser for PETS

By Red Bluff Daily News |

PUBLISHED: July 1, 2019 at 5:50 pm | UPDATED: July 1, 2019 at 5:51 pm


Nu-Way Market in Los Molinos is sponsoring the fourth annual month-long fundraiser for Providing Essentials for Tehama Shelter, or PETS.

Not Cho’ Grandma’s Bingo becomes Red Bluff trend


By JULIE ZEEB | | Red Bluff Daily News

PUBLISHED: June 24, 2019 at 6:47 pm | UPDATED: June 24, 2019 at 6:48 pm

RED BLUFF — What started as a one-time event has turned into a trend with games selling out in under an hour, prompting Saturday’s Not Cho’ Grandma’s Bingo event to offer two rounds at The Enjoy Store.

Not Cho’ Grandma’s Bingo becomes Red Bluff trend


By JULIE ZEEB | | Red Bluff Daily News

PUBLISHED: June 24, 2019 at 6:47 pm | UPDATED: June 24, 2019 at 6:48 pm

RED BLUFF — What started as a one-time event has turned into a trend with games selling out in under an hour, prompting Saturday’s Not Cho’ Grandma’s Bingo event to offer two rounds at The Enjoy Store.

Red Bluff council to mull grant funding, pet adoption Tuesday


By JAKE HUTCHISON | | Red Bluff Daily News

PUBLISHED: April 1, 2019 at 6:16 pm | UPDATED: April 1, 2019 at 6:17 pm


RED BLUFF — Grant funding for a proposed Splash Park as well as changes to a pet adoption ordinance are on tap for Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting.

Animal shelter receives crates for pet transport


By JULIE ZEEB | | Red Bluff Daily News

PUBLISHED: February 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm | UPDATED: February 7, 2019 at 6:01 pm


RED BLUFF — The Tehama County Animal Care Center has received a helping hand in the form of a Shasta Regional Community Foundation grant that allowed it to purchase crates needed to transport animals.

The grant was a collaboration between Providing Essentials for the Tehama Shelter, PETS, and the care center, said PETS Vice President Ronnie Casey.

Hometown heroes honored Saturday



PUBLISHED: January 15, 2019 at 3:54 pm | UPDATED: January 15, 2019 at 3:56 pm


RED BLUFF — The majority of Tehama County’s first responders and veterans organizations were well-represented at the Not Every Hero Wears a Cape event Saturday hosted by Providing Essentials for Tehama Shelter, or PETS, at the State Theatre.

The event, which included a special screening of “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” was a chance for the community to come out to meet and thank their hometown heroes, said PETS Vice President Ronnie Casey.

Event to honor first responders, veterans Saturday at State Theatre


By JULIE ZEEB | | Red Bluff Daily News

PUBLISHED: January 16, 2019 at 5:24 pm | UPDATED: January 16, 2019 at 5:25 pm

RED BLUFF — Tehama County will get the chance to honor first responders and veterans, who will be recognized Saturday at a special event hosted by Providing Essentials For Tehama Shelter, or PETS.

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Bill Cornelius: A lot has been accomplished in nine years

(& Sgt Stubby)



PUBLISHED: January 15, 2019 at 3:54 pm | UPDATED: January 15, 2019 at 3:56 pm


It is almost hard to believe that it has been nine full years since a steering committee was formed to investigate the feasibility of the non-profit, State Theatre for the Arts, purchasing the historic State Theatre for use as a performing and cultural arts center by the entire community.


Shelter animals hope to go home for the holidays


  • PUBLISHED: December 11, 2018 at 3:50 pm | UPDATED: December 11, 2018 at 3:51 pm

  • The Tehama County Animal Care Center will be holding its fourth annual Home for the Holidays pet adoption event Dec. 13-15..

"Home for the Holidays" event

by Patrick Maravelias

  • Tehama County Animal Care Center is reducing adoption fees for its fourth annual "Home for the Holidays" event December 13 through December 15.

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Thousands attend Dairyville Orchard Festival

  • By JULIE ZEEB | | Red Bluff Daily News


  • PUBLISHED: October 21, 2018 at 11:09 am | UPDATED: October 21, 2018 at 11:10 am

  • RED BLUFF — Music filled the air and the sun was shinning Saturday for the 21st annual Dairyville Orchard Festival with thousands expected to peruse the various items available at booths spread throughout the field behind Lassen View School.

Free Cat Friday at Tehama County Animal Care Center

RED BLUFF, Calif. — 

The Tehama County Animal Care Center is holding their fourth “Free Cat Friday” adoption event of 2018.

On September 14, in an effort to find forever homes for all adoptable cats, the Animal Care Center will waive the adoption fee for adult cats, making them free to adopt. In addition to free adult cats, kittens for will have their adoption fee dropped to only $10.

Animal Care Center: Free cat adoption event set Friday

PUBLISHED: September 13, 2018 at 5:13 pm | UPDATED: September 13, 2018 at 5:14 pm

The Tehama County Animal Care Center is holding the fourth Free Cat Friday adoption event of this year on Sept. 14.

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Free spay and neuter clinic coming to county


PUBLISHED: September 3, 2018 at 6:05 pm | UPDATED: September 3, 2018 at 6:07 pm


RED BLUFF — Tehama County Animal Care Center will be hosting a four-day spay neuter clinic in Tehama County, courtesy of the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA.



Contact: Ronnie Casey                                                             


Are you an Active Duty, Reserve, or Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?  Are you looking to adopt a furry companion?  Are you interested in giving a shelter pet a second chance at life?  Then the “Patriots and Pets Adoption Program” may be right for you.


Market hosts fundraiser for shelter animals



PUBLISHED: July 5, 2018 at 1:12 pm | UPDATED: July 5, 2018 at 1:28 pm


Nu-Way Market, at 8049 State Route 99E in Los Molinos, is sponsoring the third annual fundraiser for Providing Essentials for Tehama Shelter, or PETS.

Distemper case confirmed; shelter quarantines 12 dogs

By Julie Zeeb, Daily News

Red Bluff >> A confirmed case of distemper at the Tehama County Animal Care Center has led the shelter to quarantine 12 dogs, said Manager Christine McClintock.

That Shaggy Mutt? At Dog Museums, Our Drooling Companions Are the StarsBy LAURA M. HOLSON   APRIL 22, 2018

Learn about various Dog Museums you many never have heard of...

Red Bluff students form club to help shelter animals
By Julie Zeeb, Daily News, 

POSTED: 04/19/18, 5:55 PM PDT 

Red Bluff >> A group of Red Bluff Elementary School District fourth grade students are looking to make a difference in the lives of those who reside at the Tehama County Animal Care Center.

“Four of our students at Bidwell Elementary School approached our librarian, Ellie Scott, last year about starting a club for shelter animals,” said teacher Kaillee Hamre.

Feud builds over trapping in Red Bluff
By Jake Hutchison, 
POSTED: 03/29/18,

Red Bluff >> An incident that began as an animal trapping job in Red Bluff raised
questions about what is and isn’t legal when handling area cats.

Adoption event a success, but some remain

Last week, for three days, PETS and the Tehama County Animal Care Center held the “Home for the Holidays” adoption event. Forty-four animals were adopted. While not all the animals at center were adopted...

Home for the Holidays pet adoption event set

The Tehama County Animal Care Center will be holding a Home for the Holidays pet adoption event Dec. 14-16.

Strikes For Strays to help pet find homes for the holidays

Red Bluff >> Providing Essentials for Tehama Shelter, or PETS, hosted its third annual Strikes For Strays fundraiser Friday at Lariat Bowl to help the dogs and cats in the Tehama County Animal Care Center find homes for the holidays. 

County agencies hold exercise for responders-

Red Bluff >> Two days after a real-life emergency in Rancho Tehama Tuesday that left six people dead, Tehama County agencies were back at work Thursday practicing preparedness in Red Bluff....

Dog beds donated to care center-

Red Bluff >> The Tehama County Animal Care Center has recently received a donation of more than 20 Kuranda dog beds, in addition to parts needed to repair 11 additional beds.

AB109 woodshop and welding programs recognized for sculpture Red Bluff >> The Tehama County AB109 woodshop and welding programs were recognized at Tuesday’s meeting by the Board of Supervisors ...

Local charities to receive more than $50K from Rural County Representatives of California raffle

leaders from across the state raised $52,370 for five Tehama County charities

Dog adoption program starts Thursday 8-3-17

On the 1st Thursday of the month PETS will sponsor fees of bully breed dogs whose stay is longer than 30 days. Cost: $30.

Read the Daily News Article here.

Learn  all  about   PETS-  

Click on the cover page of the Tehama Magazine from  Spring 2017

Current events concerning local feral cats...

Corning City Council discusses Feral Cat Problems.

Read the Daily News Article here.

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