Pet Portraits & Pet Fair a Great Success!

The Pet Portraits and Pet Fair, held November 12, 2017, and sponsored by Colusa County Animal Control raised $1,400 for FOCCAS. All proceeds will be used to improve the lives of Colusa’s shelter animals.

Colusa resident Elvira Gutierrez of Elvira G Photography ( donated her time and talents to take the portraits of approximately 25 dogs and one cat. Ms. Gutierrez also volunteered for the two events held in 2016.

Griff’s Feed and Seed shocased some of their many pet products and donated a portion of their receipts to FOCCAS. Some of the items included well-made dog jackets, high quality pet food, holiday collars, and a variety of bone and treats. Karen Sue of Barky by Barnsmell returned for her second year with classy, handmade canine couture. And Dr. Leroy Burnhamwas on hand for a short time providing vaccinations for a handful of dogs.

For photographer Elvira Guttierez, Pet Portraits and Pet Fair allows her to contribute to her community by providing a way for people to honor their animals: “I donate my time to this event because it gives us a chance to come together and celebrate our fur babies. Often times we don't realize how much our pets mean to us until they are gone and so sharing professional portraits of them has been very fun and fulfilling for me.”

Governor Signs Bill to
Ban the Sale of
Mill-Bred Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits

Sacramento, CA  - A landmark bill banning the sale of mill-bred dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown on October 13, 2017.  In addition to the ban, AB 485, introduced by Assemblymembers Patrick O'Donnell (D-Long Beach) and Matt Dababneh (D-Woodland Hills), and sponsored by Social Compassion In Legislation (SCIL), will require that stores offer dogs, cats, and rabbits from shelters and rescue groups. The signing of AB 485 makes California the first state in the country to enact a policy of this kind and will eliminate the trafficking of mill-bred animals into California pet stores.

"This is an exciting day for pets in California," Assemblymember O'Donnell said. "I am very grateful for the strong support we received from animal-lovers across the state and from Social Compassion in Legislation, the bill's sponsor. This is a big win for our four-legged friends, of course, but also for California taxpayers who spend more than $250 million annually to house and euthanize animals in our shelters."

Facing significant opposition in the Assembly, the bill ultimately garnered broad bipartisan support, and in the end passed the Senate with no opposition.

"By signing into law the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act, California is setting an example on how businesses, local animal shelters, and rescue groups can work together toward a common goal: ending the inhumane treatment of animals at puppy mills and the unnecessary euthanasia of pets at shelters," remarked Assemblymember Dababneh. "While we celebrate this win today, it's important to recognize there's still a lot of work to be done to increase the standards of animal welfare."

"The California Animal Control Directors Association (CACDA) applauds Governor Brown's signing of AB 485 and believes that the restriction of the retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet shops to only those that come from shelter or rescue organizations will decrease the demand for these animals bred in commercial mills and increase the adoption of animals from animal shelters", said Henry Brzezinski, CACDA'S Legislative Chair. "This law will further aid animal welfare agencies in their mission to save more lives."