Friends of Upland Animal Shelter
  • 22 Feb 2017 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    Volunteers don't get paid, not because they are worthless,
    b
    ut because they are priceless...Sherry Anderson

    If it’s the middle of the night, it’s a good bet that Karen Hermann is awake and feeding kittens.


    Karen is one of our dedicated volunteers and staff members who regularly fosters kittens for the shelter.  She is also a long-time Lead Volunteer and member of the Board of Directors for Friends of Upland Animal Shelter. 

     

    As Karen will tell you, all types of kittens enter the shelter…newborn kittens, kittens who are older and can eat on their own, kittens with mothers who are nursing them, and expectant mothers ready to give birth.  

    Young, orphaned kittens are some of the most at-risk pets in shelters because they require intensive around-the-clock care.  For the just born and very young ones, it is the first critical hours and days of feeding them every 2 1/2 to 3 hours and keeping them warm that makes the difference between life and death.  


    When kittens come into Upland Animal Shelter, staff will try to find a foster who can take them. That’s when Karen and other volunteers get a call for help.  A lot of times, the call is for older kittens who can sleep through the night, eat solid food, and just need a few weeks in a home environment.

    Other times, the call is for newborns that will need a lot of support until they are big enough (2 pounds) and old enough (8 weeks) to come back to the shelter to be spayed or neutered and adopted. Less often,the call is to foster a mother cat needs a quiet place to raise her kittens.


    If no fosters are available, many of our kindhearted staff members who already work their day jobs will take the youngest ones who need the most care, nurse them through the night, and many times care for them until they can be adopted.  That is why we always welcome new volunteers who would like to foster and have the time, energy, and dedication to help us care for our most vulnerable animals.


    For Karen, her volunteer work started in 2010 when she saw an advertisement in the Daily Bulletin about an upcoming orientation on how to foster young animals for Upland Animal Shelter.  A confirmed dog lover, she went to the orientation determined to foster puppies.  She came home with two kittens.  Her husband, Jack, expecting a batch of puppies, heard the tiny mewing of the baby kittens and said in slight bewilderment, “Do I hear kittens?” 


    When she first started fostering, Karen didn’t know anything about taking care of kittens and “learned on the job” with a lot of support from shelter staff.  

    Then, as now, her days consisted of doing everything she could to help them survive…from bottle feeding, cleaning crates, washing bedding to providing heating pads, supplying stuffed animals for cuddling, and watching for any signs of lethargy or illness.  

    To make sure she didn’t miss a feeding during the night, she began setting her alarm clock for every 3 hours.  To this day, she still sets her alarm clock at night, but notes that she’s gotten so used to the routine that she often gets up before the alarm clock goes off.

    If it sounds like all work and no play, it isn’t.  Not only do kittens need careful tending, they need human companionship and socialization to become well-adjusted, adoptable animals who like being around people. That’s Karen’s favorite part of her day (and night).  In the Hermann household, there's always lots of cuddles, plenty of toys, and a few pet costumes too...




    Over the years, Karen has fostered hundreds of kittens. It’s rare for her house not to have little ones in one or more rooms at any given time.  In fact, last Fall, Karen had the most kittens she’s ever had at one time…she had three litters, including one Mama cat with 9 kittens and 8 orphaned kittens for a total of 17 felines!  When Karen became ill unexpectedly and was hospitalized for a short time, Jack took over their care and feeding without a hitch.

    Fostering is now a way of life at the Hermann household with not only Jack, but also Kendal, her granddaughter, and Daisy Mae, their own rescued dog, helping with all the animals.  



    And, just for the record, the Hermann's have fostered a few puppies too.  



    Right now, Karen is fostering an expectant mother cat and awaiting the arrival of kittens any day now.  Time will tell if she beats her own record of fostering 17 cats at one time.


    And, if all that isn't enough, another part of Karen's day is volunteering at the shelter. After getting up all night to tend kittens, she regularly (almost daily) comes to the shelter to clean the cat kennels and make sure the cats are all doing well.

    Remember last Fall when she had 17 kittens at her house?  She also came into the shelter every day to help shelter staff deal with a ringworm outbreak. She “suited up” and put in overtime to make sure the infection didn’t spread.  Jack did too.


    Because she’s in the shelter so often, Karen also knows all the cats who are in the shelter at any given time and keeps a watchful eye on them. Recently, she was concerned that Black Smoke was hiding too much in his kennel and wouldn’t be seen by potential adopters.  She took the time to replace his covered bed with a box that she will slowly make smaller over the next few days so that he gets more comfortable being seen.  That way, he’ll have a better chance of being adopted.




    What does Karen say is the hardest part of being a foster?  Losing the ones that are in such poor condition when they come in that it’s impossible to save them. It is heartbreaking, but then she thinks about all the ones she’s helped save and that gives her strength and courage to continue.  

    The other tough part is bringing kittens that she has bonded with back to the shelter so they can be adopted.  But that’s also her other favorite part…when a kitten (or puppy!) that she has fostered gets adopted. That’s always a good day and why all of our fosters do what they do. Plus, as Karen says, there’s always another batch that needs to be fostered...

    As you can see, Karen is an amazing person with an indefatigable spirit and energy, and her love and compassion for the animals in our care shines through.


    We thank her, Jack, and Kendal (and Daisy Mae) for everything they do for Friends of Upland Animal Shelter and all the animals who come through the shelter.


    Until the day spaying and neutering is so successful that we don’t see unwanted kittens enter the shelter, we are grateful for volunteers like Karen and our staff members who open their homes and sacrifice a little sleep to care for our most at-risk animals.

    Has Karen inspired you to become a foster?  Join us at our Foster Orientation on March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Upland Animal Shelter, 1275 San Bernardino Road, Upland to learn about opportunities to help.  

    Don’t worry…we won’t ask you take 17 kittens!  We’ll be sure to match you with the number and age of kittens and puppies that you are comfortable handling.



  • 18 Jan 2017 7:30 PM | Anonymous

    Life's most persistent and urgent question is,
    'What are you doing for others?'

    Martin Luther King, Jr.


    For this first blog of the New Year, a time of looking back and looking forward to new possibilities, we thought it would be a good time to tell the story of how and why Friends began.  It’s a simple story, but so important to the lost and abandoned animals at Upland Animal Shelter.

    For many years, Upland’s stray animals were cared for at a small and outdated building on E. 15th Street in Upland. 


    Old Shelter on E. 15th Street, Upland

    Recognizing that this building didn’t have enough room or modern amenities to provide the kind of animal care expected by the community, the City of Upland built and opened a new, state-of-the-art facility in Memorial Park in 2009.


    New Shelter at 1275 San Bernardino Road, Upland


    Memorial Plaque at Entrance

    Designed by Max Williams, a long-time resident and well known architect who had an office in downtown Upland for many years, the new shelter was envisioned as a barn-like structure to fit the setting within the park and evoke Upland’s agricultural past. 


    Notice the "Hay Loft"?

    Inside, a number of wall murals and kennel signs carry out the theme with images of farm animals and groves.  Given the building's style and decor, you'll sometimes hear staff and volunteers refer to the shelter as “the big red barn in Memorial Park” when giving directions to new visitors.  It is said with true affection because we all appreciate how much better the new facility is than the old one.


    Wall Mural


    Kennel Sign

    The new shelter greatly expanded the number of animals that could be housed.  However, by 2011, everyone was dealing with the recession and the City was struggling with declining revenues and budgetary issues, which resulted in reduced staffing and other service cuts in all areas of the City.  

    While it was not clear how this would ultimately affect the shelter, it was clear the City did not have funding for any of the “extras” that can help save as many animals as possible and make their lives better.  Staffing, too, was limited for such a large facility.

    Jon Knowlton, the Animal Services Supervisor at the time, recognized that something had to be done. 


    Jon and Volunteers at the Upland Christmas Parade

    So, on Sunday, July 17, 2011, Jon invited a few active volunteers including Brenda Seager, Nancy Wiegenstein, Andy Peterson, and Karen Peterson to talk about forming an organization to help the shelter.  It was a beautiful summer day and we decided to sit outside at a picnic bench and enjoy the cool shade of the beautiful oak trees that dot the park.  It didn’t seem like an eventful occasion that would lead to the creation of a non-profit organization that would eventually help run the shelter.  But it was.

    At the time, there were already several dedicated volunteers helping in the shelter, including many of the Lead Volunteers and others who still volunteer at the shelter today.  The original idea was to give this amazing group of people a “face” so they would be recognized as vital members of the shelter. 


    Lead Volunteers

    The other main idea was to raise funds to supplement public funding for the shelter to help save as many animals as possible and offer them a high quality of care.   Then, as now, funding was needed to pay for emergency medical procedures for sick and injured animals, reduce adoption fees to help animals get adopted faster, and buy much needed equipment and supplies.  Forming an organization was a logical extension of the good work that had already been started by many dedicated individuals.

    One of the first things to be done was a mission statement.  It’s a little longer than the current mission statement, but it conveyed a deep commitment to saving and improving the lives of animals at the shelter.

    In August, Brenda and Nancy met with Mayor Ray Musser to tell him about the fledgling organization. He expressed support.  Shortly after the meeting, he invited the group to meet with the Upland Community Foundation.  

    On August 18, Brenda and Nancy attended the Upland Community Foundation meeting, where the Friends of Upland Animal Shelter was accepted as a member organization.  Thanks to UCF's help and guidance, Friends was off to a solid start.  Friends would later incorporate as a separate non-profit organization with tax-exempt status in early 2013.

    Meanwhile, that group who met in the park became the first volunteer “executive committee” and met several times in those very early days to discuss and arrange all the details of developing a non-profit organization.  Brenda Seager served as the organization’s first President. 

    Scanning the first agenda from late August, the committee was focused on developing bylaws and financial procedures, recognizing founding members, designing a logo and making t-shirts and business cards, improving the dog yard, expanding the foster program, and planning ahead to do several events including Upland’s Family Fun Day, holiday photos, and the Christmas Parade.


    First Logo

    In September, all the long-time volunteers and other interested community members were invited to a meeting where the formation of Friends was introduced.  That first meeting set the stage for everyone to gather together and see themselves as part of a team.  A team that willingly and unselfishly offered countless hours of volunteer labor and financial assistance to the shelter.  It was the efforts and generosity of so many being focused on one common goal that went a long way in enabling the City to embrace a "save them all" philosophy that has continued to this day.


    Lil' Red Getting Her Broken Leg Set

    Since 2011, a few things have changed and we've welcomed many new friends who want to be part of the mission to find every adoptable animal a loving home.  Most significantly, Friends has transitioned from providing a supporting role to operating the shelter in partnership with the City's Animal Control Officers.  However, one thing remains the same...Friends is about what we can all do together to help the animals who end up at the shelter through no fault of their own.

    Here's to looking ahead to a great 2017 and all of its possibilities.  See the next batch of abandoned animals that need all of our help...


    Rescued New Year's Mom and Puppies

  • 22 Dec 2016 9:30 AM | Anonymous


    Welkom Thuis, Anna...that’s Dutch for "Welcome Home, Anna"


    When we think about our shelter animals going "home for the holidays", we generally think of them traveling a few miles or maybe a little further.  But on December 8, one of our lucky dogs started on an amazing 5,600+ mile journey to her new home in Hardenberg, which is a town in the eastern Netherlands.


    Anna

    Anna first came to the shelter on May 18, 2016.  After nearly a month, she was adopted.  However, during her free health exam, it was discovered that she needed some dental work, which her new family couldn’t afford.

    Anna was brought back to the shelter where she waited for another family to fall in love with her. Thanks to a partnership with Banfield Pet Hospital, who offered us free medical care as they prepared for their grand opening, we were able to get Anna’s teeth taken care of in July, which we thought would result in her getting adopted very quickly.

    However, fast forward to October and Anna was still waiting for the perfect family. That’s when fate intervened for this little 5-year old Chihuahua mix. Friends was the featured shelter partner for Cesar Millan’s Adopt-Me-Thursday program for the month of October. Anna’s cute face and story were featured on Cesar’s Facebook page on October 20th, and she garnered quite a bit of interest…interest all the way from Holland to be exact!


    Cesar Millan's Adopt-Me-Thursday Post of Anna

    Linda Pol, at her farm in Holland, saw Anna on the internet and fell in love.  She decided to take a chance on this cute little pup thousands of miles away from her home and reached out to us to see if we could make an international adoption possible.  After some research, many emails, and phone calls, Anna was placed into quarantine to prepare for travel and flights were booked.

    At home in Holland, Anna's soon-to-be new family was awaiting her arrival.  Anna’s future family member, Frabbe, sent her a lovely letter to help her learn about her new family.

    Dear Beloved Anna,

    My name is Frabbe, nickname White Princess, and as the (oldest) dog – leader I am honored to let you know you are going to be one of us really soon. Let me introduce my pack and myself. I am a 14-year-old Jack Russell, white with 1 brown ear. I always had, and still have, a very joyful, happy life and now even more because we live on a farm since over a year now.

    Then we have Daya, my human leader calls her Big Girl, because she is a 60kg female South African Boerboel. Her birthday is 14 of September 2008 (humans think our birthdays are important, another excuse to eat cake. By the way mine is going to be in more than a week, 8 November). Daya is a nice companion and she is a very wise and easy going dog.

    Tyson is also a full South African Boerboel that came from the same breeder, he has something with his legs and was not allowed to breed. Tyson also weighs a lot, and sometimes he is very impolite and steps on my toes because he wants to go through the door first. Luckily my human leader tells him to wait, she always says “ladies first”.  That means you can go first t0o! Tyson is going to be 3 years on 12 of December, you are here by then, NICE we can have cake together.

    We also have other animals, they are called cats, we are supposed to be nice to them but I do not like them all the time. When they come too close to my chair I will growl at them. We can growl but we are not allowed to bite them.

    We also have large animals with 4 legs, they are called horses. They don’t understand us at all.

    During the day we hang out around in the house and the yard, with cold weather we lay down in our wonderful chairs next to the fireplace. And I also have a place in the kitchen that is only mine. I love to help the humans cook, sometimes I get a potato, I love a raw one. But I have to chew really carefully because when my Boerboel friends hear me chew they also want a potato and they make a mess. I don’t, I always clean up. That’s probably why the humans call me a vacuum cleaner.

    I’ve heard you live in a very hot place compare to where we live. So the humans are going to get you some sweaters and of course a raincoat. I have one too, they are nice and warm.

    My human leader never left us for more than a day, to pick you up she will be gone for a week, you must be very special.

    And by the way, to make you a bit more happy, the humans have a wonderful butcher that will bring us a cow bone every now and then. Sorry I can’t share mine with you, but I don’t think you mind getting one of your own do you?

    Love to see you in December, so we can eat cake on Tysons birthday and dig out the rabbit holes together.

    Love 2 see u soon.

    Frabbe, the Netherlands 16 November 2016

    Meanwhile, Linda and her friend Michael made the long trek to California to meet Anna.  Linda's husband stayed behind to tend the farm while they were away.  Linda officially met and adopted Anna on December 2, 2016. 

    The Meet and Greet


    It's Official...the "I'm Adopted" Photo

    Linda and Michael spent a week here on holiday and even spent time taking other shelter dogs for walks.


    One of our Lead Volunteers, Helena Van Kooten, is from the Netherlands and helped Linda and Michael plan their trip, and got to spend some time showing them around the area. They worked up an appetite on some local hiking trails and took Anna out to lunch at a dog-friendly cafe.


    Helena and Rusty with Michael and Anna


    Linda and Anna

    On December 8th, Anna, Linda, and Michael made the 10-hour journey home to Holland.  Anna met her new family members and is settling in well.  She's learning all about living on a farm.


    Back Home with Anna


    On the Farm

    Anna has her own raincoat, and like Frabbe promised in her letter, she is getting her very own handmade sweater to keep her warm.


    Last week, Anna surprised us with flowers and a sweet thank you note.



    A Note from Angel Anna

    Linda has promised to keep us updated on the next chapter of Anna’s adventure...after her nap, that is.  Thank you, Linda, for making the long trip from Holland to give a shelter dog in Upland, California a wonderful home and family!


    Anna’ story is a great example of the importance of networking and the role social media plays in finding homeless animals new homes. Thank you to everyone who played a part in getting Anna to her new home in Holland. As always, Friends is dedicated to helping every adoptable animal find a loving home, even if that means extra paperwork, countless phone calls and emails, and assisting with international travel arrangements.

    Er is green plaats zoals huis!

    That’s Dutch for, “There’s no place like home.”


  • 14 Dec 2016 12:00 PM | Anonymous


    It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
    Edward Pola and George Wyle

    We are having so much fun helping our customers get ready for the holidays at 2nd Chance Thrift Shop that we wanted to share it with you.  Every day, all day, we are bringing out more holiday items to display throughout the store, listening to holiday music, and greeting customers, old and new alike.



    The Snowperson Family and Holiday Trees

    We’ve been looking through all the donations when they first come in and making sure all the holiday items get on the floor fast – a kind of “holiday item triage.”  (Seeing all the new stuff is part of the fun.) Thank you to Sharon, Nanell, Monica, and Sylvia, some of our long-time volunteers, for making these items a priority.

    It’s a lot of work, but we've been sustaining ourselves with a variety of treats.  Thank you Sylvia for the delicious brownies!

    Brownies for sustenance...our version of Lembas Bread

    We are truly amazed and thankful for the generous donations we receive every day.  If you follow us on Facebook, you can see all the new and interesting things we get in.

    Just yesterday, we received a lovely Dress Form Tree…a la Pinterest.  Kudos to Linda, one of our long-time volunteers and new employee, for restoring it to its original splendor.


    Beautiful Dress Form Holiday Tree

    In case you haven’t been in yet this season, we have all the basic supplies you need at great prices.  Wrapping supplies, tree trimming supplies, trees, wreaths, holiday lights, and much more. You might want to stop here first before you go to your regular stores to see if we’ve got something you need at a fraction of the cost.


    Baking gifts this year?  We've got lots of tins, boxes, and platters.


    Grab bags of wrapping supplies, ornaments, and other "smalls."


    We have lots of boxed ornaments.


    Lots of boxed and individual holiday cards.



    Mix and match individual ornaments.


    Baking Supplies



    More Baking Supplies

    Being a thrift shop and all, we also have a lot of unique and collectible items and antique furniture that you won’t find in a regular store. These pieces can make interesting and wonderful gifts.



    Any Paul Bunyan fans out there?



    Vintage Sleigh Ride

    Plus, we've got a lot of gently-used merchandise in every category that can make great gifts.  Jewelry, electronics, sports equipment, books, figurines, and more.



      Any budding astronomers out there?



    Lots of games, toys, and kid's grab bags.

    Going to a “white elephant” gift exchange? We’ve got a variety of options.  (Hey, we’re not too proud to admit it.)




    "Wow! Only a true friend would be that truly honest."

    Looking for something nice to wear to a party? We've got a lot of dressy, gently-worn clothing.  Or, still looking for the perfect "ugly" sweater?  We just reduced our prices.



    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...

    Our last mini-parking lot sale is this Saturday, December 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  We are bringing out the last of the holiday items that have been in storage.


    Thanks Issac, for volunteering at the mini-lot sales.

    We’ll also have more kittens for adoption this Saturday as part of our “100 Cat Challenge.”  We never forget this is why we do what we do at 2nd Chance...to give lost and abandoned animals at the shelter their second chance.

    The adoption fee for all cats and kittens is $25.00 through December 31.  Plus, you’ll receive a $10 gift certificate for anything at 2nd Chance Thrift Shop.


    Adopted!


    Adopted!

    And last, but not least, we hope to see you at our Holiday Celebration on December 21.  Come enjoy hot chocolate and cookies with us all day. Plus, help us kick off our 50% off sale on all holiday items, which runs December 21 through December 24.


    If you ever want to join the fun and volunteer at 2nd Chance Thrift Shop, we would welcome you.  Please send an e-mail to Jolynne Flores at thriftshop@friendsofuplandanimalshelter.org to sign up today.  Jolynne is a long-time volunteer turned staff member who will be helping to welcome new volunteers.

    P.S.  We'll be closing early at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 24 and will be closed on December 25.

  • 08 Dec 2016 6:30 AM | Anonymous

    Sometimes, grooming gets a bad rap...


    But, grooming is so much more important than just making dogs look "pretty."  Removing mats, trimming fur, clipping nails, cleaning ears, and other grooming measures are all essential in keeping them healthy and comfortable.  This extra care and attention can also help reveal hidden medical issues (i.e., abrasions, masses, etc.) that need to be treated.

    And, although we know to look deeper for their true beauty, basic grooming also helps dogs put their "best paw forward," which can mean they find their forever homes sooner.  Or, at least we hope so.


    Sweet and lovable Ziggy getting a bath.
    He was adopted a few days ago.

    Thankfully, Upland Animal Shelter has been extremely lucky over the years to have long-time, dedicated lead volunteers who spend some of their time bathing and grooming many of our dogs.  Dedicated volunteers who don’t mind being splashed with soapy suds by wagging tails, showered with a post-bath shake, or covered in fur.  Caring volunteers who talk calmly to the dogs who are fearful and scared maybe because they've never had a bath…and don’t want to…all to make sure they are clean, healthy, and ready to go home.  We heartily thank you!

    At times though, some of our dogs, like Debbie, are in such poor condition when they enter the shelter they need professional grooming that just can’t wait.  Just for starters, Debbie had layers of mats that we knew would take a long time to remove.



    Debbie "Before"

    For those difficult cases, we have been going to Scrubby Puppy at 1125 E. 16th Street, Suite 3, in Upland or Alta Pet Center at 659 E. 15th Street in Upland for professional grooming for many years.  We also started a Grooming Fund to be able to pay for expert assistance.  In Debbie's case, we sent her to Scrubby Puppy and she came back a new dog.  We even made her our Grooming Fund mascot.



    Debbie "After"

    We knew it was just a matter of time before Debbie found a good home.  The “New Family” photo is our favorite kind of “after” photo.


    Debbie "Happily Ever After"

    Because we know the importance of good grooming, imagine our delight when we got a call from Chris Jackson of West Coast Grooming Academy saying he wanted his students to start grooming our dogs on a regular basis.


    Chris

    If you haven’t heard of them, West Coast Grooming Academy has established a unique niche in that their students learn to groom in shelter environments.  It's is a win-win situation since it ensures a steady supply of animals for students to groom and increases the number of animals who are groomed - more than would otherwise be possible with our dedicated volunteers and limited funding.  West Coast Grooming Academy believes in giving back to the community and their motto is,

    “Where compassion, dedication, and true style is born!”

    Being a local, Chris was familiar with Upland Animal Shelter and thought the shelter would be a great place to train his students.  We thought so too.  We started the program in September.  Now that it’s been in place for a while, one of Chris’s head groomers and trainers, Amanda, is heading up the program.

    Every other week on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Amanda brings students and equipment to the shelter to groom as many animals as they can.  Luckily, the shelter has a room in the back with a large bathtub and enough space to set up grooming tables where everyone works together.



    The Big Tub


    Portable Grooming Table

    Typically, Amanda and her students try to groom anywhere from 6 to 10 dogs every time they come to the shelter.  The number varies depending on how much each dog needs - just a bath or the “works” – a bath, clipping, brushing, nail trim, ear cleaning, etc., plus how much experience the students have gained, and how fast they can work. 

    Just like a professional salon, they handle all shapes and sizes of animals with all types of coats and personalities.  Here are some moments during a recent day at the "salon."











    All Done!

    Thank you, Chris, Amanda, and West Coast Groom Academy for these wonderful transformations.  This is exactly the kind of arrangement that not only helps students gain skills but also helps abandoned animals stay healthy and have a better chance at their second chance.


    If you want to learn all the expert grooming techniques from start to finish, West Coast Grooming Academy offers both professional and personal classes.  Visit their website to learn more.

  • 30 Nov 2016 5:00 PM | Anonymous


    A Giving Tuesday Wrap Up

    A guest blog by Stephanie Mann, Development Director

    Over the last couple of weeks, the Upland Animal Shelter was transformed into a winter wonderland, including a 7-and-a-half-foot tall tree turned snowman at the hands of our creative decorating team in preparation for our Tree Lighting and Give Big Party on November 29.


    Snowman Tree

    'Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la!

    Guests got to enjoy delicious treats, make cat toys for our shelter cats, shop in the 2nd Chance Thrift Shop Holiday Shoppe, help us light the tree, and try their luck at winning raffle and door prizes. We were happy to see so many long-time supporters who have spent so much of their time and energy supporting the shelter, as well as new faces that want to help all of the precious animals at the shelter.

    Karen and Jack Hermann win big!

    Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la la la la la la!

    Guests were decked out in their finest holiday attire (including festive socks!) and we awarded prizes for the “cutest” and “ugliest” sweaters. Two of our dedicated volunteers won these coveted titles thanks to their delightful sweaters. Need a sweater of your own?  Be sure to check out our selection at 2nd Chance Thrift Shop.



    Very nice socks!



    Cutest and Ugliest Sweater Winners

    Follow me in merry measure, Fa la la la la la la la!

    Our party was made even merrier thanks to the generous donors who participated in the annual day of global giving known as Giving Tuesday. This year, Giving Tuesday fell on November 29th and in the spirit of giving, we wanted to give back to the community we call home, which is why we chose this special day to host our Tree Lighting and Give Big Party.

    The holidays will certainly be merrier for the animals that await adoption in the shelter thanks to the almost $4,000 that was raised this Giving Tuesday.


    Fast away the old year passes, Fa la la la la la la la!

    As 2016 comes to an end, it is a perfect time to continue the giving spirit to help make 2017 the best year possible for all of the animals that come through our doors every day. Please visit our website to see the ways you can make a difference in the lives of homeless animals. Thank you for making the holidays bright this year and for years to come!



    Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, Fa la la la la la la la!

  • 16 Nov 2016 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.
     William James

    For over a year now, your donations, purchases, and assistance at 2nd Chance Thrift Shop have supported the care and adoption of animals at the Upland Animal Shelter who need their second chance.  However, the shop's continued success is critical now more than ever since Friends began operating the shelter in partnership with the City's Animal Control Officers in May of this year.

    Another one is going home!

    In case you haven’t visited yet, 2nd Chance is not your average thrift shop.  Yes, we offer gently used furniture, household and garden goods, wall art, books, pet supplies, clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, and more at great prices.  But, we are amazed at the consistently high-quality donations we receive and can offer to our customers.  

    Just yesterday, another new customer was marveling at the variety and quality of the merchandise and said, “I can’t believe how clean the store is and how much great stuff you have…and it helps the animals?  Even better.”  We agree.

    A generous donation of new (wrapped) and
    gently-used games just in time for the holidays.

    Behind the scenes, our stock room is typically overflowing with items that need to be cleaned, priced, and put on the sale floor.  We are incredibly thankful for everyone’s generosity.  At times, it seems overwhelming, but then we just work harder and faster to get new items out on the sales floor.


    The stock room…or, as we like to call it, “controlled chaos”
    defined as "a state, or situation, which appears to be
    completely disorganized, but is actually under control…”

    Because we put new items on the sales floor every day, you never know what you are going to find when you visit.  That’s what makes it so fun.  Here are a few recent photos from around the shop.



    Who remembers the Star Child and platform shoes?
    He's in one of our vintage display cases.

    The furniture corner…we have a constantly
    changing selection of furniture.

    The animal corner…we always have cute, funny,
    and beautiful animal figurines.

    The “grab bag” racks...bundles of miscellaneous items and supplies…
    a recent addition that is very popular.

    We have great prices all the time.  But, every month, merchandise that has been in the shop for a while goes on clearance.  For example, November is our “Green Tag” sale month.  All items marked with a green price sticker are 50% off.  You’ll see signs in the store that let you know what sticker color is on sale.


    This month, we are launching a new promotion to further entice everyone to consider clearance items.  Clearance items will continue to be 50% off during the first two weeks of each month, but then will be further reduced to 75% off the second half of the month.  So, starting on November 15 until the end of the month, all green tag items will be 75% off. 


    Right now, we are also getting ready for the holidays.  We’ve started putting holiday decorations out.  If you are looking for greenery, wreaths, lights, and outdoor décor, it’s on the floor now.  (Thanksgiving items are already out…serving ware, cookbooks, tablecloths, dining tables, etc.).


    Vintage dining table.


    Traditional dining table.

    On the day after Thanksgiving (i.e., Black Friday), we will be bringing items out of long-term storage and opening our “Holiday Shoppe.”  One of our front rooms that usually has antiques and collectibles in it will be transformed into a holiday boutique with decorated trees, ornaments, and collectibles.  Plus, we’ll have our usual “seasonal wall” with a variety of merchandise as well as great gifts throughout the store.


    Sorting holiday items in storage to bring over to the shop.


    Just a small amount of all the holiday items in storage.


    What is that?  It's a Major Award!

    As you can see, there's a lot going on. We hope you'll visit soon to see all we have to offer.  We also invite you to stop by anytime on December 21 for cookies and hot chocolate.  We'd like to celebrate the season with you and thank everyone who has shopped, donated, and volunteered at 2nd Chance for making a real difference in the lives of animals at the shelter.

    You can get regular updates on new and interesting merchandise as well as store events by following us on Facebook.  Plus,our website page has all the basic information you need (hours, location, store specials, etc.).

    And, if you’ve ever thought “I’d like to volunteer at the thrift shop”, we need you.  We'd love to have you join us whenever you can spare some time.  Please call the shop at (909) 920-6020 or send an e-mail to:

    thriftshop@friendsofuplandanimalshelter.org.


  • 09 Nov 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous


    It takes a long time to grow an old friend…
    John Leonard

     “…and when I held her I just had ‘that feeling' and I knew that she was the one!”

    In the past five years, thousands of lost and abandoned animals have been saved and adopted from the Upland Animal Shelter.  And every one of them has a place in our hearts. 

    Sometimes they are with us for a short time, and sometimes for a longer time...longer than we’d like.  But we always send them off with the hope that they have found their perfect match, that they will be happy and healthy, and that they will never return to the shelter.


    Another success story from a few days ago.

    After a brief “happy dance” and a Facebook post (like the one above) about another one being adopted, we return to the work of getting the next one adopted.  That is, until we get a moment to dwell on an unexpected e-mail about a long-ago adoption confirming all of our hopes have been met...and more.

    “To Whom It May Concern,

    My name is Matt Yancik and I'm writing to update you, after over 5 years, of how a cat I adopted from you was doing!

    I adopted Gracie (that was the name you had given her) from your team on May 22 of 2011. I was, at that time, living just a few blocks down from the La Brea Tar Pits and wandered over to eat my lunch. Coincidentally, that day, your group was there. I loved cats, but wasn't sure if I was ready to adopt another (I'd had several before that I saw into old age.) None of the cats I saw that day had really 'clicked' with me, and I was kind of thinking of giving up, when I saw Gracie curled in a ball in the top cage of a stack of cages. I loved her color, and so I asked to hold her. One of your reps got her out for me, and when I held her I just had 'that feeling' and I knew that she was the one! I took a short 'cool off' period to call my sister and ask her advice (she told me to go for it) and then returned to adopt her!”


    Gracie was two years old when she was adopted in May 2011.

    “You guys started me off with a litter box, a box of litter, some toys and a few other things I can't remember. I took Gracie home and she stepped right out of the box, calm as ever, as if she'd always lived in my place! She has given me five great years since then and I'm very happy I have her! She has lived mostly in Downtown Los Angeles, and I took her on regular walks in the park at the La Brea Tar Pits and parks in Downtown. I have been living in Anchorage, Alaska for the past few years and I can tell she loves it even more! I'm pretty sure she can sense and smell the differences between a bustling city and the wilderness of Alaska!”



    Out for a stroll.

    “I'm not sure if anyone will remember her, but she was spayed by a student surgeon named Amaris Pao, a student anesthetist named Kursten Roderick, and supervised by a vet named Maria A Fahie. (That's what it shows on her records.) Maybe they will, and you can show them these pictures!”

    Gracie was spayed through a partnership with
     
    Western University of Health Services College of Veterinary Medicine

    “The description of Gracie, written by Amaris Pao, reads that she's 'very sweet with a curious personality. She loves people and loves attention. She will make a wonderful pet to a loving family.' This is TOTALLY true. She has been the gentlest and sweetest pet that I've ever had, and has also become very clever at opening drawers and cupboards in my house, as well as sliding closet doors open. She's super smart and clever.”


    Is there a beagle in your future Gracie?

    “Recently I think she's been a little sad, because I've been working a lot and must leave her at home alone. (I'm a teacher and tutor in the evenings.) I have been looking, the past year or so, for a companion for her. None of the cats I've seen have 'clicked' like Gracie did, but just the other day, by chance, a small beagle dog that a coworker found actually did and I am considering adopting her as a friend for Gracie! This beagle is quiet, gentle, and curious... just like Gracie! I'm going to see what happens when I introduce them next weekend, and I hope that they'll hit it off! I think she'll be happy with a new friend!

    Anyway, I just thought I'd write because maybe your team sometimes gets curious about those animals that were adopted years ago. Hope you like the pictures.

     Matt Yancik
    Anchorage, Alaska"



    Matt and Gracie

    Thank you, Matt.  Not only for sharing your story and photos, but for giving Gracie such a wonderful home.

    All of us who staff and support the shelter in so many ways are only temporary stewards of the many homeless animals who go through the facility.  Many of us have our own animals and know the incredible love and joy they bring to our lives.  It is heartwarming and uplifting to know there are special people like you who choose to adopt the lost and abandoned animals that have been left behind and cherish them for their entire lives.

    Keep in touch, and let us know about the beagle!

    Find your own Gracie…



    In case you haven’t heard, the shelter is overflowing with cats who desperately need a good home.  We are even starting to use the top tier of kennels, which are generally not needed throughout the year.  These kennels are hard to reach and are more difficult to clean.  Plus, it is hard to see the wonderful cats in them.

    Our goal is to get at least 100 cats and kittens adopted by December 31, 2016. We are calling it the “100 Cat Challenge” as part of the nationwide “Million Cat Challenge.”  To meet this goal, we are lowering the adoption fees by almost 50% for kittens (under 1 year) and 75% for cats.  And, we will be featuring one or two kittens and cats on our Facebook page every day so you can see all our lovable felines who are ready to go home. 

    Please share this challenge with as many family members and friends as you can and help all of our cats find a home!

    If you have a story you would like to share about an animal you adopted from Upland Animal Shelter, please send an e-mail to kpeterson@friendsofuplandanimalshelter.org.  We’d like to feature you in an upcoming blog post.

  • 02 Nov 2016 7:30 PM | Anonymous



    SETTING THE STAGE

    I was working in the lab late one night
    When my eyes beheld an eerie sight…

    If you were out and about in Upland last Friday, you may have seen an unusual site…a hearse being transported in the back of a truck to Memorial Park…just in time to help set the stage for our first Monster Mash Pet Dash on Saturday, October 29.


    The hearse was courtesy of Cameron, one of our dedicated employees at 2nd Chance Thrift Shop, who just happens to have a large collection of interesting items that, shall we say, are well-suited for a graveyard smash.  Many of his items were used at the event and along the walk, which made for a lot of memorable photos and added to the fun.  Thanks, Cameron!




    That's Cameron on the left with Joe, a shelter volunteer.

    THE BASH

    The zombies were having fun
    The party had just begun
    The guests included Wolfman
    Dracula, and his son…

    The event began on Saturday morning under clear skies and we were relieved the rain that had threatened the event earlier in the week had passed us by.  Whew!

    All manner of monsters, superheros, and other creatures and characters started arriving.  Everyone had a great time mingling and seeing all the creative costumes.  Here are just a few to enjoy.


     Lead Volunteer Nancy with Dracula (i.e., Ziggy)

     (Ziggy is available for adoption!)









    We also had a bit of a homecoming with Maya and Chelsea as well as several other “alumni” of the shelter.


    Maya and Chelsea


    Lead Volunteer Elaine and her rescued pups!

    Alan Bailey, our wonderful Monster, I mean Master of Ceremonies, played great tunes and kept the party going.  If Alan seems familiar, it’s because he has been our MC at many of our Spring Pet Adoption Faires in the past. He loves animals and is a great supporter of Friends


    Agile Paws Dog Sports did agility demos and helped pet owners try their dogs on the course.



    K9 Disc Thrills did Frisbee demos.  Wow!


    Several vendors offered a variety of services and merchandise for pets and people, including:

    West Coast Grooming Academy offered on-the-spot grooming.


    Cesar Milan’s PACK Project walked Peanut Butter, one of our shelter dogs that they’ve been training.


    Among a lot of other pet products, Cozy Pet Supplies offered Trump and Clinton dolls for sale.  (We didn’t ask which doll was selling better.)


    Our shelter staff (Shelley, Lisa, Brenda, Reyna, Peggy, and Arlene) came by the event and then opened the shelter in style.   Cameron (not pictured), one of our animal care staff, was the official photojournalist for the event.  Josh (not pictured) also helped at the event.  And let’s not forget our staff, Eric and Rachel, at 2nd Chance Thrift Shop who were not able to attend because they were minding the store.



    THE DASH

    They did the mash, it caught on in a flash…

    After mingling and enjoying the entertainment, everyone lined up and walked (aka “dashed”) around Memorial Park and back to the party for the costume contest.



    There were so many creative and funny costumes to choose from.  The volunteers from Kohl's Associates in Action and the Helpful Honda People were the judges.  They awarded prizes in five categories.


    Best Pet/Human Duo (Maleficent and Her Dragon)


    Funniest Pet (The Cat in the Hat with Thing 1 and Thing 2)


    Most Creative Pet (Handmade Fairy Dog Costume)


    Best Dressed Human (1970s Cool) with the Helpful Honda People


    Best Team Costume (Little Mermaid)

    IT WAS A SMASH!

    They did the mash, it was a graveyard smash…

    At the end of the festivities, the 5 most successful fundraisers were announced.   Cecilia was our top fundraiser.  In case you don't know, she is a professional dog trainer who also volunteers her time to work with many of our shelter dogs, and especially the shy and fearful ones.  Elliott, her American Cocker Spaniel, often assists her with more difficult cases that benefit from his calming presence.  Thank you, Cecilia and our other top earners!

    1.             Cecilia Mushinskie:  $735
    2.             Kathy Ferguson:  $575
    3.             Andy Peterson:  $550
    4.             Regina Allen:  $500
    5.             Carolyn Higgins:  $215

    Cecilia and Elliott (with a toy on his head)

    We heartily thank all of our fundraisers and everyone who participated or sponsored someone.  

    Likewise, we are so thankful for our event sponsors Merck, Katie’s Pet Depot, and Kohl’s. 

    We also want to thank the many volunteers from CalPoly Pomona, Kohl’s Associates in Action, and the Helpful Honda People as well as our shelter volunteers who helped at the event and walked adoptable dogs.  Thank you all!

    Volunteers Luis and Jason

    We say it all the time, but it is so true: without everyone's support, it would not be possible for us to care for the lost and abandoned animals at the Upland Animal Shelter.  You truly are life savers.  And that is smashing!

    We are already looking forward to next year.  Any suggestions for how to make this an even better event are welcome.  Just let us know.

    See You Next Year!

    It's now the Mash, it's now the Monster Mash
    The Monster Mash, and it's a graveyard smash
    It's now the Mash, it caught on in a flash
    It's now the Mash, it's now the Monster Mash

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    for more event photos


  • 26 Oct 2016 5:30 PM | Anonymous


    With love and patience, nothing is impossible
    . Daisako Ikeda

    Our beloved Maya came to the shelter as a stray in March 2015.   We suspected she had been used as a "breeder" for a puppy mill and we were happy that she could find some relative rest and comfort at the shelter.

    Everyone who cared for Maya quickly realized how special she was and she immediately become a “fan favorite” among all the staff and volunteers.  We were disappointed when she had two false starts of being adopted and returned to the shelter through no fault of her own.  We never gave up hope, but no one could have imagined how long she would end up waiting for her forever home.

    As can happen, Maya came to the shelter with an undiagnosed and untreated skin condition.  She was itchy, but otherwise enjoyed her walks and play time.   When Banfield Pet Hospital opened another location in Upland at 823 W. Foothill Boulevard in July 2016, they graciously offered free medical exams for over twenty-five of our shelter animals.  Maya was one of them.  Even the veterinarians and staff fell in love with her in the short time they had her at the hospital.


    The good news was, after some testing, the veterinary staff diagnosed Maya’s skin condition.  The bad news was the medicine she needed was expensive.   Never to be daunted, we started the Medical Fund to help pay for “as-needed” medical care for Maya and our other animals.  And what better choice than Maya to be our first Medical Fund mascot? 


    Shortly after she started her treatment, one of our volunteers said, “I saw Maya out for a walk this morning and have never seen her so happy and acting so young.”  So, Maya had a better summer, but she was still waiting for her forever home.

    Flash forward to October when Chelsea saw a posting about Maya on Facebook from I Pitty the Bull’s John Flores.  Chelsea quickly came from her home in Orange County to meet Maya and came back the next day with her two Chihuahua's to see how they would all get along.  Our Lead Volunteers helped facilitate the “meet and greet” and everything went well.  Maya was going home!

    Since then, Maya has been enjoying a happy new life with her forever family.  Chelsea has been sending us regular updates and we are enjoying seeing all the photos.

    Chelsea also reports that she has been making organic turkey, lentils, quinoa, veggies, and vitamins for Maya’s meals and turkey meat balls and salmon for her snacks to help her get healthy and off all her medications.  Thank you for your dedication Chelsea!

    After Maya's days as a breeding female and her extended stay at the shelter, we couldn’t be happier for Maya and her new family.  As Chelsea said, “She is a spoiled and happy girl!!”

    Friends believes in the dignity of every life,

    and that every adoptable animal should receive the care and patience

     that is necessary to find a loving home.

Friends of Upland Animal Shelter


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