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SPCA of Mariposa County
5599 Hwy. 49 North
P.O. Box 671
Mariposa, CA 95338
Tuesday - Saturday
Adoptions: 10AM - 3PM
Yard Sale: 8AM - 3PM

Welcome to the Mariposa SPCA

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Summer Hours

SPCA will begin summer hours on Thursday, May 1st. The shelter will be open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 to 3:00. We will be closed Sunday and Monday. Please call us at 209-966-5275 if in doubt.

Free Coffee every Saturday morning when you shop at the SPCA Yard Sale. Come in the shelter office and enjoy a cup of coffee.


Tish, the SPCA shelter mascot, accepts a check for $1249.00 from Pioneer Market for the cash register receipts that were turned in. The SPCA collects the receipts, totals them, and submits them to the market. Thank you to everyone who saves their receipts and brings them to the shelter. It really pays off. The money will be used to spay and neuter many adoptable dogs and cats.

Thanks also go to Pony Expresso for their Halloween Photo Benefit, and to Airport Bar and Grill for the Turkey Shoot and Halloween Party that raised additional funds for the shelter.

Winter Tips

With cold weather still ahead, our pets need increased protection from extreme temperatures.  They require warm, draft-free shelters, plenty of food and lots of water if they reside outdoors.  With this in mind, the SPCA of Mariposa County offers a few winter tips for your pets: 

1. Many people believe that pets (because they have coats of fur) are able to withstand the cold better than humans.  This is not the case.  While some breeds of dogs may remain outside longer, if it is too cold for you to be outside, then it is likely too cold for your pet.  Therefore, during extreme temperatures, keep your pet indoors as much as possible.  Very young and old or ill animals are especially vulnerable, and should not be exposed to extreme cold weather.  Older pets' limbs may become stiff and tender in the winter weather, and may lead to slips and falls causing further injury to the pet. 

2.  Outdoor pets that remain outside during winter months should always have fresh, non-frozen drinking water and warm, accessible shelters. Outdoor pets may be poisoned from ingesting salt and deadly antifreeze and while outside, they should be monitored. Additionally, wipe your pets' feet when they come inside to prevent them from licking these substances off their paws.  Animals will take great steps to keep warm.  An oudoor cold cat will curl up against a car or truck engine to keep warm.  Prior to starting your vehicle, check under your hood, honk or rap the hood of the engine to alert the cat. If your indoor pet likes to lie next to an indoor space heater, make sure they do not burn themselves or knock a heat source over leading to further safety issues for you and your family. 

3.  Never shave a dog down to its skin in the winter.  Never leave a pet alone in a car during cold weather.  The inside of the car may become like a refrigerator, holding the cold in, and cause the pet harm, even death from freezing. (As a side-note, a similar occurrence happens in the hot summer months when the car becomes a furnace for a pet).

4.  Many dogs are lost in winter because they lose their scent in the snow.  Make sure your pet has current tags and if walking your pet at night, reflective collars may be used on the pet to ensure it is seen.  If you live near a pond, be careful with ice.  Pets may easily fall through the ice and it is very difficult for them to escape on their own.  If your pet wears a sweater or booties for protection, monitoring the dressed-up pet is essential.  Your pet may not like his or her dressed-up state and work to free itself leading to suffocation or injury. Since most animals lose their body heat through the pads of their feet, ears, and respiratory track, all efforts to keep them warm are important if monitored (including heated pads safe for indoor/outdoor use).

The best way to avoid two serious health conditions for animals (hypothermia and frostbite) is to avoid the exposure of your pet to extreme cold weather. If you suspect either, get your pet warm, and immediately take it to your veterinarian.

Pets have simple needs.  Be alert to those needs so that their 2013 will be happy, healthy and safe - and don't forget to have your own furnaces checked for carbon monoxide leakage (an odorless and invisible gas) - deadly to you, your family and your pets.


Winner Andi Moore
Andi Moore, winner, and Maureen McDonald, SPCA employee

Winning Essay
By Andi Moore, 7th grade
Mariposa Elementary School, Ms. Hamilton’s class

I am thankful for a lot of animals in my life, but I am mostly thankful for my new puppy. We rescued her from an animal shelter in Bloomingdale IL. My puppy’s name is Bailey and she is dark chocolate labradoodle mix.

When we found Bailey she was the last dog I looked at, but I new that she needed a better home then the shelter.

While my dad and step mom where signing the paper, I sat by Bailey and looked at her and I new that not only she needed me to help her get better I new that I needed her. Why? Because it was time for me to take responsibility in life, and adopting an animal was one of the. And that’s why I am so grateful for my new dog. She has been there for me, and I have been there for her.

That’s is why I am so thankful that dogs an animal are her today. Without animals we wouldn’t have a lot of things like cartoons, zoos and even animal shelters. So I that God today that I have Bailey has me and I especially have her.

Dolores TuttleIt is with great sadness the SPCA recognizes the passing of Dolores Tuttle, a woman who did so much for our society and the County of Mariposa. She was a quiet, unassuming woman who changed the hearts and minds of a whole county.

One hot summer day she found a mother dog and twelve puppies abandoned and starving on a deserted county road. The condition of the mother dog was pitiful. Dolores picked them all up and took them to her home. While caring for the mother and puppies she thought about how this could happen.

On her next visit to the SPCA shelter she asked Jeanette Lozano, the shelter manager, why animals are abandoned and how people can be so cruel. This is the question most people ask when they hear about puppies and kittens being dumped. Jeanette explained that an animal is usually abandoned when the owner can no longer care for it. When that animal is a mother with puppies or kittens, it usually means the owner did not have the money to spay or neuter and just did not know what to do with both the mother and offspring.

Dolores was moved by the plight of the animals she had rescued and by the thought of all the others who would be dumped along some deserted road to starve to death or become prey to other animals. She asked the right question. She asked herself first, and then she asked the SPCA, “What can I do about this problem?” She decided she wanted to donate a sum of money for the purpose of spaying and neutering animals of owners who could not afford the surgeries. It was a most generous proposal, simple and direct. The SPCA proposed setting up a fund to provide spaying and neutering for the entire county of Mariposa. Dolores named that fund “Sandy’s Fund” after one of her favorite dogs.

Dolores herself went before the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors to ask the county to match her donation. They recognized the worth of the program and the costs it would save the county, and matched her donations for two years. Between 2001 and 2004, Dolores and her family donated $36,250, and the County of Mariposa put in $50,149. Sandy’s Fund spayed or neutered 735 dogs and 1,980 cats, and included veterinarians in Mariposa, Merced, Sonora, Jamestown, Oakhurst, and Coarsegold. The number of abandoned litters dropped drastically during the first year, and to zero during the second. Dolores’s gift saved thousands of animals from suffering and untimely death. She is a real SPCA hero and the SPCA will be greatly diminished by the passing of her compassionate heart. Wherever she now rests, it is in the company of thousands of animals she helped.

Cathy Garner from Fresno Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation entertained the SPCA members and guests on March 21, at the Best Western Community Room. She is holding a Harris’s Hawk, a desert hunter.

Over 70 people enjoyed the presentation. The hit of the evening was Jenny Brower who told the story of “Igor” the raven. Unfortunately Igor cannot be free because his original owner trained him to open other people’s mailboxes and steal the mail. The great intelligence of the raven makes caring for one a constant challenge, and Jenny has her hands full as she tries to put plants in the ground and Igor follows behind pulling them up.

Debby Eldred holds a barred owl named Beauregard. Barred owls are moving into our area due to climate change. They are the most vocal of all the owls, able to make sounds like a dog barking or various screams. If you think you hear Bigfoot  in your back yard, it just might be Beau.

Visit their website at: http://www.fresnowildlife.org/about.html

Thanks to our Business Sponsors

This new plaque on the front of the shelter office shows new business memberships. These businesses have contributed $100 each to the SPCA for their yearly dues. Roger Brunelle donated and installed the plaque. Thank you, Mariposa business supporters.

Announcing the Juanita Moore Volunteer/Spay Neuter Program

In an effort to give back to the community, the SPCA would like to announce the new Juanita Moore Volunteer/spay neuter program. The offering of these funds is made possible through the wonderful generosity of Juanita Moore, a long-time resident of Mariposa and avid animal lover, who donated her entire estate to the SPCA.

During hard economic times, pet owners find themselves unable to afford to spay or neuter their dogs or cats. The SPCA would like to help with a new program in which owners would volunteer eight hours of work at the shelter in exchange for spaying /neutering their pets.

This work could include folding clothes or straightening the yard sale area, walking dogs, folding laundry, or brushing cats.  After the eight hours are completed, the SPCA will then pay the veterinarian who performs the surgery. If an owner is not physically able to volunteer, he or she could arrange for a friend or neighbor to do the volunteer work for them. Call the shelter for more information on how to take advantage of this program.

The SPCA also helps provide an excellent place to buy low cost clothing, including children’s clothing, coats, boots, and blankets. The yard sale has toys and books for all ages, small appliances and kitchen ware. Purchasing these items from the SPCA is the perfect way to help make ends meet these days.

Last year the SPCA found homes for 167 dogs and 114 cats. Each animal was healthy, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and wormed. During last year’s outbreak of a fatal cat virus in the community, the SPCA cats remained healthy and unaffected, due to the outstanding management of shelter manager, Jeanette Lozano.

The SPCA of Mariposa County is famous throughout Central California for maintaining a spotless facility with healthy, socialized animals for adoption. It receives no state or local funds, but operates completely from donations and the generosity of its members. If you are a contributing member, pat yourself on the back. If you would like to become a member of this society that provides so much to Mariposa call 966-5275 or drop by the shelter.

A letter from a happy owner:

Tan (aka Tanner) was adopted from the Mariposa SPCA about a year ago, when he was about 2 years old.  He was a very nervous boy, who wanted to please very badly. He hid under the bed if criticized in any way. He was housebroken, but made nervous mistakes. Slowly learning to trust his new forever family, he continued to always try to do the right thing. He has tried so hard that on May 4th he earned his AKC Canine Good Citizen degree and passed his Therapy Dog International evaluation. What a proud family he has now!

We had wonderful help from Gail Hawksworth for obedience training, and wonderful support from Therapy Dogs International, Fresno Chapter, as well.

Our thanks for this dog.
Judy Looby


"Black Bears: Dispelling the Myths" a multimedia presentation by Donna "Geode" Andrews

The general meeting on March 15, featuring Donna Andrews from the North American Bear Center in Ely, Minnesota, was a huge success. Donna also met with local officials from county and state wildlife management, and gave a presentation at Catheys Valley School.

Donna Andrews
Donna delivering her talk.

Donna at Catheys Valley School
Donna captivating Catheys Valley School with her bear talk.

Pioneer Market
Thank you Pioneer Market for being one of our sponsors
Save your receipts from Pioneer Market and bring them to the shelter.

Our regular hours of operation are 10 am to 3 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. We are closed Sunday and Monday. During periods of extreme heat and winter storms the Shelter hours may change. Please call ahead to confirm the Shelter is open.


If you have lost your pet or need to turn in a pet
Call Animal Control 209-742-4300 or check their web page: Animal Control


Welcome to the SPCA of Mariposa County

SPCA Mission Statement

Mariposa SPCA

The SPCA of Mariposa County was incorporated on July 12, 1976.

The specific and primary purpose is to provide a facility for keeping, and caring for animals and to provide a means of enforcing laws relating to cruelty to animals.

The general purpose, for which this corporation is formed, is to provide an arena for local education and humane treatment to animals and to foster local interest in such a society.

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