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With Deep Gratitude

San Francisco Bay Area animal rescue groups and shelters couldn’t function without their dedicated, driven volunteers. That’s why Bay Woof invites local animal welfare advocates to honor volunteers in November.

In all likelihood, every volunteer is a hero to the organization he or she serves. That notion prompted Buffy Martin Tarbox of the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA to honor the 1,400 volunteers who enable her organization to save some 6,300 animals annually. That’s a lot of cats, dogs, and other animals, many of whom exhibit special needs or behavioral issues until willing, able volunteers socialize them, treat their medical issues, and love them into their forever homes.

Bay Woof would like to thank the shelter and rescue personnel who took time to compile and send in tributes to those who are making a difference in their facilities. Bay Woof is pleased to present these words that honor outstanding foster parents, tireless advocates for abandoned seniors, and dedicated pet-parent matchmakers. These volunteers tote animals around, staff adoption events, update marketing and promotional material, and offer training expertise and guidance to any pet requiring it. They groom, clean, nurse, network, and update websites. Why? To help their animal charges earn the skills and temperaments they need to move out of foster or temporary care and into the loving forever homes they deserve. This is your tribute.

Meanwhile, Pipi Ray Diamond of Soulful Pet Photography shares how PALS East Bay is expanding its free clinics,  and Jennifer Luna-Repose, D.V.M. offers a primer on  ozone therapy.

Elsewhere, Kelly Gorman Dunbar gives thanks for nonverbal communication in The Monthly Woof, and Carl T. Hall, The Caninologist, goes on about dogs versus kids in San Francisco (and the dogs are winning). And Guess what? Having your cats work for their food via puzzles is a good for them. See what Mikel Delgado of Feline Minds says about it in Kitty Corner.