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Whiskers & Wine A Stunning Success @ SacCounty Animal Shelter

Whiskers & Wine A Stunning Success @ SacCounty Animal Shelter

Sacramento -- Susan Harris, Whiskers & Wine volunteer guide at the Sacramento County Animal Shelter ( a kind, extremely-patient soul ), shares smiles with a gentle adult cat ready for adoption.

Susan says, "Adopt two -- they're small," as she introduces me to dozens of furry friends needing new homes and a whole lotta love...  and they need you now!

Last Saturday's fundraiser was a stunning success with attendees bidding on auction items with generous hearts.  And, hopefully, they ( or you ) wiill adopt these shelter pets into forever homes.

Melissa Luke, volunteer, says she's "impressed with the turnout" while pouring wine tastes with Bill Gage.

Whiskers & Wine raises funds that assist Mechelle Crites, Animal Control Officer, to rescue abused, abandoned and neglected animals and bring them to safe harbor at the shelter.

Celeste Ingrid, volunteer coordinator, w

Whiskers & Wine Saturday Night Party Benefits County Animal Shelter

Whiskers & Wine Saturday Night Party Benefits County Animal Shelter

Sacramento -- Fluff your fur, curl your tail and party at the Whiskers & Wine event Saturday night from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Sacramento County Animal Shelter, 3839 Bradshaw Road 95827.

Tickets are $40 at the door and help support

TEAM's efforts to benefit animal care and regulation.

Dinner is provided by Chaps Restaurant and music by The Beth Duncan Jazz Trio.

World Rabies Day Honored September 29

World Rabies Day Honored September 29

Pet adoption can cost a lot more than you might think

People often talk about "adopting" when they refer to pets, but it really is a purchase, as heartless as that may sound.

And it must be preceded by more research and reflection than many other major buying decisions. After all, you're talking about a living creature. Important considerations include from whom to buy or adopt and how much owning a pet really costs.

While it can be costly to own cats or dogs, there's more demand for bred puppies - which can cost thousands of dollars - and a greater chance of questionable sales practices. That's why we're focusing on dogs here.

Jay Levine, a veterinarian who volunteers with law enforcement on animal cruelty investigations, says he's seen terrible cases of dog breeders mistreating dogs. He recommends consumers strongly consider shelters and rescue groups but says there are "thousands of very reputable breeders" who care about dogs' welfare.

VIDEOS: Baby snow leopards recorded first time ever

MONGOLIA - For the first time ever, the den sites of two female snow leopards and their cubs have been located and videos of the cubs have been recorded, said scientists from Panthera, a wild cat conservation organization, and the Snow Leopard Trust (SLT).

Researchers have been trying for decades to study the snow leopards secretive lives, but the animal's elusive nature and the extremely treacherous landscape they inhabit makes tracking them nearly impossible.

Until now.

PHOTO: Baby snow leopards

The discovery provides invaluable insight into the life story of the snow leopard, SLT researchers said.