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Point Isabel Reopens with Temporary Leash Restrictions

Great news for dog parents! The East Bay Regional Park District reopened Point Isabel Regional Shoreline today, June 1, 2020, with special restrictions to keep dogs on leash. The popular Point Isabel was closed out of an abundance of caution to limit crowding and maintain social distancing.

The temporary district wide restriction to keep dogs on leash because of COVID-19 and social distancing requirements are now in effect. “We know this park has traditionally allowed off leash dogs who run and play along the shoreline,” said Park District General Manager Robert Doyle. 

“We understand people need parks for health, wellness, and stress relief, now more than ever,” said Doyle. “We are doing everything we can to keep parks open for the public during the COVID-19 crisis and need the public’s help.” more »

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More Messages From Our Rescue Partners

A couple of weeks ago, we sent out updates from some of our favorite rescue/adoption partners to show how they are doing during COVID-19. We want to thank everyone who shared a story with us and donated to the animal welfare organizations we highlighted, as well as many others. We at DogTrekker feel blessed to have such loyal, compassionate and caring readers and followers. Here are messages from more organizations that share our core mission of leaving no dog behind. All continue to make a real difference in the lives of both our two- and four-legged friends. Please continue to support their work. #SocialDistancing; #LoveYourParks6FeetApart; #FlattenTheCurve; #stayhealthy; #stopthespread; #havedogwilltravelagain

Monterey Bay Labrador Retriever Rescue Vets Save Cali

Cali / Photo Courtesy of Monterey Bay Labrador Retriever Rescue
Cali / Photo Courtesy of Monterey Bay Labrador Retriever Rescue

From: Judy Kreger, Founder & CEO, Donate Here!
Monterey Bay Lab Rescue is continuing to take in Labs and Lab mixes that need rescue, virus or no virus. Our great fosters are always ready and willing to open their homes and their hearts to welcome in any Lab in need. And our vet continues to provide full vet care for all of our rescues including any surgeries they might require.  
One of our recent rescues, sweet Cali (age 8), came to us when her owner passed away. more »

Marin Humane Cancels Woofstock, Needs Support

Marin Humane Cancels Woofstock, Needs Support

From: Nancy McKenney, CEO/President, Donate Here!
Marin Humane has been hard at work for animals, and the people who love them, during this period. Our beloved foster families are taking good care of the shelter animals and adoptions are now resuming with modifications. We’ve moved many programs, like humane education and dog training classes, online where possible.
Marin Humane is still providing Animal Services to the county such as wildlife rescue and investigations of cruelty complaints more »

A Milo Update: We Need Your Help To Survive

A Milo Update: We Need Your Help To Survive

From: Lynne Tingle, Founder and Director. Donate Here!
We are still up and running, rescuing and adopting!  Both our Sanctuary location and Milo Point Richmond are very busy (by appointment only) getting lots of animals fostered and adopted.  Volunteers are helping out a lot, and the Mendocino Sanctuary is enjoying a huge increase in adoptions and fostering (which usually ends up with an adoption through or to the foster).

Those interested in adopting find they have the time now to get out of town and meet our Sanctuary animals. more »

Pets Lifeline, Tailwags & Handbags Goes Virtual

Pets Lifeline, Tailwags & Handbags Goes Virtual

From: Nancy King, Executive Director, Sign-up Here!
Pets Lifeline is the only animal shelter located in the Sonoma Valley, providing a refuge for pets and resources for people.  May 1 would have been the annual Pets Lifeline springtime event known as Tailwags & Handbags, held annually at Buena Vista Winery. Last year’s Tailwags event raised nearly $100,000. In light of the ongoing shelter in place order, Tailwags & Handbags will become an online auction over five days starting on Wednesday, May 6 and ending on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10. more »

Napa Humane’s Art with Heart

Art with Heart Drawing of Maisie by Katie (14)
Art with Heart Drawing of Maisie by Katie (14)

From: Wendi Piscia, Executive Director, Donate Here!

All of us at Napa Humane hope you’re staying healthy and safe in these challenging times. Our clinic remains closed to the public (following the recommendations of veterinary experts), and our staff is working from home as best we can to find creative new ways of supporting local animals in need. Our newest initiative is all about creativity – Art with Heart!

This super fun new program lets animal lovers commission an original portrait of their pet, created by local community members who volunteered their artistic talents. more »

At BADRAP, it’s OK to Ask. It’s Important to Give

Photo credit Kathy Kinnear
Photo credit Kathy Kinnear

From: Donna Reynolds, Co-Founder, Executive Director. Donate Here!

Some weeks ago, animal shelters like BADRAP were understandably concerned that Covid19 would spark a massive influx of surrendered pets. Thankfully that scenario hasn't played out in the Bay Area.

Food insecurity and financial hardship, though, are the realities that have crept up and bring a new worry about surrendered pets. Unfortunately, many pet pantries and food banks are having a hard time meeting the need and most low cost spay/neuter clinics have shuttered. Talking with out of work pet owners over the past month has been sobering. People are scared. more »

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Dog Travel Events


**EVENT POSTPONED** Berkeley Humane's 7th Annual Pints for Paws®
June 6, 2020 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2700 Ninth St., Berkeley, California 94710
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Bark n’ Brewfest - Benefiting Peninsula Humane
June 13, 2020 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
850 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame, California 94010
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St. Helena

Paws for a Cause - Benefiting Napa Humane
June 14, 2020 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
1695 St. Helena Hwy South, St. Helena, California 94574
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Doggy Dash - Benefiting Sacramento SPCA
June 27, 2020 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
3800 W Land Park Dr., Sacramento, California 95822
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Vet Buzz

How to Remove A Tick

By Chris Pitts, RVT, Broadway Animal Hospital

Ticks are gross. They carry diseases, and they are literal blood-sucking parasites. Their entire life is dedicated to waiting until an unsuspecting host walks by, jumping on said host and sucking them dry. Eww. more »

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