DEAR JOAN: Maddie's Fund, the Alameda-based animal welfare foundation established by Workday and PeopleSoft founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, is coming up and there is a lot going on.
There will be free adoptions June 1 and 2 during Maddie's Pet Adoption Days at 200 animal shelters and rescue groups throughout the United States. In the Bay Area, we will have adoption locations in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties, with a goal of finding homes for 5,000 dogs and cats.
For this year's event, Mr. Duffield has pledged $4 million to provide each shelter or rescue group with $500 to $2,000 for each adoption completed, providing needed money to these groups.
Since 2010, the annual event has found homes for 6,722 shelter dogs and cats in Northern California.
Here are stories about two animals that are looking for new homes.
Cairo is about 3½ years old and was born to a feral cat that inhabited the creek behind the Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton. In working to spray and neuter all of the feral cats in our area, we were able to rescue the kittens and adopt them out. Cairo was adopted with his sister, Isis, to a family with a special-needs child.
Recently, the family circumstances drastically changed and the adopter released Cairo and Isis back to the creek area to fend for themselves. The Valley Humane Society managed to recapture the cats and Isis has since been adopted. However, Cairo has some personality challenges from living with the special-needs child and from being abandoned.
He's a beautiful creature who would do well in a quieter home with no other cats. Cairo hopes to find her perfect match during Maddie's Pet Adoption Days.
Colleen is a lively 2-year-old spayed female McNabb mix awaiting a new home at the County of Santa Clara Animal Care and Control. Like her border collie cousins, she loves walks and playing with balls, but most of all, she loves to play with water from the hose.
In the kennel, she barks and jumps around a lot, which makes adopters pass over her. She needs a family that can give her the love that she deserves, and the room to allow her playful spirit to thrive. Colleen hopes that during Maddie's Pet Adoption Days, the right person will come along and see her true colors. Could that be you?
DEAR JENNY: My fingers, and toes, are crossed, hoping that Cairo, Colleen and all the others find wonderful new homes at this fabulous event. For readers looking for details and to find a participating shelter or group, go to http://adopt.maddiesfund.org.
DEAR JOAN: I am being awakened about 6:30 a.m. each morning by a bird that sounds like it's on my chimney top.
For about 15 minutes, it makes the following continuous sound: "whup-to-doo, whup-to-doo." It also comes back a couple of times during the day and does the same thing for a shorter duration.
Do you have any idea what type of bird makes this noise? Maybe an owl? Also, do you have any suggestions as to how to discourage birds from using my chimney?
DEAR L.: My best guess is it's a mourning dove, and it likely has built a nest on or in your chimney.
Don't do anything until the nest is empty, then hire a chimney sweep to clear it away.
When it's clean, install a chimney screen or cap to keep them out. Don't worry, though. Santa can still get through.
Contact Joan Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org; or P.O. Box 8099, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.