Holiday Pet Portraits and Pet Fair a Success

Lloyd Green Jr | Pioneer Review Elvira Gutierrez photographs the dogs of Mary Fahey and Steve Vanderpan during the Holiday Pet Portraits and Pet Fair held in November.

The Nov. 12 Holiday Pet Portraits and Pet Fair, sponsored by Colusa County Animal Control, raised $1,000 for FOCCAS (Friends of the Colusa County Animal Shelter). Elly Gutierrez, owner of Elvira G. Photography, photographed approximately 28 dogs along with 1 cat and 1 horse in and around the Colusa Scout Cabin.

Some pets were photographed with Santa, who in his other life is known as Dave Bishop. Other pets were photographed with a more formal, black background or outside in the greenery.

Owners received their digital photos the following week on flash drives.

Griff’s Feed and Seed had a tent full of pet- and people-related products. Jennifer and Garrett Griffith donated 20 percent of their proceeds to FOCCAS. Also at the Griff’s tent was “Kermit,” the friendly Bully mix they adopted from the Colusa shelter.

Karen Hickey came all the way from the Bay area to sell her hand-made canine couture, “Barky by Barnsmell.” She, too, made a donation to FOCCAS.

Sweet Bean’s donated home-made dog biscuits to the event, bringing in more donations. About a half dozen volunteers, including Elly Gutierrez’s family members and FOCCAS volunteers, gave their time to register donors, assist the photographer, and whistle and wave toys to get the dogs to smile.

In the afternoon, Dr. Leroy Burnham vaccinated and microchipped dogs. A number of dog owners came to get their pets current on vaccines. As a reminder, the State of California requires all dogs over 4 months old to have current rabies vaccinations.

An earlier pet portraits event was held in June. Said FOCCAS organizer Pam DaGrossa, “Our first event was a trial run. It had fewer participants, and we raised about $400. That paid for over a month’s worth of basic vaccines and tests at the shelter. And it was so much fun! So Elly and I planned for the larger, November event.”

DaGrossa expressed her appreciation for the community’s support of FOCCAS: “The County provides a very limited AC budget. It does not provide for vaccines, heartworm or leukemia tests, or wormers, things that are standard in most shelters. FOCCAS purchases those items to ensure the animals that enter the Colusa shelter are as safe and healthy as possible when they are returned to their families or adopted out to new ones. We are grateful the community feels strongly enough about our animals to give their time and money.”

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