Last updated 10/30/17

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Pet Portraits Sunday Nov 12, 2017

Vendors Wanted!

FOCCAS and Elvira G. Photography are seeking vendors of pet-related services and products to participate in our event. Please download and invitation and application if you or someone you know may be interested:

Vendor Invitation (pdf)
Vendor Application (pdf)

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Pet Portraits & Pet Fair is back!

October 30, 2017 -  Colusa County Animal Control is sponsoring Pet Portraits and Pet Fair benefitting Friends of the Colusa County Animal Shelter (FOCCAS). This fun, furry event will be held Sunday, November 12, 2017, at the Colusa scout cabin. All proceeds will be used to improve the lives of Colusa’s shelter animals.

Colusa resident Elvira Gutierrez of Elvira G Photography will be on hand to take portraits of pet animals from 9am to 2pm. Last year’s subjects included a variety of dogs, a few cats, and even a horse!

A number of local, animal-loving vendors will be providing pet-related products and services. Griff’s Feed and Seed will return with some of the latest pet products for sale with part of the proceeds going to FOCCAS. Barky by Barnsmell is also returning with classy, handmade canine couture. Dr. Leroy Burnham will be available 11:30-noon to vaccinate and microchip dogs. Animal Control Officer Pam DaGrossa will answer questions and provide handouts to address a number of problem dog and cat behaviors.

For photographer Elvira Guttierez, Pet Portraits and Pet Fair allows her to contribute to her community by providing a way for people to honor their animals: “I donate my time to this event because it gives us a chance to come together and celebrate our fur babies. Often times we don't realize how much our pets mean to us until they are gone and so sharing professional portraits of them has been very fun and fulfilling for me.”

Having a beautiful, professional photo of your pet can be functional, too. Chief Animal Control Officer Courtney Elliot says that people’s descriptions of lost pets “are often not how we would describe the pet.”  And many do not have good, clear photos. This makes identifying a lost pet difficult.

Portrait sessions typically take about 10 minutes. They may include only the pet or the pet and its human family members. Portraits will be downloadable from the photographer’s website approximately one week after the event. Because it is a digital file, people may do anything with the portrait: print them, put them on a t-shirt, or even have them printed on canvas. Arrangements can be made for those without Internet access.

Walk ups are welcome the day of the event. But pet owners are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at One image is $30 and each additional image is $10.

Contact: Pam DaGrossa, (530) 619-0032,

Governor Signs Bill to Ban the Sale of Mill-Bred Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits Sponsor Social Compassion in Legislation Applauds Governor's Action

Sacramento, CA  - A landmark bill banning the sale of mill-bred dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown on October 13, 2017.  In addition to the ban, AB 485, introduced by Assemblymembers Patrick O'Donnell (D-Long Beach) and Matt Dababneh (D-Woodland Hills), and sponsored by Social Compassion In Legislation (SCIL), will require that stores offer dogs, cats, and rabbits from shelters and rescue groups. The signing of AB 485 makes California the first state in the country to enact a policy of this kind and will eliminate the trafficking of mill-bred animals into California pet stores.

"This is an exciting day for pets in California," Assemblymember O'Donnell said. "I am very grateful for the strong support we received from animal-lovers across the state and from Social Compassion in Legislation, the bill's sponsor. This is a big win for our four-legged friends, of course, but also for California taxpayers who spend more than $250 million annually to house and euthanize animals in our shelters."

Facing significant opposition in the Assembly, the bill ultimately garnered broad bipartisan support, and in the end passed the Senate with no opposition.

"By signing into law the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act, California is setting an example on how businesses, local animal shelters, and rescue groups can work together toward a common goal: ending the inhumane treatment of animals at puppy mills and the unnecessary euthanasia of pets at shelters," remarked Assemblymember Dababneh. "While we celebrate this win today, it's important to recognize there's still a lot of work to be done to increase the standards of animal welfare."

"The California Animal Control Directors Association (CACDA) applauds Governor Brown's signing of AB 485 and believes that the restriction of the retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet shops to only those that come from shelter or rescue organizations will decrease the demand for these animals bred in commercial mills and increase the adoption of animals from animal shelters", said Henry Brzezinski, CACDA'S Legislative Chair. "This law will further aid animal welfare agencies in their mission to save more lives."