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Animal House

Oct 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

South Placer County is a small pet-loving universe in the grand scheme of things, but a world apart from “average” as far as rescue efforts are concerned. A New Hope Animal Foundation, the goal of which is, “to reduce euthanasia of adoptable animals in Placer County and in other areas of need,” is the perfect illustration of this bold idea.

According to Founder Lynn Howe, A New Hope, based in Loomis and started in order to augment community services and sheltering efforts in the immediate area and beyond, works to help new pet adopters understand the principles of responsible pet guardianship, and how to build positive relationships with their companion animals.

“We believe that with shelter enrichment, positive behavior modification and compassionate interaction, we can reduce stress and improve the lives of shelter animals,” Howe explains. “By providing community support with guidance and tools, we can also help an animal to remain in his home.”

With these goals forefront of A New Hope’s efforts, the organization assists animals in need by finding lasting homes for them, as well as homes for those that are medically impaired, young, or behaviorally challenged. In addition, the nonprofit strives to help people keep their companion animals in times of crises. And through it all, the organization’s focus is always on the comfort, care and socialization of these animals. 

“Not only have we seen a significant increase in successful adoptions of homeless animals over the years, but also considerable improvement in how the shelter animals are treated and handled,” says Howe, who is quick to credit this improvement to volunteers who work with the animals and new families to prepare them for their new pet.

A New Hope also relies on community donations and yearly fundraisers to help cover operation costs, such as the annual Sale by the Pond to Benefit Homeless Animals. In combination, these forces help the organization provide a slew of amazing services, including medical care and homes for abused animals, and reunions between companion animals and their owners. “Our most notable accomplishment is the partnership we share between volunteers and Placer County Animal Services, [which] enables us to work with the animals and with the other rescue groups who also relieve crowding at the shelter,” Howe says. “By working together, we accomplish so much more.”

A New Hope is planning to build an agility arena for shelter animals in 2009, and is establishing a community training program for new pet owners, specifically with regard to newly adopted shelter animals. The focus of the program will be on responsible pet guardianship, building positive relationships with pets, and good training techniques. Also planned are more low-cost spay and neuter programs.

“Without community support,” Howe says, “A New Hope would not be able to function. As a community, it is our responsibility to be loving stewards of the animals in our care.”

For more information on A New Hope Animal Foundation visit the organization online at