Dear reader, it is always a treat to have your relatives visit, but sometimes it provides an education that you didn’t expect. When my nephew visited, he asked if his lady friend could bring her wolf by to meet us. I could not say no, because I was so curious. Mr. Wolf was bigger than I expected and very observant. He immediately checked us out sniffing insistently. I was reticent to pet him and it appeared that he was not keen on the idea either. It was strange watching him walk through the entire house sniffing at each corner, under the beds, and in the closets. His visit was brief and throughout he remained aloof and singular. Wolf-dog hybrid is a term used to describe an animal that is part wolf and part domestic dog. They share many physical and behavior traits. In fact, dogs evolved from wolves through domestication by selectively breeding over thousands of years. Wolves and dogs are interfertile, meaning they can breed and produce viable offspring and their offspring can produce offspring, too. In the wild, it is rare for this to occur because wolves are territorial and they protect their home ranges from intruding dogs, coyotes, and other wolves. Because of the diverse genetic composition within hybrids, their behavior is inconsistent and difficult to predict. Hybrids are often challenging to care for because wolves and dogs mature at different rates. Dogs mature at six to eight months whereas wolves mature one to four years. A wolf’s role in the pack includes determining status requiring them to challenge pack mates. Keeping a wolf in captivity can transfer that challenge to the human in charge. Hybrids can be stubborn, bold or aggressive. In fact, many animals become homeless simply because their owner’s expectation is against their nature. Mr. Wolf’s owner was exceptional; she made sure he obeyed her and showered him with love. I am not ready for a wolf, but I like a friendly woof now and then. LOOKING FOR A HOME Fifteen adorable kittens ages 15 to 20 weeks. There are 10 boys and five girls in a rainbow of colors. All our babies need foster homes. Call 775-7500 for details. Policy, however, prohibits adopting out puppies or kittens under the age of six months to a home with children under 5 years of age. This is to protect both the children and the animal. MISSING Ariel is a 10-year-old Lab mix. Recently surrendered to CAPS she bolted from our shelter. Ariel is very afraid and we are afraid for her. She will run if approached. We assume she is in the area around Pasture Road near NAS Fallon. If you see her, call CAPS at 775-423-7500 or 831-737-925.
Courtesy Ariel is a 10-year-old Lab mix. Recently surrendered to CAPS she bolted from our shelter. Ariel is very afraid and we are afraid for her. She will run if approached. We assume she is in the area around Pasture Road near NAS Fallon. If you see her, call CAPS at 775-423-7500 or 831-737-925.
IN NEED OF Fancy Feast kitten wet food. Help! We need emergency funds to repair our main air conditioning. Items for the CAPS garage sale. Call 775-423-7500 to have your items picked up. Cat litter for our guests’ comfort. Aluminum cans. If you have cans to pick up, give us a call (775-423-7500) and we will come get them. You can also drop them off at CAPS. SHOUT OUT TO Big R for donating food for our guests. A pooch smooch to you! Family Pet Connection for the generous food donation. Paws applause to you!
COME SEE US CAPS is now open. We suggest appointments for adoptions, SNAPS, and food pantry. We need volunteers. Call 775-423-7500.
DON’T FORGET August Holiday: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs. To mark your calendar for CAPS garage sale Sept. 9 and 10. If you cannot have a pet, you can still sponsor a kitten or puppy. We need financial assistance for spay/neutering, veterinarian bills, and food. You can become an angel to a homeless kitten or puppy. 775-423-7500. CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. CAPS’ phone number is 775-423 7500. CAPS’ email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit the CAPS website (www.capsnevada.com) and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are likeable. CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kathleen Williams-Miller is a CAPS volunteer. Contact me at email@example.com.