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 Mountain Views News Saturday August 4, 2012 

PET OF THE WEEK: FAYE: Animal ID #A4467575


Happy Tails

While jogging, a kennel 
attendant discovered a rather 
odd pair, in that of a large 
German Shepherd and her tiny 
Pomeranian pal. That lovely 
shepherd is the stunning Faye 
(A4467575). Faye, a friendly, 
inquisitive two year old black 
and brown spayed female 
German Shepherd, was found 
as a stray along with her little 
friend Newton (A4467578). 
They seem to be the best of 
friends. The two were brought 
to the Baldwin Park Animal 
Care Center on July 27th. 
Weighing sixty pounds, Faye 
walks well on the leash and 
gets along well with other dogs. 
All those who have met her 
think she will be exceptionally 
good with children. Faye is a 
magnificent girl who will be a 
spectacular indoor pet for an individual or family living in a private home. It would be great 
to see the pair adopted together, but they can also go separately. To watch a video of Faye and 
Newton please visit:

To meet Faye in person, please see her at the Baldwin Park Shelter, located at 4275 N. Elton, 
Baldwin Park, CA 91706 (Phone: 626-430-2378 or 626-962-3577). She is currently available 
now. For any inquiries about Faye, please reference her animal ID number: A4467575. The 
shelter is open seven days a week, 12 pm-7 pm Monday-Thursday and 10am-5pm Friday-
Sunday. This is a high-intake shelter with a great need for adoptions. For more information 
about Faye or the adoption process, contact United Hope for Animals Volunteer Adoption 
Coordinator Samantha at or 661-309-2674. To learn more about 
United Hope for Animals’ partnership with the Baldwin Park Shelter through its Shelter 
Support Program, as well as the many dogs of all breeds, ages, and sizes available for adoption in 
local shelters, visit

While working on a project at home recently, 
I had neglected to turn off the television after 
watching the morning news, and I happened to 
over-hear a very interesting short documentary segment that featured an interview and 
on-site visit with Kimberly Stroud, director of Ojai Raptor Center, in Ojai, California. I 
was immediately drawn-in to the broadcast when I heard Kimberly say, “There are many 
things you can do in your life, but when you find something that truly fulfills your heart, 
that is a good thing.” I love hearing such positive comments, particularly on the news, 
and I could so relate to the sentiment of what Kim had to say, because just a few years ago 
I chose to leave my “corporate career path” to pursue what my heart was telling me to do. 
My heart’s true calling happens to be spending time with animals. Kim Stroud apparently 
received a similar message from her heart several years ago, but her heart’s callings was 
to tend to the immediate and very unique needs of injured and orphaned wild birds of 
prey. After watching the short segment about Ojai Raptor Center, I decided to look them 
up on line for more information.

Nestled neatly in the silent and somewhat sleepy hills north of Ventura, the Ojai Raptor 
Center (ORC) is a non-profit, all volunteer organization devoted to rescuing birds of prey 
and a variety of other wild animals in need of human intervention and care. Ojai Raptor 
Center’s mission is focused on helping and healing injured or orphaned wild animals, 
particularly birds of prey, and doing whatever it takes to prepare them for release back to 
their original habitat. Licensed by the California Department of Fish & Game, Ojai Raptor 
Center facilitates an average of up to 1,300 needy wild animals per year. They provide 
emergency medical attention and on-going rehabilitation assistance to the animals they 
take in, with the goal of releasing them back to the wild from which they came.

Unfortunately, many of the animals OCR takes in and cares for cannot be released to 
the wild, due to physical ailments and conditions that render them too vulnerable to 
survive. In this case, ORC provides continued care and comfortable surroundings that 
are as close to their natural habitat as possible, throughout their lifetime. ORC networks 
with other qualified wild animal rescue and care facility centers when necessary, to help 
ensure immediate & proper care. There are a number of reasons why wild animals are 
rendered unable to sustain themselves or survive in their own natural habitat, and Ojai 
Raptor Center is committed to being there for each creature, whatever the circumstances. 
Most of the wild animals that end up at ORC come as the result of an emergency call 
through their telephone hot-line. They accept emergency calls 24-7 and they are always 
willing to help a wild animal in need.

ORC employs the most humane, one-on-one intimate rehabilitation techniques possible, 
focusing on a very peaceful transitional method, in hopes that the animal will become 
strong enough to be released. Their goal is to release animals back into the same location 
that they were found in, or in an area close-by with a healthy “prey-base”, for optimal 
conditions to re-establish themselves in a familiar habitat. 

So much goes into a project such as Ojai Raptor Center. Federal, state and local laws 
must be complied with, and each animal has it‘s own needs in terms of food and facility. 
It takes a lot of effort and funding to maintain such a facility. There are a lot of “behind 
the scenes” animal lovers involved with keeping ORC active, and for that I know Kim and 
her cohorts are very grateful. But there is always a need for more help. There are many 
ways that interested individuals can help out, both financially and on a volunteer basis. 
Ojai Raptor Center holds annual fund-raising events in October, including live music, 
food, a silent auction and lots of fun activities for the kids. Check out their website for a 
calendar of up-coming events. They also have a fabulous Wildlife Education Program for 
kids. To arrange for a presentation of this program at your school or organization, call 
805-649-6884 or e-mail ORC at the address shown below.

Being the animal lover that I am, it didn’t take much to prompt me to become a “sponsor” 
for this very worthy cause. It was so easy, and it only took a few minutes of my time. If you 
would like to help ORC in their effort to continue caring for wild animals in need, please 
visit: or e-mail: for more information. 
Rest assured, the birds of prey will definitely appreciate your answer to their prayers!


Marina Sanctuary and IHOP invite you…





Bring this flier and 20% of the proceeds will go to Marina 

…easy as pancakes!

Date: Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Time: From 7:00 AM - Midnight... ALL DAY!

Place: Duarte IHOP

 988 Hamilton Rd. 91010


Volunteers will be there 8 - 8 holding a raffle.

For More Info, Contact: Emily Adams 818-397-0491

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what to do with them? Come to The Book Rack and 
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We have 1000's used and New books for 
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