Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, March 14, 2020

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, March 14, 2020 


Dear Friends,

 With the developing news regarding coronavirus COVID-19, I wanted to take a moment to share 
how Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is addressing the concern at our shelter, as well as our community 
programming and events.

 We are taking all the necessary steps to protect the health and well-being of the animals in our care, 
our staff and the community we serve by modifying our services. At this time, our Adoptions Center 
will be closed to the public - but if you are interested in adopting a pet you have seen on our website, 
we will be open by appointment only during our normal business hours. 

 We have also temporarily suspended the following activities:

 Community outreach programs (including our mobile outreach events). If you are a current event 
registrant, we will communicate with you directly regarding any changes, so please watch your 
email. Updates will also be shared on our social media pages and website.

 Humane Education activities which include our Kids Club, Animal Adventure Workshops, Scout 
Sundays, group tours, Sunday Morning Helpers, and Barks and Books program. 

Public spay/neuter and vaccine clinics

Dog training classes 

Pet Boarding, except in case of emergency.

 The following services will also be available by appointment only:

Reclaiming your lost pet AND Relinquishing your pet

Please limit calls to our Field Services Department to emergencies only. 

There have also been questions about whether pets can get sick from COVID-19 or if they can make 
us sick. According to the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, there is 
no evidence that companion ani-mals such as cats and dogs have been infected or could spread the 
virus that causes COVID-19.

While animals may not be at risk from this disease, we urge all pet owners to have plans for how 
to care for their animals in case of emergency. COVID-19 is no different, and serves as an excellent 
reminder to pull that plan together now if you don’t already have one. Click here for more 

Right now, more than ever, we need your help. We have a tremendous need for community fosters. 
As the virus spreads, the number of animals in shelters and rescues will continue to increase. At 
the same time, we anticipate de-creased interest and ability to adopt a new pet. So if you’re able to 
foster a dog, cat, or rabbit for the next several weeks, you could help give animals a break from the 
shelter and make room for more animals who are in need. For more information about fostering, 

Thank you for your support!


TESS & ARCHIE need some 

TESS & ARCHIE are about 10 
mos. old and are two adorable 
sweetie pies. Both are super 
sweet and are good with being 
petted. Archie is very friendly 
and playful, but would also enjoy 
being held all day! His sister, 
Tess, works up her courage while 
looking at Archie for security. They get along purr-fectly with 
each other, and would complement almost any home. They are 
even fine with getting into a carrier. Adopt them together and get two “fur” one in addition 
to our “MARCH MADNESS” SALE at $25 off (see coupon on our website)! As with all of our 
Lifeline cats, they will come already current on vaccines and health exams, spayed/neutered, 
and microchipped--a great deal! See more pictures, adoption information and application on 
our website at the Young Cats page at

Pet of the Week

Three-year-old Stella can’t wait to find her person and bond with 
them for life! She may not be that dog who’s chatting up strangers at 
a party, but she’d love movie night at home with her one and only. 
Getting invited into Stella’s inner circle is an honor, and once you’re 
there, she’ll shower you with affection. Oh, and she’s also quite the 
bed hog, so hopefully you don’t mind sharing! When she gives you 
that sweet Stella look, you’ll be willing to sleep on the couch for her 
(don’t worry though, she’ll leave you a sliver of space on the bed for 

 The adoption fee for dogs is $140. All dogs are spayed or neutered, 
microchipped, and vaccinated before going to their new home. 

 New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal 
Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.

 View photos of adoptable pets at Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 
p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

 Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone 
calls or email.



[Nyerges has been teaching survival skills and botany since 1974. He is the author of 
“How to Survive Anywhere,” “Foraging California,” “Extreme Simplicity,” and other 
books. He can be reached at, or Box 41834, Eagle 
Rock, CA 90041]


Over the next few weeks, in this multi-part article, we will explore what 
you should do, and what you should store, to address your health needs during spring and 
summer. We’d like to think that all of this is common sense.

First, let’s look at some of the reasons why there are less communicable diseases, and a longer 
life span, in First World countries, compared to under-developed Third World countries.

In general, the sanitation conditions that everyone in developed countries takes for granted 
con-tributes to the lack of widespread disease. This refers to piped water, the ready availability 
of hot water, toilets, soaps, laundry facilities, showers, as well as the ready availability of 
medical supplies and hospitals.

There are, of course, many ways to meet the needs of hygiene, from low-tech to high-tech 

Statistics from major world disasters show that more people typically die from the lack of 
sanita-tion that follows a disaster than the disaster itself.

If you go through your daily life never thinking about how we get all these wonderful technolo-
gies of modern life, then you probably are not thinking much about what to do if a disaster 
de-stroys your infrastructure that gives you water, electricity, etc.

It’s wise to always ask yourself: What would I do if I suddenly had no electricity? What would 
I do if I suddenly had to potable water? Etc.

I’d like to encourage a mindset of healthy living, all the time. That way, if your technological 
way of life suddenly came to an end or was severely restricted, you could continue with some 
degree of strength, competence, and normalcy.

Maintaining your health is always better than trying to heal sicknesses and disease. Make a 
point of identifying the “threats” to your health, both from within and without.


Let’s begin with threats from within –things that are within your ability to choose. When 
media people point out the annual deaths from gun shots or knives, it always sounds very 
alarming. But they forget to point out that more people die annually from automobile accidents. 
That’s right! You have a far more likely chance of dying in a car accident than in a knife 
fight or shootout, and yet no one is talking about banning cars. Still, you owe it to yourself to 
drive defensively and never drink and drive.

Another leading cause of death – which far exceeds car accidents – id cardiovascular disease, 
nearly always related to a diet of processed foods, as well as being overweight and not exercis-
ing. Ever see the movie “Supersize Me”? Just because a “food” is legal does not make it good 
for you.

Michael Pollan makes a simple – yet profound – suggestion in his “Defense of Food” book. 
He advises that if a “food” doesn’t look like something you find in nature, perhaps you should 
not eat it. His short summary is “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

Try your very best to grown some of your own food, and to support local farmers. Learn to 
avoid those foods that are heavily processed, or contain numerous preservatives. Yes, read the 
labels. Many of the preservatives are outright toxins.


Though the body does need some sugar, and converts carbohydrates into sugars, we all consume 
way too much sugar, and the Sugar Industry spends billions of dollars to convince us 
that sugar is fine and not a problem for diabetics, and overweight people. Take steps to reduce 
your sugar content and your health will benefit. At the very least, if you’re going to store sugar 
in your food reserves, store one of the better sugars, such as honey, date sugar, and some of 
the “raw” sugars. 

The details about why too much sugar in the body is bad for us has been documented extensive-
ly. I suggest begin by reading “The Case Against Sugar” by Gary Taubes.



Connor is a handsome young cat with a big personality. His brown 
ticked tabby coat is soft as silk with undertones of gold that glow in 
the sunshine. One look into Connor’s stunning emerald eyes reveals his 
intelligence and friendly nature. He greets visitors and reaches out with 
an invitation to come over and meet him. When the door to his condo 
is opened, Connor will often climb right up into ready arms and even 
onto your shoulder to give you a hug! Connor is also an energetic playmate. 
Laser dots, dangling toys, boxes, with or without toys in them, 
all bring out his natural hunting skills. When there isn’t a human handy 
to play with, Connor will entertain himself. After play time, he enjoys lounging in the sun. His 
adoption fee is $99, which includes neuter surgery, microchip, first vaccinations and a free wellness 
check-up at a participating veterinarian.

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