Saturday, August 1, 2009

A lucky Penny resurfaces

Penny plays with Miracle, a dog featured in next year's Whatcom Humane Society calendar.

In a previous post, This Penny brought me good luck, I wrote to you about Penny Cistaro’s departure from Whatcom Humane Society. I’ve watched her work for almost a decade.

She left northern Washington State to head up the City of Sacramento’s Animal Care Services Department. It’s an important job -- she’s in charge of the animal shelter for the capital city in the most populous state in the nation.

And unfortunately, Sacramento doesn’t just host a large people population. About 60 percent of the animals who come into the shelter are euthanized.

Penny is a nationally renowned sheltering expert, and her arrival in northern California hasn’t gone unnoticed. Reporter Cynthia Hubert of the Sacramento Bee wrote an intelligent and illuminating article about her called Sacramento animal shelter aims for happier tails.

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