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2A Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 Feather River Bulletin Animal control worker tries to put herself out of a job Debra Moore That sense of being without Staff Writer a home contributed to dmoore@plumasnews.com Bishop's decision to make finding families for animals Perhaps it was inevitable her life's work. that Melissa Bishop would "If you're an orphan, you become an animal control know how these dogs and officer. During her childhood cats feel," she said. she shared her home with Bishop became an animal as many as 27 cats and 17 control officer for Plumas dogs. County in 1996. "Within the "My mom was a bit of a first 15 minutes, I had five hoarder when it came to animals in my truck," she animals," Bishop said. But said. "I was always her relationship with patrolling." animals wasn't limited to her Her goal was to reunite home; at 15, Bishop went to pets with their owners or work for a shelter in find homes for strays. Hayward. "I love my work; it's almost Bishop was 16 when her an obsession," she said. mom died and life But as much as she enjoys dramatically changed, her work, she would be quite Sometimes she stayed with happy not to have a job if it her sister; sometimes she meant that all animals were slept in a park -- she liked taken care of by their the one across the street from owners. the police station because she Sometimes people who spot felt safer: a roaming animal will call Richard E Stockton State Farm Agent 65 W. Main Street Quincy, CA 95971 Bus: 530-283-0565 From cars to trucks and motorcycles to RVs, let State Farm Bank finance or refinance all your vehicles. Bank with a good neighbor CALL ME TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR COMPETITIVE RATES. I~nn~]Pe~entage~te(APR)aS~f 11/20/i3~SubjecttoCreditapprovalandother II ! |r-.h~ngea~heBa~ ~iscre~ion S~mepr:oductsa~se~icesmaynbtbeavailableM J alise~}ceateas: : I IP ......... . .... I B~m!n n; IL _ us on I www.facebook.com/Plumasnews I Bishop directly, and often she been ingested during the can match the wandering pet dog's travels ffthe owner with its owner, doesn't know where the "I think it's from doing this animal has been. for 19 and a half years up Bishop encourages dog here," she said. "ffone of my owners to microchip and dogs went missing .... " license their pets, or, at the And one of hers did. When very least, "use a Sharpie to she was living in Riverside28 write a phone number on the years ago, her poodle was collar." taken from her yard. "A collar is immediate," "I never stopped looking Bishop said, which allows the for it," she said. "For as long person who found the animal as I lived there." to call its owner. Not only On a local Facebook page does this provide for a more -- Quincy-Portola classifieds timely reunion, it allows the -- a surprising number of owner to avoid paying entries pertain to roaming impound fees and for board dogs. People will post and care. comments about where the As of last week there were animal was sighted and 14 dogs and a couple of dozen others will suggest possible cats in the shelter awaiting owners. Inevitably Bishop adoption and Bishop is weighs in on the site. confident that they will fmd She admits that she homes. "Feral cats and regularly peruses the aggressive dogs are the only Facebook page looking for ones who don't get adopted," lost pets. "I'm a big believer she said. in Facebook," she said. The shelter maintains a "Eventually we find the "want list" for individuals owner." who are looking for a specific Bishop is not a fan of breed or category of dog. "We people who let their dogs keep them on file just in roam, not only because they case," she said. could wander into traffic and The shelter is open Monday be injured or killed, but through Friday from 8 a.m. to because they could cause an 5 p.m., but Bishop will meet accident that could harm individuals at the shelter others. "There's a liability Saturdays by appointment if there," she said. she is available. It's worth it Also, if a dog becomes ill, to her to work on her day off it's impossible to tell a if she can fred a home for veterinarian what could have another pet. Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com With construction complete, the Plumas Rural Services board of directors met in its new conference room, Oct. 27, to elect officers. Executive Director MicheUe Piller welcomed staff and directors to the new room and described improvements that still needed to be completed as funds became available. But even without a countertop, sink, phone or video projection system, the new slate of officers worked through an agenda that included a 50 cent pay increase for all employees and a discussion about how to best market the nonprofit and its services. The officers elected were Come help out a single mom recently diagnosed with CANCER! Animal Control Officer Melissa Bishop holds Louie, a pug available for adoption at the Plumas County Animal Shelter on Thursday, Oct. 29. She received a private message on Facebook about the animal that was found wandering. After nearly 20 years working for animal control in Plumas County, Bishop knows many of the dogs and their owners, and is instrumental in reuniting pets when then they are lost and finding new homes when a reunion isn't possible as in this case. Photo by Debra Moore "Every board has a purpose but this one really changes lives." Plumas Patty Clawson President Rural Services Board of Directors Patty Clawson, president; Kent Barrett, vice president; and Colleen McKeown, secretary-treasurer. The fourth board member of a seven-member board, Frank Carey, was also present. The board needs to Fill three director positions. "I serve on a lot of boards," Clawson said, "but what attracted me to Plumas Rural Services was all of its programs. Every board has a purpose, but this one really changes lives." A tour of the women's shelter dramatically impacted Clawson's decision to serve on the board. The fact that it is a local haven and that the occupants have a chance to get their lives back on track impressed her. "I attended one of their events and you hear their stories .... "Clawson said. She also singled out the ' ALIVE program and its work with the developmentally disabled. Pay increase Clawson joined her fellow board members in approving a 50=cent per hour wage increase for all of the nonprofit's employees. Executive Director Pitier said she was making the request in advance of the minimum wage rising to $10 on Jan. 1. "There are some positions that will be very close to minimum wage, and shouldn't be based upon responsibilities, with this change in January," Piller wrote in her backup material. Piller told the directors that although the wages aren't very high at Plumas Rural Services, the nonprofit has enjoyed low turnover because it's a "family-oriented" place to work and it provides "good benefits." Marketing Plumas Rural Services is having an identity crisis -- its name does not tell its story ............ Piller attended a recent event where participants learned the value of branding and marketing and received a several-page list of recommendations. Pitier said that people are still unfamiliar with what the nonprofit provides, and that even using Plumas is a misnomer, since the organization services other counties as well. Cemetery upkeep The board voted to apply for a $1,500 grant from the Common Good Foundation to help maintain the Chinese Cemetery located adjacent to the nonprofit's buildings atop Cemetery Hill on Highway 70. "We adopted it when we moved here," Piller said of the cemetery. 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