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Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon got more than 2,600 dogs & cats adopted!

Guess who got a new pet? Guess who got a new human? (Maddie’s Fund photo)
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Hi everyone:
Well, it’s over! Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon was on the weekend of June 9-10 and a LOT of cats and dogs now have new homes because of it. How good can it get? Look at the photo above.  I’d call that pretty darn good!

As I wrote in previous blog entries before the adoptathon … thousands of FREE adoptable cats and dogs were available to qualified adopters at this huge event — from 63 different animal shelters and nonprofit animal rescue organizations — at 80 different locations in Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Francisco Counties. If you’d like to learn more about the background of this unique program, you can read what I had to say before it happened at http://www.ibabuzz.com/garybogue/2012/05/08/maddies-matchmaker-adoptathon-june-9-10-looking-for-a-free-pet

I was away on vacation while Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon was going on. I found this e-mail waiting for me when I returned:
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Posted on Friday, June 29th, 2012
Under: Maddie's Fund | 3 Comments »

Hooded orioles freeloading at a backyard hummingbird feeder

A pair of hooded orioles feeding at a backyard hummingbird feeder. Male on left, female on right. Photo by Cathy Whipkey, Livermore, CA
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Gary:
I wanted to share a photo of our beautiful visitors.  This pair of hooded orioles have returned to our hummingbird feeder.  We saw them for the first time last year and were so pleased to see them return.  They’re very skittish, so it was a challenge to get this photo.  We enjoy your column every day.   Thank you.
Cathy Whipkey, Livermore, California

Cathy:
Beautiful birds and a beautiful photo!

I get a lot of correspondence from my readers asking why the nectar in their hummingbird feeders is suddenly starting to disappear at an unusually rapid pace. Well … one reason is that a pair of hooded orioles may have arrived to start sucking those feeders dry! And we should also keep in mind that more than 50 other species of birds have been spotted freeloading at our hummingbird feeders at one time or another … as well as roof rats, squirrels, raccoons, bats … and who-knows-what-else. Pretty amazing when you think about it. /Gary

Posted on Thursday, June 28th, 2012
Under: Hooded oriole | 1 Comment »

Wild turkey family — Backyard Flying Lessons

Wild turkey mom and her chicks. Time for flying lessons. Photo by Douglas Tinney, Fremont, CA
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Gary:
Flying lessons in my backyard.
Douglas Tinney, Fremont, California

Doug:
Wild turkeys. You gotta love them. Keep your head down! /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
Under: wild turkeys | 2 Comments »

Free Pets at Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon this weekend!

*** DEAR READERS: I’M OFF ON VACATION AFTER TODAY. BE BACK HERE WRITING & SHOWING YOU NEAT PHOTOS ON TUESDAY, JUNE 26. TAKE CARE! SEE YOU! /Gary

Now read on … more info below on how you can get a free pet this weekend …

2010 Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon (Maddie’s Fund photo)
Maddies, anyone for a latte

Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon is Saturday and Sunday

You can get a FREE PET & the animal shelter or rescue group where you adopt it will STILL make some money! Read on to find out how.

Thousands of FREE adoptable cats and dogs will be available to qualified adopters — from 62 different animal shelters and nonprofit animal rescue organizations at 80 different locations in Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Francisco Counties.

Here is lots more information: http://www.ibabuzz.com/garybogue/2012/05/08/maddies-matchmaker-adoptathon-june-9-10-looking-for-a-free-pet

For a complete list of locations near you (and a map) where you can adopt a free pet on Saturday and Sunday, visit http://www.maddiesadoptathon.org/e/Partners_%26_Locations.html

Need a pet? Go for it! /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
Under: Cats, dogs, Maddie's Fund, Pets | 1 Comment »

Hummingbird — and the pause that refreshes

Hummingbirds drink from flowers. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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Ahhhhhhh … the pause that refreshes!

Hummingbirds really know how to live the good life. Just ask them.

You can see more of Dave’s great photographs in HIS blog at:
http://davidharper-wildlife.blogspot.com/Gary

And the point is? Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2012
Under: hummingbirds | 3 Comments »

Free pets at Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon, June 9-10

Rupert the cat needs a home (Hayward Animal Shelter photo)
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One more week to go until Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon!

This exciting FREE PETS event is the weekend of June 9 and June 10

There will be thousands of FREE adoptable cats and dogs available to qualified adopters — from 62 different animal shelters and nonprofit animal rescue organizations at 80 different locations in Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Francisco Counties.

For more details plus a list of participating organizations, adoption locations and times, and lots more information, visit http://www.ibabuzz.com/garybogue/2012/05/08/maddies-matchmaker-adoptathon-june-9-10-looking-for-a-free-pet

Pictured above is just one of the pets you can adopt FREE on June 9-10:
“Rupert” is a 7-year-old neutered male tuxedo kitty who is waiting for you at the Hayward Animal Shelter, 16 Barnes Court, Hayward. You can find out more about Rupert and his other adoptable buddies at http://www.haywardanimals.org

For a complete list of other locations (and a map) where you can adopt a free pet on June 9-10, visit http://www.maddiesadoptathon.org/e/Partners_%26_Locations.html

Get ready, everyone! This is going to be a FUN weekend! /Gary

Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2012
Under: Cats, dogs, Maddie's Fund | 1 Comment »