Although I volunteer for a number of nonprofits, the Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills (HSSF) is dearest to my heart. It’s not just because I feel deeply about animal welfare and marvel at human/animal relationships, but also because of the amazing lives of all wildlife—mammal, fish, and, yes, even insect species. Who would have thought that even fish have brain receptors that feel pain? Or that those spiders in my house are helping by catching mosquitoes and moths? Wasps are very beneficial in my garden, even tho’ they bit me multiple times. (They and their nest are currently on probation….)
What’s so gratifying after decades of animal welfare work is finally seeing an exponentially expanding global movement of people taking strong stands against animal cruelty, abuse and neglect. Where only a few protestors risked great retaliation for protesting bull fighting in countries where it’s been defended as “cultural,” now hundreds turn out to protest. It’s the same in the U.S. where every year, helpful animal welfare legislation is passed. In the past decade or so, more and more people consider their pets as bona fide members of their families and love them unconditionally.
We’ve come a long way, and we still have a long way to go. HSSF investigations and law enforcement activities go the extra mile to resolve animal welfare cases. If that fails, then legal steps are taken. With Thanksgiving getting closer: Our satisfaction of being involved with HSSF’s work is matched by being so grateful for all the support—from volunteers, to those who donate to help us “pay the bills,” and to those who shop in our Used Book Store and our New 2 You Thrift & Gift Shop. Thank you!
— Marilyn Jasper
Since 2007, the Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills (HSSF) has been enforcing California’s anti-cruelty laws that protect animals from abuse and neglect and serve the public. Our Humane Officers and Investigator work closely with Law Enforcement to identify, investigate and prosecute those responsible for crimes against animals. In fact, HSSF has been a respected participant on the Sacramento County Animal Cruelty Task Force since January 2018.
Animal abuse, neglect and cruelty is more prevalent in our region than most people realize, and just like any other crime, animal abuse constitutes violations of the Penal Code and law enforcement is responsible for investigating it. The Animal Cruelty Task Force is just one example of progressive collaboration efforts between agencies and across jurisdictional lines—all with the goal of identifying, investigating and prosecuting those responsible for crimes against animals. We work cases every day, pulling animals out of precarious living conditions or caring for animals who were victims of abuse or neglect.
Law enforcement, psychologists and social workers understand that animal cruelty, domestic violence, elder abuse, and child abuse intersect — validating that animal abuse is a gateway to crimes against humanity. By attending monthly Animal Cruelty Task Force meetings, the Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills is working to identify, investigate and prosecute those responsible for abuse, neglect and cruelty to animals, and put a stop to this progressively violent behavior in Placer County.