Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills
Spring 2020

Message From the President

Marilyn Jasper
Coronavirus. Learning of the ease in which COVID-19 can spread, HSSF’s priorities are the health and safety of our wonderful volunteers, customers, and donors—along with our few employees (which include Humane Officers). Thus, we have closed both our Used Book Store and “New 2 You” Thrift store until we can be assured reopening will be safe—especially for the most vulnerable. This means your donations are all the more important at this difficult time.

Busy Volunteers. In 2019, approximately 122 fabulous volunteers logged over 23,000 hours of their time in a variety of different capacities, including animal fostering, book sorting, book sales, thrift store sales and sorting, outreach events, animal feeding, grooming and training. This is the equivalent of 11 full-time workers for a savings of $132,000 calculated at the current minimum wage of $12.00/hr. We appreciate YOU!

Meanwhile, taking all precautions necessary, HSSF continues its mission—a commitment to stop and prevent animal abuse, cruelty, and neglect by investigating complaints, taking legal action, and following up with current cases. HSSF Humane Officers’ investigations range from private individuals and abusive entertainment activities (such as specific rodeo events) to puppy mills. Do we end up in court? You bet! But we do not walk away from animal abuse, cruelty, or neglect, even in these trying times.  (Continued on Page 2)

The Importance of Humane Education

-- by Officer Roach

Recently I shared a post on a local social media community site seeking information regarding a hen shot in the head with a pellet gun or rifle. Although the hen survived, the pellet remained visibly embedded in her head, just behind her right eye. In fact, the gentleman that found the hen in his yard, at first thought someone had adorned the beautiful Henny Penny with jewelry. Some members of the site responded sadly or angrily at the situation, while others were more nonchalant with their comments. And, although I'm not offended by any-one's comments, I feel a need to respond and attempt to educate those in our community, that when we act humanely toward animals, we are treating them with compassion and benevolence.

Humane education can play an important role in creating a compassionate and caring society. It works toward address-ing the root causes of human cruelty and abuse of animals. There is now abundant scientific evidence that animals are sentient beings, with the capacity to experience conscious-ness, feelings and perceptions; including the ability to experi-ence pain, suffering and states of wellbeing. This new under-standing of the sentience of animals has huge implications for the way we treat them, the policies and laws we adopt, and the way in which we educate our children.

Humane education is the building block of a humane and ethically responsible society. That is why the CA Education Code has a requirement to teach primary and high school children about the humane treatment of animals. When educators carry out this process using successfully tried and tested methods, they help children develop a deep feeling for animals, the environment and other people, based on respect, understanding and empathy. Empathy being the critical element, is often missing in society today and the underlying reason for callous, oftentimes bullying, and violent behavior. In essence, animal welfare education at an early age sets learners upon a valuable life path, based on firm moral values.

Many people consider empathy and compassion to have the same meaning, and they are frequently used interchangeably. However, they are actually quite different:

Empathy, is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another; an emotional response to a being’s situation.

With compassion, you have empathy and an added desire to take action. You feel that you want to do something more to relieve a person or animal’s pain and suffering. ... 
Please read the rest of Bill’s article HERE.