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It was a rough year for Natura Pet Products, makers of California Natural, Evo, Karma, Innova, and other premium, holistic foods. They found some salmonella in one sample of dry Evo dog food and executed a voluntary food recall of all the dry food lines made in the plant. That meant I moved all of it off my shelf and into my bathroom. I was impatient for the new bags, because I only carried Innova. I had replacements on the shelf less than a month before the next voluntary recall. It included dry food and biscuits.

This led me to quit carrying Innova. I needed other food while there wasn’t any Natura available. I spent two weeks reading reviews and ingredient lists and cross-checking with what was available from my various suppliers. I ended up with Fromm Four-Star for the cats and Horizon and Great Life for the dogs. These brands don’t have quite the variety in calorie count that I was used to with Innova. Customers that were pretty regular buyers have tapered off. I might not only be changing food again, but I may be discontinuing dealing with that particular supplier. It’s one of those domino effect things.

Another domino effect seems to have been the cryptosporidium parasite breakout in Baker City. Now, Baker City’s watershed is clear on the other side of the mountain range from Sumpter, but there were people calling Sumpter residents to see how they were faring with the lack of potable water. We had plenty of drinking water, thank you very much. However, a tourism-related state-level organization called Baker County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center and asked if they should tell people not to come to Baker City area. I imagine Halfway and Richland didn’t react any better to this than I did.

Hello! Baker City is not the only thing in Baker County. We have our own events and everything. Last weekend was Sumpter’s 4th Annual Music in the Meadow. The kids had a blast with the games, and we did get some adults to join in, too. Most of the performers were outstanding. Sadly, a lot of people missed out on all the fun. Part of that might have been the crypto scare. Another part might have been all the wildfires in eastern Oregon. Fires tend to cause most people to avoid traveling in affected areas. Fires also call a lot of people away from home to fight them.

So, for all those who’ve had a rough last couple of months, hang in there. We’re thinking of you.
–LeAnne Woolf, owner

We would like to share this amazing organization with you today…!

Dogpaddling Through Life

Oh Dog! I am so excited! Today we’re profiling yet another TNR program that’s working to save the lives of kitties in Steelton, Pennsylvania!

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Rumpy: Thanks so much for being my guest today. Tell us about your TNR program.

Steelton Cats: We provide municipalities with full-service geographically-targeted no-kill cat population control services using “Saving Money. Saving Lives. A Plan for Every Cat”. This ensures every cat has a place to go, none are killed and none go to our local high kill humane society.

Rumpy: That sounds ideal! How does your program work?

Steelton Cats

1. Partnerships – We work with the colony caretakers to trap at their feeding locations and get a population count and description of the cats to ensure we got the entire colony. We partner with local government.  We work with high quality rescues to place adoptable kittens and cats that cannot…

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