Statement to our Supporters Dear Friends, As our loyal supporters, we want to clarify some issues. The Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills (HSSF)

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Statement to our Supporters

Dear Friends,

As our loyal supporters, we want to clarify some issues. The Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills (HSSF) is dedicated to protecting animals from abuse and neglect. In our four years of operation, most of our activities in the field are responses to calls from concerned citizens regarding neglect or abuse of animals. Education often resolves those issues, but as you know, we have had to issue citations to a number of animal owners and even seize the animals where education attempts have failed. We hire experts to make final evaluations, and we specifically follow both the spirit and the letter of the law when such operations become necessary. We are not a sanctuary where animals live in perpetuity; however we have agreements with other organizations and individuals to keep seized animals until cases are resolved—at which time the “rescued” animals can be adopted into good permanent homes.

Late last year, a local Placer County sanctuary fell on hard times and could no longer care for their animals. They contacted HSSF and asked for help, eventually turning over most of their livestock and domestic animals (47) to HSSF. As always, we provided the very best care possible for all the animals—from deferred and ongoing veterinarian care, treatments, special diets, and optimal living conditions—and worked to find best forever homes.

Although we found a great sanctuary for two of the horses in our possession, after their transport, unfortunately the 36-year old quarter horse Ranger, had to be euthanized. There is speculation as to the cause of his demise, but again, we had experts with us all the way. A couple of people, who disagreed with our decisions, turned to the press to ballyhoo their unhappiness. We have been on the receiving end of false and/or erroneous accusations, as well as “Monday morning quarterbacking.” We have been informed via the press that there is an investigation, but we know nothing of it and have not been contacted.

We will continue our work - educate the public, investigate complaints, and protect animals from neglect and abuse. Our work encompasses a highly emotional mix of sensitive issues—not everyone is going to be pleased. If there are allegations, we are confident that our actions are above reproach. Rest assured that we always “go the extra mile” when it comes to animal care. All our activities, as well the experts we hire, are a reflection of our professional commitment.

Thank you for your continued support and your trust in our work.

Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills
Board of Directors


Thank you for your support!!


Please consider making a donation to help support rescue projects in 2012.

HSSF and FRIENDS is funded solely by donations, grants and sales from our used book store in Auburn. We are independent organizations not affiliated with any other entity, and we do not receive any government funding. All donations are tax-deductible.

GET FORM HERE to mail a donation. Make checks payable to HSSF and mail to 2945 Bell Road #175, Auburn, CA 95603.

You can also make a one-time or monthly donation through our secure online partnership with Network for Good.


Friends of Placer County Animal Shelter works to find homes for homeless, abused and neglected animals, while the Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills enforces the laws of animal abuse and neglect. Considered "sister" organizations, they work collectively to protect animals and serve the public. Both organizations are approved 501(c)(3) non-profit groups.

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