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  • 30 Nov 2016 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    A Giving Tuesday Wrap Up

    A guest blog by Stephanie Mann, Development Director

    Over the last couple of weeks, the Upland Animal Shelter was transformed into a winter wonderland, including a 7-and-a-half-foot tall tree turned snowman at the hands of our creative decorating team in preparation for our Tree Lighting and Give Big Party on November 29.

    Snowman Tree

    'Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la!

    Guests got to enjoy delicious treats, make cat toys for our shelter cats, shop in the 2nd Chance Thrift Shop Holiday Shoppe, help us light the tree, and try their luck at winning raffle and door prizes. We were happy to see so many long-time supporters who have spent so much of their time and energy supporting the shelter, as well as new faces that want to help all of the precious animals at the shelter.

    Karen and Jack Hermann win big!

    Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la la la la la la!

    Guests were decked out in their finest holiday attire (including festive socks!) and we awarded prizes for the “cutest” and “ugliest” sweaters. Two of our dedicated volunteers won these coveted titles thanks to their delightful sweaters. Need a sweater of your own?  Be sure to check out our selection at 2nd Chance Thrift Shop.

    Very nice socks!

    Cutest and Ugliest Sweater Winners

    Follow me in merry measure, Fa la la la la la la la!

    Our party was made even merrier thanks to the generous donors who participated in the annual day of global giving known as Giving Tuesday. This year, Giving Tuesday fell on November 29th and in the spirit of giving, we wanted to give back to the community we call home, which is why we chose this special day to host our Tree Lighting and Give Big Party.

    The holidays will certainly be merrier for the animals that await adoption in the shelter thanks to the almost $4,000 that was raised this Giving Tuesday.

    Fast away the old year passes, Fa la la la la la la la!

    As 2016 comes to an end, it is a perfect time to continue the giving spirit to help make 2017 the best year possible for all of the animals that come through our doors every day. Please visit our website to see the ways you can make a difference in the lives of homeless animals. Thank you for making the holidays bright this year and for years to come!

    Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, Fa la la la la la la la!

  • 16 Nov 2016 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.
     William James

    For over a year now, your donations, purchases, and assistance at 2nd Chance Thrift Shop have supported the care and adoption of animals at the Upland Animal Shelter who need their second chance.  However, the shop's continued success is critical now more than ever since Friends began operating the shelter in partnership with the City's Animal Control Officers in May of this year.

    Another one is going home!

    In case you haven’t visited yet, 2nd Chance is not your average thrift shop.  Yes, we offer gently used furniture, household and garden goods, wall art, books, pet supplies, clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, and more at great prices.  But, we are amazed at the consistently high-quality donations we receive and can offer to our customers.  

    Just yesterday, another new customer was marveling at the variety and quality of the merchandise and said, “I can’t believe how clean the store is and how much great stuff you have…and it helps the animals?  Even better.”  We agree.

    A generous donation of new (wrapped) and
    gently-used games just in time for the holidays.

    Behind the scenes, our stock room is typically overflowing with items that need to be cleaned, priced, and put on the sale floor.  We are incredibly thankful for everyone’s generosity.  At times, it seems overwhelming, but then we just work harder and faster to get new items out on the sales floor.

    The stock room…or, as we like to call it, “controlled chaos”
    defined as "a state, or situation, which appears to be
    completely disorganized, but is actually under control…”

    Because we put new items on the sales floor every day, you never know what you are going to find when you visit.  That’s what makes it so fun.  Here are a few recent photos from around the shop.

    Who remembers the Star Child and platform shoes?
    He's in one of our vintage display cases.

    The furniture corner…we have a constantly
    changing selection of furniture.

    The animal corner…we always have cute, funny,
    and beautiful animal figurines.

    The “grab bag” racks...bundles of miscellaneous items and supplies…
    a recent addition that is very popular.

    We have great prices all the time.  But, every month, merchandise that has been in the shop for a while goes on clearance.  For example, November is our “Green Tag” sale month.  All items marked with a green price sticker are 50% off.  You’ll see signs in the store that let you know what sticker color is on sale.

    This month, we are launching a new promotion to further entice everyone to consider clearance items.  Clearance items will continue to be 50% off during the first two weeks of each month, but then will be further reduced to 75% off the second half of the month.  So, starting on November 15 until the end of the month, all green tag items will be 75% off. 

    Right now, we are also getting ready for the holidays.  We’ve started putting holiday decorations out.  If you are looking for greenery, wreaths, lights, and outdoor décor, it’s on the floor now.  (Thanksgiving items are already out…serving ware, cookbooks, tablecloths, dining tables, etc.).

    Vintage dining table.

    Traditional dining table.

    On the day after Thanksgiving (i.e., Black Friday), we will be bringing items out of long-term storage and opening our “Holiday Shoppe.”  One of our front rooms that usually has antiques and collectibles in it will be transformed into a holiday boutique with decorated trees, ornaments, and collectibles.  Plus, we’ll have our usual “seasonal wall” with a variety of merchandise as well as great gifts throughout the store.

    Sorting holiday items in storage to bring over to the shop.

    Just a small amount of all the holiday items in storage.

    What is that?  It's a Major Award!

    As you can see, there's a lot going on. We hope you'll visit soon to see all we have to offer.  We also invite you to stop by anytime on December 21 for cookies and hot chocolate.  We'd like to celebrate the season with you and thank everyone who has shopped, donated, and volunteered at 2nd Chance for making a real difference in the lives of animals at the shelter.

    You can get regular updates on new and interesting merchandise as well as store events by following us on Facebook.  Plus,our website page has all the basic information you need (hours, location, store specials, etc.).

    And, if you’ve ever thought “I’d like to volunteer at the thrift shop”, we need you.  We'd love to have you join us whenever you can spare some time.  Please call the shop at (909) 920-6020 or send an e-mail to:

  • 09 Nov 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    It takes a long time to grow an old friend…
    John Leonard

     “…and when I held her I just had ‘that feeling' and I knew that she was the one!”

    In the past five years, thousands of lost and abandoned animals have been saved and adopted from the Upland Animal Shelter.  And every one of them has a place in our hearts. 

    Sometimes they are with us for a short time, and sometimes for a longer time...longer than we’d like.  But we always send them off with the hope that they have found their perfect match, that they will be happy and healthy, and that they will never return to the shelter.

    Another success story from a few days ago.

    After a brief “happy dance” and a Facebook post (like the one above) about another one being adopted, we return to the work of getting the next one adopted.  That is, until we get a moment to dwell on an unexpected e-mail about a long-ago adoption confirming all of our hopes have been met...and more.

    “To Whom It May Concern,

    My name is Matt Yancik and I'm writing to update you, after over 5 years, of how a cat I adopted from you was doing!

    I adopted Gracie (that was the name you had given her) from your team on May 22 of 2011. I was, at that time, living just a few blocks down from the La Brea Tar Pits and wandered over to eat my lunch. Coincidentally, that day, your group was there. I loved cats, but wasn't sure if I was ready to adopt another (I'd had several before that I saw into old age.) None of the cats I saw that day had really 'clicked' with me, and I was kind of thinking of giving up, when I saw Gracie curled in a ball in the top cage of a stack of cages. I loved her color, and so I asked to hold her. One of your reps got her out for me, and when I held her I just had 'that feeling' and I knew that she was the one! I took a short 'cool off' period to call my sister and ask her advice (she told me to go for it) and then returned to adopt her!”

    Gracie was two years old when she was adopted in May 2011.

    “You guys started me off with a litter box, a box of litter, some toys and a few other things I can't remember. I took Gracie home and she stepped right out of the box, calm as ever, as if she'd always lived in my place! She has given me five great years since then and I'm very happy I have her! She has lived mostly in Downtown Los Angeles, and I took her on regular walks in the park at the La Brea Tar Pits and parks in Downtown. I have been living in Anchorage, Alaska for the past few years and I can tell she loves it even more! I'm pretty sure she can sense and smell the differences between a bustling city and the wilderness of Alaska!”

    Out for a stroll.

    “I'm not sure if anyone will remember her, but she was spayed by a student surgeon named Amaris Pao, a student anesthetist named Kursten Roderick, and supervised by a vet named Maria A Fahie. (That's what it shows on her records.) Maybe they will, and you can show them these pictures!”

    Gracie was spayed through a partnership with
    Western University of Health Services College of Veterinary Medicine

    “The description of Gracie, written by Amaris Pao, reads that she's 'very sweet with a curious personality. She loves people and loves attention. She will make a wonderful pet to a loving family.' This is TOTALLY true. She has been the gentlest and sweetest pet that I've ever had, and has also become very clever at opening drawers and cupboards in my house, as well as sliding closet doors open. She's super smart and clever.”

    Is there a beagle in your future Gracie?

    “Recently I think she's been a little sad, because I've been working a lot and must leave her at home alone. (I'm a teacher and tutor in the evenings.) I have been looking, the past year or so, for a companion for her. None of the cats I've seen have 'clicked' like Gracie did, but just the other day, by chance, a small beagle dog that a coworker found actually did and I am considering adopting her as a friend for Gracie! This beagle is quiet, gentle, and curious... just like Gracie! I'm going to see what happens when I introduce them next weekend, and I hope that they'll hit it off! I think she'll be happy with a new friend!

    Anyway, I just thought I'd write because maybe your team sometimes gets curious about those animals that were adopted years ago. Hope you like the pictures.

     Matt Yancik
    Anchorage, Alaska"

    Matt and Gracie

    Thank you, Matt.  Not only for sharing your story and photos, but for giving Gracie such a wonderful home.

    All of us who staff and support the shelter in so many ways are only temporary stewards of the many homeless animals who go through the facility.  Many of us have our own animals and know the incredible love and joy they bring to our lives.  It is heartwarming and uplifting to know there are special people like you who choose to adopt the lost and abandoned animals that have been left behind and cherish them for their entire lives.

    Keep in touch, and let us know about the beagle!

    Find your own Gracie…

    In case you haven’t heard, the shelter is overflowing with cats who desperately need a good home.  We are even starting to use the top tier of kennels, which are generally not needed throughout the year.  These kennels are hard to reach and are more difficult to clean.  Plus, it is hard to see the wonderful cats in them.

    Our goal is to get at least 100 cats and kittens adopted by December 31, 2016. We are calling it the “100 Cat Challenge” as part of the nationwide “Million Cat Challenge.”  To meet this goal, we are lowering the adoption fees by almost 50% for kittens (under 1 year) and 75% for cats.  And, we will be featuring one or two kittens and cats on our Facebook page every day so you can see all our lovable felines who are ready to go home. 

    Please share this challenge with as many family members and friends as you can and help all of our cats find a home!

    If you have a story you would like to share about an animal you adopted from Upland Animal Shelter, please send an e-mail to  We’d like to feature you in an upcoming blog post.

  • 02 Nov 2016 7:30 PM | Anonymous


    I was working in the lab late one night
    When my eyes beheld an eerie sight…

    If you were out and about in Upland last Friday, you may have seen an unusual site…a hearse being transported in the back of a truck to Memorial Park…just in time to help set the stage for our first Monster Mash Pet Dash on Saturday, October 29.

    The hearse was courtesy of Cameron, one of our dedicated employees at 2nd Chance Thrift Shop, who just happens to have a large collection of interesting items that, shall we say, are well-suited for a graveyard smash.  Many of his items were used at the event and along the walk, which made for a lot of memorable photos and added to the fun.  Thanks, Cameron!

    That's Cameron on the left with Joe, a shelter volunteer.


    The zombies were having fun
    The party had just begun
    The guests included Wolfman
    Dracula, and his son…

    The event began on Saturday morning under clear skies and we were relieved the rain that had threatened the event earlier in the week had passed us by.  Whew!

    All manner of monsters, superheros, and other creatures and characters started arriving.  Everyone had a great time mingling and seeing all the creative costumes.  Here are just a few to enjoy.

     Lead Volunteer Nancy with Dracula (i.e., Ziggy)

     (Ziggy is available for adoption!)

    We also had a bit of a homecoming with Maya and Chelsea as well as several other “alumni” of the shelter.

    Maya and Chelsea

    Lead Volunteer Elaine and her rescued pups!

    Alan Bailey, our wonderful Monster, I mean Master of Ceremonies, played great tunes and kept the party going.  If Alan seems familiar, it’s because he has been our MC at many of our Spring Pet Adoption Faires in the past. He loves animals and is a great supporter of Friends

    Agile Paws Dog Sports did agility demos and helped pet owners try their dogs on the course.

    K9 Disc Thrills did Frisbee demos.  Wow!

    Several vendors offered a variety of services and merchandise for pets and people, including:

    West Coast Grooming Academy offered on-the-spot grooming.

    Cesar Milan’s PACK Project walked Peanut Butter, one of our shelter dogs that they’ve been training.

    Among a lot of other pet products, Cozy Pet Supplies offered Trump and Clinton dolls for sale.  (We didn’t ask which doll was selling better.)

    Our shelter staff (Shelley, Lisa, Brenda, Reyna, Peggy, and Arlene) came by the event and then opened the shelter in style.   Cameron (not pictured), one of our animal care staff, was the official photojournalist for the event.  Josh (not pictured) also helped at the event.  And let’s not forget our staff, Eric and Rachel, at 2nd Chance Thrift Shop who were not able to attend because they were minding the store.


    They did the mash, it caught on in a flash…

    After mingling and enjoying the entertainment, everyone lined up and walked (aka “dashed”) around Memorial Park and back to the party for the costume contest.

    There were so many creative and funny costumes to choose from.  The volunteers from Kohl's Associates in Action and the Helpful Honda People were the judges.  They awarded prizes in five categories.

    Best Pet/Human Duo (Maleficent and Her Dragon)

    Funniest Pet (The Cat in the Hat with Thing 1 and Thing 2)

    Most Creative Pet (Handmade Fairy Dog Costume)

    Best Dressed Human (1970s Cool) with the Helpful Honda People

    Best Team Costume (Little Mermaid)


    They did the mash, it was a graveyard smash…

    At the end of the festivities, the 5 most successful fundraisers were announced.   Cecilia was our top fundraiser.  In case you don't know, she is a professional dog trainer who also volunteers her time to work with many of our shelter dogs, and especially the shy and fearful ones.  Elliott, her American Cocker Spaniel, often assists her with more difficult cases that benefit from his calming presence.  Thank you, Cecilia and our other top earners!

    1.             Cecilia Mushinskie:  $735
    2.             Kathy Ferguson:  $575
    3.             Andy Peterson:  $550
    4.             Regina Allen:  $500
    5.             Carolyn Higgins:  $215

    Cecilia and Elliott (with a toy on his head)

    We heartily thank all of our fundraisers and everyone who participated or sponsored someone.  

    Likewise, we are so thankful for our event sponsors Merck, Katie’s Pet Depot, and Kohl’s. 

    We also want to thank the many volunteers from CalPoly Pomona, Kohl’s Associates in Action, and the Helpful Honda People as well as our shelter volunteers who helped at the event and walked adoptable dogs.  Thank you all!

    Volunteers Luis and Jason

    We say it all the time, but it is so true: without everyone's support, it would not be possible for us to care for the lost and abandoned animals at the Upland Animal Shelter.  You truly are life savers.  And that is smashing!

    We are already looking forward to next year.  Any suggestions for how to make this an even better event are welcome.  Just let us know.

    See You Next Year!

    It's now the Mash, it's now the Monster Mash
    The Monster Mash, and it's a graveyard smash
    It's now the Mash, it caught on in a flash
    It's now the Mash, it's now the Monster Mash

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  • 26 Oct 2016 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    With love and patience, nothing is impossible
    . Daisako Ikeda

    Our beloved Maya came to the shelter as a stray in March 2015.   We suspected she had been used as a "breeder" for a puppy mill and we were happy that she could find some relative rest and comfort at the shelter.

    Everyone who cared for Maya quickly realized how special she was and she immediately become a “fan favorite” among all the staff and volunteers.  We were disappointed when she had two false starts of being adopted and returned to the shelter through no fault of her own.  We never gave up hope, but no one could have imagined how long she would end up waiting for her forever home.

    As can happen, Maya came to the shelter with an undiagnosed and untreated skin condition.  She was itchy, but otherwise enjoyed her walks and play time.   When Banfield Pet Hospital opened another location in Upland at 823 W. Foothill Boulevard in July 2016, they graciously offered free medical exams for over twenty-five of our shelter animals.  Maya was one of them.  Even the veterinarians and staff fell in love with her in the short time they had her at the hospital.

    The good news was, after some testing, the veterinary staff diagnosed Maya’s skin condition.  The bad news was the medicine she needed was expensive.   Never to be daunted, we started the Medical Fund to help pay for “as-needed” medical care for Maya and our other animals.  And what better choice than Maya to be our first Medical Fund mascot? 

    Shortly after she started her treatment, one of our volunteers said, “I saw Maya out for a walk this morning and have never seen her so happy and acting so young.”  So, Maya had a better summer, but she was still waiting for her forever home.

    Flash forward to October when Chelsea saw a posting about Maya on Facebook from I Pitty the Bull’s John Flores.  Chelsea quickly came from her home in Orange County to meet Maya and came back the next day with her two Chihuahua's to see how they would all get along.  Our Lead Volunteers helped facilitate the “meet and greet” and everything went well.  Maya was going home!

    Since then, Maya has been enjoying a happy new life with her forever family.  Chelsea has been sending us regular updates and we are enjoying seeing all the photos.

    Chelsea also reports that she has been making organic turkey, lentils, quinoa, veggies, and vitamins for Maya’s meals and turkey meat balls and salmon for her snacks to help her get healthy and off all her medications.  Thank you for your dedication Chelsea!

    After Maya's days as a breeding female and her extended stay at the shelter, we couldn’t be happier for Maya and her new family.  As Chelsea said, “She is a spoiled and happy girl!!”

    Friends believes in the dignity of every life,

    and that every adoptable animal should receive the care and patience

     that is necessary to find a loving home.

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