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U.S. Postal Service Helps Vanishing Species, One Stamp at a Time

U.S. Postal Service Helps Vanishing Species, One Stamp at a Time


FOLSOM CA. — Tigers. African and Asian elephants. Rhinos. Great apes. Marine turtles. The Folsom Post Office held a special stamp ceremony at the Folsom Zoo that could help save them all.  Net proceeds from the sales of the new Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp will be transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support the Multinational Species Conservation Funds.

The unveiling ceremony took place at 1:00 pm today at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary located at 403 Stafford Street, Folsom.

“This stamp marks the fourth semipostal issued by the Postal Service. These types of stamps provide an extremely convenient way for the American public to contribute to help protect threatened and vanishing species,” said Folsom Postmaster Donna Landau.

Owner of horse ranch charged with animal cruelty

SUSANVILLE, CA - A Lassen County man is charged with cruelty to animals after sheriff's deputies found the remains of approximately 28 horses and three dogs on the man's property at Whispering Pines Ranch on Highway 36 in Susanville.

According to a press release from the Lassen County Sheriff's Office, the animal remains were found decomposed, ranging from recent to many years old.

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Rescue workers removed 20 horses from the property in April when Dwight Benett, 57, relinquinshed his rights, according to Beth DeCaprio, founder of The Grace Foundation. The remaining horses were removed from the property in August, said DeCaprio.

Over 100 animals including 66 horses will be up for adoption this weekend

Over 100 animals including 66 horses will be up for adoption this weekend

This Saturday The Grace Foundation of Northern California will be hosting an Octoberfest and Adoption Day Event.  This event is free and is open to the public. 

Over 100 animals will be up for adoption on this day, including 66 horses.

Canine hero in need of life-saving surgery

Canine hero in need of life-saving surgery

ROCKLIN, CA- He may look like an ordinary dog, but Koa is much more than a fun- loving, furry companion. His keen senses give him the ability to sniff out medical emergencies and now he is in a race against time as he faces one of his own.

The 4-year old Airedale has brought joy to the Videll home. From trips to the lake, to long walks at the park, his spunky personality and warm nature have made him part of the family. “He’s like one of my kids, except he’s fuzzy,“ said Michelle Videll.

Recently, the Videll’s received devastating news. Koa is battling congestive heart failure and is in desperate need of a pacemaker. The family has poured over a thousand dollars into treatment, but due to tough economic times they are sadly running out of hope. “It’s a nightmare, it’s like not being able to care for one of my children, it’s heartbreaking,” said Bill Videll.

The news is especially difficult for Bill and Michelle’s son.