For the last year or so, Nancy and I been transporting cats and dogs down to HOPE's low cost spay/neuter clinic, to get them fixed via the Chowchilla Animal Rescue Alliance (CARA) monthly transport service, Pets Express. CARA's Pets Express runs in cooperation with FMAS's low cost voucher program to offer this free service to Chowchilla's residents.
Every since we've had interactions with HOPE and its staff, I have been impressed with their compassion, care for the animals and professionalism.
We're gone in the front doors as individuals, in the back doors as CARA, and they've never failed to treat the animals and us with great care.
I watch how they treat everyone else also. I have to admit, despite what must be very difficult work, they execute it with excellence.
I've run into a few people who complain a little about HOPE, but what I find out is that they don't understand the nature of HOPE's work. HOPE is not a vet hospital. It is a low cost spay/neuter clinic. To be able to provide such services, they have to do as expediently as possible. The HOPE experience is not at all like dealing with a vet. If we come in through the front door, as cat and dog owners do, we fill out paperwork and wait for our name to be called for admittance. As names are called, a HOPE associate takes their cat or dog and checks it out for any problems. Once the associate returns with a OK, we can take off and return for pickup the next day. Simple.
But, usually, we arrive as CARA and use the back door, where rescues and shelters are admitted.
Either way, I am grateful to HOPE and the HOPE employees for great community work.
Here is my trip report from along the Ten Lakes Trail. I hiked the Yosemite's Ten Lakes Trail some time ago and I really can't wait to get out there again. It has been way too long!
I'm trying to catch up on trip reports. I like writing them, but they're so hard to start. Here is one of mine from Yosemite. Trip Report: North Rim of Yosemite Valley - Eagle Peak
My first post on Trailspace.com about the new sleeping bag test method that I hope will come to replace the EN 13537 test method: http://www.trailspace.com/forums/gear-selection/topics/115783.html
Link to the test protocol on Ardeth: ASSP and an article I found interesting on EasternSlopes.com:
Do I want to revolutionize sleeping bag testing? Yes.