The Ramona Humane Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new look. A logo designed by Beaumont resident Maggie Domico captures the spirit of the nonprofit animal shelter that serves the San Jacinto Valley. The profile of a dog and cat facing each other with curves that form a heart shape are the focus of the logo that has already been used on the shelter’s outdoor sign.
“As an avid pet lover, our pets are a part of our family,” Domico said. “A heart represents love and we love them unconditionally.”
The milestone anniversary will also be at the forefront of the humane society’s Bow-Wow Meow Luau celebration and annual fundraiser, June 1. A night of music, Polynesian dancing, food, prizes and a silent auction will provide a fun night for guests while they learn more about the strides the shelter has made on behalf of animals since it opened in 1969 as Ramona Animal Haven in Homeland.
At the helm of the nonprofit for the past 20 years is CEO and President Jeff Sheppard, who served one year on its board of directors before his employment.
“There is no typical day at the shelter,” Sheppard said. “Like humans, every animal is unique in their needs and personalities and when your days include working with both, you never know what to expect.”
The shelter has a year-to-date live release rate of 91 percent, and Sheppard said he is confident that rate shows that his ultimate dream of Ramona Humane Society becoming a no-kill facility is a strong probability.
“RHS saved the lives of 7,041 animals last year,” he said. “And with our low-cost spay and neuter clinic we are preventing many unwanted births. In the first quarter of this year, our Dr. Don Popa has performed more than 2,000 operations.”
RHS has had great success with its Senior to Senior program that pairs older pets with senior citizens and its Working Whiskers program that puts less adoptable cats, such as feral cats, to work in barns and other places that are in need of good mousers.
RHS was one of 10 nonprofit organizations that recently benefited from funds raised at the 2019 Soboba Charity Golf Tournament. The $10,000 grant will help the shelter implement its Soboba Community Animal Rehabilitation Effort program.
“At the Ramona Humane Society, we pride ourselves on going the extra mile to ensure the proper care and treatment of homeless animals so they can be adopted into a loving home where they can flourish,” Sheppard said. “We are committed to saving all treatable animals and becoming a no-kill community.”
This year’s Bow-Wow Meow Luau will be held at the Hemet Public Library’s upper level at 300 E. Latham St., starting at 6 p.m., June 1. Tickets are $50 per
person. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
“The Hemet Library is an absolutely perfect location for our luau,” Andrew Vallejos, president of the RHS board of directors. “With its large balcony, we are able to accommodate a large crowd outside and create a Hawaiian-like atmosphere.”
For more information, call (951) 654-8002 or visit www.ramonahumanesociety.org.