Mountain View Voice

News - June 3, 2011

Community briefs

Dittmer's moving

The Mountain View institution known as Dittmer's Gourmet Meats and Wurst-Haus will reopen in a new Mountain View location within the next few months.

Dittmer's caught fire on Jan. 23. It's believed to have started when wood chips in a meat smoker were overheated and set alight because of a faulty thermostat switch. The store's numerous customers have been wondering ever since when Dittmer's will begin selling its sandwiches, sausages and award-winning meats again.

Owner Dittmer Bubert said work was underway to move the store but would not disclose the exact location, saying he wanted no distractions as work goes on inside. He would say that the new store is located on El Camino Real and is bigger and better than the former San Antonio Road location. Bubert said Dittmer's would reopen within the next few months, six months at the latest.

—Daniel DeBolt

Discount microchips for pets

The Humane Society Silicon Valley is offering discounted microchip IDs throughout the entire month of June. The cost of a HomeAgain microchip is $30, which is $15 off the regular price.

The permanent identification chip is administered similar to a routine vaccination, and protects pets with nationwide database. With the microchip carrying the owner's contact information, any animal rescue agency and most veterinary offices can quickly identify and contact a lost pet's owner.

With the Fourth of July holiday coming up, Humane Society officials encourage pet owners to get the microchips for their animal companions. The holiday is just a scary day for pets, who may be afraid of noisy firework blasts and may panic and run away.

For more information, call (408) 262-2133, extension 108.

—Nadeshda Banchik

Birds and bunnies need homes

Parrots, pigeons, bunnies and other feathered and furry friends will be showcased from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at the Humane Society Silicon Valley Animal Community Center at 901 Ames Ave. in Milpitas. At the "Birds of Feather Hop Together" event, attendees will learn how to care about birds, bunnies and other animals, as well as get a chance to adopt a furry or feathered companion. Some of the animals came to the shelter because their former owners got sick and could no longer care for them. For more information, see hssv.convio.net/site/Calendar/

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