By Friends of Pumas County Animals
Eight months after losing our lease to our rescue building we are in the process of buying a small building from the school district to rebuild our animal rescue. The building needs quite a bit of work-new roof, paint inside and out, electrical upgrades, some termite work-but it will be a permanent home for our rescued animals and we will, hopefully, never have to move again.
The tragedy of the Dixie Fire and the loss of so many homes and businesses in Indian Valley and Canyon Dam have been compounded for us by the many photos of lost and missing animals. It has been very frustrating for Friends’ volunteers to not have a physical place to work and aid in helping these animals find refuge and a safe haven while they heal and find their owners, if they have one. We are excited beyond belief to move into this new opportunity, but truthfully, we are also scared to death of the responsibility of owning the building and taking on so much.
We are working with the school district to finalize the paperwork on this sale and meantime are reaching out to the public and our dear supporters for physical and financial assistance. We will certainly need both in the next few months to make the site as safe and comfortable as we can for the animals that will come through our doors and for our volunteers to do their work. The upgrades will be ongoing for quite a while and you will see Friends volunteers doing bake sales, yard sales and other fundraisers to finance the repairs and monthly maintenance costs to keep the animals safe.
This building will allow us to expand our ability to house more animals and serve Plumas County in a much larger capacity than before. As soon as we have legal title we’ll have an Open House and then many work days where you are always welcome to come and see the vision and help with the creation.
If you would like to volunteer to staff the rescue once we are functioning please contact me (Rose 530-927-8057). Any time you can donate to work the site will be sorely needed and most appreciated. The shifts are usually 2 or 4 hours in length and can be daily, weekly or any combination…evening shifts to feed and check on the animals will also need to be filled and those hours are done at your convenience. We will also need foster homes for younger kittens that may come in and be needing more personal attention on a 24 hour a day basis—bottle feeding and medicating if they are sick—before coming into rescue for adoption.
Many, many thanks to all those who have voiced their support for Friends these last years and to those who urged the school district to sell their surplus property to Friends. Your letters to the PUSD board no doubt made a difference. Also a huge thank you to those whose generous donations have allowed us to make this dream a reality. Keep the good vibes coming!!
Friends of PC Animals is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and all donations are tax deductible. All monies donated go directly to the care and comfort of the rescue animals. NO money goes towards salaries or administrative fees. Friends is not a county entity. Donations can be sent to Friends, PO Box 182, Quincy 95971. Thank you for your continued support.