MOUNTAIN AREA — In the midst of the holiday season we’re sharing the stories of a dozen groups and nonprofit organizations whose members are making a difference in our communities.
We’ve profiled education, art, community, theater, broadcast, wildlife, music and more. Now we turn to our feline and canine companions, and the local organization that has been steadfast in its efforts to build and furnish a no-kill shelter.
For our eleventh day, we visit the Eastern Madera County SPCA (EMC SPCA).
Day #11 Eastern Madera County SPCA (EMC SPCA)
- What is it? The EMC SPCA was established in 1990 and is dedicated to ensuring the humane treatment of all animals in Eastern Madera County, providing a safe and nurturing environment for unwanted, abandoned and mistreated pets until they can be placed into loving homes. Through proactive intervention, public education and community outreach, the EMCSPCA seeks to promote respect for all life by breaking the cycle of abuse, neglect and pet overpopulation in our community.
- Who’s behind it? The EMC SPCA is a local, independent, non-profit 501(C)(3) organization supported through private contributions and not affiliated with any other SPCA or Humane Society. All donations to the EMC SPCA go to help animals right here in in Eastern Madera County. Sharon Fitzgerald sits at the helm of the Board and a group of dedicated volunteers work non-stop in their efforts.
- Website. http://www.emcspca.org/
- Why we love it. The EMC SPCA has it’s paws in a lot of places. Annual fundraisers on their behalf include the springtime Oakminster Dog Show, a fall Animal Faire, and an event traditionally held at the nursery known as Wine and Noses. The EMC SPCA through its Angel Fund helps animals in grave need, and they offer assistance to offset the cost of spay and neuter for local residents’ pets. Volunteers are constantly working on the feral cat spay and neuter program, and are currently holding an ice chest drive to repurpose old chests into shelters for feral cats at The Pines Resort at Bass Lake. Having broken ground on the long-awaited, state-of-the-art no kill shelter on Highway 49 in Ahwahnee, the organization now endeavors to raise sufficient funds to furnish and run the place once it’s built. A December update on building shows some unexpected delays, however the group plans to doggedly (sorry) continue to pursue the dream shelter, and can use the help of volunteers and sponsors more than ever.