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Groundbreaking Ceremony For No-Kill Shelter

AHWAHNEE — Animal-lovers are rejoicing as the Eastern Madera County SPCA (EMC SPCA) is about to realize a long-awaited dream: after more than 25 years of saving dogs and cats through fostering and adoption, while also saving money for the project, they’re now breaking ground on the EMC SPCA no-kill shelter. The public is invited by the EMC SPCA Board ...

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Volunteer Opportunities Abound at Eastern Madera County SPCA

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Eastern Madera County SPCA needs you and your skills — whatever those may be. Since the organization’s founding in 1990, Eastern Madera County SPCA has worked tirelessly to fundraise and construct a no-kill shelter for Madera County animals. What once seemed like a dream and a far-off destination has inched closer to being a functioning facility. EMCSPCA ...

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Celebration of Life for Mort Lasnik

Mort Lasnik, cake baker, cat lover, wood worker, model ship builder, stamp and coin collector, card and game player, and the Will Rogers of confections (“He never met a sweet that he did not like”), died on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at age 94. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 18, 1927, as the youngest of four boys and the ...

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Wheeler Outlines Top Priorities for 2020

AHWAHNEE — District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler thinks 2020 is going to be “another up year” for eastern Madera County. “The last two or three years have been really good ones for us,” Wheeler said this week from his ranch in Ahwahnee. “Our budget’s been up. Our economy is up. Unemployment is low. We’re among the top ten counties in ...

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2019: An Eventful Year for Eastern Madera County

MOUNTAIN AREA — From progress on major new public and commercial projects to prosecution of high-profile criminal cases, 2019 was an eventful year in eastern Madera County. As 2020 dawns, here’s a look back at some of this year’s key stories. North Fork’s new roundabout: After several years of heated debate, Madera County’s first public roundabout was approved by the ...

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EMC SPCA President Provides Progress Report on New Shelter

OAKHURST — Sharon Fitzgerald, board president of EMC SPCA, shared a progress report this week regarding the organization’s new no-kill animal shelter off Highway 49 in Ahwahnee. Fitzgerald, the organization’s driving force for nearly 30 years, is the owner of The Cat’s Meow in Oakhurst. She also operates the EMC SPCA Thrift Shop next door to her store. The 2,000-square-foot ...

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Mama Dogs Dumped After Delivering Litters Of Puppies

OAKHURST — Three female dogs are now available to be adopted — after giving birth to litters of puppies and then dumped and forgotten by their previous owners. Mama Cass aka Cassie “Cassie is a Boxer mix, possibly mixed with Pit,” says Ellen Faux of Kellen Rescue. “She had been wandering around Oakhurst and parts of residential areas of Coarsegold ...

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Shar Pei Mix Sisters Available As A Two-Fur

OAKHURST — Kellen Rescue offers local residents the opportunity to add immeasurable love and devotion to their lives, and in this case the opportunity is doubled. “Our bonded five-year-old Sharpei-mix sisters are waiting for their forever home,” says Ellen Faux of Kellen Rescue. “They are friendly, well behaved, spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, crate-trained, easy care and a nice size at fifty ...

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Madera Animal Shelter Sees Huge Decline In Euthanasia Rates

MADERA – April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month and the two-legged folks at the Madera Animal Shelter are saving the lives of more four-legged creatures than at any other time in the organization’s 50-year history. Innovative new programs supported by a large volunteer base have helped the shelter to make dramatic improvements in its “live release” rates in ...

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