It’s the time of year when many feel most charitable toward family-focused nonprofits, which can leave animal organizations that depend upon community support out in the cold.
No Place Like Home Animal Rescue has developed a sponsorship program for the animals it fosters. The money goes toward adoption fees — $95 for a cat or $250 for a dog — which help pay for spaying or neutering, vaccinations and identification micro-chipping.
“By adopting one pet, you’re actually saving two lives,” explained Donna Harris, the founder of No Place Like Home Animal Rescue. “One goes home, and we can pull another one out of the animal shelter.”
Cat and kitten supplies and volunteers are also needed to counteract the influx of kittens being received.
“Right now, we only have one volunteer to foster the kittens,” Harris said.
Nearby Animal Rescue of Tracy is hoping to attract local shoppers by opening up on Black Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the rescue’s location in the Macy’s wing of West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road. The group is also collecting supplies, such as kitten formula, Royal Canin Babycat food, cat litter and puppy food.
“Given the weather, I see kitten season continuing,” said Kimberly Francis, treasurer with Animal Rescue of Tracy. “We really need volunteers right now to help foster the kittens and dogs. Last week, we adopted out two kittens, and we still have more. We receive calls about kittens almost daily.”
Animal Rescue of Tracy can be found at the mall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.
No Place Like Home Animal Rescue can be found at PetSmart, 2477 Naglee Road, on the first two full weekends of each month from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The contact number is 207-3285.
• Anne Marie Fuller, a Tracy arts commissioner, is also the host of “Helpful Hints with Anne Marie” on Channel 26 at 7 p.m. Fridays. Contact her at email@example.com.