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Scooter’s Pals’ thrift store seeks roomy new home

Susan Wallace, founder of Schooter's Pals, and Chance.

Scooter's Place Quality Secondhand Store is looking for a new home — the little thrift store boutique that Scooter's Pals opened last December has already outgrown its space.

"We never dreamed we'd be able to collect such an abundance of high-quality, gently used and new items," said Susan Wallace, founder of the local animal rescue group.

"We have simply run out of room in our current Grass Valley location. We've also come to realize we might be even more successful in a location with more foot traffic, one where thrift-store fans and animal lovers meet and shop.

"We definitely will stay in the area," she added. "After all, here was Scooter's home, and here has always been home to Scooter's Pals."

Wallace said the ideal location would have at least 1,200 square feet for the retail store and include space for a small office, some storage and good parking.

The nonprofit hopes to find a store owner willing and able to agree to a yearly rent of $12,000 to $14,000, of which half would be paid annually as a lump sum, with the remainder deducted by the owner as a charitable donation tax write-off.

Scooter's Pals is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Wallace in memory of her beloved dog Scooter, who perished in a widely publicized 2005 home invasion and attack in Nevada City.

Since its inception in 2008, Scooter's Pals has rescued more than 1,800 dogs from death's door in high-kill shelters and has helped rehome hundreds of other dogs and cats. Wallace describes the group as unique in the animal-rescue world because of the unusual level of medical care and rehabilitation they provide to the abandoned animals they take in.

"Typically, we pull a dog from a shelter only when we have funds and foster care available to do so," she said.

"But sometimes we don't know the extent of a dog's needs until it arrives. Our motto is, 'Once a Scooter's dog, always a Scooter's dog,' and we do not give up on a dog simply because we discover special needs. We provide vet care for every animal we save, including spay/neutering and full vaccinations. We also do thorough home checks for our rescues.

"We believe properly 'matching' good people to good animals that are well-suited to each other is the best way of ensuring dogs do not end up in a shelter or worse. We do this work with great commitment, and our success is due to the generosity of our community. All of our resources go to our life-saving mission. None of us at Scooter's Pals takes a salary or personal expenses — it's how we pay our vet bills. We hope someone will help us find an affordable new store location for our rescue."

To make location suggestions or to discuss possibilities, call Wallace at 530-350-2099 or email her at