Nonprofits: PAL will help with pets’ fixing |

Nonprofits: PAL will help with pets’ fixing

Pet Adoption League has offered spay and neuter assistance for cats and dogs for 11 years. PAL will pay for the surgery of tame or feral cats, and the entire cost or part of the cost for spaying or neutering dogs, depending on the financial status of the pet’s owner.

This feline-friendly, canine-cuddling nonprofit will pay for distemper and rabies shots too, if you can’t afford vaccinations.

Have a problem with transportation? PAL can also help with that. For more information about pickup and delivery of your pet, contact PAL at 273-7958.

If you can help by donating financially, by being a cat- and-dog chauffeur, by volunteering at its thrift store on Joerschke Drive, or in any other way, contact PAL at the above number, or online at

Time for an oil change? On March 2, United Way of Nevada County can help with your auto maintenance. Nevada City’s Muffler and Brake Barn, Dave’s Auto Repair and Nevada City Auto Parts are sponsoring a donation only ($20 or more) oil change and lube. Free safety inspections are included.

Proceeds benefit UWNC. Stop by any of these businesses between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Your car will breathe better, and you will have helped a worthy cause.

The Nevada County Historical Society is a nonprofit that operates several museums and displays. The society is currently blowing its horn about this year’s biggest accomplishment: the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad and Transportation Museum.

John Christensen and his crew are doing a fantastic job of laying track, restoring old railroad cars, and gathering railroad memorabilia pertaining to the narrow gauge.

The historical society has a Buy-A-Tie program to pay for the railroad ties being laid. Purchase a railroad tie, and you will be sent a certificate with a number to identify which tie is yours. This is one time you can “tie one on” and not get in trouble.

The society meets the last Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in Helling Library. For more information about the Buy-A-Tie program, contact Al Dittmann at 265-3608.

The mission of Friends of the Nevada County Libraries is to focus community attention on the continuing value of, and necessity for, a public library system as a cultural, educational and recreational asset. Last year, Friends used money received from membership dues, donations, remembrance bequests, grants and proceeds to fulfill much of that mission. The nonprofit contributed 247 book kits for new mothers at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, $4,700 for children’s programs, $15,077 for book purchases, $2,400 for rental books, $1,300 for CDs, $800 for Books on Tape, $600 for a revolving bookshelf for the Grass Valley branch and $1,500 for large-print books for the Homebound Program.

Pam Fortner is a free-lance writer in Grass Valley. Her column on nonprofits appears each Saturday. Deadline for information is 5 p.m. each Monday. The column will appear in the following Saturday edition. Send information to Pamela Fortner at The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley 95945; e-mail to

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