This is for Scooter |

This is for Scooter

Susan Wallace is on a mission to transform tragedy into inspiration with her new non-profit animal rescue group “Scooter’s Pals,” saving dogs that are at risk of being euthanized at shelters due to space limitations.

It’s been three years since a man on methamphetamine attacked Wallace and set her Nevada City home on fire, putting her within an inch of her life and killing two of her dogs, including her beloved Shih Tzu, Scooter.

“I was lying in my hospital bed, and I thought if I get myself together I want to do something,” she said. “I wanted something good to come out of all this (mess).”

Wallace, now fully recovered from her stab wounds and thriving, said she wants to dedicate her passion to rescuing dogs nobody else seems to want, in honor of Scooter.

Wallace’s mother did the same thing when she was a child, driving strays to the vet to get neutered and spayed and networking with friends to find them homes.

And Wallace has plenty of friends in the community who appear to share her vision. For her new non-profit, she has formed an advisory committee comprised of local attorneys, media representatives and other animal rescuers who have vowed to steer her in the right direction, she said.

Since Scooter’s Pals was formed last month, Wallace and her friends have found homes for 16 dogs.

In addition, Wallace is in the process of marketing her story to a few Los Angeles movie studios. If a movie deal goes through, she said, all of the proceeds will go toward building an animal sanctuary in Nevada County.

Scooter’s Pals is also planning an adopt-a-thon set for June 14 at Incredible Pets in Grass Valley, where they will microchip pets on a donation basis.

“We’ll microchip animals for free,” she said. “We don’t want to see any more lost dogs.”

Scooter’s Pals will take care of any medical needs the dogs need before they are adopted out, including vaccinations and spaying and neutering.

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e-mail Susan Wallace at

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