Animal care at shelter |

Animal care at shelter

I would like to clarify the letter of March 27 (Sutter Shelter needs help). The tremendous improvement in animal care at the Nevada County Animal Shelter has taken place over the past 6-8 years and began before Lt. Earles became shelter manager. He and his staff have been tremendous supporters of the three programs responsible for a dramatic reduction in the euthanasia rate from 68 percent in 1998 to only 4 percent in 2005.

First, a volunteer program was started in 2001 to have volunteers walk dogs and cuddle cats. About 100 volunteers now provide these services twice daily, seven days a week. Second, Dawn Allmandinger posts Shelter animals on a Web site (, dramatically increasing their visibility and facilitating their adoption.

Thirdly, a nonprofit (Sammie’s Friends) was started in 2004 to provide veterinary care for Shelter animals that need more than routine care. Sammie’s Friends has raised almost $90,000 to provide this care. Finally, all three programs have been either the brainchild of or dauntlessly supported by one person, Cheryl Wicks, who has worked tirelessly for the past 5 years to make our County Animal Shelter nationally recognized for exemplary animal care.

Curt Romander

Grass Valley

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