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Friends of Nevada County Animals, Inc. is a nonprofit organization created to reduce euthanasia at animal shelters while raising money for needed shelter items. Now that FONCA is at its new location at 10147 Joerschke Drive in Grass Valley; the foster/adoption program has been combined with the nonprofit organization.

When animals are taken out of the shelters, they go into quarantine in foster care for a minimum of 10 days before they can go to the adoption center. All of the animals are spayed and neutered, or certified as having these procedures, prior to adoption. Kittens are tested for leukemia, cats are tested for both leukemia and AIDS, and kittens and cats are vaccinated against upper respiratory diseases and distemper. Adult animals are given rabies vaccines, as well. Adoption fees range from $50 to $80.

Another service of Friends of Nevada County Animals is a Web site that showcases animals housed at the county animal shelter. A feature of the site allows people to e-mail pictures and information about animals they have either lost or found. Log on to the site at

FONCA is in need of volunteers to help with daily cleaning, with socializing some of the animals, with short-term foster care as animals come out of the shelter, and for general assistance with a variety of office items. The organization can also use towels and washcloths, large cat crates and carriers, and it accepts recent paperback copies of best-selling books for its used-book bookcases.

For more information about Friends of Nevada County Animals, contact Teresa at 477-8700.

The Western Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross sent a local volunteer disaster worker – a nurse specialist – to Guam in response to the massive destruction left behind by Typhoon Pongsona’s massive assault on Dec. 8. The typhoon ravaged the U.S. territories and pushed its way onto the Red Cross’ “Top 5” list as the organization’s second largest disaster relief operation of 2002.

More than 400 disaster volunteers and staff have spent the holidays helping more than 20,000 families affected by Pongsona with emergency disaster assistance including financial assistance, food, health care, crisis counseling, cleanup supplies and more. The Red Cross has committed $8 million in assistance and served more than 124,000 meals.

Donations can be made to our local chapter for the Typhoon Pongsona or to support our local disaster preparedness work by contacting the office at 272-3265.

Club Live at Ready Springs School has been in the holiday spirit. The students collected 150 toys for underprivileged kids and delivered them to the Salvation Army on Dec. 20. Members also volunteered to help needy children during the 11th annual motorcycle Christmas food and toy run event at the fairgrounds on Dec. 14. Earlier they made festive placemats for residents of Bret Harte Retirement Renter. The middle school youth were assisted by YOUthCANDO, a program of the Volunteer Action Center. Call 432-2266 for more information.

The Child Abuse Prevention in Nevada County Schools (CAPINCS) program has flourished in Nevada County since 1993. The program presents comprehensive, ongoing personal safety programs for children. Preschoolers delight in puppet shows that teach them how to stand up for themselves and how to say no to a “red light touch.” Fifth- through eighth-grade students enjoy dramatic vignettes performed by high school students modeling how to recognize, refuse and report harassment.

The CAPINCS program is unique in that it harnesses the talent and imagination of high school student volunteers to bring a message of personal safety to young children. For more information on how your high school student can volunteer during the spring semester, call Katy Jamison at 265-0611, ext. 232.

It has been exactly one year since I started writing this column. I’d like to thank the over 70 nonprofits who have contributed items week after week. But I’d also like to thank the many Nevada County residents who have been so generous with both time and money to supporting our local nonprofits. It is indeed a wonderful thing to be part of a community that time and time again shows compassion toward others.

Happy 2003!

Pam Fortner’s column on nonprofits appears each Monday. The deadline for information is 5 p.m. each Wednesday. Send information to Pamela Fortner at The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley 95945; e-mail nonprofits

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