Quiet Hero – Dawn Allmandinger
The group I volunteer for: New Dawn Dog Rescue.
What I do for the group: Me and my husband come to the Nevada County Animal Shelter, photograph all the animals and then put them on the Web site – newdawndogrescue.org – for adoption.
How I got involved: We lived across the street before the shelter was here. I’ve always rescued dogs since I was a kid and I thought I would come over here because the kill rate was so high. I got permission to put all the animals here on my Web site. The kill rate is down from 87 percent to 9 percent in the last 2 1/2 years since we’ve had the Web site.
Why I think this group’s work is important: It saves lives.
The best thing that ever happened to me on this volunteer job was: Watching the kill rate go down.
The rewards I get from this volunteer job are: It makes me feel good when you rescue an animal that doesn’t have a chance and to see it go out with the person who adopts it, the smile on their face, it seems there’s someone for every animal.
Other volunteer jobs I’ve done: Always animals and I took in kids before I took in animals. Animals are easier.
I’ve lived in Nevada County: 15 years.
The most important job that faces us as a community is: In the dog world it’s definitely spaying or neutering your animals to keep the population down. If you’re going to give up on your animal, call me at 274-2236 and I’ll take care of them.
I think volunteerism is important because: Because the county can’t afford to do these jobs. With myself and other volunteers we really pull this off. There would be a lot of dead animals if we didn’t. It’s not easy; it’s hard. The team effort here at the shelter is really important.
To suggest a western Nevada County volunteer for this feature, contact Dave Moller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 477-4237.
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This letter is in response to Elias Funez’s excellent article on the relationship between the Nevada County Airport, Cal Fire and the Loma Rica development.