Quiet Hero – Dawn Allmandinger | TheUnion.com

Quiet Hero – Dawn Allmandinger

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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 davem@theunion.com or 477-4237.

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