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Cats and dogs: This is starting to sound like a broken record, but the Nevada County Animal Shelter is bursting with cats and kittens.

Cheryl Wicks called me in desperation to tell me that the feline residents are piling up and this is the perfect time to adopt a cat or kitten. They’re open from 1 to 4 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“We also have plenty of dogs, but we’re bursting at the seams with cats. We have every size, age and color,” Cheryl said.

I’d like to put in a plug for adopting older cats. If you live alone, you can’t imagine a better companion. Cats are fastidious, excellent company and wonderful sleeping companions – always ready to settle in for a nap! Since they sleep about 16 hours out of 24, it’s one of the things they do best. They no longer scratch the furniture, can live indoors or outdoors and will give you lots of love. Dear departed Leo – who recently died at age 16 – became more loving the older he got. My friend Ginny Knott of Nevada City made me a pillow that has a cat on it and says “Leo is a fine cat, he is.” I treasure it even more, now that he’s gone.

Teen Center: Awhile back we had a story previewing a pizza party where teens would be asked to give input on a teen/youth center. Well, Beth Haines called to tell me what happened at the meeting. They had about 60 teens show up, ranging in age from eighth-grade to Sierra College students. The meeting was productive, and the group learned that the Memorial Park Clubhouse was available for a teen/youth center. Beth said there is a lot of enthusiasm for this project, which may have seemed far-fetched initially, but now seems like it could actually happen.

Beth said some kids from the county’s Drug Court have attended, and they plan to hold a car wash on Aug. 1 at Kmart to help raise money for the effort. (Mark that date on your calendar – it’s a Sunday.)

If this project interests you, why not jump aboard? The next meeting is Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Garage Annex at Memorial Park. Be part of the solution.


Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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