Stop the Killing

By Diane Robertson
 In 2012 alone, at one shelter in California (San Bernadino City Animal Shelter), 10,000 animals were killed or died at the shelter.
  • Please adopt from local rescue groups so we can continue to save animals from this and many, many, many other animal shelters across the state.
  • Please spay or neuter your pets to reduce the unwanted and homeless pets in our shelters being murdered everyday.
  • Please vaccinate the pets you do have to keep them healthy.

Please stop the killing.  It’s up to each of us to do our part to stop the killing.

You can also foster animals from your local shelter or rescue group.

You can also volunteer at your local shelter or rescue group.

You can also donate to your local shelter or rescue group.

Kitten and Puppy Season

Kitten & Puppy Season


Shelter Exchange

(with minor edits by Diane Robertson)


Many of the shelters and rescue groups we work with are already seeing the extra pitter-patter of tiny kitten and puppy feet as spring is the time of year that non-spayed and neutered animals naturally reproduce. Litters of unwanted and unplanned puppies and kittens are being surrendered to shelters, many are found as strays, and sadly, many of these babies may not make it out of shelters in time if more cannot be done to reduce the number of animals entering shelters.

The knock on effect of so many new animals currently entering shelters is many of the older animals are overlooked in favor of the younger fresh-faced puppies and kittens.  Shelters are literally bursting at their seams through the spring and summer, but the good news is, there are ways you can help!

Foster an animal. This is a life saving act that anyone can do. Are you not ready for the commitment of a animal but you still want the experience? Fostering is for you!

Adopt. Now is the time to adopt if you are looking for a specific breed, a puppy or kitten as there are so many more in need of homes!


Spay & neuter your pets. This is the most important thing that any responsible pet owner can do, not only to ensure your pet cannot reproduce, but also for their health. Educate others around you to do the same. Many shelters and rescue groups run free or discounted spay & neuter days, make sure you take advantage of these!

Donate your time, money or items to your local shelter or rescue group. Many people are looking for ways to help but cannot foster or adopt. Can you spare a few hours a month to volunteer? Can you round up neighbors and collect used towels or blankets to give animals some comfort? Why not organize a food & toy collection with co-workers? There are so many ways to help, be creative!

From Diane Robertson:

Please contact Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode if you would like to know about available  dogs, puppies, cats and kittens or how you can help by fostering, donating, volunteering or sponsoring. Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode is your local rescue group serving El Dorado County and beyond for over 20 years.

 Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode Website, Facebook Page, Facebook Dog Rescue Page

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