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Rescue Ranch rescued over 500 dogs this year

Rescue Ranch, a nonprofit, no-kill shelter an hour south of the Oregon border in Yreka, California, has rescued more than 500 dogs this year.

Between the pandemic, wildfires and families dealing with financial and housing crises the shelter has had its most challenging year since it opened in 2008, according to a press release.

The shelter prioritized the Happy Camp area as the Slater fire devastated the area in September. Rescue Ranch drove a van into the fire area to rescue animals left behind.

The organization worked with the Siskiyou County Animal Shelter to set up an emergency evacuation animal shelter and ended up sheltering 44 dogs, 45 cats, four chickens and one parrot.

Although most of the animals made it back to their families, some families lost so much that they had to entrust the shelter with their dogs, some of which are now up for adoption.

The Rescue Ranch Thrift Store and partnering organizations were able to provide several families impacted by the fire with clothing and household goods free of charge.

In addition, the organization’s Community Pet Food Bank, Kitu’s Medical Fund, Puppy and Seniors for Seniors foster programs and its adoption program have become essential aid programs for pets and their people in the Yreka area.

Many of the 500 dogs rescued by the organization this year were pregnant or already with puppies.

The organization’s goal for 2021 is to implement affordable spay and neuter programs to reduce the number of puppies requiring rescue, according to the press release.

Rescue Ranch works mainly in Siskiyou and Jackson counties, but inevitably reaches beyond in times of need.

Donations are being accepted online at northstategives.org/WeDoItForTheDOGS through Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Donations can be mailed to Rescue Ranch, PO Box 1192, Yreka, CA 96097. Checks should be made payable to Rescue Ranch.

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