My husband Arnie and I have lived in Elk Grove since 1980. We have certainly seen many changes over the years.
I worked downtown at McCurry Companies for over ten years as the Credit/Personnel Manager. Shortly after leaving that position, I went to work at Elk Grove Unified School District in the Accounting Department. After over seventeen years, I retired.
Knowing that I wanted to help animals, I volunteered at the Sacramento SPCA for the past seven years. I’ve spent time with the dogs, walking them, taking them on mobiles, and sometimes, just sitting with them in their kennels.
I was happy and sad all at the same time. The dogs made my heart smile, but I would often cry on the way home, wishing I could bring all of them with me.
During that time, I also realized that senior citizens were surrendering their pets because they could no longer afford pet food. Most, if not all, would feed their animals before feeding themselves.
I then started the Senior Food Donation project, and due to the generosity of many, the project was and still is a huge success. No one should ever have to give up their best friend!
I discovered that effective 12/31/2013, the SPCA would no longer contract with the City of Elk Grove for Animal Services. Our lost and abandoned animals would now go the Sacramento County Bradshaw Shelter. I was alarmed to say the least. I was aware that they were at capacity and any additional animals would be a hardship and would extremely compromise the care and welfare of all the animals. This was not the solution!
Thus began my mission, along with that of many others, to convince the City Council that an animal shelter in Elk Grove was not only necessary, but life-saving!
With the blessing of the planning commission, the City Council voted 5-0 in June, 2017 to build our own state of the art, community friendly, animal shelter! We expect ground breaking in February of 2018 with completion in the Spring of 2019.
Much can be done to help our animals during this time. Animal Services has adoption events twice a month as well as many community events to benefit our animals.
To assist in this effort, my husband and I formed a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization called Friends of Elk Grove Animal Shelter. With this non-profit status, we offer tax deductible donations and are applying for various grants.
We will be working closely with Elk Grove Animal Services to help with their needs. Along with that, we’ll be focusing on our list of priorities. You may see these on this website.
We are extremely passionate about animals and will be doing all we can to help the animals that need us.
We are here to serve a voice that cannot speak!