Mary A. Gomes: In praise of the SPCA

May 6, 2013 

I'm a member and regularly volunteer (two to three days a week) at the Merced SPCA. I did not realize until I became a member that the Merced SPCA does not receive any funding from any national SPCA organization (such as the ASPCA). We are an independent, no-kill, nonprofit animal rescue. We receive our funding from membership, donations and fund-raisers. Typically our monthly expenses exceed our income.

As a regular volunteer I know that unoccupied kennels are because of health and safety reasons. The hardest thing I have to do is tell someone we are full but do give them other resources to try.

My fellow volunteers and my jobs around the shelter are not always glamorous -- sometimes, quite dirty. The pay is wonderful: unconditional love from our adoptable pets! They make it so easy to give the love right back! The SPCA and other animal rescue organizations exist because someone had to surrender their pet, someone didn't spay or neuter their pet or someone abandoned their pet. We are doing our utmost for animal welfare and I am honored to be a part of Merced SPCA!

MARY A. GOMES

Atwater

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