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Rocklin's One More Dog Rescue opens its arms to cats

Save a life, make a difference
By: Amanda Calzada, Placer Herald Correspondent
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Numbers of cats turned over to shelters in the recession are a statistic, but each and every abandoned or abused feline in Rocklin is one more individual addition to One More Cat Rescue, an expansion of One More Dog Rescue.

“In the economy, pet care is one of the first things to go,” said founder Marcy Lopez, holding the leash of Morgan, a two-and-a-half-year-old pit bull terrier, on a recent Saturday afternoon at Petco on Lonetree Boulevard.

Lopez has watched the rate of animals turned over to One More Dog Rescue quadruple since mid-2011 as a result of owners not spaying or neutering their pets.

One More Cat Rescue estimated having four to six kittens a month – now the rescue sees that amount of kittens in one week.

A portion of the adoption fee is diverted to spay and neuter the shelter animals, as well as cover medical costs for the entity, some of which include costs of surgery to help internally healthy animals look more “handsome” after surviving accidents and abuse.

In the nonprofit organization’s two years of operation, it has saved 658 dogs and counting from high-kill-rate shelters and has been rescuing cats as of June 2, 2012. All animals saved by One More Dog Rescue and One More Cat Rescue are injured, starved, abused or nearly dead pets. Lopez rescues some of the dogs from Yuba County.

While the canines are housed at the Pacific Street shelter, the cats stay at Lonetree Boulevard’s Petco until the shelter expands from a 1,600-square-foot facility into 4,600-square-foot facility in February.

The expansion will showcase more than 40 dog kennels and permit a larger area for cat socialization.

Lopez says the organization is starting to build a volunteer base for cats and has started a wish list for donations of cat items ranging from plastic cat condos to toys. The organization runs entirely on a volunteer basis.

“So many people fall in love with the concept and success of One More Dog Rescue that we have an extremely loyal and growing number of volunteers that do everything from walking dogs, doing fundraising, working adoption events, doing publicity – you name it,” smiled Ginger Nickerson, an active volunteer. “We are an extremely enthusiastic group.”

During the adoption process, visitors are encouraged to interact with the animals by holding or walking them. Additionally, visitors are welcome to bring their current pets to test for compatibility with prospective pets.

“Shelter dogs are known to be, on the whole, so loving. There’s something about when you rescue, they spend the rest of their lives trying to pay you back with love and devotion,” said Nickerson, who has adopted four dogs in the past decade.

The shelter houses animals of all sizes, all ages and all breeds to appeal to a wide adopting audience. One More Dog Rescue and One More Cat Rescue also offer a foster program.

Each Saturday, Nickerson joins Marcy Lopez and Kassie Lopez from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Petco to find homes for the animals.

Cats can be viewed at Petco seven days a week. Those interested in photos of adoptable pets, general information or volunteering can visit onemoredogrescue.com or cats.onemoredogrescue.com, or like “One More Dog Rescue” on Facebook.

“They can save a life and make a difference,” Lopez said.