Animal Outreach of the Motherlode

- To provide community services for animals in need through low cost spay, neuter, and vaccine services to help eliminate pet overpopulation and euthanasia of adoptable animals.
- To provide a safe and caring haven for our feline shelter animals until adopted.
- To promote, through education and training, responsible pet ownership.
- To promote a fiscally responsible organization so that the funding that is available benefits as many animals as possible.

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Address: P.O. Box 480
Diamond Springs, CA 95619
County or Parish: El Dorado County
Executive Director: David Bailey
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 530-642-2287
Fax: 530-642-0753
Animal Outreach of the Motherlode is a non-profit employee/volunteer operated organization dedicated to providing our community with services and programs that help eliminate pet overpopulation and reduce the euthanasia of adoptable animals.

Established in 1992, Animal Outreach services over 10,000 cats and dogs each year via our low cost spay/neuter/vaccination clinic, free community cats (feral) spay and neuter days, our TNR program and through cat adoptions. In addition, we also manage programs for foster families, barn cats and special needs/senior cats. Animal Outreach is the only organization to offer a free monthly community cat spay/neuter/vaccinate day to El Dorado County residents.

In 2017, we have accomplished the following:
1,086 - Canine spay/neuter
4,412 - Feline spay/neuter
1,045 - Feline intake
1,227 - Feline adoptions
693 - Feline TNR (trapped/neuter/release)
370 - Free monthly community cat spay/neuter/vaccinate day
Animal Outreach of the Motherlode, as indicated above, provides not only a safe haven for cats but also provides low cost/spay/neuter and vaccination services to cats and dog owners in northern California. Specific to El Dorado County, we offer a free monthly spay/neuter/vaccination day for community cats.

We are financially supported by the services we provide, grants and public donations. Animal Outreach operates both a shelter facility and a surgical suite.

We have three full time employees and 12 part time employees. We operate as lean as possible supported by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors, a volunteer bookkeeper and a volunteer Executive Director along with over 100 dedicated volunteers, many of whom foster kittens during kitten season. We have a number of volunteers who have supported Animal Outreach for over ten years and several who are nearing 20 years.

Animal Outreach of the Motherlode welcomes donations to support our operations and our programs so that we can continue to improve the lives of shelter cats until they are adopted, assist pet owners in providing low cost/spay/neuter/vaccination services to assure that owned cats are healthy and continue our efforts to stabilize the community cat population. It is our mission!

Below, please find the specific needs we have and consider helping us improve the lives of shelter cats and work toward reducing the euthanasia of cats and dogs through spay and neuter.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Program - Community Cat Spay/Neuter Program: - Animal Outreach is committed to providing our community with a proactive solution to stabilizing the community cat population in El Dorado County by offering our residents a free monthly spay/neuter day. - El Dorado County is rural in nature and our mild California winters are opportune for breeding community cats. Community cats and their colonies consist of feral cats, semi-feral cats, and lost or abandoned pet cats. - Spay and neuter of community cats is the only humane and effective method of stabilizing their population. Community cats serve a purpose in that they assist in controlling the rodent population but can be viewed by some as a nuisance. - Business owners and residents with acreage have found that abandoned cats on their property can multiply in staggering numbers. People who care for community cats, feeding them and providing them shelter during adverse weather, may not have the resources to spay and neuter these cats and kittens. - Our free monthly community cat spay/neuter day was instituted to assist residents in concert with reducing the euthanasia rate of community cats. We currently spend in excess of $25,000 on this service, including the veterinary surgical team's time, vaccines, suture material, syringes, and other surgery related products. - Donations supporting this program will assist Animal Outreach in our pursuit of stabilizing the community cat population, slowing the spread of disease and reducing the euthanasia rate of community cats.
  2. Funding: Program - Senior/Special Needs Program: - Animal Outreach has a soft spot for special needs and senior kitties. At any point in time, we can be sheltering 10-25 of these sweet and loving but hard to adopt cats. Their age or medical conditions require special loving family who is willing to adopt these cats and can financially afford to provide them with a loving forever home. Let me introduce you to some of our senior/special needs cats we currently or previously cared for: - Andy is an adorable eight year old chubby diabetic tabby love bug who loves two things - to give hugs and his stuffed mouse Barney. Andy is diabetic and has been with us over 300 days. Andy will require insulin shots for the rest of his life, an additional cost to his adopting family. He is currently being fostered by one of our employees. - Spider is a sweet diabetic seven and a half year old black and white short hair cat who wants nothing more than to be a lap cat and trusted companion. He has been at Animal Outreach since March 2016 when he was found as a stray. Each of his foster families say he is a love and have learned to give him his daily insulin shots. - Billy is a two year old deaf white cat who recently found her new home. - Claudia, a 13 year old senior with one eye recently found her home. We have two very special kittens available for adoption. They both have Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH) which is also known as Wobbly kitten disease. The kittens contracted a virus in utero that affected their cerebellum. The cerebellum is responsible for balance and coordination. The condition won't get better but the condition won't get worse. The kittens have a general lack of balance with a prancing gait and can be prone to falling. They will learn to compensate for their condition and will have a normal lifespan. Update, one of these special kitties was recently adopted and is adjusting well in his forever home. His family states he is the perfect addition to their home and are enjoying his antics! Caring for these cats, which may otherwise be euthanized due to their age or medical condition can be expensive - but we believe worth it. Animal Outreach is always looking for foster families who are willing to foster a senior or special needs cat until he or she can be adopted. These cats usually do much better in a family home than a shelter and the TLC a foster family provides helps greatly in finding a forever home for these very special cats. Animal Outreach always appreciates monetary donations or donations of insulin targeted for the care of these very special and lovable cats.
  3. In-Kind Donations - Animal Outreach cares for over 1,000 cats and kittens every year. On a monthly basis, we utilize the following: 1. 450lbs of Chicken Soup for the Soul adult dry food 2. 450-600lbs of Chicken Soup for the Soul kitten food 3. 150lbs of Royal Canin SO for urinary tract 4. 45 cans of Purina EN formula 5. 18 bags of Purina EN dry food (3-6 month supply) 6. 24 cans (12 oz) KMR during kitten season 7. 2,100-3,000lbs of Scamp litter In addition, the following donations are also appreciated: - Surgery scrubs for staff and volunteers - Surgery sight drapes - Wraps for instrument sterilization - Warm wraps for surgery recovery - Mid Mark Auto Clave for instrument sterilization - Reception room seating furniture - Lunch area table and chairs - Transport hydraulic lift for large dogs - Secretarial type new office chairs - New flooring in public bathroom - HVAC for cattery and sick bay, plus drop ceiling - Laundry soap, bleach, dish soap, toilet tissue, Kleenex, paper towels - Copy paper - Stamps
  4. Technology - Animal Outreach has been blessed to have a volunteer adept at providing our IT needs and creating the customization we require. He soon will be retiring and we are looking for a volunteer who can provide the following IT support. Animal Outreach has a network of 15 computers, two large printers, six scanners and a 24-port non-managed switch. All the computers are used and parts such as memory, hard drives, power supplies, and even motherboards are working in an extremely detrimental environment filled with cat and dog hair, dust, dirt, and paper. Even with cleaning, they can overheat because of the non-conditioned environment. We have several software packages in addition to the Windows 10 environment that need patching, updates, and replacement on a regular basis. We have also developed our own software for tracking animal health, surgery, medications, bill payment, drug reporting, and more. This is done in Filemaker. The amount of time needed varies. On quiet days, 1-1.5 hours of checking printer drivers, data back up and network conditions (without expensive tools) is appropriate. When problems occur, it can take four to five communicating with individuals, finding the problem, and resolving the issue. The average time per month is about 20 hours but can rise to 35 hours with multiple problems. We need a Filemaker expert to manage the critical database we have developed. For a very knowledgeable person, a month or more of full time work could get the 12 files used to a point of being more stable. Needs are a moving target. A small modification can take two to three hours per week while large problem solving can take 30 hours to resolve. This database is absolutely critical to our daily functions and fiscal health.
  5. Volunteers - Animal Outreach, like all charitable organizations cannot survive without the time and dedication of volunteers. Whether you have an hour, a day, or a couple days, there are a number of areas volunteers can help Animal Outreach. Volunteers must be over 18 or accompanied by an adult. Please contact the shelter at 530-642-2287 if you can volunteer. 1. Fostering a special needs adult cat 2. Fostering kittens during kitten season 3. Office help - answering the phone, data entry, filing 4. Helping with giving food/water to cats in the intake or cattery areas 5. Helping with laundry 6. Handyman skills (electrical, plumbing, carpentry) to help Animal Outreach when repairs are needed 7. Visiting and socializing with the shelter cats - they love new faces! 8. Helping our bookkeeper for those with bookkeeping skills 9. Public Relation expertise - assisting with promotion of Animal Outreach 10. Fundraising - helping us during the planning and on the night of the event 11. Helping out on our free monthly community spay/neuter Saturday in the office or for those with veterinary skills, in the prep room 12. Helping out at our adoptions sites, PetSmart Folsom (Saturday and Sunday), PetSmart Citrus Heights (Saturday and Sunday) and at Animal Outreach in Diamond Springs
Too often we think of leadership being vested in individuals when in actuality it is rooted in the common goals, skills and resources of multiple individuals with common goals. When a good group comes together with these abilities and goals, it is almost like a great choir singing in harmony. In volunteer organizations like Animal Outreach, this approach is a necessity. A rescue group that began over 25 years ago with two people and an idea, has grown to be one of the most important and successful rescue groups offering low cost spay/neuter organizations in Northern California. It is not enough to be called no kill facilities; other services to the community should also be known including our medical team who in 2016 administered over 14,000 vaccines, performed over 6,000 spay/neuters and serviced over 150 vaccine clinic clients per month. Animal Outreach has rescued and placed in foster homes over 2,300 cats per year and shelters an average of 41 cats at any one time for special care or requiring medical assistance. In addition, we are the only low cost dental facility in the counties we serve. With the support and guidance of management and the volunteer Board of Directors of Animal Outreach, we instituted a free community cat spay/neuter day for residents of El Dorado County. This program focuses on feral, semi-feral, and abandoned cats that are so prevalent in the rural counties. This speaks directly to our mission of reducing the unwanted pet population and stabilizing the population of community cats without government funding. We realize no single program can achieve our goals but being a successful no kill facility is only one of our goals and requires that we use every tool at our command. We are using our leadership as one of the tools to influence, educate, and recruit everyone we come into on a daily basis. To continue to be fiscally responsible, we have developed our own data program over the last ten years that surpasses most commercially available programs. Our system tracks important data points of both rescued and public animals visiting our facility. Harnessing this information, we can make important health decisions quickly. Our newly formatted Board of Directors is made up of new members who possess the energy, talent, and knowledge on how to make Animal Outreach a fiscally responsible organization that can continue to meet our goals and continue to offer low cost services to the surrounding community. We are committed to our goals of education, providing a safe haven for our shelter and foster animals until adopted and assisting new and existing pet owners on responsible pert ownership. We are making and will continue to make a significant contribution to the responsible treatment of animals and reduction of unwanted and mistreated pets in our society. Why not join us? We have high expectations for our organization and could use your help to guarantee that those expectations are always met. David Bailey Executive Director Animal Outreach of the Motherlode