Thinking back, I remember a certain loving, compassionate woman who was traveling around Gridley to rescue dogs before starting her own shelter at her house 20 years ago. Little did Yvonne Moore know that this crusade to rescue unwanted dogs would lead to where she is today. Moore, with the help of volunteers has been responsible for 6,000 dogs being rescued and placed in loving homes.
It is staggering to think how many lives she has enriched because of her big heart whether it be humans or dogs.
Over the years Moore has had the help of volunteers to walk the dogs, clean the shelter and provide help where needed and always appreciates their making it possible for her to visit the area shelters each week to save small or big pooches.
Walking a dog is great exercise and Yvonne can provide everything from a tiny Chihuahua to an American Bulldog for volunteers who want to get exercise at the same time as helping.
"We need volunteers just to bathe the dogs," she added.
Volunteer Darren Anderson has helped at the shelter 16 years and Yvonne is of course grateful for his help along with many others over the years but she is always looking for more.
Rescuing an average of four to five dogs a week it is easy to understand Sutter Buttes Canine Rescue places at least one animal in a happy home every day.
An application must first be completed by anyone over 18 years of age with a fenced in yard and will ask questions about your household making sure that every animal is placed in the best possible home.
A contract will be completed at the time of adoption if the application is approved and health records are provided with a free veterinarian health exam with participating veterinarians.
All dogs are spayed or neutered before they go to new homes and puppies leave with a spay/neuter contract.
Ten years ago, Yvonne opened the Sutter Buttes Canine Rescue Thrift Shop in Yuba City, which is located at 855 Gray Avenue - open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m., to 5 p.m. Volunteer Theresa Spradley has been there the entire time to run the thrift shop so that Yvonne can focus more on the shelter itself.
This boutique thrift shop has something for everyone including furniture, household items, clothing, jewelry, books, toys and collectibles and has a lot of territory to cover when looking for treasures.
The thrift shop even has a mascot "Harley" who is a four-and-a-half-year old Boxer and Pointer mix who used the doggy door between the thrift shop and back room many times while I was there.
"Harley" is the greeter of the Thrift Shop who sleeps in a bed with the covers pulled up over her. She gets depressed if she doesn't get to go to the thrift shop to receive many pets from her adoring fans. She doesn't eat the bones she is given by customers, but would rather hide them, often in the furniture that is sold, to be returned later.
Sutter Buttes Canine Rescue Shelter is equipped with 18 kennels and Yvonne had rescued six dogs plus a litter of puppies last Thursday when we met. Adoption fees don't cover the many needs of the shelter such as vet bills, food, spaying and neutering so the thrift shop has been a huge help with expenses. The thrift shop is a hub for pet adoptions with Yvonne delivering a Pet of the Week which is usually adopted at that time.
"It makes the customers feel good to see where their money goes," Yvonne stated.
If people would like to help and can't adopt, there is always a way to volunteer either at the shelter or at the thrift shop. Even just three hours a week would make a big difference to either location. Donations of items to sell at the thrift shop are always greatly appreciated and there are some very nice items available so be sure to check it out!
The Thrift Shop was named Best of Yuba Sutter Thrift Shops for all of Yuba City and Marysville this year which is quite an honor when you consider how many thrift shops there are in that area.
Of course having this many dogs around there are going to be funny stories and one that Yvonne and Theresa remembered was when a dog relieved itself on a woman's leg and purse and she still adopted it.
"We do teach the dogs manners. They should not jump on people, especially the big dogs. We make them sit," Yvonne stated once the funny story was told.
Seventy-five percent of the rescued dogs come from either the Gridley or Oroville Animal Shelters, SPCA or Yuba County shelters, the other 25 percent are surrendered from owners.
Yvonne explained she has learned to not get attached to the dogs before they are adopted but she is emotionally involved in wanting to find the perfect home for her four legged friends.
Sutter Buttes Canine Rescue Thrift Shop helps other non profit groups such as Seniors Back to Work, Harley's House and Hands of Hope which is a transitioning program for the homeless going into a home. They also help area churches especially when clothing is needed for the needy.
There are many ways to donate besides with cash. A gift card to PetSmart is a good way for the shelter to purchase flea control items along with the Diamond Chicken and Rice Naturals Dog Food which the dogs do best with.
To fill out an application to adopt or view pictures of the future pets visit www.sbk9rescue.com or visit the Sutter Buttes facebook page. Call 755-2025 to volunteer at the thrift shop or 695-3814 to visit the shelter at 585 Meyers Avenue in Gridley open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 6 p.m.