Animal Shelter Progress

Eastern Madera County SPCA (EMC SPCA) has been working for many years to fulfill its dream of building a no-kill animal shelter. That dream is close to becoming a reality.

Over the past couple of years, SPCA members have worked closely with its architect, Alan Hendry, and Madera County, to conduct the first essential steps for building the shelter. That includes the design of the shelter, surveying and testing the land, procuring all necessary permits, developing the grading plan, and most recently, selecting Bannon Drilling to drill the well.

Drilling, slated to begin late May, truly makes the shelter project a reality, and once completed, the bulldozers and construction workers can come in and transform the land into what will become a haven of safety and love for animals waiting for their forever homes.

“Clearly, this progress would not have been possible without the support of the community,” EMC SCPA President Sharon Fitzgerald said. “It is with kind donations and participation in our many fundraisers over the years that have given this project life.”

There are many gift giving opportunities, such as naming a bench at the facility after a beloved pet, or engraving a brick, in honor of a loved one, for the memorial garden wall. For naming opportunities, contact Fitzgerald at (559) 683-1266.

“We currently have about one-third of what we need,” Fitzgerald added. “We are waiting for the grading plan and permits and then we can grade. The architect is working on the building plans. We have paid for all of the testing and permits so far and have paid the architect up to this point, but we pay him as work progresses.”

So far, EMC SPCA has spent $100,000 towards this $1.5 million project.

The EMC SPCA is a non-profit, 501 (C) (3) organization, and receives no government funding, relying solely on generous donations. Donations can be made online at

Upcoming fundraisers:

Although we can’t really complain about the winter this year, it’s still always nice to welcome the sunshine, see the flowers bloom and get out in the fresh air. EMC SPCA is here to help you do just that, with the following events:

May 10 - Annual Plant Sale, 45503 North Oakview, Oakhurst, 9 a.m. - noonJune 20 - Whine and Noses at Western Sierra Nursery, 6-8 p.m.October 5 – Animal Faire at Oakhurst Community Park, 10 a.m.- 3p.m.

Refer to the website regularly (, as dates for other events such as the Spay-ghetti Dinner, Bingo and other fun activities, have not yet been determined.

Also, don’t forget, every other weekend, starting in May, EMC SPCA hosts a bake sale in front of True Value Hardware, in Oakhurst.

Doing What We Do Best:

Simply put, EMC SPCA’s charter is to help animals and in the past few months, we have been busy doing just that. Nationwide, approximately four million innocent animals are euthanized annually.

One of the contributors to this horrific number is over-population in the animal community.

Spaying and neutering helps to deter this over-population, and EMC SPCA is making its contribution to help control this out-of-control problem.

Currently, there is little, or no cost, to EMC residents who call (559) 683-1266 for a spay/neuter voucher. EMC SPCA covers the associated veterinary expense.