Bow-Wow-Brunch benefits Foothill Dog Rescue

By: Laura Newell, Of the Telegraph
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Oak Ridge High School sophomore Alyssa Clay has always loved dogs and after volunteering at local animal shelters as a child, she decided it was time for her to host a fundraiser benefiting a local dog rescue organization.

Clay, 15, said her main goal with this fundraiser is to bring awareness to people, especially young people who are her own age, about the responsibilities of having a dog as a pet.

Clay said she realized her love for helping dogs while volunteering at the former Grace Foundation of Northern California based out of El Dorado Hills.

“About four years ago I volunteered at the Grace Foundation when I was 11 years old,” Clay said. “I volunteered there for one year while they still had their small pet adoptions. I loved working with the small dogs. I just wanted to help however I could.”

Recently, Clay said she attempted to volunteer at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary, but was declined because of the requirement that volunteers be at least16 years of age.

“After learning that I couldn’t volunteer there until I was 16, it really drove me to do more,” Clay said. “I wanted to push myself to see what else I could do in my own community and help dogs at my age.”

She then connected with the nonprofit, all-volunteer organization, Foothill Dog Rescue of the Sierras based in Shingle Springs, and decided to help them raise money for the needs of their rescued dogs.

Foothill Dog Rescue works to re-home dogs from high-kill shelters and dogs from owners who can no longer care for them. Organization volunteers work with local veterinarians, trainers, groomers and boarding facilities to prepare their dogs to transition to their well-matched forever homes. The group also provides after adoption support, information and training services for new owners.

According to Foothill Dog Rescue officials, their goal is to reduce the number of healthy, adoptable dogs, including pregnant dogs and those with puppies, whose time has run out at the shelter and place them in loving forever homes.

The Bow-Wow-Brunch and silent auction will start at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 25, at Foothills Methodist Church in Rescue. The brunch and all proceeds will benefit the Foothill Dog Rescue of the Sierras. Guest author Catherine Lagorio will read from and sign her newly published children's book “Dropped-Off Dog: A Mostly-True ‘Tail.’” Homeless dogs will also be available for viewing and adoption.

Advance tickets bought by April 24 are $15, or tickets are $20 at the door.

For more information or tickets, call (916) 996-0081 or email