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Grace Foundation in El Dorado Hills could permanently close doors

Grace Foundation in El Dorado Hills could permanently close doors

EL DORADO HILLS CA - Without the help of the community or a settlement with the banks, The Grace Foundation of Northern California may have to close permanently.

Grace, an equine rescue facility, has come under financial strain following the rescue of dozens of horses from a Susanville ranch, according to the facility’s representatives.

Grace founder and CEO Beth DeCaprio called the situation a “nightmare” and accuses "attorney Tim Ryan, Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of America, Dwight Bennett and the receiver” of “fraud” and “malpractice.”...READ MORE

Take Your Family to the "Farm" at Folsom Zoo Sanctuary Sept. 29

Take Your Family to the "Farm" at Folsom Zoo Sanctuary Sept. 29

Enjoy a family friendly experience at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary's "Down on the Farm" event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. 

Mini-horse Dasher will be on hand for gentle petting.  Visit donkeys Spicy Jalepeno and Rosarita.  Learn why livestock guarding dogs are important.  Test yourself at the "Name the Vegetables" table.  Meet friendly young goats, roosters and hens.  Kids may create their own alpaca wool picture.  More fun at 11 a.m. as Zoo pigs squeal when brunch is served.

The Zoo Sanctuary is located in Folsom City Park at Natoma and Stafford Streets, 403 Stafford St, Folsom, CA 95630.

Weekend fees:  ages 13 and up, $6; 2 - 12 $5; 0 - 1 free; seniors 65+ $5.

 

World Rabies Day Honored September 29

World Rabies Day Honored September 29

Folsom Zoo Sanctuary welcomes new cougar

Folsom Zoo Sanctuary welcomes new cougar

The Folsom Zoo Sanctuary has introduced to the community its newest member, a cougar named Echo.

Echo, who is about 1 year old, came from a facility in Arizona after being held captive as an illegal pet. Authorities became aware of the cougar after finding it for sale online at craigslist.org. READ MORE...

Does anyone know this dog?

Does anyone know this dog?

This Australian Cattle Dog was rescued from the bottom of a cliff at Lake Natomas a week ago.

At approximately 7:00 PM on Sunday August 26, a correctional sergeant from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation noticed the dog stuck on a ledge at the bottom of the cliffs of Lake Natoma near the Folsom Lake Crossing.

Personnel from the Folsom Fire Department, responding to the call and deployed a rescue boat to save the animal.

It is believed the female Queensland Heeler mix may have fallen into the water upstream near the Folsom Lake Crossing. She was very weak when rescued but is currently recovering at the City of Folsom Animal Shelter.

Anyone with information regarding this event is encouraged to contact Folsom Police Animal Control Officer Cindy Walden at (916) 439-2268.

Source: Jason Browning, Folsom Police Department

U.S. rescuers overwhelmed by abandoned horses

LINCOLN, NB (AP) - Horse rescue groups say they are struggling to care for horses abandoned in the drought, and some have stopped taking in more.

Abandonments spiked after the recession hit more than four years ago, but rescue groups say the drought made the problem worse by burning up pastures and sending hay prices skyrocketing.

They say owners who had held on to their horses are giving them up now.

Advocates say no one tracks how many horses are abandoned, but the Washington, D.C.-based Unwanted Horse Coalition estimated the number at 170,000 to 180,000 per year before the drought.

With fewer people buying horses and sanctuaries filling up, Iowa Horse Council President Bill Paynter says, some owners are desperate. He says, "There's no place to go with a horse you can't feed."