Donation covers adoption fees for black cats in Meyers, California |

Donation covers adoption fees for black cats in Meyers, California

Do you want to adopt Arther? He’s a 2-year-old neutered male available through El Dorado Animal Services’ shelter since Jan. 27. Call 530-573-7925 for more information.
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When South Lake Tahoe’s Jessica Marks opened Lucky Dawg Thrift Store a little more than two years ago, she knew she wanted to use it as a vehicle to give back. That’s why she gifts funds monthly to El Dorado County Animal Services office in Meyers, California. This month, her donation will be used to cover adoption fees for black cats, which are abundant at the shelter.

“I donate to them for their efforts to keep dogs and cats for however long it takes,” Marks said of El Dorado County Animal Services’ adoption program. “They pull (animals) from bigger cities,” in hopes of placing them with families in the Tahoe region.

According to Marks, she gives on average $150 a month. She’s also a dog lover, and has rescued three canines over the years — Mater, Goose and Birdie. Her store is located at 3097 Harrison Ave., #4, in South Lake Tahoe. The business focuses on buying and selling high-quality second-hand items.

“El Dorado County Animal Services provides temporary housing for animals who have lost their owners,” Maggie Williams, El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency’s public information officer, said by email. “We also take in animals from owners who can no longer keep them based on individual circumstances.”

Williams added that animal adoption is a simple process.

“Adopters can fill out an application at the shelter,” she explained. “Requirements include owning your own home or having landlord approval for an animal; having a fenced yard or other approved method of confinement (if adopting a dog); and if you currently own dogs, they must be current on rabies vaccinations and El Dorado County license. Adoption fees for dogs are $120 plus license. Cat adoption fees are $80.”

El Dorado County Animal Services is currently in need of volunteers willing to provide short-term foster homes for puppies. Supply donations are needed as well.

“El Dorado County Animal Services is very grateful for the generosity of those individuals who support our shelter,” said shelter supervisor Lt. Robert Gerat. “We are thankful for the individuals who selflessly volunteer their time, as well as those ​good Samaritans ​who donate​​ funds ​to ​aid in the adoption of older pets, black cats and other pets that can be harder to place. We invite anyone interested in adopting a companion animal to come to our shelter to find your forever friend.”

For more information about available animals, volunteering and the shelter’s supply wish list, visit

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