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Donations of cash, food also sought by rescue volunteers

January 19, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Nine-year-old Makena Sacks of Blossom Valley volunteers with her mother, Cate Sacks, to train dogs rescued from shelters. Now Makena asks help from ECM readers to save cats slated to be destroyed.


“I am hoping that I can save them but there are so many,” she writes. “The people at the shelter are putting cats down starting today, I need help taking these cats.”


Makena has been rescuing cats from a local animal shelter since she was seven years old. “These cats are losing their lives at the shelter. I need homes for them,” she said. “Please help me by asking other people you may know if they would be interested in adopting a cat or two or would be able to donation something to help me with this effort.” Donations of cash or food, litter, and other items needed by cats are welcome.


Normally, Makena and her mother train shelter animals to be companion pets. But with so many cats in need of a home all at once, some of the current rescued animals have not yet been trained.


“These cats are barn cats and some are house cats” Makena explained. “The barn cats will catch mice and love just being able to be "cats" and have a break from their hard scary life at the shelter…The house cats are still trusting and loving but do need a little time to get out of that scary world in the shelter.

If you are interested in adopting a shelter cat, please contact Cate Sacks at
619-813-1252 or email


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