The group’s first pet adoption event was held on D Street the weekend of the Marysville Peach Festival, and it was a howling success.
One year and 52 adoptions later, ResQPaws, now an official nonprofit group, has placed more than 550 animals in new homes.
All the animals were either taken directly from, or had been destined to be housed in the badly overcrowded Sutter County Animal Shelter in Yuba City.
“We’ve gone from this Humpty-Dumpty little rescue group into something much more professional,” said the group’s chairwoman, Liz Fredieu. “We are hooking up with other rescue groups all over the place now.”
The operation, which does not have its own shelter or foster-care facililty, does nearly all its work via the Internet — posting photos of dogs and cats in need of homes, and information such as their age, size, breed, disposition and how they found themselves in the unfortunate circumstance of needing a home.
Many were found stray. Some were born that way to an unspayed mother.
“There are just too many animals born here, and finding homes can be a challenge,” Fredieu said of the area’s pet overpopulation problems.