Itsie Bitsie Rescue
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In 2001, Danielle Dumas recognized the need for a rescue service specifically geared toward supporting the needs of un-weaned puppies and kittens. With the help of her mother, Pam, Danielle worked to remove newborn animals (up to six weeks of age) from local shelters and provide round-the-clock care, including bottle feedings, until they were old enough to be spayed or neutered and vaccinated. They called their organization Itsie Bitsie Rescue Inc., and for more than a decade, Pam has served as its president and intake coordinator. The nonprofit—which is based out of the Dumas home in Citrus Heights—relies on adoption fees, donations and the help of dozens of foster families throughout the greater Sacramento area to continue rescuing the most vulnerable members of the homeless pet population. “When I first met Pam and Danielle five years ago, they were fostering the kittens on their own,” shares Lori Whitney, Istie Bitsie’s vice president and adoption/foster coordinator. “They had space and time limitations but were doing a wonderful job with what they had.” Through her efforts to recruit volunteer foster homes, Whitney has significantly increased Itsie Bitsie’s intake capacity: Its all-volunteer staff is currently nurturing more than 130 kittens in various stages of development. Last year alone, they successfully placed nearly 300 kittens, 20 puppies and a pot-bellied pig in loving homes—through the Itsie Bitsie Adoption Center located in the Petsmart in Roseville on Fairway Drive (Itsie Bitsie is an official Petsmart Charity). “I’ve always felt a strong commitment to doing what I can for animals that aren’t able to care for themselves,” Whitney says. “It’s not something I consciously think about—it’s just automatic for me and I can’t imagine not being supportive.”
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