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    Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center Shelter is Full, Sends 26 Animals to Northern California Rescue Facility

    (SANTA PAULA, CALIFORNIA) Twenty-six animals from the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC) were transported this week to a rescue in Northern California. SPARC, a no-kill, non-profit animal shelter, has been receiving so many stray and surrendered animals since the beginning of 2019 that the shelter had run out of space and adoptions were not keeping up with animal intakes.

    A generous business, Holt Transport, which usually shuttles horses statewide, provided a huge horse trailer and driver for free and donations from SPARC supporters covered the rest of the costs.

    “The community came together to help us get our animals to rescue to free-up space for the new animals arriving. Transporting animals is always an emotional time for the staff, but it was the best choice for the animals,” said SPARC Executive director Nicky Gore-Jones.

     Eight big dogs, two little dogs, 10 cats and six rabbits made up the roster of transported animals and all arrived safely, ready to luxuriate in the green grass of Fortuna, California, where their new rescue home is located. Due to stricter spay and neuter laws, Humboldt County has fewer strays so the rescue organization there is able to find homes for SPARC’s rescued animals faster than homes could be found in Ventura County, Gore-Jones said.  

    Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center’s no-kill mission is to give every animal arriving at the shelter a second chance at life. SPARC relies heavily on donations from the public to provide food, shelter and medical care for every single animal arriving. Donations can be made at

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