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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 5, 2014 1B PAWS volunteers Londa Lehman, left, Kathy Nixon and Marilyn Irish stand behind their Adopt a Cat Today sign at the nonprofit cat rescue organization on East Main Street in Quincy. Photos by Laura Beaton Moose enjoys being petted by volunteer Londa Lehman, who makes it a point to give each cat at PAWS a chance to get outside its cage and roam around. Lola, a Norwegian forest cat cross, relaxes in the arms of Marilyn Irish, a Iongtime volunteer at PAWS. i Laura Beaton Staff Writer "Maybe you can't save the world, but you can save a little piece of it." So reads the quote on the front of the Plumas Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) brochure. The nonprofit cat rescue organization has been saving cats and kittens from "death row" at the county animal shelter since 1999 using private donations. PAWS was founded by a citizen concerned with the high rate of euthanization at the county shelter. Concern turned to action, and a valuable animal welfare society was born. The organization only accepts cats from Plumas County Animal Shelter, except for cases in which cats adopted from PAWS' Cathouse for one reason or ,'an0ther didn't work out. In those instances, the cats may be returned. The group has grown considerably since its inception, but the primary function of the organization -- to save cats from being euthanized at the county animal shelter -- has continued unswervingly for 15 years. Each year volunteers rescue more than 400 cats and kittens; ensure they get proper medical care, including shots, and make sure they are spayed or neutered before being adopted out. If a kitten is adopted before it's mature enough to be f xed at 10 weeks old, the adoptive "parent" must leave a deposit and arrange for the cat to be altered when it is old enough. In this way PAWS is not only saving cats' lives, but also helping to control the cat population and reduce the chance of further unwanted animals or euthanizations. Dedicated volunteers PAWS has about a dozen dedicated volunteers, but they could use another dozen more. Marilyn Irish and Londa Lehman have been lavishing The Cathouse adoption center, acquired in 2001, provides individual compartments for its cats awaiting adoption. Available cats may be viewed online at F love and attention on PAWS cats and kittens since 2001. They go into the PAWS facility in East Quincy nearly every day to let each cat out of its cage to stretch, play and get some human interaction. They have adopted cats from PAWS themselves, and their devotion to the animals and the organization is obvious. One of the group's biggest fundraisers is a bake sale around the Fourth of July. Without fail, Londa and Marilyn can be found setting up tables in front of Safeway, selling baked goods and providing information about PAWS. The bake sale coincides with the High Sierra Music Festival and the women say that festivalgoers are very generous -- often handing over more money than the suggested donation. Every dime helps provide food, care and housing for unwanted cats. PAWS holds an annual Labor Day yard sale and gratefully accepts tax-deductible donations to raise funds as well. Spay-Neuter Assistance Program In 2002, PAWS began offering spay/neuter discount certificates for county residents who are unable to afford the cost of the surgery for their pets. Additionally, PAWS is one of the partners of the "Big Fix." This grant-funded spay-neuter program offers an affordable opportunity for can save PAWS residents to get their dogs fLxed for $10 and their cats fixed for $5. The Big Fix was launched in Plumas County in November 2013, and has already achieved its yearlong goal of fixing more than 450 companion dogs. More than 100 cats have been spayed or neutered through the program, which provides vouchers for spay/neuter services offered by five vets in the county. To utilize the Big Fix, residents must first fill out and submit an application. Then they will receive a voucher for the services after paying the nominal $10 or $5 fee. For information on the Big Fix, contact PAWS at 283-5433, or one of the other partners: High Sierra Animal Rescue, 832-4727; county shelter, 283-3673; or Friends of Plumas County Animals, 283-1345. Two-year-old Marty was born and raised at PAWS. The black tabby is waiting patiently to be adopted by that special person, Herold, a Maine coon and Norwegian forest cat mix, takes advantage of his time out of the cage to stretch and enjoy some rays of sun in the Cathouse. White-socked Carter has his own suite within the facility that has housed up to 30 cats and kittens at one time. All cats living at PAWS come from the Plumas County Animal Shelter -- no animals are accepted from Private parties.