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Pet adoption event, fundraiser for dog & cat rescue in June
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A group instrumental in helping the Manteca Animal Shelter achieve no-kill status in 2023 is staging a fundraiser as well as an adoption event next month.

Better World Rescue’s adoption event is on Sunday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Manteca PetSmart on Spreckels Avenue next to Food-4-Less

A number of the dogs and cats placed via the adoption events the organization conducts are from the Manteca shelter.

The Wine & Whiskers fundraiser takes place Saturday, June 29, from noon to 6 p.m. at SK Hira Vineyards, 8458 W Linne Road, Tracy.

Admission is free.

Fun activities are planned for the whole family including a live auction, live music, food, bake sale, photo booth, raffle baskets, and more.

All proceeds benefit Better World Rescue efforts focused on keeping animals in their loving homes in addition to helping shelter animals to find loving homes. 

The non-profit saved over 100 animals from the Manteca Shelter in 2023.

The organization also paid $29,000 in medical bills because the City of Manteca doesn't have a veterinarian contract.

Local veterinarians don't want to negotiate any discounts for the shelter.

Rescue groups such as Better World Rescue are left to save animals that come into the shelter very sick, puppies with parvo, pay to have broken bones mended from animals being hit by a car, dealing with dogs owners don’t  want, assisting those that can’t afford to take their dog to the vet, house person's dogs/cats when they get sick, as well as save dog and cats from being put down.

They also take care of puppies and kittens that need bottle feeding given the shelter can't provide the service 24/7

The shift toward compassionate animal welfare practices that Better World Rescue worked to help Manteca put in place, allowed the city to achieve no-kill status for 2023.

 A no-kill animal shelter does not euthanize healthy or treatable animals based on capacity or time constraints but rather limits euthanasia to those with severe medical conditions or behavioral issues as a last resort.

No-kill status, based on best practices, is whenever an animal shelter doesn’t euthanize at least 90 percent of animals that come into its care.

Two years ago, 47% of the animals in the city’s care had a live outcome. It was improved to 56%, then 65%, and now it has surpassed 90%

The shelter’s no-kill status was achieved through a multifaceted approach. It includes proper medical care, housing, community partnerships, and proactive measures to reduce homeless.

One of those efforts — the Doggie Day Out program — has been popular with Manteca residents.

It involves either taking a dog in the shelter for a walk or fostering a dog for a week or more.

Since it started in January of 2023, 506 volunteers have participated with 82 of them adopting a pet.

The program is managed by volunteer Raquel Fresquez.

Some residents foster a cat or a dog for 30-60 days until they find their forever home. Some foster newborn kittens until they are old enough to be spayed or neutered.

Visit the Manteca Animal Shelter webpage to learn how you can become a volunteer.

To adopt a pet, visit the shelter at 115 E. Wetmore St.,  from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call the shelter at (209) 456-8270, or visit


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email