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Wild animal rescue group opening Loomis HQ

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Gold Country Wildlife Rescue is opening its first intake center and – in a growth mode – looking for a few good volunteers. The 28-year-old organization has always relied on home rehabilitation with volunteers but is moving toward a May 17 move into a leased building at 5901 Horseshoe Bar Road in Loomis. Diane Nicholas, rescue group president, said the new rehab headquarters and intake center for wild animals is located in a house built in 1902 and believed to be the oldest home in the town. Volunteers are sprucing the house up and Nicholas said the group’s new goal is to preserve history and protect wildlife at the leased building. A generous donation by the late Marie Casey, an Auburn resident who recently died at 103, along with a grant from Auburn’s Rosenberry Foundation, helped the organization realize its dream. Harry Rosenberry was an Auburn banker and longtime resident of the community. The rescue group is having a membership drive meeting for people interested in volunteering from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the new center. Nicholas can be contacted at 916-847-1471 for more information. – Gus Thomson