Community Involvement

CCWF donation helps animals in need

Two people hold oversized check from CCWF to help animals.
Community Resources Manager Courtney Waybright presents a check from CCWF to Friends of Madera Animal Shelter.

Animals are important to those incarcerated at Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF), which is how they selected their latest fundraising beneficiary.

A portion of the proceeds from their last fundraiser was donated to Friends of Madera Animal Shelter (FMAS). The non-profit group is run by volunteers who advocate responsible pet ownership.

Through donations, the volunteers spay and neuter pets in the community, reducing the number of animals that end up in shelters. They also save animals in crisis, working with rescue partners to find qualified and loving forever homes. The friends send 2,000 animals a year to rescue. 

CCWF Community Resources Manager Courtney Waybright presented a check for $1,056.34 to FMAS.

“The CCWF (incarcerated residents) have an absolute love and passion for helping animals,” Waybright said. “When they told me they would like to donate a portion of their fundraiser money to help an animal shelter, I went and researched where we could help locally within our county. I then came across FMAS and knew this was the right recipient.”

According to the non-profit group’s website, “FMAS specializes in helping homeless cats and dogs in Madera County Animal Shelter and placing them in caring, loving forever homes. Together, we can envision a day when companion animals will no longer face inhumane treatment, abandonment or perish in shelters.”

Submitted by Lt. Gene Norman.

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