Rocklin couple sponsors free pet adoptions in Roseville all month

December donation aims to spread Sacramento giving
By: Michael Mott, Reporter
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150 Corporation Yard Road, Roseville

(916) 782-7722

Tues, Fri-Sun: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wed & Thurs: 2-7 p.m.


1482 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn

(530) 823-7722

Open daily, noon- 4:30 p.m.

It took all of a few minutes for Rocklin residents Elizabeth Laverty and Kevin Williamson to fund all pet adoption fees for the month of December at Placer Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

Sacramento’s Front Street Animal Shelter got national buzz last month when it announced Sacramento Realtor Kim Pacini-Hauch would cover fees until 2017. Laverty and Williamson volunteer for the SPCA and were driving to the adoption center when they read a fundraising request by the nonprofit via email.

“All they had to do was ask, and we’re so grateful they did ask,” said Laverty, who hopes the movement continues to build. “Kim’s seemed like such a lovely gesture. This really impacts not just the community, but pets without homes here.”

Laverty’s not alone. All adoptions in Diamond Springs and South Lake Tahoe are being covered by TravelLite RV rentals in Placerville, the business announced Nov. 26.

Laverty and Williamson recently moved to Rocklin after exploring the southern county. They volunteered at other shelters while living in Silicon Valley as tax accountants for 30 years.

Laverty said the warm staff at Placer SPCA in Roseville last spring helped their decision to move there.

Placer SPCA has adoption centers in Auburn, off Grass Valley Highway south of Luther Road, and on Corporation Yard Road in Roseville. The group doesn’t euthanize animals for time and space factors and doesn’t receive funding from the Humane Society of the United States or the ASPCA.

Between 3,000 and 4,000 animals come to the nonprofit annually. Adoptions normally cost between $25 and $200 and include up to $300 worth of services, from vet exams to vaccines, spaying and neutering, microchip and one month of pet insurance.

Leilani Fraitas, CEO of Placer SPCA, said the group will work to maximize the number of animals served by the couple’s generosity. While it’s difficult to “empty” the shelter, with animals coming in every day, they can make room for other animals.

“If we have space, we’ll reach out to our partners in other shelters to see if they need to send some our way,” Fraitas said.