Be an angel for Angels for Sara


“I met Sara, a beautiful rottweiler who had arrived at the Clatsop County Animal Shelter after her owner had passed away,” Jacque Pressly wrote. “She was a senior dog, and not in the best of health. My heart was broken when Sara was unable to find her forever home before crossing the Rainbow Bridge.

“To honor Sara’s spirit, I promised to try and help as many senior dogs as I could. I would do whatever I could to give them a safe and loving home before they transitioned.” And Jacque has kept her promise. She started the Angels For Sara Sanctuary for senior dogs, a volunteer-run nonprofit, in 2013.

Then, in 2014, Bonnie (right) and Clyde, large dogs with health issues, wound up at the shelter when their owner died. “They were overlooked for adoption, time and again, as they were not only senior dogs, but a bonded pair, as well,” Jacque explained. And that’s how the duo became the sanctuary’s first residents.

“With the support of volunteers,” she reported, “both dogs are much healthier, and enjoy romps in the field down to the river, or just getting loved on while relaxing in the sanctuary’s main room.”

Want to help Jacque in her mission? Angels for Sara is holding its annual fundraiser/rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 19, at 60 S. Main Ave. in Warrenton. There’s also a bake sale with goodies provided by Linda Perkins, and information on how to plan for your dog’s future if something happens to you.

Can’t make it to the fundraiser? You can still help by donating, volunteering or sponsoring or fostering a senior dog. Call 503-325-2772, email or go to for the details.

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or