Before Lisa Schade, the old dairy-farm-now-animal-shelter south of Big Pine in Inyo County was euthanizing about 1,800 animals every year.
Today, that number has dropped to about 50.
Before Schade, the shelter adopted out about 80 animals a year.
Today, that number has climbed to about 250.
Just as critically, since Schade began her animal rescue work in 1996, Inyo/Mono Animal Resources and Education has helped to spay or neuter 10,000 cats and dogs, preventing tens of thousands more unwanted puppies and kittens from being born.
See Tuesday's edition for the full story.