For more information about Rose Wolf Wildlife Rescue call (209) 588-1335.

A Sonora area nonprofit animal and wildlife rescue center that has helped more than 5,000 domesticated and wild creatures over the past 27 years recently learned it is losing its lease.

Founder Nina Resnik, 67, and her husband, Howard Resnik, 57, say they have about 40 days to find a new place.

Their landlord, Bob Jeros, wants to sell the property on Lyons Bald Mountain Road, the Resniks said. The property includes a house and about five acres. The property is being marketed by Laura Jennings with Century 21 Wildwood Properties of Twain Harte in conjunction with a neighboring property. The total sale price for both properties was $595,000.

Jeros could not be reached for comment.

Howard Resnik said he and his wife received a 60-day notice about three weeks ago.

“It would be nice if someone would buy the place and say ‘Hey we would like Rose Wolf to stay there,’ ” Howard Resnik said. “It’s going to be an effort to move everything. We’re putting stuff in storage. Right now we’re doing the best we can. But 60 days is going to be tight.”

The Resniks have found another location, on Appey Way south of downtown Sonora, and they’re trying to raise $30,000 to $40,000 for a down payment. They hope to raise $200,000 altogether.

“We’d like to secure it by the end of this month to go ahead and make that first down payment,” Howard Resnik said.

Helping animals

Nina Resnik came to Sonora in the late 1960s and worked for veterinarians in Sonora and Jamestown. She liked working so much with animals, domestic and wild, she founded Rose Wolf Wildlife Rescue in 1990. Resnik said she is licensed by California Fish and Wildlife.

She’s rescued raccoons and fawns and squirrels, as well as farm animals including chickens, roosters, domesticated ducks and geese, goats and at least one pony.

On Friday, Resnik showed some of the animals she is working with, including two baby gray squirrels and a female possum.

“They found these squirrels down at the county jail earlier this week,” Resnik said, holding both, a boy and a girl, in her hands. She’s named them Mutt and Jeff. Jeff is the girl. “One inmate found one and took it into the jail. A groundskeeper found the other.”

It’s been windy lately, Resnik said, and there are big, tall sycamore trees over by the jail on Yaney Street.

“When it’s windy like it’s been, a lot of things come out of the trees, including baby squirrels,” Resnik said. “They were in bad shape. Dehydrated and stressed. Probably separated from their mom a couple days.”

Resnik said she started the squirrels on goat’s milk and kept them on it. They’re doing better now.


Resnik also brought out a 3-month-old possum she’s had since early April.

“Somebody called me from Columbia,” Resnik said. “A young girl found the possum near its mom. The mom was dead. They were both near a road.”

She said the little possum had fur, its eyes were open and it was crawling around when she collected it. Resnik said she believes the little marsupial was already a month or more out of its mother’s pouch when the mom died.

“She was dehydrated and weak,” Resnik said. “I put her on possum milk, which I get from back east in powder form. And I gave her injections of lactated ringers. It’s fluid with stuff similar to electrolytes and water.”

Four domesticated runner ducks were nearby, and they started a low murmur of soft quacking to each other.

“I collected them from Jamestown,” Resnik said. “A lady told me she had four wild geese. They’re not wild geese though. I’ve had ’em a year.”


She also showed Louie, a sand-colored African spurred tortoise with ties to the southern Sahara desert, also known as a sulcata tortoise. Louie weighs about 25 pounds, and Resnik believes his original owner got him when he was tiny and didn’t realize how big he would get.

“I’ve had him a year now,” Resnik said. “The woman I got him from had him six years.”

Elsewhere at Rose Wolf Wildlife Rescue on Friday, Resnik estimated she had five sheep, 15 goats, more than a hundred chickens, 40 or 50 roosters, three more Western gray squirrels and wild mallard duckling.

Resnik said the place she wants to buy is about five acres with a modular home and a garage.

“It’s perfect,” Resnik said. “It’s in Sonora.”

Contact Guy McCarthy at or (209) 588-4585. Follow him on Twitter @GuyMcCarthy.