Local Pet Lover Helps Animals of the Menifee Community

In Menifee, residents are known to help each other out. One woman in particular is known by man...

In Menifee, residents are known to help each other out. One woman in particular is known by many as the person to call if a lost or abused animal is found.

Nina Medina, a stay-at-home mom and pet owner, works tirelessly with the Menifee Valley Humane Society to rescue, shelter and save animals across Menifee, Perris, Temecula and even as far away as San Diego.

Growing up with a love for animals, Medina became involved with the Menifee Valley Humane Society after she moved to Menifee and heard a distressed kitten call.

Medina said helping animals means a lot to her and she wants to continue helping the community through hands-on intervention and educating residents on some of the hardships lost, abused or abandoned animals go through.

"People drop their animals off [at shelters] and think they’re going to find a new home," said Medina, "but it doesn’t always happen."

Local resident Amy Romanosky, who became friends with Medina after helping her find a lost dog, says Medina is an outstanding citizen and does so much for the animals in the area.

"It’s just everything she does for the animals of the community," said Romanosky. "When someone finds a lost dog, they call Nina."

Romanosky said that many of the charitable acts Medina and the Menifee Valley Humane Society do for Menifee residents and animals around the community are funded out of the volunteers’ own pockets.

In fact, Medina said she and other volunteers for the Menifee Valley Humane Society work out of their own homes and fund the small, nonprofit organization through donations from residents. Whatever needs are not met through donations, Medina and other volunteers will usually pay for on their own.

The Menifee Valley Humane Society works with other nonprofit shelters such as the Ramona Humane Society, Animal Friends in the Valley and Sun City K-9. Menifee Valley Humane Society will help these shelters find homes for animals and Medina will often go around