Merced SPCA appoints new president

The Merced SPCA’s board of directors recently announced the appointment of Josephine “Josie” Pulido as the organization’s president.

Born and raised in Merced, Pulido has been an “animal savior” since her youth, according to an SPCA press release. During her childhood, Pulido was known to take care of homeless dogs and cats.

Pulido has been a member of the Merced Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for more than 10 years. After being a member for two years, she began spending her weekends as a volunteer at the shelter. For the past five years, Pulido has been at the shelter seven days a week, including all holidays.

According to the release, Pulido is quick to respond when she receives calls from elderly people unable to take their pets to the vet. She picks the animals up, takes them to their appointments, drives the animals back home, and in some cases has absorbed the cost herself.

Pulido and her sister, Lorraine Melgoza, are also responsible for setting up two luncheons a year at Los Panchos Restaurant and an Easter Bunny event at Walmart to help raise funds for the SPCA. Because of Pulido’s efforts, several trees were donated and placed in the shelter’s backyard, fences have been repaired and replaced, the cat house has been redone and painted, and screen doors have been purchased and installed, the release said.