Someone manages to come along and do something heartless and stupid.
We have had two of those this week. The first one is a truck pulled up at our gate before we opened and pushed a dog out. The SPCA is on a very busy street so we were glad that the dog chose to run in the direction of the shelter and not into the street. It took staff two hours to catch him.
The second and probably the worst one was this dog in the crate. We got a phone call that someone had left a dog in a crate out with the garbage cans hoping the garbage men wouldn’t notice and pick him up too?
A nice couple found him and called us then brought him in. It was obviously not their dog. He was completely freaked out and I can’t say that I blame him.
At least they left him at the SPCA gate instead of a field somewhere….
We hear that a lot also. Yes we are better able to care for them BUT we are also on a VERY busy street. It is really hard on our staff when they find them in the morning when they have been hit by a car trying to follow the car home. It happens, more often than you might think. The SPCA like most shelters operate above capacity. We ALWAYS have more animals in residence here than we should. If we get too many then it is possible that the quality of care and attention the animals get can be compromised. If you are told we are full and we can’t take your animal in that is most likely the reason.
The most recent case of left at the gate is “Dobbie”. Staff members found Dobbie a 3 lb Chihuahua left at our front gate about 9:00 pm. They had gone back out to check on something and found him there. It was freezing and windy and he was terrified. On a normal evening he would have sat out there until 7 am or so. It could have been really bad because he was in a very small crate and he is tiny so the crate blowing into Peabody Rd and traffic was a real danger. As a result we have had to work very hard to gain Dobbie’s trust as you can imagine.
He is looking for his forever home. He is a cute little guy with a big personality. He likes to be around other dogs big and small. He also loves car rides, sitting in your lap and sleeping in the bed under the covers
Currently Dobbie is being fostered by a volunteer and a couple members of the staff. He was not doing well in the kennels so his growing fan club decided it would be best for him to be in a home environment to give him the best chance at finding his forever home. So now he sleeps with his fosters in the bed, under the covers and during the day when the SPCA is open for adoptions he gets to hang out in a crate in the office. The noise of the kennels sends him right under his bed and nobody will be able to see his cuteness to adopt him.
If you are looking for a tiny little companion that thinks he is a big dog he might be the one for you. Come on by the SPCA on Peabody Rd in Vacaville during regular adoption hours to talk to the staff about him and meet the little guy.
The SPCA is open Wed 2- 6 Thursday & Friday 12:30 – 6:00 and Saturday & Sunday 12:00 – 5:00