This event will be held Rain or Shine Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 9 am – 2 pm. Registrants must arrive between 7 – 8 am the morning of the 19th and be set up no later than 8:30. We are looking forward to seeing you!!
$20 Pre-Registration ( Must be submitted by May 1, 2018)
$30 Registration (May 2nd – May 6, 2018)
Includes: Registration, 2 raffle tickets, 1 lunch and a goodie bag.
**Parking is first come, first serve. Space is limited please register early**
No alcohol is permitted on the premises
Where: SPCA of Solano County shelter, 2200 Peabody Rd in Vacaville next to CSP Solano
When: Saturday, October 15th, 2016 noon – 4:30 pm (rain or shine)
Why: Promote responsible and active dog ownership and help raise funds for the SPCA.
If you are interested in being a vendor please complete this form and we will contact you!
***All canopies (pop up tents) must be weighted and/or secured to the ground due to the likelihood of wind***
It never seems to fail that when I think everyone has lost their mind and their compassion for everyone and everything around them I get one of “those” phone calls. I know it is a bit melodramatic but there it is. Sometimes it just is.
We have seen an increase of kids having birthday parties and instead of gifts for themselves they ask for donations for the animals instead. I don’t know if the kids have the idea or if it is just the parents teaching their kids that they should help in the community and give to those who are in need. In this case homeless animals. For whatever the reason these kids are learning to think of others instead of just themselves.
I had the mother of one of these kids call today. It has been a rough couple of days for my morale here and I needed her call today. What a great thing for kids to learn. She wanted to know what were the priorities on our wish list. She wanted to be sure the other parents knew what we needed. She said the kids were excited to go shopping for the animals.
Faith in humanity restored, for today at least. One day at a time.
Easter is approaching.
Easter bunnies, chocolate, baby chicks, egg hunts, and lots of bunnies and chicks surrendered to shelter in the following weeks.
It is somewhat of a tradition. Go get a bunny or a baby chick for Easter. A plush toy bunny or chick is fantastic, the real live versions eat, poop, chew and require care. A lot of care. It happens every year. A month or two after Easter here comes the bunnies and the baby chicks now young chickens or better yet roosters. The feed stores sell hundreds which I am sure is a low estimate this time of year for Easter presents. All little kids want a real Easter Bunny or a cute little fuzzy chick or baby duck.
The baby animals are cute and while they require a lot of care themselves they also grow up to be a lifetime commitment. This doesn’t always happen. Many times the once cute baby animals are turned loose to fend for themselves or they are surrendered to shelters. Many don’t make it through their first year of life.
Be part of the solution. Buy a stuffed bunny for an Easter present this year.
Make a donation to your favorite animal rescue or shelter this Easter and help the animals that were purchased as presents get forever homes.
We have had a lot of different pets come through the SPCA of Solano County in the last few years.
Some I remember and some I don’t. There have been so many that it is interesting when I find old pictures and see familiar faces. Sasha the Golden Retriever/Rottie mix that was returned several times through no fault of her own, just a victim of circumstance. Mama kitty, the Siamese cat that I fostered and had her kittens in my shower, Daniel our housecat that got adopted out twice and found his way back, twice!
The question I get asked the most is how do you keep from taking them all home? The short answer. A great deal of self control and the knowledge that we will do everything in our power to make sure they go to their forever home. That is the goal. Every animal to have a permanent home with a nice warm bed and a family that loves them. The reality is that we don’t always succeed the way we would like but we do make sure that they are happy and loved while they are with us.
We have had animals, dogs and cats with us for a year. People may question if that is fair. If those animals had been in a different shelter they might not have had a chance at a forever family. Honeydew was a very sweet female pitbull that we pulled from the county shelter. She had cropped ears and looked intimidating, combined with a standoffish personality (she wasn’t going to waste her time on someone not worthy) made for a difficult adoption. A year after she arrived she found her forever home and she still comes to visit.
Steve was a cat with us almost the same duration. He became a favorite fixture in our cat adoption trailer. He even has a room named after him. He was another one that you had to earn his attention. It takes just the right home. They make amazing pets put they don’t make it easy.
Some of them jump right out and say TAKE ME!!!! LOOK AT ME!!!!! That works for a lot of them. Then there are the people who want the one that isn’t so outgoing. The one who takes some time to get to know them.
That is the question. How can you be sure? Everyone seems to have an idea of how to choose or what they are looking for, other people wait to be chosen. Still others want their current pet to choose. The most important thing….
Listen to the people who know the animals best! The shelter or rescue staff spends a lot of time with the animals. They know their different personalities. We hear all the time, “ I had a dog just like that when I was a kid” We don’t doubt that and we know that most likely you know about that type of dog but you don’t know THIS dog.
If the staff says the dog isn’t good with kids, cats, other dogs, small animals etc. it is because we have noticed behaviors that indicate there could be a problem. We can’t predict what any animal will do in all situations, but we do our best to make sure that everyone is as safe as possible. This is our SPCA dog not the dog you had as a kid.
One incident comes to mind. A few years ago we had a very cute miniature dachshund that was surrendered because it wasn’t good with the owners toddler. We knew it was a problem so we needed a kid free home for this dog. We made sure to stress that fact when we talked to anyone about the dog. I had a young couple come in and say they had recently gotten married and were looking to get a dog and wanted the dachshund. I mentioned that the dog wasn’t good with kids. Their response? We don’t have kids. So my next question… “Are you planning to have children?” The response, well of course but not for a year or so. How do you respond to that?
We as shelter/rescue staff get attached to them. Some people can handle fostering, some can’t. We want to make sure they don’t come back to the shelter. We ask a lot of questions and try to let adoptive families know as much as possible about the pet they are interested in. Adoption is a big commitment. It is very hard on everyone when it doesn’t work out and it is very frustrating when it doesn’t work out because the people adopting didn’t listen. We don’t have all the answers but we can give you a good starting point. If we recommend a crate, make sure they are in a crate when alone. The dog is getting used to your house and it is a much safer way. Dogs have been returned because the people got them home turned them loose in the house and went to work. That is a recipe for disaster.
We recommend that you introduce cats slowly to each other. It isn’t a good idea to just put them in a room together with one food bowl and one litter box. Nobody will be happy. Sometimes it works, often it doesn’t. The cat comes back and we hear, it won’t use the litter box, hiding under the bed, fighting with the other cat. I bet. The cat went from the place where it was comfortable and familiar and dropped into hostile territory without warning.
The easiest adoptions take work. There is always a transition period, some short, some long. It will be worth it in the end. Listen to the adoption counselors or talk to the trainer that they recommend. They all want it to work and will do everything in their power to help you be successful.