Available for adoption Saturday August 9th.
What kind? It is hard to say. We think maybe lab/pit mix and maybe not.
These little cuties will be going to new homes this weekend. Is one of those new homes yours?
They came to the SPCA when someone found them in a box in a Fairfield park at 2 – 3 days old. SPCA took them in and raised them until they were old enough to go to forever homes. They have all been spayed or neutered, vaccinated and have had the first of their puppy shots.
These puppies will NOT go to homes on a first come first serve basis. There is an application that must be filled out and reviewed. If it looks like you will have a home situation suitable for a busy large breed puppy, and these guys are VERY ACTIVE we will contact you to come in for a meet and greet. You will also need to bring proof with you that you can have a dog or an additional dog with NO WEIGHT OR BREED RESTRICTIONS. The fact that you currently have a dog is NOT proof you can have another one.
You are now thinking what is the catch. No catch. May 31, 2014 the SPCA of Solano County Spay/Neuter Clinic is celebrating “No Father’s Day” by neutering 150 male cats free of charge.
Our mission is to reduce the number of animals surrendered to municipal shelters by reducing the number of unwanted litters. This sponsored event will allow 150 male cats either pets, feral or rescue groups are welcome. Advance appointments are required.
To make an appointment by phone 707-448-8750 or 707-448-7722 or by email email@example.com
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 the same thing happen this time every year.
Someone goes out to open the gate and sees a box, or hears
kittens crying. Every year without fail. It began for us today. One of our staff members went out to open the gate for the line of cars and saw the white cardboard box and heard the kittens crying inside.
Their eyes aren’t open yet, they are YOUNG and covered with fleas (of course). Kittens this young are a huge amount of work and often are not healthy which ends all of the best efforts in the death of the kittens. Sometiimes they are just too little to fight back and their little bodies can’t take it. This is always VERY hard on the staff or volunteers who took on the task of being the foster mom. It is sad to watch an animal that you have put that much dedication and emotion into not make it. We don’t usually foster really young kittens or puppies for that reason.
But here we are and now we have seen them and they are nursng…..
This was written today by Patricia Kendall who found the kittens today…
Today there was a box of kittens left at the gate. They couldn’t be more than a couple days old, still have the umbilical cords. This is not some new, shocking occurrence, but it always gets to me.
Creates all kinds of mixed feelings.
Do you not know what else to do? You can’t wait the extra half hour …until we are open? Are you just trying to take the easy way out? At least they brought them to gate. They now have a drastically lower survival rate since they have been taken from their mother, but that is a reality they don’t have to hear, but one we have to deal with.
They are next to my desk, in a box, on a heating pad, and after eating are sleeping peacefully. It gets quiet enough in here I can even hear one snoring. So now I have to hope that they survive. And if they do, that they get adopted since 4 out of the 5 are black.
It’s situations like this that make my job rewarding and worth doing while making it so difficult to deal with at the same time. It makes me very grateful to the people with warm hearts who are trying to do the right thing. The ones who volunteer and spend their time doing the dirty work of cleaning up after 60+ animals because they want to. The ones that spend their nights trying to come up with ideas for fundraisers, and how to make them happen. The ones that give up their weekends to walk dogs and get them out of the kennels and spend hours mowing to maintain the property.
The people we are so grateful for, and the ones who make me wish I could more.
Good or bad I will keep everyone posted on their status…
The SPCA of Solano County has a low cost spay neuter clinic. Many people have an idea of what they think that means.
What our low cost spay neuter clinic means…
- It means that the cost to have your pet “fixed” so they can’t produce unwanted litters is affordable for most people.
- It means that we are able to spay and neuter many animals each day which ultimately reduces the number of animals taken to shelters.
- It means that we only do spays and neuters and we do it very efficiently which is good for the animals in our care.
- It means that we are here as your pet recovers and to answer any questions or concerns you might have.
Low cost does not mean substandard.
The spay -neuter clinic at the SPCA of Solano County has all brand new state-of-the-art equipment. This is due to a clinic grant from Petsmart Charities. Animals are monitored for heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, temperature and oxygen saturation with monitors. Anesthesia is maintained n new anesthesia machine with oxygen concentrators. The clinic is equipped with the latest brand new equipment. All procedures are performed by licensed veterinarians and well trained experienced technicians. The veterinarians that are doing the surgical procedures have over 20 years experience. This is not a volunteer run clinic or a training facility – we only do spays and neuters and we do it well.
We only do spays and neuters.
We do not perform other procedures except for the removal of the occasional baby tooth or umbilical hernia repair during the spay surgery. Because we don’t do other procedures we have developed a rhythm within our medical team. Everyone has a job to do. It is a very efficient process. We want to make it as quick for the animals as possible. With each surgery taking between 5 – 20 minutes (male cats are quick female dogs take the longest) the idea is to have the under anesthesia for the shortest length of time possible.
Your pets health and well being is the most important thing to us.
If a pet comes in for surgery and exhibits any symptoms of illness or distress the will not be placed under anesthesia and their surgery will be rescheduled. We will not take any chances with your pets health. We have a policy of not doing surgery on pets past a certain age. The reason veterinarians recommend pre-surgical blood work is to determine if their liver and kidneys can handle the anesthesia. If the animal has an underlying illness and goes under anesthesia it can cause serious problems for the pet. Older animals should receive IV fluids during and after the procedure. This is why we feel it is better for the pet to have the surgery performed at a general veterinary practice.
After the procedure they are monitored by technicians until they have recovered and are active and awake and ready to go home. They are given a dose of pain medication to make them comfortable before being discharge. Dogs are sent home with a prescription of Tramadol for a few days while the cats are all given an injection of slow release buprenorphine that last for 3-4 days. We want to be sure your pet is as comfortable as possible while they recuperate.
At discharge the technician will give you any instructions, pain medication (which is included in the cost of the surgery), and they will answer any questions you might have. You will also receive your paperwork and the size e-collar your pet needs.
Not the cone of shame!!!
Pets are not automatically sent home with an Elizabethan collar also knows as; e collar, bucket, cone of shame, cone and many more. The cone is to prevent your pet from licking at the incision site. The main cause of an infection is due to the pet licking and chewing at the surgery site. We do recommend that you purchase one for your pet but the decision is up to the owner. We carry them in our store at the SPCA. The prices for the cones are very reasonable (again the idea is to make it affordable) with the smallest cone costing $4.99 and the largest $11.99. They need to wear the cone for 7 to 10 days after surgery. Some pets need to wear them longer if they just will not leave the site alone.
They will adjust to earing the cone!!! They will try their best to convince you that they can’t possibly eat, sleep, walk, or drink while wearing it. They will deal I promise!! Be strong!
So what are you supposed to do when you get home and you remember all those great questions you meant to ask but completely forgot at pickup? The surgery site doesn’t look “quite right” but maybe its fine but you aren’t sure. Now what? Do you make an appointment with a genera practice veterinarian? The whole idea was to make this affordable. We understand so we have created an email address specifically for post op questions. When you pick up your pet you will be given the email address for questions. It is monitored by one of our veterinarians and there is no such thing as a “stupid question. We know you are devoted to your pets and want to help you give them the best care possible. Maybe you have a quick question that can be answered by email or a phone call and others may need to bring their pet in for a recheck. All at no additional charge.
Coming to the SPCA of Solano County Spay/Neuter Clinic doesn’t mean that we perform the surgery and then you are on your own. We will be there for questions and concerns all along the way.
To schedule an appointment:
Our low cost spay/neuter clinic has been open since September 2013, a little more than 90 days. The community response has been fantastic!
Our clinic staff has performed 1132 surgeries to date. Specifically 511 cat neuters, 254 cat spays, 199 dog neuters, and 168 dog spays! The goal for the clinic is 8,000-10,000 surgeries annually. This is the ONLY way to reduce euthanasia rates in shelters.
- Whether You Love Cats or Hate Cats, Trap-Neuter-Return Is The Solution (ulrikebialas.wordpress.com)
- The Feral Cat Population Explosion (slideshare.net)
What a long process. I am in no way, shape, or form done. I will never be done. I hope I get to slow down for a few minutes at some point.
I started working at the SPCA of Solano County in 2003 just after it reopened. It had closed due to lack of funds for a short time. They decided to close temporarily and regroup.
I was training horses at the time and needed a steady income. I answered an ad in the paper for kennel help. I applied and was hired. I worked with two other people Amanda and Chad, who is now a fantastic officer for Humane Animal Services, our sister company. A few months later Amy joined team and our Director was Jill. We thought we were full when we had 10 dogs and 15 cats. How times have changed.
The conversations about a low cost spay-neuter clinic for Solano County began then. I wasn’t sure at that time how animal services in general worked. How did you license your dog? Where do you take strays? What exactly does the SPCA do? Solano County is way behind other counties when it comes to animal services.
Here we are in 2013. We are full when we have 40+ dogs and 30+ cats and misc. creatures. It seems we always manage to find room for “just one more”. We have built up an active Facebook following. We are becoming the place to get your questions answered and now we have the only high volume spay-neuter clinic in Solano or Yolo county.
I have now written and won a large grant $93,500.00 from Petsmart Charities. Hired an amazing staff. Chaunte is our RVT and clinic manager. I don’t think I could have made it through the couple months before opening without her. Hard word and dedication.
Things just keep growing. We have more people that want to help us and that is fantastic but it also leads to more events, more programs and more work. Success keeps you busy. Success keeps you motivated.
We have done almost 75 surgeries already. I actually got to be a technician for the first few days of surgery. I do miss doing that but my position has changed and I need to do what I am doing. I will have to settle for filling in when someone is sick or on vacation. It was nice to get to use the new equipment.
Shelden Steele is a rep with Henry-Schein. She has been a huge part of putting this clinic together. She has negotiated prices, researched equipment and coordinated deliveries. Now that the grant from Petsmart Charities has had documents signed it is time to order the rest of the equipment. The clinic staff has been working with the basics they need to get into the rhythm of working as a team. Now the fun will start.
All the shelters are full and they keep coming in. The goal is 30 surgeries a day 10,000 a year. This is how we will reduce euthanasia rates in Solano county. It is the only way….
We hear that question daily. Somebody finds a dog, or cat and wants to do the “right” thing but what exactly does that mean? I am going to clear it up for you and give you the correct contact numbers. Here we go….
What they will do:
This is the animal control agency to call if you live in the city limits of Vacaville, Fairfield, Suisun, Dixon, or Rio Vista. Humane Animal Services (HAS) deals with nuisance complaint such as dogs running loose, barking dogs, the neighbors pets are bothering you, etc. The big concern in the summer is dogs being left in parked cars. (HAS) will handle those complaints as well. HAS is a private 501(c)3 organization that is contracted by the individual cities of Solano County to provide animal control services seen days a week.
What they don’t do:
HAS does not operate a shelter. They are strictly animals control officers and they transport animals they pick up to the county shelter in Fairfield or the SPCA of Solano County in Vacaville. HAS does not provide transportation, veterinary or euthanasia service for owned pets. HAS does maintain a log of calls to report lost dogs. Please check with them if you have lost a pet. HAS will transport stray cats as long as they are contained in a crate or SECURE cardboard box. They will not pick up or transport trapped animals. Animal control does not handle any wildlife calls. For problems with wildlife contact Randy’s Varmint Control
What they will do:
Solano County Animal Care & Control is the municipal shelter for Solano County. It is an open intake shelter that is run by the Sheriffs Department. The SCACC officers handle all the calls in the unincorporated areas (out in the country) of Solano County. Call that include mistreated or malnourished farm animals, livestock (horses, cows, goats, chickens, etc). SCACC is also responsible for rabies control. If you are bitten by an animal (any animal) you would call the county shelter. 707-784-1356. SCACC has animals available for adoption, operates a low cost vaccine clinic on scheduled days and provides dog licensing services through Petdata. SCACC operates a pet food bank and works with Meals on Wheels to provide pet food to people with pets that take advantage of this service.
What they don’t do:
SCACC does not pick up animals within the city limits. They also DO NOT provide transportation for owned animals for any reason. Animal control does not handle any wildlife calls. For problems with wildlife contact Randy’s Varmint Control
SPCA of Solano County
What they will do:
The SPCA is a 501(c)3 limited intake adoption guarantee animals shelter. The animals in residence here are never euthanized for time or space but only if a serious medical condition or behavior develops making them a danger to other animals or the public. As a limited intake shelter the SPCA can only take in animals as they are adopted out. The SPCA offers low cost spay/neuter services, adoptions, and a retail pet supply store. The SPCA also maintains a lost & found list of animals. The SPCA is open for adoptions Thursday – Sunday. Dog license form are available at the SPCA which can then be sent in to Petdata. The SPCA takes in owner surrender animals, shelter transfers, and strays as room permits.
What they don’t do:
The SPCA does not pick up animals either stray or owned animals. The SPCA does not have the facilities to take in feral cats. Feral cats can be spayed or neutered at the clinic but must be picked up when surgery is complete. Solano Ferals operates the feral cat program through the County shelter. The SPCA does not offer euthanasia services or general veterinary care at this time. This shelter does not investigate any cruelty or neglect cases.
Dog 4 months and over are required to have a current rabies vaccination certificate and be licensed with the county. License applications can be picked up at the county shelter, SPCA of Solano County or Humane Animal Services office. City Hall also has licenses available. The fees for licensing vary depending on the city you live in, the age of the owner of the dog and if your dog is spayed or neutered.