Cancer affects everyone in some form at one time or another. You may have a friend, family member or yes even a pet that is stricken with the disease. Cancer sucks.
One of our staff members decided last year to participate in the Avon 39 Cancer walk. It takes place in the San Francisco Bay Area in July. 39 miles in two days. Each walker is required to raise a minimum of $1800. This walk is a little different the money raised stays local to help people in our area. Why is this relevant for an animal shelter blog? I am getting to that. While she and a volunteer are training for the walk we pulled a sweet terrier mix from the county shelter. Here is where it gets animal related.
She is a super sweet outgoing little dog. Many dogs are surrendered to shelters every day. Many of them with medical issues that the owner is unaware of or unable to afford care for the pet and decides to surrender it to a shelter. Sally was one of those. Sally had cancerous mammary masses on both sides of the mammary chain.
The masses could be removed but it was going to require two separate and very invasive surgical procedures. So the question becomes is it possible to do surgery? We felt that she deserved a chance. We sent her up to U.C. Davis for a consultation and they accepted her for surgery providing we would submit the masses for analysis. We did. It came back cancer.
She healed up from her first surgery and was ready to go up for the next round. This sweet girl always maintained her amazing attitude. She loves everyone. Her surgery was successful and she is off all medication and ready for her forever home.
There are a few points to the story.
1. Please spay or neuter your pets. Mammary or testicular cancer is almost non existent in dogs that are spayed or neutered. It is worth it. Sally’s condition could have been avoided.
2. Keep an eye on your pets and have any unusual bumps, lumps, or masses checked by your veterinarian.
Sally is now available for adoption and waiting for her forever home. She is a sweet little dog that seems to like just about everyone. Will you be Sally’s happily ever after??
If you need to surrender your pet please fill out the form below and be as thorough as possible. Our staff will contact you by phone or email usually within 24-48 hours. Submitting this form DOES NOT guarantee that we will be able to accept your animal. Our ability to take in animals depends on multiple factors. Please do not wait until re-homing your pet is an immediate problem. Make sure you start looking for options before you are “out of time”. Many shelters and rescues operate at capacity and don’t always have the room or ability to take in your animal. Use resources like Facebook groups or relatives, friends etc, as a potential home for your pet. The SPCA of Solano County is a limited intake shelter and we can only take in animals when we have availability.
Gino has had quite the experience in a short time. One of our volunteers took on the project of trapping and spaying or neutering the stray cats in her neighborhood. Some of them were feral but not all of them. She found a few kittens that jsut needed a little love and attention. That is where Gino’s story begins.
Gino was trapped with a group of kittens in a Vacaville neighborhood. He showed signs of friendliness and was taken to a foster home. He bonded with foster family but became wary of others, so he went to Petsmart so that he could get used to different people. Gino has really come out of his shell during his time there. He love to play and be petted by all the volunteers. He likes other cats and is very sweet. He does need someone cat savvy as he can be particular about who he chooses as his people. Gino is good with other cats and would most likely be fine with quiet dogs that have lived with cats.
Gino is a 10 month old neutered male. He has been tested FELV/FIV negative, is current on his vaccination and is microchipped.
Gino would like a semi quiet home where he can spend quality time with his people. He is a sweet boy that needs a family of his own. If you are interested in meeting Gino or would like more information please fill out the contact form below and we will get back to you!
This is your #pupdate for May 2015
This cute group is now 8 weeks old and have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated and ready for their forever homes. We assume that the father is a chihuahua and their mother was a pug making these cuties chugs. The adoption fee for these puppies is $350 that includes the puppy, microchip, 1st DHPP and Bordetella vaccine, they are spayed or neutered and have been wormed and treated for fleas. They still need the remainder of their puppy vaccine series and rabies vaccine (they are too young right now). The new owner will be financially responsible for the rest of the vaccines. That is not included in the adoption fee for the puppy.
***We will not “hold” any of the puppies. All family members must be present for the meet and greet as well as other dogs your family owns. We also must have written proof from your landlord that you can have a puppy where you live. These dogs can be viewed during regular adoption hours. Wed 2 -5 pm Thursday & Friday 12:30 – 6:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday from 12-5 pm.
Any dogs that are meeting with the puppies MUST have proof of current vaccinations as these puppies are too young to be fully vaccinated. NO EXCEPTIONS. Sorry for any inconvenience but we have to be sure the young puppies in our care are not potentially exposed to anything that could harm them.
These little cuties are available for adoption to approved homes. We were told they were Australian Shepherd mixes. Maybe? We didn’t see the parents so we cannot be sure. Be sure that if you are thinking about adopting one of these little guys you are prepared to bring a very BUSY dog into your family. They are going to need a lot of training, exercise and CONSTANT attention for a while. They are very smart puppies and find all sorts of ways to get into mischief.
We also CANNOT say for sure how big we think they are going to get. It is hard to estimate when they are this little and we haven’t seen the parents. We are estimating them to be between 45 – 60 lbs when they are full grown but that is an ESTIMATE.
Download and bring the completed application with you to the SPCA to meet with the puppies. Puppy Adoption Application.
They will be available starting Thursday January 15th at 12:30 pm.