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***
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!
These little cuties came to us here at the SPCA as strays. They look to be lab type mixes. They could be lab, mastiff, maybe a little pit maybe not. It is anyone’s guess. They will be large dogs probably over 60lbs.
Adoption fee for puppies is $350 and that includes the spay or neuter surgery, microchipping, vaccinations and a free well pet exam with a local veterinarian. All puppies are cleared by our shelter veterinarian before they are available for adoption.
These cuties are active puppies. Their favorite activity so far is to play tug.
1. Everyone in the home needs to come and meet the puppy.
2. All dogs that currently live in the home need to come meet the puppy. Dogs coming to visit must have proof of current DHPP/Rabies vaccinations to meet with a puppy. NO EXCEPTIONS.
It is our job to keep them healthy and they are not yet fully vaccinated.
3. Bring proof in writing you can have a dog where you live. We need to see it. If you own your home you can show us a mortgage statement on your phone or bring a copy in. We don’t need to keep it just see it.
4. Fill out the puppy application. You can get one here Puppy Adoption Application
5. We do not “hold” puppies. If someone comes in that is a great home and they have everything they need the puppy will go with them. The best way to insure you get the one you want is to make sure and bring everything you need with you when you come to meet with them.
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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.
I have been with the SPCA of Solano County for about 12 years now. We have seen some horrible things come through here. Fortunately not nearly as many as a municipal shelter but bad enough. One of the worst was dealing with 110 puppies from a puppy mill/broker in Dixon in 2010. For me this one was worse. Much worse.
I was approached by a person that we know from the shelter to help a breeder just past Fresno. Her property was being foreclosed on and there was no way the family could take care of the dogs. I was told there was 30 – 40 dogs and we had a couple weeks to work out the details to pick them up. I was also told that she was elderly and the dogs were in rough shape. That was an understatement.
The 30 – 40 dogs and two weeks to pick them up changed to 60 or so dogs and a few days, to right at a hundred and we have to get them by tomorrow because the sheriff is coming to lock us out! The reason we were involved at all was because the municipal shelters in the area are over full and with the shape they were in would probably not make is very long. There were too many of them.
So what do you do when there are little dogs in need? Well you get a couple people and vehicles and drive down there of course. That is exactly what we did. Me, a co-worker, and one of our board members left Vacaville at 3:30 pm and headed down to Fresno. We arrived after dark at 8:30 pm. I am actually glad it was dark. We weren’t able to actually see the conditions of the dogs and property.
She had been a breeder for years. She didn’t broker dogs, she was one of the old time breeders that cared about things like disposition, health, etc. These were nice dogs. The problem was time, age and money. The economy hit everyone hard and some people can’t let go. We actually had some people contact us after the rescue and said that they had gotten dogs from her years ago and that she had a great program and loved the dogs.
We got down there at 8:30 pm. I was told there were lights and that they had enough crates for all the dogs. I believed them. Why I decided to believe them I have no idea. Walking through the kennels was overwhelming. It had been raining the week or so before and while the dogs were mostly on concrete runs it was a mess. Mud all over the place and the smell was bad. I was glad it was dark.
The dogs varying numbers of Yorkies, shih-tzus, poodles and a few English Bulldogs thrown in were in desperate need of a grooming and a bath. Some were possibly pregnant, some were old, this pen was young and on and on. It turns out there were about 110 of them
As far as crates go there were only a few that were actually in good repair and put together. I should have known. Fortunately we did take a few crates and we had one animal control vehicle. We had one of her helpers, family member, we weren’t sure, helping by putting crates together. We loaded as many as we could carry. It was heartbreaking to watch the dogs rolling around in the clean towels that we brought to put in the crates. They were thoroughly enjoying themselves in the clean bedding.
The sheriff was supposed to be there in the morning to put a lock on the property so we were basically racing the clock. Putting a dog in the last available spot the decision was made that we had to come back for the rest ( about 50 dogs). We couldn’t leave them there. That meant a drive back, get dogs settled and come right back. Here we go. Dedicated yes. Smart, the jury is still out.
We have an amazing staff. They are a bunch of great guys that love animals. You would have to love what you do to work at a shelter. They had set up accommodations for our little muddy guests while we were gone. They had no idea how many were left still waiting.
We get back to the shelter a little after midnight. We had a couple of volunteers meet us there to help get them settled. They needed to be vaccinated before we put them in the kennels with the other dogs. They weren’t sick but we wanted to make sure they didn’t catch anything from the dogs we already had. The smell from the dogs was indescribable.
The whole process took a couple of hours. Finished up with the dogs at 3:00 am got some food and headed back to Fresno by 4:00 am. We need to be sure we were there before the lock was placed on the property by the sheriff. We took one of the volunteers with us for the second run. With no sleep and a lot of miserable fog in the dark it was an intense drive back.
We got back down there about 8:30 am. This time it was light out and we could actually see. I wished it was still dark.
It looked like at one time it was a pretty cool place. Palm trees and a cement fountain pond feature type thing. That was a long time ago.
We could see the mud and the dogs. There was stuff all over the place. They had lived on the property for 40 years. The dogs were kept in several areas, buildings, kennels, the house, everywhere. For the most part all the dogs were happy to see people and friendly. In all the chaos and stress none of them tried to bite or even offered to growl at us. They just went along with everything that was going on. They were fairly well fed and every kennel had an automatic waterer. There was just too many.
I felt like I had walked into a tv commercial. You know the ones I am talking about. Poor dogs with Sarah McLaughlin singing in the background. That is what it felt like. I am pretty good about being able to maintain my composure. I was determined that we were not leaving any of the dogs.
I told the lady that was helping to get the dogs loaded that we hadn’t slept and not in the mood for foolishness. We wanted to get them loaded and get them out of there. She took me seriously because loading them was far more efficient than the previous night. They were bringing them out three at a time with at least a little sense of urgency. I was trying to keep my mind on getting the dogs loaded and getting on the road.
There always has to be one. The one that manages to get through emotionally. We call her Lucy Liu.
We had loaded most of the dogs with the bulldogs being loaded last. We had all the dogs out of the kennels except for the last one. Lucy Liu is a bulldog/shepherd cross and has one of the most expressive eyes I have ever seen in a dog. She was standing with her front feet on the top of the kennel and giving me the look that said PLEASE DON’T LEAVE ME HERE!
I lost it. Completely and totally. 24 hours of no sleep, dogs in horrible living conditions and it takes one look from the last dog to reduce me to a useless puddle of tears. I just wanted to get her and go. NOW!! I had hit the breaking point and it was time to leave.
Dogs were all loaded and we were on the road. Now the real work begins. 110 dogs to sort out, vaccinate, spay, neuter, vaccinate, clean up after, etc.