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.
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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.
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Construction projects are frustrating when they somewhat as planned. They never come in on time or under budget and you are at the mercy of whatever trade is currently working on their part of the project. The drywall guy is mad at the framers, the painters are made at the drywall guys and on and on.
Of course with this project there has been the added bonus of PG&E challenges, waiting on grant money, and most recently getting the equipment we have into the clinic building with a tractor and borrowed forks. We never would have gotten them moved in there without it, we really could have used a forklift. We made it work just like we always do and nobody got hurt! 🙂
It is starting to come together. The PG&E is straightened out, sort of. At least there is a plan in place and progress is being made. Having the equipment in place, at least part of it is very encouraging. It helps to see what the finished product is going to look like. Everyone is starting to get very excited. The staff that will be working in the clinic is fantastic. That was the one aspect of this project that just came together.
It is finally getting there. Just a little bit longer…..
The dedicated volunteers of the SPCA of Solano County have given thousands of hours of time during the past nine years . Growing from a very small pool of original volunteers, the program now has over forty regular volunteers who give their help every single day. Volunteer tasks include cleaning kennels, doing laundry, walking, socializing and training dogs, and socializing cats.
All Volunteers attend a General Orientation, and additional training specific to working with dogs and cats. There are also other volunteers who help with special projects, such as creating mailing labels, spreadsheets and documents from their home computers, assist with special events including car washes, BBQ’s, and other activities, and open their homes for animals needing foster care. Select experienced Volunteers are chosen to be Mentors and/or Greeters, and are available to assist and train newer volunteers.
Volunteers meet together on a monthly basis to stay up to date on shelter policies and procedures, and are also kept current via emails from the shelter. Many volunteers are involved with the SPCA of Solano County’s Special Events Committee, which holds fundraisers regularly. Annual events include the Spring Family Day, Fall BBQ Feed, Doggy Derby, and Holiday Cat Adopt-a-thon, which along with other smaller events help raise awareness and funds for the shelter.
Volunteers work with shelter staff and management to help ensure the animals of the SPCA of Solano County receive the best care possible during their stay. They are dedicated to the shelter’s philosophy and mission. Most importantly, they are committed to the animals in the
shelter’s care, and to helping them find loving, responsible, forever homes. Volunteer orientations are held the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 6:00 to 7:00 Pm at SPCA at 2200 Peabody Rd in Vacaville.
- What Do Volunteers Do to Help Rescued Dogs (expertspages.com)
The SPCA of Solano County is a 501c3 adoption guarantee animal shelter. The animals that reside at the SPCASC are not on a time limit for their stay with us. We do not euthanize for time or space. All pets are there until they are adopted as long as they do not have a serious illness or are a danger to the public or other animals. The SPCASC was founded in 1974 by a dedicated group of animal lovers in Solano County concerned with the welfare of companion animals. The organization was incorporated in 1980 and is located at 2200 Peabody Rd in Vacaville and has been at this location since1984. The current Board of Directors that governs the organization is a group of forward thinking business owners that are enabling the SPCASC to move into the next phase of exciting growth for the organization. Through their guidance and leadership the SPCASC is now able to add a high volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic that Solano County so desperately needs.
The spay/neuter clinic will perform between 7000-8000 surgeries per year. Having a high volume clinic is the only way to reduce the intake rates to municipal shelters. The project is turning into a community effort. Many of the materials and labor needed for construction of the clinic has been donated, or taken on as Eagle Scout projects. The SPCA is currently working to secure funding through grant opportunities as well as sponsorships from local businesses and general donations. If you wish to help or make a donation please visit our website at http://www.solanospca.com
It is important to know that the SPCA is not funded by any government agency and operates completely on adoption fees and donations from the generous pet loving population. Please make sure that if you want to support your local organization then donate directly to that shelter. The commercials on TV are very moving and sad but none of the donations generated goes to any local shelter. If you donate to the organizations featured in the commercials, it goes to them. They do not disperse the funds to any other shelter or rescue.
The other spring project for the SPCA is the construction of two dog parks on site that will accommodate both small and large dogs. Having separated dog parks will allow the smaller dogs a place to exercise in safety. These parks will be available for public use and the safe fencing and dog friendly footing will make it a great resource for dog owners.
The SPCASC has undergone many changes with the most significant being in the last 6 years. The improvements were the result of several renovation grants that the shelter has been awarded. The feline adoption center moved into a completely remodeled, cheerful, home-like atmosphere. The cats are able to live in free roaming cat rooms reducing the stress that many exhibit in a shelter environment.
The dogs also received renovations as well. The kennels were remodeled with new flooring and colorful new door fronts. We were also able to create a large outdoor training yard complete with agility equipment and room to run and exercise. The classroom, new retail store space and administrative offices were also added to the facility.
The SPCASC takes in and adopts out approximately 700 dogs, cats, and other species of companion animals annually. This number increases exponentially every year due in part to the lack of an efficient low cost high volume spay/neuter option for our area. The SPCASC is also located in close proximity to Travis Air Force Base. The other shelter in the community is Solano County Animal Care and Control; the county operated and funded municipal shelter. SCACC has a high intake and euthanasia rate which also adds to the number of animals the SPCA takes in every year. In addition to owner surrendered animals and stray intake, the SPCA SC pulls 30-50 animals each month from high kill rate municipal shelters.
Over the past ten years the SPCASC has been involved in several large rescue efforts. The shelter took in animals that were rescued and transported from New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. The dogs we rehabilitated, treated for Heartworm disease and adopted into new homes. One dog went back to his original owner in Houston thanks to a microchip!
In 2010 the SPCASC collaborated with Humane Animal Services in the confiscation of over 100 small breed dogs and puppies from a local puppy mill/broker situation. The SPCASC triaged and housed over 100 Yorkie, Biewer terriers and Maltese puppies held as evidence for five months during the investigations and criminal trial. The dogs were then treated for illness, parasites and altered when they were medically cleared for surgery and adopted into new homes.
In 2011 the SPCASC created a retail space to supplement the shelter income with all proceeds from sales in the store going directly back to support the animals. Adopters and the general public can now purchase all the necessary items for their new pets and help to support the shelter animals at the same time. The store also has a growing customer base that relies on it for special diet formula pet food, frontline, and other supplies at reasonable prices.
SPCA of Solano County would like to whole heatedly thank our community. Without the tremendous support we receive from you, we could not do what we do. You make it possible to expand these programs and reach out to more and more animals in need, and for that we are greatly appreciative. We are also fortunate enough to have an amazing group of volunteers who are truly dedicated to providing excellent support to the animals in our care, and for that we thank you!
Summer is here an it is HOT. We all like to take our dogs with us. Unfortunately there are still people who are leaving their dogs in the car while they “run into the store really quick”. This can create a life threatening situation for the dog very quickly. Make sure you keep your pets safe and leave them at home. I will also add DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN OR ELDERLY PEOPLE IN A PARKED CAR EITHER.
If you see animals in a parked car call animal control immediately. In Solano County the phone number is (707)449-1700 for Humane Animal Services. If it is after hours call the polce department in your area. Vacaville PD (707)449-5200.