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.
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.
They don’t live nearly long enough. Some people have a very difficult time dealing with the loss of a pet.
The group meets the first Tuesday of every month from 7 -8:30 pm at the SPCA of Solano County in the Education Classroom, located at 2200 Peabody Rd, Vacaville, CA 95687. This is a free service but donations are always accepted. Bring a photo of your beloved pet to share.
The group will be facilitated by a mental health professional, Bonnie Mader, a pioneer in the field of pet loss and human emotion and the co-founder of the Pet Loss Support Hotline. The first 45 minutes Dr. Kelly Palm, the other co-founder of the Pet Loss Support Hotline will be there to answer medical questions.
What kind? It is hard to say. We think maybe lab/pit mix and maybe not.
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.