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 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!
It has taken eight years to realize the goal of establishing a low cost spay/neuter clinic here at the SPCA of Solano County. There aren’t many if any good options for people trying to do the right thing at a reasonable cost. Eight years… All of a sudden things are happening all at once. The construction is going about as well as any construction project does. You can have a timeline and a plan and you are always at the mercy of the people actually doing the work.
The SPCA of Solano County was established in 1974 by a group of animal lovers who wanted to make a difference. The shelter itself has been at its current location since 1980. The biggest change to the shelter property happened in 2007. Due to a generous donation from Leroy & Marge King in Fairfield, CA we were able to remodel the shelter facility including, kennels, office, and cat room (more on the cat volunteers later). The King’s wanted to make a positive impact on the animals waiting for their new forever homes. They succeeded.
In 2010 we received another grant that allowed us to construct an Education Center as well as a retail space. The William & Patricia Martendale Humane Education Center has given the SPCA a place to conduct volunteer meetings, trainings, fundraising events, and humane classes. The retail store carries pet supplies, food, frontline, and many more items and proceeds go directly into helping support the animals at the SPCA waiting to be adopted.