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You hear that everywhere.
It seems that everyone is hurting for money and in search of much needed funding. Programs to help people are being discontinued or cut back and everyone is in search for programs that will help. We want to be one of the places where people can find help.
We, ( Solano SPCA staff, volunteers, board of directors) have been working very hard for the last ten years to make the SPCA of Solano County an organization that is able to help people with animal needs. With the help of public support the SPCA of Solano County has been able to open a low cost spay & neuter clinic. With your support we were able to rescue over 100 puppies from a puppy mill situation. With your support the SPCA now hosts a monthly Pet Loss Support Group.
The SPCA also now has a pet assisted therapy program which takes animals to assisted living homes to visit with the residents who have had to give up their pets when they moved into the facility. This program is very popular and is run completely by our dedicated volunteers. SPCA of Solano County is also partnering with local Meals on Wheels program to help the pets in the family.
As you may or may not know the SPCA of Solano County is a private 501c3 private non profit shelter. We do not receive funding from anyone. The commercials that you see on television does not generate funds for local shelters. All donations sent to them stays at the ASPCA, Humane Society of the United States, etc.
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The SPCASC adopts on the average approximately 40 – 50 animals each month into forever homes. Our clinic has performed over 5000 in the first year of operation. That is a lot of animals that won’t be surrendered to municipal shelters.
We need your help to continue to operate these much needed programs. Donations can be mailed in to SPCA of Solano County PO Box 356 Vacaville, CA 95696, brought directly to the shelter or donate online for your convenience. All donations are fully deductible and a tax deductible receipt will be provided for you. Please consider the SPCA of Solano County when making your end of the year donation.
The SPCA of Solano County would rather focus on the positive aspect of the animals here at the shelter. We post #happyathome photos and you will rarely see a photo of an available animal taken through the bars of the kennels. Our animals get regular walks and attention from dedicated volunteers and staff. Our shelter veterinarian makes sure that they are happy and healthy while they wait for their forever homes. We have created a fund for the animals that come in with medical issues. It is called Krinkls fund. Donations to this fund is designated to the medical needs of the animals.
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!
There have been so many animals that have come through the shelter it is impossible to remember them all. Some do stand out. Some happy, some not so much. The family that came in every single weekend for almost 6 months looking for “just the right dog”. They were so excited when they found the right one. There are also the sad cases of abuse or neglect. “Wyatt” came to the SPCA through our veterinarian who was working at a vaccine clinic. The people who found him took him to the clinic and she told them to bring him to us. He had broken a front leg and it didn’t heal straight. He has a great mom now and he is a service dog.
People always say “I could never do this job” or ask how I manage to not take them all home. I know that we are doing our best to find them a great home. There have been a few I almost kept. “Sami” is a black & white Chihuahua about 4 years old now. She came in with a puppy too large for her stuck in the birth canal. We were told they bred her to a boxer. We got the puppy out and our veterinarian saved her. I came very close to keeping her. I fostered her and she never did spend a night in the shelter. An amazing home presented itself and I had to let her go. I didn’t want to but I knew it was best for her. She is completely spoiled and loving life.
There have been the pets who’s owners passed away and no family members could take them. The pets of families who have lost their homes or the new baby is allergic. The reasons go on and on. One of my favorite stories is the man who came in trying to solve a problem. He was waiting for a job to start in two weeks and didn’t have the money to buy dog food and didn’t want to surrender them. He just needed a little help. We were able to provide him with a bag of dog food. A month or so later the same guy came back with a cash donation and several bags of dog food.
The thing that keeps me motivated to do this job is the knowledge that we are making a difference.