Free cat neuters!
It is time for No Father’s Day again. This event is only for the boys and an appointment is necessary.
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Cats want snacks too! “Kahlua” & “Cream” adopted summer of 2014 and are now obviously very #happyathome
It never seems to fail that when I think everyone has lost their mind and their compassion for everyone and everything around them I get one of “those” phone calls. I know it is a bit melodramatic but there it is. Sometimes it just is.
We have seen an increase of kids having birthday parties and instead of gifts for themselves they ask for donations for the animals instead. I don’t know if the kids have the idea or if it is just the parents teaching their kids that they should help in the community and give to those who are in need. In this case homeless animals. For whatever the reason these kids are learning to think of others instead of just themselves.
I had the mother of one of these kids call today. It has been a rough couple of days for my morale here and I needed her call today. What a great thing for kids to learn. She wanted to know what were the priorities on our wish list. She wanted to be sure the other parents knew what we needed. She said the kids were excited to go shopping for the animals.
Faith in humanity restored, for today at least. One day at a time.
What a long process. I am in no way, shape, or form done. I will never be done. I hope I get to slow down for a few minutes at some point.
I started working at the SPCA of Solano County in 2003 just after it reopened. It had closed due to lack of funds for a short time. They decided to close temporarily and regroup.
I was training horses at the time and needed a steady income. I answered an ad in the paper for kennel help. I applied and was hired. I worked with two other people Amanda and Chad, who is now a fantastic officer for Humane Animal Services, our sister company. A few months later Amy joined team and our Director was Jill. We thought we were full when we had 10 dogs and 15 cats. How times have changed.
The conversations about a low cost spay-neuter clinic for Solano County began then. I wasn’t sure at that time how animal services in general worked. How did you license your dog? Where do you take strays? What exactly does the SPCA do? Solano County is way behind other counties when it comes to animal services.
Here we are in 2013. We are full when we have 40+ dogs and 30+ cats and misc. creatures. It seems we always manage to find room for “just one more”. We have built up an active Facebook following. We are becoming the place to get your questions answered and now we have the only high volume spay-neuter clinic in Solano or Yolo county.
I have now written and won a large grant $93,500.00 from Petsmart Charities. Hired an amazing staff. Chaunte is our RVT and clinic manager. I don’t think I could have made it through the couple months before opening without her. Hard word and dedication.
Things just keep growing. We have more people that want to help us and that is fantastic but it also leads to more events, more programs and more work. Success keeps you busy. Success keeps you motivated.
We have done almost 75 surgeries already. I actually got to be a technician for the first few days of surgery. I do miss doing that but my position has changed and I need to do what I am doing. I will have to settle for filling in when someone is sick or on vacation. It was nice to get to use the new equipment.
Shelden Steele is a rep with Henry-Schein. She has been a huge part of putting this clinic together. She has negotiated prices, researched equipment and coordinated deliveries. Now that the grant from Petsmart Charities has had documents signed it is time to order the rest of the equipment. The clinic staff has been working with the basics they need to get into the rhythm of working as a team. Now the fun will start.
All the shelters are full and they keep coming in. The goal is 30 surgeries a day 10,000 a year. This is how we will reduce euthanasia rates in Solano county. It is the only way….