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If you go into ANY shelter and look at the dogs you will see a MAJORITY of them are pits and chihuahuas. Many communities have programs that help owners spay or neuter these breeds of dogs trying to help reduce the number of them that end up in shelters.
The SPCA of Solano County is offering (on a limited basis) spay/neuter surgeries for pit bull and chihuahua dogs.
There are some guidelines that must be followed.
This is not a free service but a low-cost option.
The cost for each dog is $60 and that includes the surgery, e-collar, rabies vaccine, pain medication to go home and 1 year Solano County dog license.
*program may end at any time without notice*
*Surgery will not be performed if veterinarian feels dog is not healthy enough for the procedure*
This form must be submitted for an appointment.
Where: SPCA of Solano County shelter, 2200 Peabody Rd in Vacaville next to CSP Solano
When: Saturday, October 15th, 2016 noon – 4:30 pm (rain or shine)
Why: Promote responsible and active dog ownership and help raise funds for the SPCA.
If you are interested in being a vendor please complete this form and we will contact you!
***All canopies (pop up tents) must be weighted and/or secured to the ground due to the likelihood of wind***
Thank you to everyone that is participating this year. Check back for photos.
It is that time of year again. The SPCA of Solano County holds an annual event through our spay/neuter clinic that neuters 150 male cats for free.
This year the event takes place Sunday, June 12th. You must be signed up and receive confirmation and a drop off time to participate. All cats that are participating MUST be in PLASTIC CRATES for safety reasons. Cardboard boxes or cats carried in will not be accepted.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
To schedule an appointment:
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.