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With the huge fire at Berryessa and surrounding area and all the little fires that have popped up as a result it seemed like a good time for a disaster preparedness post.
Here is a list of things that those people with pets should have ready, especially if you live in an area prone to wildfires.
Disaster Preparation for Pets:
Crate- There’s a few different styles of crates (or carriers) you could use. Wire crates fold flat and are a little easier to store, as are soft sided carriers. The standard plastic crates, like an airline carrier can be stacked if you have multiple pets to think about. Have a crate for each pet in your home. In the event of an emergency, it will be a safe, secure place for them to be. Ideally, you should have your pet crate trained, so they are used to being in a crate. This will help to alleviate some stress for your pet during an emergency.
Food- Have at least a 3 day supply (1 week is preferred). If you have canned food, be sure to include a manual can opener.
Water– Same as food, keep 3 days worth, but a week is preferred.
Vaccine Record- Keep an updated copy of your vaccine records, vet information, a list of medications, and medical and/or behavior issues. Keep your lists and medications in a waterproof container or Ziploc baggy.
Medication– Keep a week’s worth of medication in your emergency kit, just be sure to rotate it.
Pet bowls– Have a couple of small bowls to use for food and water. There are collapsible styles available that are light and take up less room.
Trash/Waste Bags- Keep a roll of pick up bags handy. This will enable you to clean up after your pet and prevent any possible disease spread.
Bleach & Paper Towels– You won’t be sure what resources will be readily available in an emergency, so keeping bleach and paper towels will make clean up and sanitation easier.
Cat Litter & Litter Box- If you have cats, they will be confined to a crate, so you will want a small pan and litter that will fit in your crate. Preferably it will take up no more than half of the crate. Small aluminum casserole pans work well for disposable cat pans, and can usually be picked up at the dollar store.
Leash, Harness, and Collar– It is a good idea to keep a spare leash, collar, and/or harness in your kit for easy accessibility. You will have a backup if needed.
Current photo and description of your pets– Should you become separated from your pets you will need this to help identify them and provide proof of ownership.
Microchip- Microchip your pet. It provides permanent identification. Collars can get caught and come off of your pet if they are trying to escape from somewhere. A microchip is registered with your contact information, and a secondary contact so your pet can find its way home.
Have a plan.
- Find a safe place ahead of time that you will be able to go with your pet in case you are evacuated.
- Make a plan with a friend or family member out of town that will be able to care for your pet in the event of a longer term displacement situation.
- Be sure to include their contact information on your vet/pet information list in your kit.
These little cuties came to us here at the SPCA as strays. They look to be lab type mixes. They could be lab, mastiff, maybe a little pit maybe not. It is anyone’s guess. They will be large dogs probably over 60lbs.
Adoption fee for puppies is $350 and that includes the spay or neuter surgery, microchipping, vaccinations and a free well pet exam with a local veterinarian. All puppies are cleared by our shelter veterinarian before they are available for adoption.
We do not receive any funding and we survive and provide programs through adoption fees, fundraising events, and private donations.
These cuties are active puppies. Their favorite activity so far is to play tug.
How do I adopt one?
1. Everyone in the home needs to come and meet the puppy.
2. All dogs that currently live in the home need to come meet the puppy. Dogs coming to visit must have proof of current DHPP/Rabies vaccinations to meet with a puppy. NO EXCEPTIONS.
It is our job to keep them healthy and they are not yet fully vaccinated.
3. Bring proof in writing you can have a dog where you live. We need to see it. If you own your home you can show us a mortgage statement on your phone or bring a copy in. We don’t need to keep it just see it.
4. Fill out the puppy application. You can get one here Puppy Adoption Application
5. We do not “hold” puppies. If someone comes in that is a great home and they have everything they need the puppy will go with them. The best way to insure you get the one you want is to make sure and bring everything you need with you when you come to meet with them.
These puppies will be available for adoption beginning
Thursday May 14 at 1:00 pm
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.
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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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I have been with the SPCA of Solano County for about 12 years now. We have seen some horrible things come through here. Fortunately not nearly as many as a municipal shelter but bad enough. One of the worst was dealing with 110 puppies from a puppy mill/broker in Dixon in 2010. For me this one was worse. Much worse.
I was approached by a person that we know from the shelter to help a breeder just past Fresno. Her property was being foreclosed on and there was no way the family could take care of the dogs. I was told there was 30 – 40 dogs and we had a couple weeks to work out the details to pick them up. I was also told that she was elderly and the dogs were in rough shape. That was an understatement.
The 30 – 40 dogs and two weeks to pick them up changed to 60 or so dogs and a few days, to right at a hundred and we have to get them by tomorrow because the sheriff is coming to lock us out! The reason we were involved at all was because the municipal shelters in the area are over full and with the shape they were in would probably not make is very long. There were too many of them.
Let’s go! Let’s go! Let’s go!
So what do you do when there are little dogs in need? Well you get a couple people and vehicles and drive down there of course. That is exactly what we did. Me, a co-worker, and one of our board members left Vacaville at 3:30 pm and headed down to Fresno. We arrived after dark at 8:30 pm. I am actually glad it was dark. We weren’t able to actually see the conditions of the dogs and property.
She had been a breeder for years. She didn’t broker dogs, she was one of the old time breeders that cared about things like disposition, health, etc. These were nice dogs. The problem was time, age and money. The economy hit everyone hard and some people can’t let go. We actually had some people contact us after the rescue and said that they had gotten dogs from her years ago and that she had a great program and loved the dogs.
Back to Reality…
We got down there at 8:30 pm. I was told there were lights and that they had enough crates for all the dogs. I believed them. Why I decided to believe them I have no idea. Walking through the kennels was overwhelming. It had been raining the week or so before and while the dogs were mostly on concrete runs it was a mess. Mud all over the place and the smell was bad. I was glad it was dark.
The dogs varying numbers of Yorkies, shih-tzus, poodles and a few English Bulldogs thrown in were in desperate need of a grooming and a bath. Some were possibly pregnant, some were old, this pen was young and on and on. It turns out there were about 110 of them
As far as crates go there were only a few that were actually in good repair and put together. I should have known. Fortunately we did take a few crates and we had one animal control vehicle. We had one of her helpers, family member, we weren’t sure, helping by putting crates together. We loaded as many as we could carry. It was heartbreaking to watch the dogs rolling around in the clean towels that we brought to put in the crates. They were thoroughly enjoying themselves in the clean bedding.
The sheriff was supposed to be there in the morning to put a lock on the property so we were basically racing the clock. Putting a dog in the last available spot the decision was made that we had to come back for the rest ( about 50 dogs). We couldn’t leave them there. That meant a drive back, get dogs settled and come right back. Here we go. Dedicated yes. Smart, the jury is still out.
Midnight. Back with the first load.
We have an amazing staff. They are a bunch of great guys that love animals. You would have to love what you do to work at a shelter. They had set up accommodations for our little muddy guests while we were gone. They had no idea how many were left still waiting.
We get back to the shelter a little after midnight. We had a couple of volunteers meet us there to help get them settled. They needed to be vaccinated before we put them in the kennels with the other dogs. They weren’t sick but we wanted to make sure they didn’t catch anything from the dogs we already had. The smell from the dogs was indescribable.
The whole process took a couple of hours. Finished up with the dogs at 3:00 am got some food and headed back to Fresno by 4:00 am. We need to be sure we were there before the lock was placed on the property by the sheriff. We took one of the volunteers with us for the second run. With no sleep and a lot of miserable fog in the dark it was an intense drive back.
We got back down there about 8:30 am. This time it was light out and we could actually see. I wished it was still dark.
It looked like at one time it was a pretty cool place. Palm trees and a cement fountain pond feature type thing. That was a long time ago.
We could see the mud and the dogs. There was stuff all over the place. They had lived on the property for 40 years. The dogs were kept in several areas, buildings, kennels, the house, everywhere. For the most part all the dogs were happy to see people and friendly. In all the chaos and stress none of them tried to bite or even offered to growl at us. They just went along with everything that was going on. They were fairly well fed and every kennel had an automatic waterer. There was just too many.
I felt like I had walked into a tv commercial. You know the ones I am talking about. Poor dogs with Sarah McLaughlin singing in the background. That is what it felt like. I am pretty good about being able to maintain my composure. I was determined that we were not leaving any of the dogs.
I told the lady that was helping to get the dogs loaded that we hadn’t slept and not in the mood for foolishness. We wanted to get them loaded and get them out of there. She took me seriously because loading them was far more efficient than the previous night. They were bringing them out three at a time with at least a little sense of urgency. I was trying to keep my mind on getting the dogs loaded and getting on the road.
There always has to be one. The one that manages to get through emotionally. We call her Lucy Liu.
We had loaded most of the dogs with the bulldogs being loaded last. We had all the dogs out of the kennels except for the last one. Lucy Liu is a bulldog/shepherd cross and has one of the most expressive eyes I have ever seen in a dog. She was standing with her front feet on the top of the kennel and giving me the look that said PLEASE DON’T LEAVE ME HERE!
I lost it. Completely and totally. 24 hours of no sleep, dogs in horrible living conditions and it takes one look from the last dog to reduce me to a useless puddle of tears. I just wanted to get her and go. NOW!! I had hit the breaking point and it was time to leave.
Dogs were all loaded and we were on the road. Now the real work begins. 110 dogs to sort out, vaccinate, spay, neuter, vaccinate, clean up after, etc.
Here we go……..
To be continued…
They don’t live nearly long enough. Some people have a very difficult time dealing with the loss of a pet.
The SPCA of Solano County now has a program to help you cope with that loss.
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.
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.
****** They do not disperse funds to local organizations. *****
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.
Available for adoption Saturday August 9th.
What kind? It is hard to say. We think maybe lab/pit mix and maybe not.
These little cuties will be going to new homes this weekend. Is one of those new homes yours?
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.