Valley Oak SPCA gets $70K grant

PetSmart Charities funding will help offer free spay and neuter surgeries to over 1,000 cats and dogs

@TheSunGazette

TULARE COUNTY – This year’s weather may have rained cats and dogs but overpopulation of those animals is a relentless storm that Tulare County battles every year. A recent donation by a national nonprofit will help the county’s only No-Kill Rescue Shelter to shield more animals from extreme weather in the Valley by controlling the population of rescued animals and feral cats.  

Last week, Valley Oak SPCA announced it had recently received a $69,865 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, to help bolster its spay and neuter efforts in Tulare County. With the help of this donation, SPCA will offer free spay and neuter surgeries to under-resourced dog and cat pet parents through the MAPP (More Altered Pets Program) grant project. The grant also allows feral cat colony caretakers to receive free spay and neuter surgeries for trapped feral cats. PetSmart Charities aims to proactively prevent pet homelessness. Since 1994, the organization has granted more than $100 million to support spay and neuter efforts across the United States. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.

“We are thrilled to support this initiative that will bring affordable and accessible pet care to Tulare County and proactively reduce the homeless pet population”, said Jenny Aho, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities. 

Tulare County has massive amounts of unwanted and homeless pets which means that animal control facilities and rescues in the area are always at maximum capacity. Unfortunately, a high number of these animals are euthanized at municipal shelters or abandoned in rural areas leaving them to fend for themselves. Since April 2016, Valley Oak SPCA has been a No-Kill Rescue Center and regularly pulls animals for adoption from local animal control facilities with high euthanasia rates. They also take owner-surrendered animals and major medical case strays.

Spaying and neutering can significantly decrease this number but sometimes the surgeries are cost-prohibitive. The MAPP grant project funds Valley Oak SPCA’s Veterinary Clinic costs to provide over 1,000 alteration surgeries to the pets of qualifying families.

“The funding of the MAPP grant from PetSmart Charities will enable Valley Oak SPCA to offer free spay and neuter surgeries at an unprecedented level. The community badly needs to address the homeless animal crisis and this is a big step in the right direction,” said Lydia House, executive director at Valley Oak SPCA.

Pet owners can find out more about eligibility for Valley Oak SPCA’s free spay and neuter surgeries through MAPP by visiting their web site www.vospca.org, emailing [email protected], contacting the Veterinary Clinic 559-741-1121 at 9405 W. Goshen Ave in Visalia, or visiting the Valley Oak SPCA Facebook page.

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