I have been volunteering at the Stockton City/County Animal Shelter as a member of the Animal Protection League for the past several years. I have dedicated my life to saving the lives of dogs and cats; and I feel that time spent here directly translates to fewer animals being euthanized in our community.
Originally, I was on a City Council appointed task force that oversaw the remodel of the shelter back in 2002. Then I was appointed to a second task force that resulted in some local legislative changes, and eventually led to the designing of a surgical suite at the animal shelter.
We started our first feral cat surgeries in December of 2008. I continued volunteering for this every other Sunday until 2013, and now volunteer monthly. I also have participated in several vaccination/spay/neuter clinics for the animals of the homeless that take place in front of Saint Mary’s Dinning Hall.
Through the help of San Francisco SPCA, this year we have expanded the vaccination and spay neuter clinics to an event on Sunday February 23, 2014 celebrating World Wide Spay Day that included the vaccination of almost 500 dogs and 50 spay/neuters of Pitt Bull and Chihuahua dogs. Another event will be taking place at Weber Point on Sunday June 8, 2014 that will provide for 65 surgeries for Pitt Bulls and Chihuahuas and the vaccination of 500 dogs.
I encourage all citizens to do their part to reduce pet overpopulation. Please spay and neuter your pets. Adopt a pet from the animal shelter. If you are not able to adopt, then consider fostering a dog or cat. Volunteer your time. Donations are also graciously accepted. Your efforts make a difference.