Dr. Julie Damron

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Strut your Mutt at Victory Park

Strut Your Mutt was a fabulous Animal Protection League canine celebration that took place this past Saturday September 10Th, 2011 at Victory park. There were many fun activities for both people and their cherished companions, all to raise money for this animal rescue group that does so much in Stockton. This year Mr. Andy Prokop, CEO of The United Way of San Joaquin, was the master of ceremonies. A wide variety of vendors and informational booths were in attendance; and microchips, vaccines, and dog licenses were available. Many useful and unique items were raffled off. There was a walk around Victory park, and several contests including biggest dog, smallest dog, best kisser, biggest ears, best costume, loudest bark, longest tail, and stupid pet trick. The highlight of the event is the swim. Several dogs and their owners enjoyed a refreshing dip in the pool on this hot day.

The Animal Protection League is a 501(c)3 non-profit that was established in 1996 to help care for the stray and abandoned animals in our county. This group, of which I am an active volunteer, has several goals to improve the quality of life for the animals that have been left behind in our community. We want to increase adoptions of animals, increase redemption rates for lost pets, reduce the number of homeless Pitt Bulls in our area, reduce the population of feral cats, and educate the public in responsible pet ownership. All of these areas have been chosen in an effort to decrease the number of animals that are euthanized in our city/county animal shelter.

Animals are pulled from the local animal shelter for adoption in California, Washington, and Oregon. Many of these animals are spayed and neutered at the on-site surgical facility that was established at the city/county animal shelter in December of 2008. Our group also has feral and porch cat surgery days on 2 Sundays a month. For residents of Stockton there is no fee for this service, although donations are gratefully accepted. Traps are available at the city/county animal shelter. Please call (209) 937-7804 for more information. To date 1,131 dogs and 2,210 cats have been spayed our neutered. These surgery days are also training sessions for students that attend the veterinary technician program at Carrington College. We also join these students for Wellness days for the pets of the homeless. We have held these clinics at the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless twice a year for the past few years. I have volunteered in many of these surgery days and all of the Wellness clinics.

APL's adoption center is located at 7206 Murray Drive Suite #106, and is open Tuesday through Friday 12-5 pm, and Saturday through Sunday 12-4 pm. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1863, Stockton CA 95201. Please support APL in their quest to reduce Pet Overpopulation in our community. And remember to spay and neuter your pets.

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