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Programs

Description
Neighborhood Dog Days free clinics serve between 300-500 dogs monthly in underserved Sacramento neighborhoods. We provide the basic elements of responsible dog ownership to low income inhabitants of an area where scant veterinary resources are available. We provide life-preserving parvo-distemper shots in an area where parvo is endemic, and the puppy mortality rate can be as high as 50%. We provide rabies shots, enabling citizens to comply with local ordinances and obtain free licenses. We provide sturdy well fitting collars with engraved ID tags, the all-important ticket home for the stray dog. We provide flea and tick prevention, and deworming, contributing not only to the dogs' well-being of the dogs, but also to human public health. We treat medical problems such as mange, bite wounds, ear infections, fox-tail abscesses in dogs who may otherwise never see a veterinarian. We make appointments for free spay and neuter surgery, and assist with transportation when needed.
Budget
$60,000
Program Successes
- Since bringing Neighborhood Dog Days free clinics to the South Sacramento area, the community has seen the intake of dogs to the local shelter decrease, the incidence of parvo decrease, and the number of stray dogs on the streets decrease
- The leadership at the libraries where we hold our events report that their campuses have become 'sacred space,' with a new level of respect and value of the resource shown
- They report that the general air of cooperation and camaraderie that prevails at the events diffuses into the general culture, with a greater sense of well-being and peace prevailing where strife and conflict had previously dominated
- We hear from countless individuals how our care has enabled them to keep their beloved pets at home though economic crises, whereas they would otherwise have had to relinquish them to the shelters for euthanasia
Description
In 2017 we initiated a new monthly clinic serving homeless pet owners encamped along the American River in Sacramento. This community, estimated at over 1,000 persons, holds its pets as dear as family. We provide preventive care, with an increased attention to vector born and zoonotic diseases that are of especially high risk in the population due to their circumstances. We also provide care for medical problems, spay and neuter surgery with transportation to and from the clinics, food, bedding, leashes, collars, harnesses. Our vet is on call and makes emergency visits to the camps on a weekly basis. We have taken in numerous litters of puppies who have been dumped in the area, or whose owners have become incapable of providing care.

Budget
$10,000
Program Successes
Between May 2017 and March 2018, we have provided 325 interventions, provided spay/neuter for 32 individual dogs, and have anecdotally seen the rate of puppy death due to parvo decrease. Our bi-monthly clinics have grown from 35 dogs seen at the first, to 79 in December. We are gaining trust and respect among the community, and are finding people more and more willing to request spay and neuter surgery for their pets.
Description
The Stockton Boulevard Clinic has been serving cats and dogs living in the Broadway/Oak Park/Stockton Boulevard area for more than a year. We . deliver the same basic medical care, identification, and food delivered at our Neighborhood Dog Days clinics, and welcome cats as well. Organized in collaboration with Harm Reduction Services and the
VFW Post 67, our clientele are mainly indigent, unhoused members of the neighborhood and veterans. At a hard cost to the organization of $20 per pet, each visit provides services that would usually cost the client $120-$160 per pet at a fee-for-service pet hospital. This is not only financially inaccessible to our clients, but the closest vet hospitals are 3 and 4 miles away, making them also geographically inaccessible to the many clients who have physical limitations, and travel by foot.
Budget
$18,000
Program Successes
The clinic serves an average of 75 pets per monthly event.
Description
The Transitional Foster Program provides foster care and medical care for pets whose unhoused owners are temporarily unable to care for them due to hospitalization or other residential care programs, including drug rehabilitation, mental healthcare facilities, and transitional housing shelters. Often the inability to find trusted care for pets can be a fatal obstacle to obtaining medical care for unhoused pet owners. By virtue of the trust we have earned from our clients, we are able to relieve them of fear for the welfare of their pets, and allow them to obtain timely, often life-saving care for themselves, with peace of mind that they will get their beloved pets back once they recover. This program also prevents the intake of pets to the local shelters, where they become a burden on our municipalities, and often do not survive.
Budget
$5,000
Program Successes
The program has taken in 28 dogs since inception in June. All pets are housed in foster homes, provided with basic medical care, and spay/neuter services.
Description
The Spay/Neuter Program, initiated in late 2017, provides free spay and neuter services, including scheduling, transportation, and after-care for dogs and cats owned by unhoused members of the community. The trust that we develop with our clients at our various free clinics enables us to reach a demographic that contributes disproportionately to shelter intake and pet over-population.
Budget
$8,000
Program Successes
In 2018, we provided spay and neuter for 77 dogs and cats, many of whom had previously been used for breeding. The services have been met with great interest and gratitude.
Word of mouth within the community has been a major engine of it's success.
Description
The Major Medical Fund provides the financial means to provide life-saving emergency medical care for the pets with catastrophic medical crises who would otherwise be euthanized due to lack of means. We rescue injured and sick stray pets from local shelters, and pets who are relinquished by owners to local emergency hospitals. We treat puppies with parvo, cats and dogs who have been hit by a car, victims of neglect, and geriatric pets who need chronic medical conditions to be treated so that they can live out their remaining years in comfort and dignity. Candidates are chosen based on their prognosis for being restored to a good quality of life, for longevity, and for their loving and adoptable behavior. We also provide grants for emergency care to families who are unable to afford emergency care, but want to keep their beloved pet with the family.
Budget
$15,000
Program Successes
We rescue 75-100 dogs and cats per year. Since 2017, the majority of pets we rescue come to us from the homeless camps where e hold clinics. By taking in pets who are sick or injured, whose owners have passed or become incarcerated, we relieve the local shelters of the burden of pets who often require a higher level of care, present a greater health risk to shelter population, an who are not going to be returned to the owner.