The Animal Care & Control is taking pro-active and preventative steps with a new, innovative and much needed program: The Mobile Spay/Neuter, Adoption and Disaster Preparedness Vehicle, also know as the CARE-A-VAN. Due to the efforts of Assemblywoman Virginia Strom-Martin and the financial support of the State of California, AC&C was able to purchase a 26-foot, state-of-the-art "surgery on wheels".
This vehicle enables us to go out into the remote areas of Mendocino County where veterinary services are generally not available. By providing low-cost, high-quality spay/neuter and vaccination services as well as animal welfare information, we are working towards eliminating euthanasia as a means of solving the pet overpopulations in Mendocino County.
Currently the CARE-A-VAN provides spay/neuter and vaccination services in the following towns and rancherias:
- Cahto Tribe of Laytonville
- Ft Bragg
- Hopland Band of Pomo Indians
- Point Arena
Since going on the road in June 2001 the CARE-A-VAN has performed over 1,150 spays and neuters. Daily averages have grown from 10 to 17 surgeries. The CARE-A-VAN goes out approximately one day a week as a spay/neuter clinic and over the course of a year, will perform 850 surgeries. The majority of the animals served do not have easy access to affordable spay/neuter and would have been left to breed uncontrollably, contributing to the problem of pet overpopulation.
Please call 463-4782 or email Carrie Pontello for surgery dates and sites. (See email address below.
The CARE-A-VAN will soon be going on the road as a mobile adoption unit. Mobile adoptions are becoming more and more popular to help place dogs and cats into loving, permanent homes. The animals enjoy time out of the shelter and meeting new people. The public gets to see how many great animals we have that are looking for homes as well as learn more about animal welfare and events in the area. Check back soon for adoption sites and dates.
The Care-A-Van is a self-sustaining, "Enterprise" activity that receives minimal funding from the County.s General Fund; $10,000 a year for vehicle maintenance. The program is a success due in part to the support and help of local animal welfare groups, veterinarians, community members and businesses as well as private foundations. The animal welfare groups provide vouchers for those who are unable to pay part or all of the spay/neuter fees so that no one is ever turned away from CARE-A-VAN services due to financial reasons. Local businesses and individuals contribute financially and/or through volunteer time. Currently, the CARE-A-VAN has three advertisers/sponsors that pay to have their logo on the van. These are Blue Ribbon Pets, Brutocao Cellars and KOZT-The Coast. The CARE-A-VAN has also been the recipient of a grant from PETsMART Charities. ALL donations and income are placed in trust and used solely for the CARE-A-VAN. The trust guarantees that all funds stay within the program and that they are NOT considered part of the County's General Fund.
If you are interested in making a donation or volunteering, please contact Carrie Pontello at any of the following:
298 Plant Road, Ukiah, CA 95482