FAIRFIELD — With little money right now but big plans, Lynn Carvalho and Marta Wolfe are working toward saving what they hope will be hundreds of animals a year from euthanasia at kill shelters.
The two met through a mutual friend and partnered two organizations – the start-up nonprofit Spay Neuter Imperative Project California, which, while it works to gain its official nonprofit status, operates under the umbrella of Wolfe’s Any Dog Rescue, based in Vallejo. They hope to open a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in the Glen Cove area of Vallejo. Currently, Any Dog Rescue operates out of the planned location – a former veterinary clinic.
Carvalho, a lifelong lover of animals, realized the expense of spaying and neutering animals when she attempted to help some people whose two female Chihuahuas had produced 19 puppies. She took a total of four dogs to be fixed, and after necessary shots and surgery, had spent about $500.
“I was thinking, no wonder . . . people don’t take their dogs in . . .,” Carvalho said.
In addition to benefitting other rescues and the community in general, a low-cost spay and neuter clinic will also benefit Wolfe, who often must go to neighboring counties to get her rescues spayed and neutered. There is no regular low-cost outlet for the surgeries in Solano County. The SPCA of Solano County is currently at work building a low-cost clinic at its facility on Peabody Road in Vacaville. It’s slated to open in early spring.
“Hardly any vets will give a break on spay and neuters,” Wolfe said. “That’s why people may not (get their animals fixed) . . . they might want to but they simply can’t afford to.”
Carvalho has been working with Humane Alliance and just recently was accepted by the program that offers mentorship throughout the process of opening a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. A potential grant possibility has been lined up to further the project financially.
In order to get the ball rolling further, Wolfe and Carvalho must move the dog rescue out of the Vallejo facility and hopefully to a proposed piece of acreage in Dixon. In order to raise money for the move, a fundraiser will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb 9 -10 at 1696 Durbin Lane in the Green Valley area of Fairfield. There will be a yard sale, raffle, dogs for adoption and maybe a doggie kissing booth.
The event will be held rain or shine.
If you have items to donate or can help by volunteering at the fundraiser, call Carvalho at 759-3551.
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