VACAVILLE — Sydney, a Siamese kitten, was gently swaying in her kennel carrier’s cage as she slowly shook off the anesthesia while awaiting pickup.
The kitten was one of 104 felines that were neutered – or spayed – for free or at low cost during the SPCA of Solano County’s inaugural No Father’s Day event, Saturday.
Dr. Kelly Palm certainly had her hands full as she performed the procedures in the “state-of-the-art surgery suite” inside the clinic trailer at the SPCA grounds, 2200 Peabody Road. The low-cost spay and neuter clinic opened 10 months ago and offers surgical procedures, microchipping, vaccinations and leukemia, AIDs and heartworm blood tests.
“People think low-cost is bad medicine,” said Palm. “. . . Low-cost doctors does not mean cheaply done.”
Several volunteers – some from the Feral Cat Group – spent their morning at the clinic to help the doctors and registered veterinary technicians with the process.
Vacaville resident Jenna Hollett, 20, joined about 30 other volunteers who were trained in the morning for what lay ahead.
“I love doing all kinds of veterinary stuff, and I’m hopefully going to train to be a veterinarian.” she said.
Hollett helped move the cats from the parking lot to the clinic trailer, and she also worked on checking on the anesthestized cats after the surgery.
“(I was) just making sure that they were waking up OK,” she said.
Laura Layton of the Solano County Friends of Animals rescue picked up 18 cats after they were spayed and neutered.
“We anticipate a bigger kitten season this year so we’re preparing for that,” she said.
Based in the Vallejo and Benicia area, the Solano County Friends of Animals fosters pets at homes of volunteers and puts them up for adoption after they’ve been spayed and neutered and properly tested. The rescue, in its 25th year, currently has about 50 cats and kittens available for adoption, she said.
“Hopefully, people will get on board with spaying/neutering so we don’t have so many abandoned populations of kittens,” she said.
For more information about the Solano County Friends of Animals, call 552-3323. To contact the SPCA of Solano County, call 448-8750.
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