I wanted to write a note to compliment a very hard-working group of volunteers.
On Feb. 24, I took a high school senior to the animal shelter on Clay Bank Road to see the operation of the feral cat clinic. Andrea Ancic is reporting on the overpopulation of cats for her senior project. Andrea immediately met Michelle Bartlette, the founder and organizer of this monthly event. Michelle started the clinic eight years ago after seeing such a need for population reduction and education in Solano County.
At the time, Michelle was also commuting to Napa for school (she is a registered nurse) and caring for her daughter. Andrea was able to follow cats arriving in traps, through the friendly check-in procedure with Suzanne and Patty and into the waiting area. She watched as vet students from Davis prepped the cats for surgery. Dr. Rolf Fecht and Dr. Abby Whitehead were two of the supervising veterinarians working with third- and fourth-year students to spay and neuter more than 80 (yes 80!) cats.
Longtime volunteers such as Tina Crim and Cris Roberts tagged cats, moved cats from surgery to the warm recovery area and filled in where they were needed. Veterinarian technician Cindy MacDonald and Wendy Phillips not only worked with the crew but brought trapped cats from Solano Community College to be altered. At all times, Michelle was overseeing the operation, able to delegate and designate and most of all be visible to almost 30 volunteers – a skill not often seen in management.
I hope more students will take an interest in animal population control through early spay and neuter. The animal’s future is in their hands and I think the next generation can do a better job then my generation did.