The Solano County Animal Shelter started a face-lift on Sept. 28. In an age, that hopefully is going away soon, of portable office spaces, the current office is being “temporarily” relocated to the front of the shelter building and ground is being broken to add 54 indoor/outdoor cages to house dogs. In addition to that, there is going to be a state-of-the-art, high-volume, lost-cost spay and neuter clinic.
It is my understanding that the short-term goal of the new clinic is to provide the public a place to take their animal, dog or cat, to be “fixed” without breaking the bank. Again, I’ve been given to understand the facility will be up and running by next fall.
Please don’t take this lightly. This only happened with the help of hundreds of vocal volunteers and thousands of volunteer hours operating what could be dramatically called “bootleg” clinics around the county. It was fun to watch and backbreaking to participate.
At a time when all of us are asking “where’s the money,” any time a public facility pops up in a recently vacant lot, you may be pleased (or not) to learn this project did not clip our taxes like you would imagine. It is going up for a fraction of the original estimate that topped $30 million and hopes to be self-sustaining in the second year of operation.
I encourage all county residents to visit the shelter and see the “before” while you still can. While you’re there, take home a needy new friend.