Pet-a-Palooza raises funds for spay/neuter mobile unit on Sept. 10

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The Yolo County Spay and Neuter Group is raising funds to bring services around Yolo County pet owners. (Courtesy photo)

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Yolo County Spay and Neuter Group
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The Yolo County Spay and Neuter Group (YCSNG) is inviting the public to their annual Pet-a-Palooza fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 10 at from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Yolo County Fairgrounds Picnic area. The is a family-friendly event, with well-and-friendly dogs also welcomed to participate, in this fun event to raise funds for the nonprofit group to provide low-cost spaying and neutering for dogs and cats.

YCSNG is a well-known group amongst animal welfare volunteers in Yolo County, since the nonprofit group was started officially in 2018 by Amanda Hartman, the Board President, and her fellow Board members. The mission of YCSNG was to provide the much needed low-cost spays and neutering for dogs and cats as well as vaccination clinics and adoption services.

From its inception, a primary goal of the organization has been to own and operate its own low-cost mobile spay/neuter clinic. Over the course of the past year, the group took to things to the next level by purchasing a fully equipped spay and neuter clinic mobile unit, which will be on display at the event.

This mobile clinic facility will be able to provide 30 low cost spays or neuters in a day when fully operational. This is why the YCSNG is reaching out to the Yolo County community to help for operational funds to move forward.

The low-cost spays and neutering will be offered for feral cats as well as domestic cats and dogs, which is critically need now since the Yolo County Animal Shelter has had to suspend low-cost spay and neuter services to the public since the pandemic began and due to its limited funding and staffing. These services for feral cats is a very scarce service, because it is far more complex procedure to handle these cats.

Further complicating the situation has been the pandemic and UCD limiting its Koret Shelter Medicine program spay/neuter services which necessitated the suspension of these services at the county shelter for feral cats. Difficulty in recruiting new veterinarian and RVT’s for the county shelter has impacted the situation as well. Consequently, Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) volunteers trying to trap and get feral cats neutered or spayed has been far more challenging, and as a result, controlling feral cat as well as domestic pet populations has been a growing issue.

However, YCSNG’s mobile spay and neuter unit can be a part of the solution of the problem with the help of successful fundraising.

The Pet-a-Palooza event will have lots of fun, music, and food with two food trucks including Las Brasas and Bula Pies Fiji, with vegan dish options available. There will be DJ music and $1 raffles for more than 65 awesome prizes. There will also be nachos, desserts, and beer refreshments to purchase and over 15 vendors and multiple rescue table stations to visit as well as our YCSNG mobile spay and neuter clinic facility on-site to view.

If you cannot attend the event, you can still help by contributing to the YCSNG nonprofit group, where all donations are fully tax-deductible, by writing a check to “Yolo County Spay/Neuter Clinic,” and mailing it to: Yolo County Spay/Neuter Group, PO Box 577, Woodland, CA 95776.

Or donate online via PayPal email ycfspayneuter@gmail.com or in a Venmo payment to Venmo-Amanda-hartman-40 (with last digits of phone number 6585).

Please pass the word on the Pet-a-Palooza event on Saturday, Sept. 10 and for more information, see the YCSNG website at ycfspayneuter.com, contact Amanda Hartman at 530-383-6585 or email ycfspayneuter@gmail.com.

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