Yolo County nonprofit raising funds for a mobile spay and neuter clinic

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As beloved as cats and dogs are, their overpopulation remains a nationwide concern. Amanda Hartman and the Yolo County Spay and Neuter Group are raising funds for a mobile clinic that’ll keep these populations at a healthy level. If left unchecked, cat and dog populations would skyrocket. At just five months old, cats can become pregnant and have at least two litters a year. Within a decade, breeding cats can produce thousands upon thousands of offspring. It’s sobering facts like this, and a lifetime of caring for animals, that Hartman decided to create the YCSNG. “I’ve been fostering animals since I was 12 with my mom,” Hartman said explaining the inspiration behind her nonprofit. “As I got older, I wanted to do more and noticed there’s a ton of feral cats around. So we founded the organization after my mom passed in 2017, and we’ve been a legitimate rescue business since 2018.” The YCSNG is a veritable Swiss army knife of fur-baby care. The local nonprofit  animal welfare organization is solely donation based and volunteer run. One hundred percent of the funds raised go toward animal care and welfare including fostering, TNR (trap, neuter and release), have a food pantry for animals and fund various community pets whose owners can’t afford their veterinary bill. YCSNG offers a low cost spay/neuter for both feral and rescue cats and dogs and adopts out animals that otherwise would remain abandoned or be euthanized. Last year YCSNG adopted out over 200 animals to new homes Their latest business enterprise will make a huge impact in the population control efforts in the form of a big rig, mobile clinic. Hartman’s biggest obstacle, however, is raising the funds to purchase it. “It’s fully loaded, up to standards and only has 23,000 miles on it. We were offered it at $180,000 and have less than 60 days to get the money so we can purchase it, turn it around and offer the community spay and neuters,” Hartman explained. “It’s outfitted for high volume. 25-35 cats a day and 20-25 dogs a day which will make a huge difference in Yolo County. Local vet offices ask for around $350 spay and neuters, but for feral cats, there’s no real option in Yolo County anymore because its exploding with kittens.” A unique aspect about the YCSNG is their ability to handle feral cats. They’re not only ferocious but have nothing but charity and donations to pay for their spay and neutering. “Feral cats are our specialty. Unfortunately, people don’t like doing it because they’d get bit, but we have a lot of different methods for catching these cats,” Hartman said. “This clinic will be extremely low-cost, and people have stepped up to sponsor feral cat spay and neuters to make it free. To get this under control, we need a clinic for Yolo County. If we don’t, it’s going to be ten times worse in the next six months to a year.” Hartman and the YCSNG are close to raising enough funds to buy the mobile clinic but still need some financial support to in the form of donations to cross the finish line. They recently held a fundraiser in Woodland aiming to raise monies toward the mobile unit.

The clinic would be open at least three days a week, and it would be used to spay or neuter up to 30 animals a day.

“There is such an overwhelming need for reliable low-cost services. The health and well-being of the entire region would benefit if we can get more dogs and cats spayed and neutered, Hartman said. “This mobile unit is crucial to making that goal a reality.”

Donations are all tax-deductible and can be sent to the organization’s PayPal at ycfspayneuter@gmail.com or Hartman’s Venmo handle: Amanda-Hartman-40 (with last digits of phone number 6585). They are also accepting checks made payable to “Yolo County Spay/Neuter Clinic” and mailed to: Yolo County Spay/Neuter Group, P.O Box 577, Woodland, CA 95776. For more information or questions visit ycfspayneuter.com or contact Hartman directly at 530-383-6585 or email ycfspayneuter@gmail.com.

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