Critical animal welfare service to be followed by free animal adoption event on Saturday at Fresno Animal Center

Fresno, CA (May 9, 2024)—Veterinarians from the San Francisco SPCA (SF SPCA) and the Fresno Animal Center are conducting daylong spay and neuter services in Fresno today in an effort to address overcrowding conditions at local shelters. In addition to the critical spay and neuter services, the Fresno Animal Center will host a free adoption event on Saturday.

“We all want the best outcomes for our shelters, but it’s hard to achieve those outcomes when our shelters are overcrowded,” said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, CEO of the SF SPCA. “Spay and neuter services are critical to helping control the local animal population, which can help shelters focus on what they do best—providing compassionate care to our most vulnerable pets. We are proud to work once again with our partners in the Central Valley to address this issue and raise awareness about the seriousness of shelter overcrowding in California.”

Today and Friday, veterinarians from the SF SPCA and the Fresno Animal Center are conducting spay and neuter services. The medical procedures are underwritten by a grant from California for All Animals, a funding initiative through UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program that supports California animal shelters in achieving the goal of ending euthanasia for adoptable animals. This grant helps pay for three years of high-volume spay/neuter clinics, ultimately impacting over 12,000 cats and dogs.

Due to a severe statewide shortage of veterinary professionals, many areas of California do not have access to veterinary care in their communities. This lack of access to care—specifically spay and neuter services—combined with a confluence of other factors, such as inflation and housing restrictions, have led to a huge influx in animals being brought into shelters in recent years. A video featuring testimonials from veterinarian professionals explaining the current situation can be found here.

The issue is particularly acute in the Central Valley, which has some of the lowest veterinarian accessibility rates in the country, and most significantly in Fresno, which has the highest animal intake rate per capita in California.

“While we face real challenges in Fresno, we also have dedicated and compassionate community members and partners who are ready to help,” said Alma Torres, Interim Director of the Fresno Animal Center. “Thank you to our partners at the San Francisco SPCA whose support helps make this work possible.” Torres added, The Fresno Animal Center will be offering free adoptions all day on Saturday, May 11. It will be a great day to find your new family member!

The animal adoption event on Saturday will take place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday 5/11, at the Fresno Animal Center, located at 5277 East Airways Boulevard. All adoptions will be made free for the day and will include a pet starter pack.

“California for All Animals is proud to support the San Francisco SPCA’s partnership with Fresno Animal Center,” says Allison Cardona, California State Director at Koret Shelter Medicine Program. “Supporting increased spay/neuter capacity and fee-waived adoptions opportunities for shelters is key to achieving our shared goal of keeping pets with the people who love them and removing any barriers to adoption for the pets that do need to be cared for by shelters.”

The SF SPCA has a long track record of working with providers in the Central Valley, a history that includes the California Humane Animal Transport Team. That initiative sought to connect pets from the Central Valley with families in the Bay Area. The spay and neuter services partnership is a continuation of that long relationship.