By Dave Rosenberg Yolo County Supervisor, District Four

One of the many services offered by Yolo County is "animal control," which provides a home (and more) for stray or abandoned/unwanted animals. Here, then, is everything you ever wanted to know about Yolo County’s Animal Shelter, but were afraid to ask:

Where is the Animal Shelter? The facility is located at 41831 Gibson Road, Woodland, near the intersection with County Road 102 (Pole Line Road).

When is it open? Technically, it’s always open. The official hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. M-F; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The office begins taking phone calls at 8 a.m. Telephone: 668-5287 or telefax 668-5288. Chief of Animal Services Vicky Fletcher’s voicemail is 668-5286.

The shelter also has a "night drop box" for animals which is always open. (Up to 30 animals a day are "dropped off" during certain seasons.) There is also a "guilt box" (open during regular business hours) for owners who do not wish to deal with animal shelter personnel.

What kinds of animals wind up at the Shelter? Of course, the shelter takes dogs and cats, but also takes sheep, cows, horses, ostriches, camels, snakes and any other member of the animal kingdom. Stray plants should not be taken to the shelter. The cost for leaving an animal is $10 for Yolo County animals, and $20 for those animals from outside the County.

Will the animal control personnel respond to calls? Yes. Personnel will respond to calls for stray animals (e.g, feral cats), wild animals (e.g. snakes), animal cruelty calls (e.g. currently the shelter houses 75 roosters from a recent cockfighting bust), rescue (e.g. sheep from the 1997 flood), lost and found.

Can I go to the animal shelter to "adopt" an animal? Absolutely! Yolo County SPCA shares an office with animal control to act as a resource for animal adoption. In 1986, only 25% of animals were adopted; now 60% are adopted!

What happens to animals that are not adopted? Regrettably, after time, the animals are put to sleep. There is no specific "time limit." It depends on available space and crowding.

What are the costs for adoption? Pretty reasonable. "Fixed" cats are $8.36; unfixed males $28.36; unfixed females $23.86. "Fixed" dogs $18.04; unfixed males $65.04; unfixed females $55.04. If you adopt an "unfixed" animal, you can receive a refund if you prove that you had the animal spayed or neutered.

Can I volunteer to help at the shelter? You bet. You can help by donating food, play toys, blankets. Call to find out what is needed. The shelter also needs "animal pals" -- folks who can play with the animals to ease the monotony of being stuck in a cage all day. There are opportunities to be "foster parents" for animals or to help as part of "Friends of Yolo County Animal Shelter." Call the shelter for more information.

If I own a pet, what should I be aware of to protect my pet? (1) Have he animal "fixed." (2) Make sure the animal has a proper I.D. with owner’s name and phone number (or consider having your pet "micro-chipped," a process that implants a rice-sized chip in the animal that help locate the owner). (3) After 4 months of age, have the pet licensed.

Our "Yolo County Animal Shelter" and our "animal control" officers, under the jurisdiction of the Yolo County Sheriff, provide an important public service for all of us. Visit the shelter just to say "hi."







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