May 16, 2018 - Did you know that there is a law in California mandating that your pet be spayed and/or neutered?
If you answered “No” then you are wrong! Yes, there is a law in CA, AB 1634 (Assembly Bill) that was passed in 2007 that requires the spay/neuter of companion animals. That’s fantastic, right? Well the idea has wonderful merit; however, the law only applies to those counties that have a population of 100,000 or more people. As of 2015 the population of Mariposa County was approximate it 17,531 and Tuolumne County was about 53,709; both well under the 100,000-threshold required to implement AB1634. For perspective, the population of Merced County was 268,388 and that of Stanislaus County was 538,300.
That’s good news, right? Our counties are too small for anyone to tell me what to do with my pet. However, regardless of the size of the county, we all suffer the same problem of an overpopulation of dogs and cats. The difference is that the smaller counties like ours receive no funding assistance. Organizations like the Northside Pet Connection (NPC) were created to fill this void; we assist in the spay/neuter of approximately 40+ dogs and/or cats every month! The towns we serve include: Groveland, Big Oak Flat, Coulterville, La Grange, Don Pedro and adjacent communities. All vet clinics do accept these vouchers which substantially reduce the cost the spay and neuter. A list of local vets is provided at our website: npconnections.org.
How are we able to pay for these spays and neuters? We rely solely on the donations from community members! There are very few administrative costs meaning your dollars go directly to the animals. You can help the NPC continue its mission by adding the NPC to your Mar Val Community card or Save Mart Shares card. There are also donation boxes in the towns that the NPC serves. Finally, you can mail a tax-deductible donation to: Northside Pet Connection, PO Box 411, Coulterville, CA 95311.
Please call (209) 732-6194 to request vouchers. For Spanish speakers, please call (209) 852-9440. When making a request, please provide your name, phone number, mailing address and how many vouchers are needed. Messages are checked once per week. If you are interested in becoming a member and volunteering to assist the NPC in its mission, please call (209) 878-3860.
Article by: NPC Secretary, Kristen Elgen & NPC President, Kathleen Morse
As usual, thanks for your support of Northside Pet Connection, visit the website: npconnections.org for more information.