Valley Oak SPCA in Tulare County at full capacity, how you can help

COUNTY TULARE, California (KFSN) – At No-kill Valley Oak SPCA in Tulare County, about 150 animals are cared for, not many in foster care.

“When our farms are full, we can not help our animal control facilities and this is one of the most difficult things,” says Keyana Miller, co-executive director.

Miller says that although adoptions are taking place, they are much slower, which is why they are at maximum capacity for about a year.

“We do our best and make sure our kennels are always full,” he said. “It’s not just us – the whole West Coast, the rescue of our partners, their adoptions are also very slow.”

For perspective, in 2019, from January to the end of May, about 663 adoptions took place.

So far this year, only 285 adoptions have taken place.

“These numbers have hit us so hard,” Miller said. “The impact of adoptions means we can not save lives.”

The Valley Oak SPCA clinic also hurts. Their only veterinarian works only three days a week and the search for another doctor has been going on for months.

Marie Alfano says it is a position that many clinics are struggling to fill across the West Coast.

“When we do not have a veterinarian who can supervise everything, we are at a dead end, we can not help and it is heartbreaking because that is why we are here,” he said.

If you are interested in volunteering or adopting the center, you should make an appointment, which Miller says makes the whole experience much more successful.

“We now want to take the time to really combine the perfect home for people that reduces our return date,” he said.

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