Santa Paula, CA.,: Santa Paula Rescue Center (S.P.A.R.C.) received much needed grant funding to launch two lifesaving programs that will directly benefit the residents and pets of Santa Paula. The “Free Spay/Neuter” program and “Emergency Relief Fund,” are essential elements of the “No-Kill” mission for the community.
The free spay/neuter program, sponsored by S.P.A.R.C, in partnership with the Simi Valley Non-Profit Spay and Neuter clinic is made possible through a grant from the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF.) “We know we have to address the overpopulation problem in our community,” said Lance Hunter, Director & CEO of S.P.A.R.C. “More and more unwanted animals are being brought into the shelter every day, and it’s not just here. Dogs and cats are dying every day in shelters all over California and S.P.A.R.C. is dedicated to changing that.”
A mobile spay/neuter unit will offer their services one day per month in the S.P.A.R.C. parking lot. Santa Paula residents must call (805) 584-3823 to schedule an appointment. Space is limited.
The second lifesaving effort, made possible by a grant from the City of Santa Paula, is an “Emergency Relief Fund” set up to help community members in need with critical pet expenses that they cannot afford. The goal is to keep pets happy and healthy in their homes, together with their families. An application is available on S.P.A.R.C.’s website: www.santapaulaarc.org.
“The pandemic has affected everyone, and the suffering has been great. The Emergency Relief Fund was established to help heal our community and keep families together,” said Kaja Gula-Thomas, Grant Writer/Marketing Specialist for S.P.A.R.C.
S.P.A.R.C. is the first and only No-Kill animal shelter in Ventura County and saves over 1100 lives every year. It is a 501C3, non-profit, dedicated to the mission “No-Kill, No Excuses”.