29 Years of Valley Oak Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to AnimalsJul 23, 2019 11:00AM ● By Enjoy Magazine
Story by John Dillion
Photos by Salina Marroquin
Since 1991, Valley Oak SPCA has been serving Tulare County’s domestic animal population and now coming up on its 29th year, the organization is expanding.
“We are in the process of designing a new facility that will house our rescue and clinic under one roof,” says Megan Barlogio, the adoption center manager for the SPCA. Along with the facility expansion, Valley Oak SPCA is fundraising for an x-ray machine.
On a daily basis, the SPCA clinic staff works with an on-site veterinarian to perform between 25 and 50 spay and neuter operations. They also offer a walk-in vaccination clinic between 9am and noon every day alongside a Thursday evening clinic between 4 and 6pm.
“Valley Oak SPCA operates a non-profit, no kill rescue and a high quantity veterinary clinic. Our rescue team pulls dogs and cats from the local overcrowded municipal shelters, takes in owner-surrendered pets, and leads rescue missions for injured and abandoned animals,” says Barlogio.
This is the largest no-kill vet center in Tulare County and the only one with a veterinarian on staff. Euthanization went away for the shelter in 2016 after new management and staff cycled through.
“For 25 years, Valley Oak SPCA held contracts with surrounding cities to operate animal control and house stray animals,” says Barlogio. “The facility took in approximately 16,000 animals yearly from Visalia, Dinuba, Tulare, Farmersville and Exeter. Due to the high number of animals held at the previous run down shelter, a high percentage of these animals were euthanized. Sadly, only 12 percent of the animals brought into the shelter left alive.”
After 2016, the save rate of Valley Oak SPCA skyrocketed to 100 percent. Now, all animals either go to families for adoption or to other shelters. Every month, the SPCA puts about 200 animals in homes.
Like many other pet shelters and rescues, the SPCA runs off donations of money and tangible goods.
“It is constantly a challenge to bring in enough donations to cover our expenses,” says Barlogio. “We lean on our community for support in everything we do. Donations of food, toys and office supplies are all items that help us curb expenses. Monetary donations help us cover medical costs incurred when we take in injured animals and animals with special needs.”
Fostering animals is another way to help. Most shelters operate at maximum capacity, so it’s difficult to take in and help new animals when the organization doesn’t have room, Barlogio says. Valley Oak SPCA provides all services for the foster animals.
Adoption, though, is one of the biggest services the organization offers. It hosts public adoption events and has an open Adoption Center for those looking to take home a rescue animal. One must fill out an application and meet with a counselor before proceeding to ensure the home is a good place for a pet. After clearing the process, the animal is vaccinated and spayed or neutered.
Valley Oak SPCA often reaches out to the community. It participates in Project Homeless Connect, where homeless pet owners can get free vaccinations for their pets. Low-income pet owners have access to free spay and neuter surgeries, as well.
Critter Camp is an initiative sponsored by the SPCA in the summer which teaches children techniques and protocols for responsible pet ownership. Staff often appears on radio and television broadcasts about pets.
On November 1, Valley Oak SPCA is holding its 10th annual Wine and Wags Gala and Auction at 6pm at the Visalia Wyndham. A meal will accompany a silent and live auction and a wine and beer tasting. Tickets are $85.
Donations can be made online at www.vospca.org, through Facebook (@ValleyOakSPCA) or in person by requesting a donation envelope through firstname.lastname@example.org. •
Valley Oak SPCA • 9800 Camp Drive, Visalia
(559) 651-1111 • vospca.org
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