Hannah Hunter, 11, of Woodland sits with three Chihuahua puppies that were left in a box outside the Yolo County animal shelter. The shelter has saved nearly 500 animals' lives this summer. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

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Yolo animal shelter’s life-saving challenge enters home stretch

By From page A16 | August 18, 2013

The Yolo County animal shelter has entered the home stretch in its quest to win a $100,000 prize for saving nearly 500 animals’ lives this summer.

To date, the shelter has saved 440 animals since June 1 through adoptions, rescues, transfers to foster care and reunions with owners as it participates in the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K challenge with 49 other shelters across the United States.

“To meet and/or exceed the goal of 486 lives saved would put Yolo County Animal Services in a position to win a piece of the more than $600,000 in ASPCA prize grants, including a grand prize of $100,000,” said Vicky Fletcher, chief animal services officer.

Last year’s competing shelters saved more than 56,000 cats and dogs during the three-month contest, an increase of 14,376 during the same period in 2011, Fletcher said.

The shelter continues to offer reduced adoption fees during the month of August, with cats aged 6 months and younger available for $15 or two for $25, and $5 for cats 6 months and older. Cats and kittens that are all black or black and white are adoptable for $5 as well.

Dogs at the shelter are adoptable for $50, or just $25 for pit bull breeds and pit bull mixes. The reduced fees for both dogs and cats include spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchipping, deworming, testing for heartworm disease for dogs and feLV or FeLV/FIV testing for cats. Rabies vaccination and licensing is not included.

The animal shelter is located at 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

To follow the shelter’s progress in the ASPCA/Rachael Ray contest, visit www.yolocountysheriff.com and click on “Animal Services Section,” or visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/YCAS.Shelter.

For those unable to adopt a pet but would like to support the animals as they await a new home, the animal shelter has the following list of needed supplies:

* Liquid laundry detergent
* Bath-size towels, new or gently used
* Fleece blankets (lap size)
* Flea control — Advantage or Frontline of any size
* Natural Balance lamb or beef rolls for dogs — used for training programs
* Thunder Shirts of any size, which help comfort frightened animals
* Kong toys — medium and large for big breed dogs
* Jolly Balls — found at livestock stores
* “Donut” Beds for cats who love to snuggle despite the weather
* Ping-pong balls, furry mice toys or plastic balls with bells for cats
* Kuranda dog/cat beds, available at http://kuranda.com/donate
* Gift cards — Costco, OSH, Home Depot, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Pet Extreme or Pet Factory

Enterprise staff

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