RED BLUFF — Tehama County, like a lot of Northern California, is dealing with an overpopulation of cats and canine ready for adoption and not enough veterinarians within the space to serve the pets already within the possession of householders.
“We tend to run close to capacity or at capacity,” mentioned Red Bluff Animal Care Center Manager Christine McClintock. “For cats, we are almost always at capacity because we do a limited admission. We take cats as we have space for them so because of that we have a waiting list and as soon as space opens up, we bring in more cats.”
McClintock mentioned the difficulty of canine and cat overpopulation in shelters is one thing your entire nation is dealing with, however small communities really feel more strongly.
In Tehama County, the middle in Red Bluff is the one place county residents can convey undesirable or stray animals. Once the shelter reaches capability, residents should journey upwards of an hour to a different county to seek out open shelter area or contact non-public animal rescues.
Another piece to the puzzle complicating this subject is the shortage of veterinarians within the county and in northern California.
“We’re looking at a vet shortage,” McClintock mentioned. “Based on the number of animals that are going to require care and the number of vets that graduate each year it’s just not equivalent. I think in the more rural areas, we feel that even more.”
Rebecca Lopez, a employee at Red Bluff Veterinary Clinic, mentioned after working at Cottonwood Small Animal Clinic she noticed a determined want for more veterinarians within the county.
The Cottonwood Small Animal Clinic companies 5 counties and is the one absolutely staffed veterinary clinic in Northern California. Lopez mentioned it’s arduous getting new veterinarians into the world and a lot of the clinics are already full and don’t have any more room for sufferers.
There are not any 24-hour veterinary hospitals within the county, which makes emergency conditions all that more dire for pet house owners.
The Humane Society of the United States reviews individuals can assist with the overpopulation of animals in animal shelters by adopting, donating, volunteering and changing into a foster.
“The value of fosters can’t be overrated. They can be lifesavers for pets who can’t adapt to shelter life or those who need to be nursed back to health,” based on The Humane Society’s web site. “Foster homes are the backbone of many rescue groups, without a strong network of foster providers, rescue groups simply cannot take in as many animals.”
Tehama County residents who would love more details about the pets accessible for adoption can go to the middle’s web site to see the shelter statistics and adoption steps, or name (530) 527-3439.