Shasta Lake Animal Control changes its spay-neuter policy

Mar 25, 2014 7:55 PM

An animal shelter in Shasta County claiming it has the best interest of their animals -- but state law shows otherwise.

These cute, furry animals here at the Shasta Lake City Animal Control are on their way to receiving some much needed love.

"We have put in place a veterinary help us spay-neuter the a part of the adoption process."

Tom admits over the last several years, the shelter hasn't been following proper spay-neuter guidelines.

Since the year 2000, California state law has banned shelters with a county population of more than 100,000 people, from transferring animals to new owners without neutering and spaying them first.

Shasta Lake City Animal Control was charging pet adopters an alteration deposit -- something they should have done if a licensed vet determines the animal is too sick to have the surgery.

"It was a cost issue for us to try to minimize the cost of running the shelter."

The shelter didn't revise its policy until last week, and will now ensure animals like this kitten Sally, are spayed and neutered before they find themselves a new home.

"All of our adoptions have to be altered before they come out."

The main goal for all animal shelters is to lower the number of homeless animals; skipping out on spaying and neutering them just defeats the purpose.

"All that means is we're going to have more homeless animals, which is the problem and that's why the law exists."

Tom says cost is still an issue, and with the city running into a deficit, he doesn't know how long the shelter can keep up their new policy -- a mandated state law.

The shelter now has a contract with 'Care Animal Hospital' in Redding, to spay and neuter animals ready for adoption.


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