Central California SPCA (CCSPCA) has been Fresno’s only humane society since 1895. On average, we see approximately 21,000 animals come through our doors annually. That’s roughly 58 animals per day. As an open door shelter, no animal is turned away. Dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, reptiles, horses, and even pigs are cared for by CCSPCA’s compassionate staff. Located in California’s agricultural heartland, we are in the state’s fifth largest city but are also surrounded by some of the state’s poorest areas.
Our mission is clear: Providing protection, placement, and education to ensure responsible animal care within our community is what drives our staff daily. We give voices to the animals that cannot speak for themselves.
The Central Valley has a pet overpopulation problem that we don’t take lightly. We have partnered with more than 140 rescues across the country ensuring as many animals as possible have a second chance with a loving owner.
We’ve built a solid foundation of services and programs to support the area in which we live and work. One is our Wellness Fund, which was established to help cover the cost of treating abused and neglected animals, along with assisting owners in caring for their sick or injured pets at little or no cost on a case by case basis. Sometimes, the care we give is the last chance an animal has at living a happy and healthy life.
Recently we met Goliath, a small dog that sustained a major eye injury during a fight. His owners had nowhere else to take him due to the high cost of the surgery. Thanks to the Wellness Fund, his eye injury was covered and he was also neutered and microchipped while he was here.
On the first and third Wednesdays of each month we hold a low-cost vaccination clinic. Offering affordable and accessible care is something our staff is determined to do and we will be expanding in the coming year.
One of the programs we are most proud of is our Fixin’ Fresno - No Nuts Left Behind which gives dog and cat owners in the 10 zip codes with the highest stray animal problem in the Fresno area access to $15/$25 spays/neuters. To date, this program has been able to spay/neuter nearly 1,000 dogs and cats.
Our Humane Officers investigate approximately 700 reported cases of animal cruelty and neglect each year and help the district attorney prosecute animal abuse. While they are in the field, they also take the opportunity to educate the public on proper animal care when they can. Unfortunately, animal care is not something everyone has been taught and our officers are dedicated to sharing what they know.
And the most fun part of our job? Finding furever homes for the animals of our community. A picture is worth a thousand words and our dedicated adoption staff goes to great lengths to take phenomenal photos of our available pets that are seeking new homes. Our adoption photos have received many acclaims and have even been profiled on the news because they are just so cute. They capture the beauty of the pet, which in turn, captures the hearts of our social media followers and contributes greatly to our adoption successes.
Our education department is truly the unsung hero of our organization. Without education, change does not happen. And without change, we will continue to see the amount of abused and neglected animals rise right alongside increases in our stray animal population. Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, our education staff was out almost daily at schools and events teaching the public about proper animal care, the importance of spay/neutering, and animal safety.
While outreach looks a little different these days, the pandemic has not stopped our efforts. Throughout the month of August, CCSPCA offered free webinars on pet health care, service dogs, and our animal investigations.
CCSPCA social media is full of timely pet health and safety tips along with how-tos and, of course, our beautiful adoptable animals.
We are more than a shelter for animals. CCSPCA works tirelessly to ensure the animals of our community are safe and the citizens of our community are educated. We can’t have one without the other.
We love Fresno. We love our community. And above all else, we love our animals. Our dedication only grows stronger as time goes on and we look forward to continuing our mission of providing protection, placement, and education to ensure responsible animal care within our community.