Residents of unincorporated Shasta County can pick up spay/neuter vouchers at the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office animal shelter this month. Worth $40 for dogs and $20 for cats, the vouchers greatly reduce the cost of having a participating vet alter a pooch or kitty.
Over the past five years, the sheriff’s office has spent about $150,000 on the spay/neuter voucher program. As a result, according to the office, the shelter’s population has decreased and the euthanasia rate has dropped from 60% to 23%. I call that a darned effective program.
This year, the group Save Animals From Euthanasia is providing an additional 30 spay/neuter vouchers worth $30 apiece for people who adopt a dog from the shelter. Plus, residents of Eastern Shasta County may get vouchers from the McArthur-based nonprofit organization Spay & Neuter Intermountain Pets & Pet Placement. (Yes, that’s SNIPPP. So clever.)
The county animal shelter is located at 2690 Radio Lane in Redding. For more details about the spay/neuter vouchers, contact the shelter at 245-6065.
• A new career … We’ve all heard that the health industry is the place to work in the future, but most of us aren’t going to attend medical or nursing school. So here’s an opportunity to break into the field as a clinical medical assistant who helps doctors carry out procedures, performs lab tests and administers medication. The Shasta College Economic and Workforce Development Division is offering a clinical medical assistant program on Saturdays from March 12 through August 20 at the Red Bluff campus. After finishing their classroom work, students will be offered a 160-hour externship to complete their training. The Pathways course catalogue has the details in the Healthcare Occupations section.
• New art … What I didn’t mention last week when I wrote about the sustainability and migrant farm worker exhibitions at Turtle Bay is a different new show, this one featuring 42 of the best entries in the West Coast Biennial Art Competition. There’s some good stuff here in the form of paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture and mixed-media pieces by California, Oregon and Washington artists. Visit the exhibition by April 10 and vote for the People’s Choice award winner.
• A new challenge … Challenger Little League is seeking baseball players with physical or developmental challenges, as well as baseball buddies who can help players enjoy the game. The program is aimed at kids 5 to 18 years old who would not otherwise get to play baseball. Volunteer buddies teach baseball skills, help players navigate the field and generally provide encouragement. The league runs for six Saturdays beginning April 2 at Shasta Dam Area Little League field. There’s no charge for participating players. Registration deadline is February 20. To sign up or learn more, contact Carol Matheney at (530) 229-8435.
• Spare a buck? … About two dozen businesses in western Shasta County are accepting $1 donations for Shasta Family Justice Center’s “empowering families” campaign. To locate a participating business or to donate online, check the organization’s website.
Paul Shigley is senior editor of California Planning & Development Report, a frequent contributor to Planning magazine and is not a medical school graduate. He lives in Centerville. Paul Shigley may be reached at email@example.com.
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