The Stockton Animal Shelter Kicks Off the ASPCA® Rachael Ray $100K Challenge With a Wellness Event for the Community

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Join us on June 8th for a day dedicated to Stockton animals

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The ASPCA® Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is a great motivator for our team and the community of Stockton. Working together, we will save hundreds of animals and enrich the lives of new adoption families.

Mark your calendars for the Stockton Animal Shelter Free Canine Wellness event on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at Weber Point Events Center. Stockton residents will receive spay/neuter for their qualified pups and vaccinations for all breeds at no cost. Plus, everyone is invited to come meet our adoptable animals at the adoption extravaganza! Details and times are below. Not only does this event help the guardians and dogs with the greatest needs, it also marks the kick-off of Stockton Animal Shelter’s race to win the ASPCA® Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.

June 1 through the end of August, the Stockton Animal Shelter will be a contestant in the 2014 ASPCA® Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. This is a nationwide competition featuring 50 animal shelters and their communities competing for a chance at more than $600,000 in grant funding, including a $100,000 grand prize. The ultimate goal is saving more animals than ever before.

“The ASPCA® Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is a great motivator for our team and the community of Stockton,” says Tammie Murrell, interim manager at the Stockton Animal Shelter. “Working together, we will save hundreds of animals and enrich the lives of new adoption families. And with the possible $100,000 grant, we would further expand our spay/neuter surgery capabilities, with the primary goals of altering all shelter animals and increasing surgeries for high-risk community animals such as pit bulls, Chihuahuas and cats.”

By ‘spaying it forward’ on June 8, the Stockton Animal Shelter hopes to draw enough community attention and support to win the national challenge. Educating the community about the importance of spay/neuter, micro-chipping, and adoption are vital steps in saving more lives during this competition and onward. The Stockton Animal Shelter saw the need in February of this year when it held a similar Spay Day event. By combining the forces of Stockton Animal Shelter staff, Animal Protection League volunteers, Carrington College’s Veterinary Technician program students, and the San Francisco SPCA, 66 pit bulls and Chihuahuas were altered that day. Wellness exams were given to 445 dogs; 408 received rabies vaccinations and 173 were micro-chipped.

For the ASPCA® Challenge kick-off event on June 8, pit bulls and Chihuahuas are eligible for free spay/neuter starting at 7am, while all breeds are eligible for the free wellness clinic from 8am to 12pm. First come, first served. For people looking for new furry companions, our adoption extravaganza will be held from 10am – 2pm. Animal Protection League will also be holding an adult cat adoption promotion at their adoption center on 7602 Murray Dr #106 from 12pm – 4pm. All new adoptive families will receive a complimentary first exam, to be used within 10 days, provided by a local veterinary hospital. Other complimentary items will be available for all guests!

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Rules and guidelines:
Spay/neuter Clinic -
     o    Eligible for pit bulls and Chihuahuas only
     o    2 dogs per household
     o    Space is limited, please arrive early
     o    Proof of Stockton residency required
Wellness Clinic -
     o    Eligible for all breeds
     o    No limit on dogs

About the Stockton Animal Shelter
Animal Services is a Division of the Stockton Police Department. The Animal Shelter is jointly operated by the City of Stockton Police Department and San Joaquin County.

The Stockton Animal Shelter works with many different rescue groups, fosters, and a collaboration of Animal Control and the Animal Protection League that operates as Animal Protection League (APL).

The Shelter is continuing to grow their relationships with many rescue groups both locally and in surrounding areas to better serve the San Joaquin County community.

Support the Stockton Animal Shelter by adopting, donating, volunteering and spreading the word. SAS has Stockton volunteer opportunities through Animal Protection League to care for shelter dogs and cats, conduct adoption counseling, provide foster care, and help with the Community Cats Program.

For more information about Stockton Animal Shelter, call the Stockton Animal Shelter at (209) 937-7445 or visit

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Stephanie Hong
City of Stockton Animal Shelter
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