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2014 Essay/Bookmark Contest Winners

Posted on: May 15th, 2014 by CCSPCA

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The CCSPCA celebrated “Be Kind to Animals Week” on May 10th by hosting an award ceremony for our 2014 Essay/Bookmark Contest winners. We appreciate all the entries submitted and want to thank all the participating teachers who have worked with us in order to provide a humane perspective to their students.

In preparation of the upcoming ASPCA Rachael Ray 100K Challenge and our efforts to reunite more lost pets with their owners than ever before, our annual Essay/Bookmark Contest featured the important life saving topic of microchips.

Our essay theme was “How do microchips help lost pets reunite with their owners?” and was open to 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students. The winners are the following students:

  • 1st Place: Alexis Coates, 7th grade, Mrs. Faust, Abraham Lincoln Middle School – Selma
  • 2nd Place: Rayne Shepard, 8th grade, Ms. Madron, Sutter Middle School – Fowler
  • 3rd Place: Luis Cortez, 8th grade, Ms. Madron, Sutter Middle School – Fowler

Our bookmark theme was “Microchips help lost pets and their owners reunite” and was open to all elementary students.  The winners are the following students:

  • 1st Place: Savana Rodriguez, 4th grade, Ms. Nunez, Jackson Elementary – Selma
  • 2nd Place: Maddison German, 4th grade, Ms. Garcia, Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Clovis
  • 3rd Place: Jack Repucci, 5th grade, Mr. Elia, Nelson Elementary – Fresno

We look forward to a continued partnership with our Central Valley Unified School Districts, because together we can make a difference for our animal friends through educational outreach.

We received 369 entries, 75 essays and 294 bookmarks, and a total of 38 schools and 69 teachers participated in our contest.

The Essay/Bookmark contest helped plant a fruitful seed of compassion and expanded the students’ animal knowledge. We look forward to next year’s contest. For more information about CCSPCA Educational Programs please contact Humane Educator Thalia Arenas at (559) 233-0115.

“Thank You” to all the participating schools!

Abraham Lincoln Middle School

Alta Sierra Middle School

Caruthers Elementary

Central High School

Clovis High School

Edison Computech

Eric White Elementary

Fort Washington Elementary

Fremont Elementary

Garfield Elementary

Glacier Point Middle School

Harvest Elementary

Jackson Elementary

Jane Addams Elementary

Kerman Middle School

Lincoln Elementary

Lowell Elementary

Madison Elementary

Mendota High School

Mickey Cox Elementary

Nelson Elementary

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School

Red Bank Elementary

Rio Vista Middle School

Riverview Elementary

Scandinavian Middle School

Sierra Vista Elementary

Sunnyside High School

Sutter Middle School

Tarpey Elementary

Washington Colony

Woods Elementary

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Zeutering offers non-surgical neutering for Dogs!

Posted on: May 14th, 2014 by CCSPCA

ZeuterinThe Central California SPCA now offers non-surgical neutering for Dogs! Zeutering is the new way to safely and permanently neuter your male dog using a simple injection.

The Central California SPCA is pleased to join the ranks of many clinics across the nation to provide sterilization by the FDA-approved product called Zeuterin. Zeuterin became available recently and could be a “game changer” in efforts to curb the number of homeless animals born each year.

The process is simple. The dog receives a physical exam, a mild sedative and an injection of Zeuterin (zinc gluconate neutralized by arginine) in each testicle. It receives a small tattoo on its groin to show it has been sterilized, although it remains intact. The dog can resume activities in a short time.

The Central California SPCA and the City of San Joaquin are joining up to provide a vaccination and Zeuterin clinic. This clinic will help end their homeless pet problem and provide low cost care for residents of San Joaquin. The clinic will be affordable due to the City of San Joaquin subsidizing a portion of the cost. The clinic will be held in San Joaquin at the city park on Saturday May 17, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We are looking forward to working with the City of San Joaquin and, in the future, we hope to provide additional services such as transportation to and from the CCSPCA’s Small Animal Hospital for spaying and neutering services. And many of our male dogs up for adoption during our ASPCA Rachel Ray 100K Challenge will have been Zeuterd!

Zeuterin prices are an affordable $50 for male dogs up to 40 pounds and $60 for 41 pounds and over. For more information about Zeuterin, please contact the CCSPCA at 559.233.7722 ext 107.

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CCSPCA Student Essay/Bookmark Contest

Posted on: March 31st, 2014 by CCSPCA

In preparation of the upcoming ASPCA Rachael Ray 100K Challenge and our efforts to reunite more lost pets with their owners than ever before, we are pleased to announce the opening of our annual Essay/Bookmark Contest featuring the important life saving topic of microchips. These contests are designed to engage and educate the children of Fresno and its surrounding areas in the importance of responsible pet guardianship.

“How do microchips help lost pets reunite with their owners?”
The essay contest is for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students and needs to be 200 words or less.

“Microchips help lost pets and their owners reunite.”
The bookmark contest is for 1st – 6th grade students.

Winning bookmarks will be printed and distributed as educational material throughout the year at all CCSPCA events.

All entries will be judged on clarity, originality, and aptness to the subject. Deadline for entries is April 30, 2014!

There will be 6 winners all together. The top entry winners of each contest will be awarded a certificate, prize medal, gift cards, and receive media spotlight. The winners will also display their essay/bookmark in the Education Hall and participate in the Award Ceremony held on Sunday, May 4, 2014 – the first day of “Be Kind to Animals Week.”

For complete details, download the contest rules below, contact the CCSPCA Education Department at education@ccspca.com or call 559.233.0115.

Download Your Entry Form

Download Contest Rules

The Dangers of Ingesting Chocolate

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by CCSPCA

The Dangers of Ingesting Chocolate


Chocolate is in wide abundance this time of year. Even though we may give those we love chocolate as a sign of affection, giving it to your canine companion could be deadly. If a dog ingests chocolate it can sicken or even kill the dog. NO amount of chocolate is OK to feed a dog. Even small amounts of chocolate can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. Truly toxic amounts can induce hyperactivity, tremors, high blood pressure, a rapid heart rate, seizures, respiratory failure, and cardiac arrest.

Chocolate is made from cocoa, and cocoa beans contain caffeine and a related chemical compound called theobromine, which is the real danger. Theobromine metabolizes much slower in dogs than humans. The more theobromine a cocoa product contains, the more poisonous it is to your dog. Unsweetened baker’s chocolate contains about 390 milligrams of theobromine per ounce — about 10 times more than milk chocolate and more than twice as much as semi-sweet chocolate. White chocolate contains very little theobromine. According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, one ounce of milk chocolate per pound of body weight is potentially lethal.

If your canine ingests chocolate take them immediately to your veterinarian.

Bullard High School Students “Volunteer for a Day” at CCSPCA

Posted on: December 27th, 2013 by CCSPCA

by Thalia Arenas, Humane Educator

On December 22 a group of Bullard High School students signed-up for our “Volunteer for a Day” program. Their volunteer time was an all-in-one service, as they received a presentation about the CCSPCA, toured our animal center, and volunteered right after.  The students put together some wonderful items for the animals: bird feeders, enrichment toys for the rabbits, horse treats, puppy pad rolls, and cat toys.   But most importantly, they socialized with our canines who needed a little extra exercise, time, and attention.  We look forward to next semester’s Bullard High students and invite other high school students to participate in the Junior Animal Advocate volunteer workshops at the CCSPCA.  For more information, please contact our Education Department at (559) 233-0115.
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Holiday Pet Safety Tip #1

Posted on: December 13th, 2013 by CCSPCA

Tinsel and other related products are sparkly to both you and your pet!  Make sure these decorations are out of paw and mouth reach of your pet.  If ingested, please call your vet or our CCSPCA Small Animal Hospital at (559) 237-1125 for more information.  Happy Holidays!

Pet Loss Support Group

Posted on: June 20th, 2013 by CCSPCA


Education Hall at 5:30pm

Last Wednesday of every month

Coping with the loss of a beloved pet can be difficult.

The Education Department of the Central California SPCA is opening its doors to people who are experiencing grief and need help healing from the loss of a pet due to death or other circumstance.

The sessions are free to anyone interested in joining.

Download the CCSPCA Pet Loss Support Group Flyer

The Story of Brutus (part 4): THE CONCLUSION

Posted on: May 31st, 2013 by CCSPCA

At approximately 8:30am I make contact with CCSPCA Small Animal Hospital staff and am advised of Brutus’s condition. I am advised that he is infested with whipworms, hookworms, and roundworms. In addition he is diagnosed with a blood virus that is most likely born from a tick. I request that a report be drafted for my files.

At approximately 9:00am I contact John at the Chaffee Zoo. We walk to the office where I speak with an assistant executive director. During our conversation, John’s story is verified. The witness is concerned for (or perhaps protective of) John and questions me regarding my authority to simply take an animal from someone’s back yard. I explain the process of seizing animals pursuant to California Penal Code 597.1. I also educate both parties on the responsibility of an individual to provide proper care for animals that are under their custodianship. In this circumstance, Brutus is, in fact, a stray dog and not owned by a known party. I advise them that If I were able to locate the known owner of Brutus, it is very likely that I would be filing criminal charges against them. I advise both parties that, based on the circumstances, I would not be filing criminal charges on John. I advised them that Brutus would have to remain at the CCSPCA for his stray period and that we would be providing him with veterinary care during that time

John expresses his desire to keep Brutus, stating that the dog is very friendly and caring, and that he has fallen in love with him. He becomes emotional and appears to be holding back tears as he explains to me how much he wants to help Brutus and keep him. The assistant executive director states to me that they would be willing to pay any fees and medical bills that may arise if John could get Brutus back. I advise them that I cannot make any promises, but that I will be discussing this case with management and will keep them updated.

I sit down with upper management and discussed the case with them. After examining the facts and the situation, I suggest that we cover the costs of boarding and medical care for Brutus, and allow John to reclaim the dog (provided no owner steps forward). All fees, amounting to over 200 dollars, are paid for by the CCSPCA.

Five days pass and Brutus has received ongoing treatment. He has become more active and playful. In the matter of a week Brutus looks to have gained nearly all of his weight back.

I contact John and he meets me at the CCSPCA, where he receives Brutus from us with instructions of his medication and a need for follow up treatment. John is advised that the case will remain open until Brutus has been fully treated. While originally upset for being accused of abusing an animal, John now expresses his gratitude for our help.

In this case, there was no evidence of intentional neglect or cruelty, or malicious intent to cause harm to an animal. While the suspect lacked the necessary funds to give immediate medical care to Brutus, he felt he was acting in the best interest of the animal. John was provided with education on the subject and was compliant with that instruction. At this time there is no evidence to pursue further action in this matter.


By Jesse Boyce, Humane Officer

Author’s Note: In every situation that Humane Officers encounter, it is vitally important (for the sake of a case’s integrity) that we remain emotionally separated from the many situations we encounter. A Humane Officer is first and foremost a detective. It is only through a systematic and logical process that any case of cruelty or neglect [of an animal] can or will be successfully prosecuted. I hope that the story of Brutus has helped to illustrate how that process works, and why we operate in the fashion we do.

Editor’s Note: The purpose of this series is to provide you, our supporters, with an opportunity to experience the process that our investigators go through when conducting a complaint of animal abuse.If you have not done so, please read part 1, part 2, and part 3.

The Story of Brutus (part 3): SUSPECT INTERVIEW

Posted on: May 23rd, 2013 by CCSPCA

It’s approximately 8pm at night when I notice that a missed call registers on my phone. Unfamiliar with the number and unsure of whether it is a suspect or witness involved in one of the many cases that I currently have open, I return the call.

The person who answers identifies himself as John, who has a missing dog and a notice left at his door. Initially, John comes across as defensive, but his demeanor quickly changes as I explain the situation and circumstances resulting in my decision to seize the dog from his back yard. Though he is still upset that someone had “broken” into his back yard, my explanation of the laws providing me with the authority to do so quickly dampen his frustration.

John claims that the dog, who he named “Brutus,” was a stray in Roeding park, and had been running loose for several days before employees at the Chaffee Zoo were able to capture him. He advises me that he had elected to take Brutus home with him and try to bring him back to health. He is adamant that he works with animals and cares about them, and would never neglect or abuse an animal. He states that veterinarians at the zoo have provided him with a bag of dog food and instructed him to keep him on a strict diet, as overfeeding him would be harmful. John states that he has now had Brutus for two to three weeks and claims that Brutus has gained some weight.

I advise John that within a two to three week period, if (aside from not being fed) Brutus was otherwise healthy, he should have been more or less at his normal body weight, assuming he was receiving a proper diet. I inform John that Brutus was examined by veterinarians and that we would determine if there are other conditions, such as illness or parasites, that are the cause of his emaciation.

I ask John if he has taken Brutus to see a vet. John says that he cannot afford vet bills, and has a friend who is helping him get a vet to see Brutus for free. I advise John that I understand his desire to help out animals in need, but by making the choice to do so, he is obligated to provide those animals with sufficient care, including medical care. John agrees to meet me tomorrow at Chaffee Zoo to speak with other employees, so that I can verify his statements.

(To be continued…)


By Jesse Boyce, Humane Officer

Editor’s Note: The purpose of this series is to provide you, our supporters, with an opportunity to experience the process that our investigators go through when conducting a complaint of animal abuse.If you have not done so, please read part 1 and

The Story of Brutus (part 2): THE NARRATIVE

Posted on: May 13th, 2013 by CCSPCA



Conducting a complaint of animal abuse

 by Jesse Boyce, Humane Officer

Editor’s Note: The purpose of this series is to provide you, our readership, with an opportunity to experience the process that our investigators go through when conducting a complaint of animal abuse.If you have not done so, please read part 1.

I am facing a white dog with ribs, hips, and spine clearly visible, giving credence to the validity of the complaint that was received by the CCSPCA. The dog, a breed of which I cannot at the time pinpoint (it’s not a pit bull), places its nose against a space between fence boards to sniff at my offered palm. I can more clearly see the state that the animal is in, and fail to observe from my vantage point signs of water, food or shelter.

I circle the property and find no easy access to it. I stand on a block of wood to peer over the fence and into the back yard. The dog follows me along the fenceline, wagging its tail now, but giving no further alarm. It seems interested in me and friendly. I observe a bowl of water. I see neither food nor feces, which indicates that either the dog has not eaten in some time or the owner is cleaning up after it. Based on all facts available to me at the time, I determine that it is necessary that the dog be immediately seized and provided with veterinary care.

At that time I contact the Fresno Police Department and request that officers stand by while I seize the animal. Upon their arrival, the gate to the back yard is opened by unscrewing the latch. The dog, which I am later able to determine is a Dogo Argentino, greets me with wagging tail and licking tongue. I place him on my lead rope and walk him to my vehicle. I open the back of my truck and instantly he jumps in. A Notice of Seizure and Declaration of Ownership are left at the front door.*

I take the dog to the CCSPCA Small Animal Hospital where it is immediately examined by our staff. I will be notified by staff once the cause of his condition is determined.

(To be continued…)

*Penal Code 597.1(f) states that if an animal is in imminent distress (in need of immediate medical care) a notice of seizure must be posted at the main entrance to a property along with a Declaration of Ownership, enabling the owner to request a hearing to determine if the seizure was legal, if they wish to contest such seizure. This satisfies an individual’s right to due process when being deprived of personal property.

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