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Pets In Need - Overcrowding Cramps Quarters
OSPA (Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance) volunteers, Del Vito and Anna Amos, manned the booth that was set up and helped customers with vouchers during the weekly Oakdale Farmers Market. Both the communities of Oakdale and Riverbank are serviced through the OSPA. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance (OSPA) would like to reach out to the community for help with the overcrowded conditions at the Oakdale Animal Shelter. They have several dogs that need homes.

Several of the smaller Chihuahua mixes have been at the shelter for two months. So the adoption prices on some of them have been reduced and some of the dogs have been taken to a rescue in Oregon.

The Oakdale Animal Shelter covered the cost of the exams and health certificates for 13 dogs that were transported to Wiggly Tails Rescue in Eugene, Oregon by volunteers, John Lasater and Sue Lamont on Monday, June 17. Also volunteering their time, Matt Orr and Danielle Merrit took all 13 dogs to the vet for their exams and health certificates. According to OSPA board member, Debi Scoles, a generous OSPA sponsor covered the expense of the trip.

One of the dogs that has been at the shelter for the past three months is Bella, a lab/pit mix that has a very sweet demeanor but keeps getting overlooked. She is part of the adoption specials and is available for $40, which includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, and microchip.

A senior dog named Otis was brought to the shelter after his owner passed away and he is also available as an adoption special for $20 to any senior adopter 60 years or older.

When fees are reduced the OSPA pays for the difference so the city does not lose any money. The OSPA will be having an adoption event at Tractor Supply in Oakdale from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 and at the Oakdale Farmers Market on Thursday, June 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Spay/Neuter vouchers will be available to Oakdale and Riverbank residents at both the events. For more information, call (209) 543-5434.

The Oakdale Animal Shelter serves the City of Riverbank and the City of Oakdale. In a letter to Riverbank City Manager Jill Anderson, Oakdale Chief of Police Lester Jenkins stated that Oakdale Animal Control Services continues to provide service to the City of Riverbank at levels over and above those stated in the contract between the two cities by responding to calls regarding animals in excess of the 150-pound limit, such as cows and horses in addition to the more typical cats and dogs calls. Jenkins also added that they believe the contract benefits both cities and their respective citizen and animal populations.

The City of Riverbank has contracted with the City of Oakdale for Animal Control Services since 2009. The renewal of the current Animal Control Services Agreement with the City of Oakdale was on the Riverbank City Council agenda on Monday, June 10.

There is an officer within the Riverbank city limits for a minimum of 32 hours per week.

The annual cost of $152,045 will remain the same for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

The Riverbank council adopted the resolution and approved renewal of the current contract with all five council members – including newly elected Cal Campbell – voting in favor.