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Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance Program Reaches Milestone
Ollie Alanis’s dog, Bear, was the 4,000th pet to be neutered through the Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance’s low cost spay/neuter since the program began in August 2011. Helping to celebrate is Eva Kennedie, ACT Spay Neuter Clinic Director. Bear received a basket full of treats, toys and a blanket to help mark the special occasion. Photo Contributed

The Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance (OSPA) recently celebrated the completion of 4,000 dog and cat spay/neuters through their low cost spay/neuter voucher program since it started in August 2011. Ollie Alanis of Riverbank was all smiles when he and his Chihuahua, Bear, were presented with a gift basket from OSPA in recognition of reaching the program milestone.

“We fix 35 to 40 dogs and cats through our program every month,” said Debi Scoles, OSPA Spay/Neuter Voucher Team Leader.

Since the program began in 2011, spay/neuter services have been provided by the ACT Spay Neuter Clinic in Stockton. The voucher program has now been expanded to include a limited number of appointments available at the Turlock Spay Neuter Clinic in Turlock. Due to the rising veterinary costs, some voucher prices have increased. Dog vouchers now cost $50 and the low-income feral cat voucher price has increased to $20 and non-low income costs are $30. For pricing and more details, go to the OSPA website at or contact Betsie Corwin at or call 209-543-5434.

Do you have a pet and can’t afford to get it fixed? OSPA volunteers will be on hand for low cost spay/neuter vouchers for cats and dogs for residents of Oakdale and Riverbank at the Riverbank Petco on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., as well as at the Oakdale Animal Shelter, 10 a.m. until noon. Proof of residency and low-income status is required, and all vouchers are cash only.

“OSPA’s voucher program is our biggest project and helps reduce the unwanted, unplanned litters that are at risk of entering the Oakdale Animal Shelter,” said Lisa Dolling, OSPA President.

Looking for a pet? Come to the Oakdale Animal Shelter, 9800 Liberini Ave., in Oakdale to meet your next furry best friend. The Oakdale Shelter is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

If you’re heading out to do some spring shopping at Riverbank’s Crossroads Shopping Center this weekend, stop in at Petco on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and meet some of the captivating canines or fabulous felines looking for new homes.

Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of homeless pets from the cities of Oakdale and Riverbank.