It’s May Big Fix Time!!

Lake County, CA: Orphan Dog Rescue is offering a Big Fix clinic on May 25th-27th  at Robinson’s Rancheria Gym across the street from the Robinson’s Hotel and Casino.

Over 25 volunteer Veterinarian’s and veterinarian staff are coming into Lake County on Memorial Day weekend with the goal of fixing over 200 cats and dogs in three days. This event will be the third that Orphan Dog has brought into Lake County, and the second one this year. This event will also be the largest ever held.

The M.A.S.H. -like clinic will include several health services for Lake County cats and dogs, including spay and neuter, immunizations, and microchips. There will  also be limited health care appointments/procedures only for low-income citizens and tribal members. The cost of the clinic will be about $17,000 (or about $85-$100 per pet), all of which is paid for by donations from Orphan Dog supporters and the community. Participants are not charged for services.

The spay and neuter clinic is open to any Lake County resident and will be by appointment only. Sign ups for the clinic will begin on Tuesday, May 7th on the website The available spaces will be assigned by first come/first served.

The immunization and microchip clinic will be held from noon until 3 pm the 25th-27th. If someone needs a health appointment for a cat or dog, please email to discuss the situation further and to make sure that the need can be accommodated.

The February clinic sign ups indicated a huge need in Lake County for spay and neuter. We had over 270 applications for over 400 animals. 79% of the applicants had incomes below $34,000 per year and 79% of the animals had never seen a vet. Almost 72% of the pets were not up to date on their vaccinations. With those statistics, it is not a surprise that 85% of the pets are not licensed.

Orphan Dog is a 501(c)(3). Beginning in 2003, Orphan Dog has homed over 4,000 dogs, the majority of whom are from Lake County, California and were rehomed in the Bay Area. In those 16 years, we have been unable to adopt Lake County out of pet overpopulation. In 2018, Orphan Dog shifted the focus of their mission to spay and neuter, with the goal of fixing 2020 dogs and cats by 2020.

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It’s a Big February FIX, Lake County

February 2-3, 2019 will be the second FIX event in Lake County by Orphan Dog Rescue, with the goal of fixing more than 150 cats and dogs on one weekend. The event will be held at the Robinson Rancheria gym. The veterinary team from Global Veterinary Alliance (GVA) will provide the Veterinary services with support from students at U.C. Davis.

“We cannot adopt our way out of the pet overpopulation problem in Lake County. We’ve tried for over 15 years and it does not work”. Karen Schaver, Executive Director of Orphan Dog Rescue, explained. “Our solution is to bring no-cost/low-cost spay and neuter clinics to Lake County.”

The first FIX event was in June of 2017. At that time, Orphan Dog and IVO fixed about 120 cats and dogs. With the ambitious goal of 2020 fixes in 2020, Orphan Dog is reaching out to the community for support.

For the February 2-3 event, Orphan Dog needs to raise about $10,000, or $70 per spay and $50 per neuter. Donations toward the event can be made online at or by mail to Orphan Dog, P.O. Box 662, Lakeport, CA 95453. Donors will be acknowledged on the Orphan Dog FB page and on the website.

Orphan Dog understands, in Lake County where the residents and businesses are struggling financially, this is a big ask. Orphan Dog also knows that fixing the problem begins with a Big FIX of all the community pets.

To apply to have your pet become a part of the event, go to and fill out the sign-up form. Space is limited. There will be a waiting list. Donations for the spay/neuter service will be requested from the pet parents to help defray the cost of this event and toward the next event, even if it is just $1. Everyone may sign up for services and services will be provided to the lowest income earners first with remaining spaces assigned to higher incomes. Proof of income will be requested. Incomes over $50,000 will be required to pay $50.00 for neuter and $70.00 for a spay.

Let’s FIX Lake County!

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