Frequently Asked Questions
It means we don't charge pet owners any money for their animal to be spayed or neutered and an inability to donate will not prevent their pet(s) from being spayed or neutered.
We do request that if someone can make a donation for their spay/neuter they do so to help us ensure these events continue. Every dollar counts so even a $1 donation assists us in helping the next dog or cat, so please donate as much as you can.
For some owners, the cost can be the most difficult part of spaying or neutering their pet.
Our events are limited to owned cats and dogs only.
Community cats, stray dogs, and other animals will not be allowed to participate in this event.
Currently, we do not have an income requirement to participate in Orphan Dog's Big Fix.
Space may be prioritized by income allow for more slots for lower-income owners, which will limit the number of higher income owners we can accommodate, however, if there is a space for your pet, we will get you in.
Our clinics are by invitation-only.
We welcome anyone with pets needing to be spayed or neutered that live in Lake County, California to complete our application.
We notify applicants via email and/or text message when their application has been reviewed and if they have been accepted, placed on the waitlist or denied.
If you are on a waitlist, you may be notified any time up until the day of the event if space is available for your pet(s).
All applications are kept confidential and used only by Orphan Dog for the purposes of your application to our clinics. The answers to your questions will also assist us in decisions related to future clinics.
Some data may also be anonymously shared and/or combined with data from all other applications so we can apply for grants, educate the public about our clinics and used for future clinic decision-making purposes.
Applications are reviewed in the order they are submitted.
As an all-volunteer organization, we're going through all applications as quickly as possible in-between day jobs and family time so please be patient.
All applications submitted before Midnight on May 20th are guaranteed to be reviewed prior to the event.
Our clinics are held in temporary locations, usually for a single weekend.
Our next clinic location is February 2nd and 3rd at Robinson Rancheria Gym located between Nice & Upper Lake California.
If you're uncertain that you'll be able to make your scheduled appointment you should contact us immediately so we can fill your slot with another individual from the waitlist.
Due to the limited time, the high demand, and complexity involved with organizing these events if you skip your appointment you will not be allowed to return for a future event.
As a 501(c)(3) Orphan Dog gratefully accepts tax-deductible donations via our PayPal and at our clinics.
Funds will be used in support of our clinics and reaching our goal of 2,020 spay/neuters by 2020.
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Orphan Dog is formerly known as Lake County Animal Services (LCAS)
The value of our services, if paid for at a vet clinic would be at least $100 and up to $500. Our cost to provide services is about $110 per animal.
A single Big Fix event is expected to provide well over $25,000 in services.
In Lake County, pet owners are required to spay or neuter their pet dogs and cats over 4 months unless they meet very specific use-purposes or have been deemed by a veterinarian to not be medically suitable to be spayed or neutered due to health reasons.
Most incorporated areas of the county also have an ordinance just like the county ordinance, including the City of Clearlake.
It's very likely your pet(s) are required to be spayed or neutered. If you discover they qualify for an exception you should ensure they are licensed and registered as such.