Spay Day Success Story: Wicket W. Warrick

Not so long ago, in a galaxy we might call Sacramento, a young girl found a lost dog. In this interview, a Spay Day 2018 client manages to find the humor in some of the hurdles that come with unexpected pet ownership.


My name is Nicole Williams, and this right here is little Wicket–Wicket W. Warrick [smiles].

I found her. I took her to the vet to see if she was microchipped; she didn’t have a collar: so I ended up keeping her and getting all the her stuff done because I didn’t expect to have a dog.

The reason I’m participating in Spay Day is because I don’t want her bleeding everywhere [laughs], and I don’t plan on having puppies with her, and getting her spayed for $20 is amazing. Without the Spay Day program I probably would have had to wait a little bit longer and had to have her in diapers for a few months until I could afford to get her actually spayed, because it’s pretty costly.

Wicket is an interesting dog–she likes to be held like this [cradles dog in arms like a human infant], which is pretty weird, and she doesn’t know how to play with other dogs yet. She still–I think she is not used to them, but she’s very friendly with them. And she loves treats but doesn’t like toys. I’ve tried every single toy–she will not she acknowledge it at all. It’s the weirdest, weirdest thing. I’ve never had a dog not play with toys.

Spay Day Success Story: Hercules

In this interview,  SAAC Board member Alexis Raymond and Spay Day 2018 client Savannah Chambers talk about her dog Hercules’ playful (but one-person) personality, the prohibitive cost of anesthesia for such a large dog’s neuter surgery, and how SAAC was able to make the unaffordable affordable.


SAAC: Can you tell me your name and where you’re from please.

Savannah: Savannah in Citrus Heights.

SAAC: And what’s your dog’s name?

Savannah: This is Hercules. This is a Cane Corso mastiff, he’s a year-and-a-half. He’s extremely playful but he’s very one-person–he loves his mama and his dad and that’s about it (laughs).

SAAC: What would you have done without Spay Day? Would you have been able to get him neutered, or . . . ?

Savannah: Probably not. I wouldn’t have been able to get him neutered just because it was, like, $600 to. Due to the anesthesia for his weight. I decided to participate [in Spay Day] because he is a very big dog and it’s super expensive; and it was just a really, really great deal. My mom found it for me, so it was nice.

Spay Day Success Story: Honey

In this interview,  SAAC Board member Alexis Raymond and Spay Day 2018 client Brenda Hoyt talk about the challenges of owing an un-spayed female dog, the gift of Spay Day, and how Brenda’s dog Honey watches TV!


Brenda: I’m Brend Hoyt. I’m from West Sacramento. This is my dog, Honey. She was a gift for me for protection. We’re best buddies.

SAAC: Why did you decide to participate in Spay Day today?

Brenda: I needed the help. I’m on Social Security, and Spay Day was a God-given gift. I couldn’t afford it. And she needed to be fixed. Every time we go for a walk or outside, the boys come running. And we have to run–which I’m not good at (laughs). It was a gift, and I appreciated it. My granddaughter helped me with it. It’s great. It’s a great program.

SAAC: What would you have done if Spay Day didn’t exist? How would you have solved this problem? 

Brenda: I wouldn’t have.

SAAC: Can you tell us a little bit about Honey?

Brenda: I’ve had her for a year. She’s a year old–a little over a year old. She’s a handful (laughs). Very protective. She doesn’t let anyone in our yard, unless they’re invited. And then she’s good with you.

SAAC: She sounds like a good companion to have.

Brenda: She is, she is. She keeps me company, sits next to me on the couch. We’ll watch all of our programs (laughs). And it’s funny because she does watch TV with me. Her ears will go up and she’ll sit there and look and she’ll turn her head. Just like sometimes they’re talking to her–which they could be.

SAAC: Thank you so much. We’re so glad we’re able to help you today.

Brenda: Oh, I am, too. It was a gift! I really appreciated it.

Feral Coupon Success Story: Solo

We usually feature stories about our Voucher Program for pets on this blog, but did you know the Sacramento Area Animal Coalition (SAAC) runs a Coupon Program for feral cats as well? This month’s story provides an inside look into the life of a feral cat colony caretaker: the perseverance; the dedication; and of course, the cats! Read on:


Solo, a feral kitten, is kept safe in a cat trap before and after spay/neuter surgery. Feral cats cannot be handled by people. The towels on the outside of the cage reduce sensory overload and allow the cat to feel hidden and secure.

This is Solo, one of the 11 kittens born to three different females in the colony in our neighborhood this year. Today she received a health check, vaccinations, and was spayed at Sac Spay & Neuter Clinic with the help of a free spaying coupon from SAAC. Thank you!

We’ve been angling to catch her for a while. She’s 8 months old now, a bit too wild to be socialized. But, earlier in the year we were able to catch three of those 11 kittens, socialize them, and adopt them to a wonderful family who took all three. Unlike Solo, whose mother hid her too well when she was a tiny kitten, her three siblings were successfully fostered into a forever home.

There are still 4 kittens left to catch, and two of the mothers. Solo’s mom was caught and TNR’ed [Trapped, Neutered, and Returned] last month. The other young mother is playing coy. The third mother is a senior. She’s the mom of most of the cats in the colony. She’s wiley . . . but we’re hopeful we can finally catch her.

Thanks for all you do at SAAC!

Have a wonderful New Year!
Christina Bellon, Sacramento

Do you have your own success story using SAAC’s spay and neuter programs? Please send it to And don’t forget to include pictures of your dog, your cat—or any of the feral cats you’re helping (and manage to capture a photo of)!

Voucher Success Story: Louie

The Sacramento Area Animal Coalition (SAAC) loves hearing from the people who use our low-cost spay and neuter programs. Whether caring for a dog for the first time or finding room in their hearts and homes for one more cat, the stories they tell reflect the love for and dedication to animals that drives what we do here at SAAC. Read on for another happy tale:

I wanted to extend a very warm thank you for the voucher that you provided my family to help with the neutering of our puppy. My son has been asking me for a K-9 companion for some time now and due to the costs of caring for a pet, I was forced to decline for a very long time.

Despite my financial situation, a Beagle/mix puppy by the name of Louie seemed to find his way into our home and our hearts. Uncertain what to do, I began searching for financial help because I knew that it would devastate my little boy if I couldn’t find a way for Louie to remain a part of our family. I came across your website and filled out the application, submitted the required documents and waited patiently for a response. I was very surprised to find a voucher in our mailbox a short time thereafter. I immediately made the appointment.

I am so grateful for the opportunity that you have given us to be pet owners. I have never been a dog person but having Louie has changed my opinion about K-9s entirely. We love him so much and he certainly loves his humans as well. I’m glad we were able to rescue him from the young man in Davis and provide Louie with a loving forever home.

Julian and Andrea, Citrus Heights

Do you have your own success story using SAAC’s spay and neuter programs? Please send it to And don’t forget to include pictures of your dog or cat!

Voucher Success Story: Gotham

The Sacramento Area Animal Coalition (SAAC) loves hearing from the people who use our low-cost spay and neuter programs. From pet lovers to feral cat trappers, the stories they tell are at times heart-warming, inspiring, and always reflective of the love so many of us feel for our animal companions. Read on for another happy tale:

We rescued Gotham from a not-so-healthy or safe environment when he was about eight weeks old. We didn’t really have the means to take in another pet, and we already had a service dog, but we couldn’t let him stay in the bad situation he was in.

I had heard about a lot of programs that help with the spay and neuter of pitbull breeds, but I tried for over a year to get on a list to qualify for one of these. The market is pretty oversaturated and it’s hard to get in, and despite trying over and over again, I never did get through.

As soon as I heard about the SAAC Voucher Program I got online to check it out. It only took me maybe 5 or 10 minutes to fill out the information required and to qualify, and I was promptly sent a notification saying that I would receive my voucher in a few days.

To complicate things, we had just moved into a new house and didn’t know the mail was not being delivered, and my voucher was one of the things to be returned to its sender. A volunteer from the voucher program contacted me to let me know it had been returned, and she actually hand-delivered it to my house the next morning to make sure I received it.

To make things even better, they provide a list of well known veterinarian offices who accept the program with the voucher. Making the appointment was smooth and easy and Gotham gets his procedure done next week. My co-pay is only $15, which is completely reasonable.

Thank you,
Michelle Saucier, Sacramento

Do you have your own success story using SAAC’s spay and neuter programs? Please send it to And don’t forget to include pictures of your dog or cat!

Give Where Your Heart Is on the Big Day of Giving 2017!

On Thursday, May 4, the Sacramento Area Animal Coalition (SAAC) is participating in the Big Day of Giving — a 24-hour online giving challenge to raise more than $7 million for nonprofits in the Sacramento region.

SAAC’s goal is to raise $10,000 for our low-cost spay and neuter programs, which prevent thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens from being born and ending up in area shelters.

Please help us reach our Big Day of Giving goal and save animal lives! Here are all the ways you can help:

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Free Cat Spaying AND Neutering! Limited Time Only!

Calling all cats residing in Sacramento County!

What: FREE cat spays and neuters!

When: Limited time only, April 24 through May 5, 2017.

Where: Animal Spay Neuter Clinic on 3839 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento, CA 95827. This is not a SAAC program.

Who Qualifies: Residents of Sacramento County. Animal shelters and rescue groups do not qualify.

How do I make an appointment? Call (916) 368-7314.