Patti Galle and Rob Avery
Patti Galle and Rob Avery

Grass Valley, Calif. December 8, 2016 – Patti Galle of Nevada County Pets of the Homeless received a desperate plea from a woman regarding her seven unaltered cats on November 28th. Within 2 days Patti had organized transportation for all seven Willows cats and a spay/neuter party at For the Love of Pets Veterinary Hospital (FTLOP).

Unaltered cats can multiply rapidly as a Willows woman quickly discovered. Two cats turned into seven cats, and without the funds to curtail the problem, she reached out to her local agencies for solutions. Patti said, “The Glenn County Animal Control offered to trap the cats for her for $150, but once trapped she would have to euthanize or abandon them because she didn’t have the finances to alter all seven and Glenn County doesn’t have the same proactive programs as Nevada County. She found our number and called Nevada County Pets of the Homeless and we rallied to help.”

Tapping the heavily burdened Nevada County animal programs to help financially wasn’t an option, so Patti called on her Nevada County Peeps Facebook followers to help, and she soon had a volunteer driver, a vet willing to donate time and services and people lining up to adopt the cats. Ultimately four trips were made to Willows to transport the cats to FTLOP where they were either spayed or neutered. All in all, Nevada County Pets of the Homeless covered $100 in gas and vaccines for the cats while Rob Avery, DVM and owner of FTLOP donated the surgeries. From the first call to surgery the process took 10 days.

“We’ve been working closely with Nevada County Pets of the Homeless for two years now. Patti is making a huge impact on the lives of the homeless, their pets and our community, so I’m happy to extend a helping hand and further her cause,” says Dr. Avery.

For the Love of Pets Veterinary Hospital is a privately owned companion animal hospital.