Animal Protection League to open FREE/Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic & Wellness Center after ending contract with Stockton Shelter

Clinic will be first of its kind for San Joaquin County

Since 2018, the Animal Protection League (APL) has proudly served as the outside management team for the City of Stockton Animal Shelter managing “Veterinary Services” and “Other Support Services.” On June 30, 2023, APL stepped aside as the Veterinary Care Provider and on October 31, 2023, the Other Support Services of our contract came to an end.

During our tenure at the shelter, we were honored to create many programs that were crucial for positive outcomes for tens of thousands of shelter animals, our community and their pets during times of great need. Listed below are a few of our highlighted essential services provided:

  • A rescue/transfer team
  • A foster team
  • A volunteer team
  • An adoption team
  • Doggy Day Out program
  • Dog walkers/enrichment
  • We contracted Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive (SSPA), a nonprofit that serves as a safety net and support system for the region’s large-breed shelter dogs. SSPA provided
    behavioral expertise, including critical dog playgroups, that were essential to dogs’ well-being and gaining an understanding of each dog to best match them with homes,
    foster, or rescue.

As we close the door to this chapter of APL’s journey, we are elated to share with the public our next adventure! 

We have redefined our mission and applied all our efforts and resources into opening San Joaquin County’s first Free/Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic and Wellness Center for our community’s pets.

Amid the pet overpopulation crisis in our region, our efforts will be to tackle the root of the issue. As we know all too well from our work with the shelter, there’s no time to wait to address this core issue. Our plans are to make an impactful difference in the lives of our community’s animals most in need while eventually eliminating unnecessary euthanasia.

The pet overpopulation crisis we are combatting can be attributed in large part to families having unwanted litters, backyard breeding for profit, and escalating costs of veterinary services. Many families are simply finding it unaffordable to spay and neuter their pets.

APL plans to open the doors of our new facility within the next few months. The facility will be managed by Veterinarian Dr. Kathy Allan, DVM. We will be hiring RVTs and veterinary technicians to join our life-saving team. The jobs will be posted on our website, along with social media.

We thank the community for the love, support, and encouragement you have shown us, and your support will be more important than ever as we embark on this new journey. We are excited about this next step as we work to combat pet overpopulation, help our community, and save pets’ lives.

With much gratitude,

Jolene Medeiros, Executive Director, and Jill Antonini, Director of Fund Development & Community Outreach