Who We Are and What We Do

About S.P.A.R.C.

Our Story

The concept of a community based non-profit shelter was born over lunch in June 2011. The only condition sought by the initial committee members was that the new shelter would be “no-kill”…meaning it would NOT euthanize animals on the basis of overcrowding, irreparable medical conditions, or behavioral challenges.

With that commitment, experienced rescuers associated with Canine Adoption Rescue League (CARL), Tiny Loving Canines (TLC), Protect and Promote Animals (PAPA), Rock and Rescue, Inc. and other individuals started meeting on a regular basis to formulate the plans which would eventually become SPARC. Every month new issues were raised and addressed by the committee until a proposed contract was finalized and presented to the city council for vote in March 2012. With that vote, Santa Paula
became “host” to the first and only no-kill” animal shelter in Ventura County, providing humane care and treatment for the stray and abandoned animals of the city as well as education, spay/neuter, vaccination, licensing and other services. Pet overpopulation is a community problem and SPARC presents a humane, community-based solution.

 

2020 Intake and Outcome Statistics

Intake type  # of Dogs # of Cats # of Other  Total
Owner/Guardian Surrender  124 44 2 170
Return  13 5 0 18
Seized / Custody  68 21 10 99
Stray  295 492 18 805
Transfer In  8 0 0 8
Wildlife In  0 0 5 5
Service In  2 1 0 3
Final total: 510 563 35 1108
Outcome type # of Dogs # of Cats # of Other Total
Adoption  276 440 18 734
Return to Owner  195 12 8 209
Transferred to Rescues 35 43 8 86
Died in Care  6 47 1 54
DOA 6 7 0 13
Euthanized  2 11 2 15
Final total:  520 560 37 1111

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