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Free event at Solano animal shelter celebrates debut of "Open Paw" program

September 4, 2003

The Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program of UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Solano County Animal Care, and Open Paw invite the public to a free open house Saturday, September 13, 2003, 10 AM-4 PM, at the Solano County Animal Shelter, Fairfield.

Visitors can see canine agility demonstrations and watch working dogs show off their search and rescue or bomb detection skills. Families will also find exhibits and information on general veterinary topics, vaccination guidelines, animal behavior, canine "good citizen" testing, and dog training. Volunteers will demonstrate shelter-based activities (training, cage enrichment, animal care) and recruit volunteers for Open Paw

Open Paw helps stop the surrender and euthanasia of unwanted dogs and cats through the education of people and animals by using the actual shelter environment as a teaching setting. The primary goal of Open Paw is to educate prospective animal guardians. Open Paw intends to turn every animal shelter into a pleasant, friendly, quiet place where members of the community can go to learn about animals, and about basic training and behavior. The program also seeks to change the structure of shelters so that animals learn and retain their basic skills and "manners" instead of losing them while in the shelter.

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine conducts teaching, research and service to benefit animal, human and environmental health. The Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program provides veterinary services and other resources to protect the health of shelter animals and enrich their lives during their shelter stays.

Solano County Animal Care is a municipal shelter located at 2510 Clay Bank Rd., Fairfield; (707) 421-7486 (general); 707-438-2656 (volunteers). The shelter serves a population of 403,000 in an area of nearly 400 square miles. Solano County Animal Care takes in approximately 10,000 animals per year.

Media Contacts:

Sheila Segurson, DVM, Maddie's Shelter Program, (530) 754-2117;

Lynn Narlesky, Communications, Office of the Dean, (530) 752-5257;