The Humboldt Spay/Neuter Clinic is looking for a new home.

We received the  following from Jennifer Raymond of the Humboldt Spay/Neuter They sound like a worthy outfit so if you can help them,  please do so.

Hello, I wanted to let you know about our small (non-profit) business, Humboldt Spay/Neuter Clinic. We operate a low-cost spay/neuter clinic for cats and are presently spaying or neutering approximately 200 cats each month (that should be good news to the birds in your yard!). We would like to open our services to dogs, but need a larger location. Our present space is the building in front of The Farm Store in Eureka (the one with the great Flatmo mural of horses), which is just 800 square feet. We are seeking a location with approximately double the space. I thought I’d mention it to you in case you might be able to get word out in the business community, or could guide me to any business organizations where I could spread the word. (I am aware of Dr. Humble’s space, but it has a couple of major drawbacks: 1) right now he is asking the new tenant to buy all of his equipment and supplies for $300K or more, and 2) his surgery suite is located upstairs which is problematic, though it would indeed keep us all in great shape!).

You mentioned in your post that we have a shortage of veterinarians in Humboldt, and indeed we do, especially for affordable spaying and neutering and basic wellness care. Cat spays currently cost between $150 and $320 depending on the vet used, and dog spays are between $250 and $800 or more, depending on the size of the dog and the vet used. Our regular price to spay a cat is $85, reduced to $55 (or less) for low-income, stray and feral cats. Our dog prices would be in the same range. We know these services are desperately needed, so if there is any way you can help us spread the word that we are in need of a new space, we would be most appreciative. We are not requesting charity; we are able to pay rent and would even consider purchasing an appropriate space.

Thank you for your website and for listening to my plea. Jennifer Raymond, Director Humboldt Spay/Neuter Network 707.442.1426 (personal phone)




Cutten Animal Health Center is Closing!

I’ve been taking my animals to CAHC since 1993 and have never had any complaints. Dr Humble has always been good with them and didn t try to run up the charges the way some vets do. But when I went it Tuesday to get LouLou her shots I was greeted by a sketchy looking couple who informed me that the doctor was no longer available and that the practice had been closed. The only service they were offering was to copy the vet records.  The lobby was strewn with pizza boxes. 

I knew Dr Humble had  had problems before but I thought he was great and my animals loved him. After 23 years you should at least get a cheery postcard if they’re closing. But that’s life.  If you have records down there get over there in the next day or two.. 

In Humboldt we now have a shortage of vets to go along with our shortages of doctors, nurses, surgeons and nursing-home beds.  What next?