On July 7, 2016, the dogs of Putnam County Animal control woke up to what would turn into a very busy day for them. Little did they know, there was a surprise in store for them. One that would aid them on their journey to finding their forever homes. Homes that each and every animal richly deserves.




Just before 9 a.m., several people were walking around, reviewing papers, pointing at the animals, and calling out numbers: Dr. Shelton and his talented staff from Shelton Veterinary Clinic.



Dr. Shelton had learned that Putnam County Animal Control was going to be participating in the Mega Pet Adoption Event, sponsored by First Coast No More Homeless Pets, in Jacksonville on July 15 & 16, and offered to come spay or neuter the animals selected to go to the event at the shelter itself.





Dr. Shelton and his team worked from a surgical suite made by the Putnam County Animal Control Staff. Not only were the animals spayed or neutered, they were micro-chipped, and tested for heart worms.





The process began with a dose of medication to make the animals sleepy. And boy did they get sleepy! Dr. Shelton's wonderful Staff would carry the dogs to the surgery suite when it was their turn.






Once on the table, the dogs were given another dose of medication to make them sleep for the surgery. Dr. Shelton's dedicated staff also intubated each dog and provided oxygen. A small measure of blood was taken for the heart worm test before the surgery began.





Eleven dogs in all were treated by Dr. Shelton and his tireless Staff. After the surgery was completed, Dr. Shelton marked each dog with a green tattoo near the incision site. This mark lets other vets know that the animal has been sterilized.






After the surgery, each animal was placed with one of Dr. Shelton's Staff for constant monitoring until they roused from the anesthesia. Their breathing and heart rate was continuously checked during their time in recovery.




After the dogs awoke, they were carried back to their freshly scrubbed kennels, and left to relax under the diligent supervision of the Putnam County Animal Control Staff. Once the animals were fully awake, cones were placed over their heads to prevent them from harming the incision sites.





Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for Dr. Shelton and his remarkable Staff. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being part of the solution!





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