By Kathy Chouteau
The Richmond-based nonprofit Animal Fix Clinic is set to purchase the property formerly occupied by the Pinole Animal Shelter for the below-market price of $42,000, per the clinic’s website.
The announcement from the clinic—formerly known as Fix Our Ferals—comes on the heels of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors’ approval of a proposal to sell its property and includes details about the organization’s reasons behind the purchase and their future goals.
According to the Animal Fix Clinic on its website, their new home at 910 San Pablo Ave. in Pinole, which they will move into in 2023, will be converted from a shelter into a surgical clinic. “We will continue offering spay/neuter surgeries, and other life-enhancing and life-saving surgeries at the new location,” said reps.
The clinic won’t provide animal shelters, adoptions or overnight boarding, with reps noting that they are “not taking over animal control functions that the County previously performed at the Pinole location.”
Clinic reps added that, as they move to the new Pinole property, they will be closing down their Richmond location, which they currently rent. “Owning our own building will allow us more security in an uncertain rental market and save tens of thousands of dollars in rent each year.” In the meantime, Animal Fix Clinic will continue taking appointments at its Richmond location at 12226 San Pablo Ave.
The clinic stated that it will require major resources to purchase, renovate and open the building in Pinole and encouraged community members to support their move with a tax-deductible donation here. “We’ll be sharing more ways you can plug in to support as we go.”
The roster of renovations includes building a brand-new surgical suite, putting in post-surgery recovery areas for cats and dogs and renovating the office and administration areas, per clinic reps.