LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — A veterinarian who played a key role in founding and running the Lake County Animal Care and Control clinic and expanding the agency’s services has died.
Dr Richard Bachman, 68, died on March 20.
Her passing is the reason Animal Care and Control signaled it was suspending some of its services, including the community cat program and vaccination clinics, director Jonathan Armas said.
Animal Care and Control said Bachman obtained his veterinary license in 1982 and has a private practice in Sonoma County.
He then worked in Contra Costa County, where he began specializing in shelter medicine.
Bachman began working with Lake County Animal Care and Control in 2007 and has dedicated an extensive amount of time to Lake County, the agency reported.
He is credited with playing an instrumental role in the creation of the Animal Care and Control Clinic, leading a study that was presented to the Board of Supervisors which Armas says began the clinic’s formation. The clinic opened in 2012.
Bachman also helped establish public services, including the Low-Cost Spaying Program and the Community Cat Program, which were central to the agency’s efforts to control the pet population.
“The clinic has allowed us to provide high-quality care for strays, keep our adoption prices low, and provide public services,” Armas said.
Animal Care and Control said Bachman provided veterinary care to animals in Lake County affected by disasters and wildfires, including the Valley Fire in 2015.
That same year, when the clinic’s vets quit, Armas said Bachman stepped in to ensure quality care continued to be provided.
“He tried to find a replacement several times and had to step back from full-time work, but continued to work with us and provide surgeries for our adoptions and vaccination clinics,” Armas said. “He was also instrumental in purchasing all of the equipment we use and training the program as a whole.”
On his Facebook page, Animal Care and Control posted, “Dr. Bachman was an advocate for animals and affordable access to care. Dr. Bachman was a mentor and a friend who will be greatly missed.
His family has suggested that donations in honor of Dr. Bachman’s life may be made by check (write “donation” in the memo line of the check) to Lake County Animal Care and Control, 4949 Helbush Drive, Lakeport, CA 95453.