A safe and happy July 4 with your pet

It’s that time of year again! The 4th of July holiday is one of the most important times of year to take precautions with your pet.

The following are a few helpful tips to not only keep your pet safe, but also happy and comfortable this holiday weekend:

BE AWARE OF THEIR SURROUNDINGS. From celebrating at your house to going to a friend’s place or a local park, you always want to be sure that your pet(s) are comfortable.

You know your pet(s) best. Don’t put them in situations they may typically find overwhelming.

  • If they don’t like large groups of people, let them stay home in the air conditioning while you and your family head over to the BBQ.
  • If they have noise phobias, make sure they have a safe place of their own in the house while you set off fireworks outdoors and, of course, don’t take them to the local fireworks display.

Always be mindful of the front and patio doors. Oftentimes, our pets will join the increase in traffic in and out of the door on summer holiday weekends — and they may just take themselves for a walk long before we even know about it.

MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A COLLAR WITH ID TAG ON AT ALL TIMES. A microchip may eventually get your pet(s) home, but a collar with ID tag and phone number increases their chance of getting home before going to a local animal shelter.

A collar and ID tag is the best line of defense in case the weekend activity sends your pet on an unexpected adventure.

MANAGE THEIR DIET. During the excitement of the holiday, it’s easy to share what is on the grill with your pet(s), but remember that just like people, moderation is key.

The best rule of thumb is to not feed your pet people food; however, if you feel compelled only provide them a taste by giving a very small portion. Also, follow these helpful tips on what NOT to feed your pet, even in small portions:

Harmful foods for your CAT      Harmful foods for your DOG

MIND THE HEAT. A great rule of thumb is that if you’re taking precautions with yourself and your family regarding the weather, you’ll want to do the same with your pet(s). The following tips are always helpful:

  • Ensure they always have access to fresh, cold water.
  • Limit outdoor playtime to the necessary walks your pets need.
  • Ensure that while outdoors your pets have access to shade or other cooling options, such as play pools filled with cold water.
  • Remember that the pavement will be hot — try not to linger unnecessarily on the asphalt.
  • Know the signs of heat stroke and provide immediate relief if your pet(s) exhibit any of the following by soaking them in cool water and/or taking them to your or an emergency vet:

+ excessive panting     + salivation
+ vomiting     + anxious or staring expression
+ fast pulse rate and high body temperature

Follow these helpful tips and your in for a great weekend with your pet. Have a great July 4th!

Fix 50: Caramel’s Story

UPDATE: Caramel has been adopted and is already in her new home!

Nearly 50 animals have been with us at the Sacramento SPCA for more than a month — and that is just too long to wait for a home. Here is a story of one of those animals, who is not only an exceptional girl, but also one of the Sacramento SPCA Fix 50 animals looking for a home.

Caramel, an almost two-year-old American Fuzzy Lop has spent half of her life in foster care. She was surrendered last year along with 13 other rabbits from what appeared to be a breeding situation. Suddenly, in the summer of 2013, we had a lot of homes to find.

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Sacramento SPCA Foster Care Coordinator Sarah Varanini called on several foster families to take in some of the rabbits, while the rest went on the adoption floor. Caramel, a very special case went to foster volunteer Barbara, who is also a member of the House Rabbit Society, a local non-profit rescue that we often partner with to place rabbits into new homes.

Upon arrival, it was evident that Caramel would need some immediate medical attention. Caramel suffers from a manageable tear duct condition, but was in desperate need of treatment. After having her ducts flushed by our veterinary staff, she was sent home with Barbara where she could be looked after. There she learned to socialize with people and attend several adoption events with the House Rabbit Society in an attempt to find a home.

After 10 months with Barbara, Caramel is now available for adoption and patiently waiting for a family. She is in need of an exceptional owner who is inspired by her story and can also help her manage her weepy eyes. It’s important to Caramel’s health and comfort to have her tear ducts flushed at least twice a year by a medical professional.

Because she is one of the Sacramento SPCA Fix 50 anyone who adopts Caramel will receive 50% off of the adoption fee!

Sacramento SPCA Fix 50

Fix50 Stuck in traffic for 30 minutes due to construction on Highway 50?

We have animals that have been here for more than 30 DAYS!

Nearly 50 animals have been with us at the Sacramento SPCA for more than a month — and that is just too long to wait for a home.Traffic cones

Help us fix the lives of 50 homeless animals. Adopt one of the Sacramento SPCA Fix 50 and receive 50% off of the adoption fee.

Create a happy ending for these amazing pets-to-be by giving them a home through Sunday, May 18 at 6 p. m.

STILL AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION

Charlie

Charlie

Gumbo

Gumbo

Gunter

Gunter

Malia

Malia

Marceline

Marceline

Markus

Markus

McKenna

McKenna

Mercedes

Mercedes

Mickey

Mickey

Milton

Milton

Missy

Missy

Nala

Nala

Nellie

Nellie

Pretty Bird

Pretty Bird

Sassy

Sassy

Speedy Gonzales

Speedy Gonzales

Tree Trunks

Tree Trunks

 ADOPTED

Angel

Angel

Arden

Arden

Arya

Arya

Batman

Batman

Beemo

Beemo

Bowie

Bowie

Bowie rabbit

Bowie rabbit

Caramel

Caramel

Carmouche

Carmouche

Diesel

Diesel

Zoe

Zoe

Egypt

Egypt

Harley

Harley

Heidi

Heidi

Hubba Bubba -- adopted!

Hubba Bubba

Joe Joe

Joe Joe

Kiki

Kiki

Lightening

Lightening

Maya

Maya

Milo

Milo

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter

Pee Wee

Pee Wee

Pipa

Pipa

Polaris

Polaris

Purriwinkle

Purriwinkle

Regina

Regina

Rosalie

Rosalie

Rose

Rose

Samuel

Samuel

Stefania -- adopted!

Stefania

Tallulah

Tallulah

Thor

Thor

Annabell

Annabell

An Aussie takes flight

An Aussie takes flight
Planes, trains and automobiles for one very deserving pup

The Sacramento SPCA sends hundreds of dogs and cats to rescue groups each year, but not every story is as exciting as Joe’s.

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Snapshots of Joe at the Sacramento SPCA

When a one-year-old Australian cattle dog mix was surrendered to our shelter due to excessive barking, it soon became evident that he was not only deaf, but also extremely nervous and in need of just the right home. Knowing that he couldn’t go to just any household, Sacramento SPCA Foster Care Coordinator, Lizz Westphal began contacting rescue groups to try to find this lively boy a place where he could find comfort and stability.

Not long after conversations began with the Angel Dogs Foundation, located in Southern California, our energetic Aussie Joe, had a brand new life in the making. In just days he would not only switch zip codes, but he would also get a once in a dog’s life chance to see the world from a whole new perspective.

It’s not every day that a dog is flown from Sacramento to Delano, Calif., let alone in a private plane! Leaving Sacramento Executive Airport, Joe was as playful as ever and gave escorts a good laugh with his silly antics.

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Joe and his new pal (and pilot) Brian have a little meet and greet

Joe was transported by Pilots N Paws, a non-profit organization of volunteers and plane owners with the goal of helping to transport rescue animals.

While in flight, Joe managed to squirm and wiggle his way out of his nylon enclosure (as a crate wouldn’t fit in the plane) and Sue Clark, a representative from the Angel Dogs Foundation, had to do everything in her power to keep Joe from crawling into the pilot’s lap.

“It was a priceless Kodak moment and I would have taken a photo, but I was too busy holding on for dear life to make sure he wasn’t going to kick off the auto pilot,” says Clark.

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Friends at first sight

Eventually, after a safe landing, Joe was introduced to the rest of the Angel Dogs Foundation crew and settled in nicely. Joe will soon be introduced to an experienced family that has been in contact with the foundation and has been on the lookout for a dog just like him.

Joe is one of the many rescue success stories that will come out of the great relationship the Sacramento SPCA has with rescue groups. Not all will be as adventurous, but they all deserve a mention, as it truly takes a village to find dogs like Joe that well-deserved second chance!

 

Sadie and Kirby: One step closer to home

Life is always better with a friend by your side. When it comes to two dogs who just arrived at the Sacramento SPCA, truer words have never been written.

Sadie and Kirby have been together since Kirby was just a puppy. Both adopted, they have spent all of their years with a great owner, bonding over some of life’s greatest details — going to the dog park, learning how to shake, and watching YouTube videos.*

Sadie and Kirby practicing their adoption smiles

Sadie and Kirby practicing their adoption smiles

Sadly, this past February they lost the greatest part of their life when their owner suddenly passed away. Since then, they’ve been staying with a family friend. Unable to place the dogs into a new home, the friend reached out to the Sacramento SPCA and we made a promise to find the dogs a home together.

Bonded given the journey they’ve traveled together, Sadie won’t walk through a door without Kirby by her side. And when Kirby seems to struggle with the loss of their owner, he turns to Sadie.

“Upon meeting them you just know that these two dogs need to continue their journey together,” explains Jeannette Biskup, the Sacramento SPCA’s chief of operations. “We’re going to do everything we can to make that happen. Fortunately, we always receive such great support from the Sacramento community that we have no doubt that these two will soon be home again.”

The pair is currently available for adoption. Sadie is a seven-year-old black Lab mix and her pal Kirby is a three-year-old Beagle mix. Learn more about them by visiting the shelter.

* That’s right. Sadie is a fan of both TV and YouTube. Her favorites? Cartoons or anything with other animals and kids.

Bridget’s Happy Ending

This is the story of Munchie, a Chihuahua mix who started out as a stray and found herself a happy ending.

B in the sun

Originally found in someone’s backyard, it was clear that Munchie would need a fair amount of medical treatment. Upon surrender at the Sacramento SPCA, the little dog with her tongue hanging out of her mouth, quickly won the hearts of our shelter staff. Through a medical assessment, it was determined that not only did she need to have nine teeth extracted, but she also had a cancerous mammary mass along with a heart murmur.

All of a sudden this silly faced little dog was faced with a long road ahead of her.

Then walked in Sharilyn — a former Sacramento SPCA staff member, a current volunteer, and a regular supporter, but more importantly, someone who was willing to adopt little Munchie, no matter what lied. When asked what made her want to adopt Bridget, Sharilyn told us that, “the ‘imperfect’ ones are the ‘perfect’ ones to me.”

Sharilyn & B

Munchie, now Bridget, has since recovered from surgery and spends her days lying in the sun and being doted on by the family. Sharilyn says she is one happy pup and to “watch out for that tongue, because she loves to give kisses and they are big ones!”

Sharilyn and Bridget share their home with another Sacramento SPCA alumni, Bubbles, who was adopted in 2007.

A new home for Sherpa before the weekend

Sherpa is a 10-year-old kitty who is eagerly awaiting her new home. We say “eagerly” because she has recently started to decline in the shelter.

With us since Christmas Eve, Sherpa is being affected by the stress that comes with living in a shelter. Despite having a suite with a very tall cat tree, rolling scratching post, bed and all the savory food she can eat, she’s still ready for a home where she can be a member of a family.

In recent weeks, Sherpa’s appetite has begun to wane and she also came down with (but recovered from!) a mild upper respiratory infection (kitty cold). All of us at the Sacramento SPCA want her to be in a new home very soon so she can be her old self again, which is incredibly affectionate and pretty spry for a 10-year-old kitty.

Sherpa’s adoption fee is only $85, but because she is an adult, she’s free to any persons over 65 years of age. This Friday anyone can adopt her for only $5!

Can you give Sherpa a home?

Watch her appearance on Fox 40′s Morning Show:

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American Red Cross releases first aid app for pets

In recent months, the American Red Cross released a pet first aid app for pet owners. In the event of a pet emergency, it can guide you through almost any emergency until you can get the assistance you need from a veterinary professional.

Today, the Sacramento SPCA’s Carol Mefferd joined Jordan Scott from the American Red Cross California Capital Chapter on Good Day Sacramento to review the app and give a few quick tips on how to administer CPR to your pet.

The app is available for only $0.99 for both iPhone and Android. Learn more at www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/pet-first-aid-app.

Remember that any first aid administered to your pet should be followed by immediate veterinary care. Always keep handy the phone number of your veterinarian and the nearest emergency animal hospital.

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Adopting Nellie

Nellie's black and white photoNellie’s going home! The time has finally come for our little Nellie to leave the nest. Although this time is bittersweet for those of us at the Sacramento SPCA, we are very excited to begin receiving your applications and learn how your home will be a great one for her.

Applications to adopt Nellie will be accepted from Monday, February 17 to Friday, February 21 at 5 p.m. PT. The following forms and information are required to apply:

1. Sacramento SPCA dog matchmaker questionnaire
2. A brief letter explaining how your home and lifestyle will be well-suited for Nellie

Email or fax your full application to Sacramento SPCA Foster Care Coordinator Sarah Varanini by the deadline. Fax number: (916) 394-5390.

You may also drop off your application at the Sacramento SPCA at 6201 Florin-Perkins Rd., 95828. Please deliver it to the front receiving building (follow the signs).

Although we’d like nothing more than to fulfill requests to meet Nellie prior to the processing of each application, please know that we are unable to given the high number of animals we care for each day.

Applications chosen for consideration will be contacted the week of February 24. If we determine that the first applicant is not a good fit for Nellie or if the applicant decides not to adopt her, we will move on to the next preferred applicant.

Nellie as paw in baby food version of Sacramento SPCA logoAn announcement will be made celebrating the next step in Nellie’s life — her adoption — a success we couldn’t have achieved without your incredible support.

From all of us at the Sacramento SPCA, thank you for allowing our little Nellie to capture your hearts.

Go Nellie go!

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Sacramento SPCA asks for community’s help to reduce overcrowding at its shelter

Only one week into the New Year and we’ve already begun to implement changes to reduce overcrowding at our shelter this year. These changes will allow us to better manage animal intake — a step that will improve the care we’re able to provide the animals.

In the last six years we’ve seen a 134% increase in the number of stray animals coming into our shelter. Unfortunately, an animal shelter at or beyond capacity places an incredible amount of stress on the animals and we’re looking to make their stay with us as pleasant as possible — but we can’t do it without your partnership!

By helping us achieve the following, you’ll help us to ensure the best possible care for animals in our community.

1. Bring stray animals found in the city and county of Sacramento to the respective animal shelter funded for their care.

By law, stray animals must be housed by the government agencies funded to provide care. In previous years, the Sacramento SPCA took many of these animals in and incurred the cost of transferring them to the appropriate government agency, reducing the funds available for direct animal care.

  • For dogs and cats found within the city limits (noted by green street signs), the public needs to take them to the City of Sacramento Front Street Animal Shelter at 2127 Front Street.
  • For dogs and cats found outside of the city limits, but within the county limits (noted by white street signs), the public needs to take them to Sacramento County Animal Care & Regulation at 3839 Bradshaw Road. This includes animals found within the city of Elk Grove.
  • Exceptions to this rule include the cities of Rancho Cordova and Folsom which have contracted with other entities for service. Animals found in Rancho Cordova must be brought to the Sacramento SPCA. Animals found in Folsom must be brought to Blue Ravine Animal Hospital at 1770 Prairie City Drive in Folsom.

2. Spread the word that we’re now open Wednesday to Sunday. These hours align the Sacramento SPCA’s shelter service hours with others in the community.

3. And tell those who need it that we’re now offering an additional affordable vaccination clinic. Clinics are available on both Monday and Tuesday of each week now from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at our facility on Florin-Perkins Road.

4. Ensure that all of your pets are provided a collar and ID tag. The best way to reduce the number of stray animals in local animal shelters is to prevent pets from becoming strays. A collar and ID tag will put a lost animal back in its home rather than in an animal shelter.

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