Peanut butter and jelly. French fries and ketchup. Adoptable shelter pets and … Transformers?

Yes, it’s just one more creative avenue the Sacramento SPCA is taking to let the world know about the fantastic dogs, cats and more we have available for adoption. Members of the local cosplay community (cosplay, or costume play, is a performance art in which participants wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea) joined forces with us recently for a rollicking photo shoot designed to raise awareness about the animals of the SPCA. Cosplayers decked out in their G.I. Joe, Halo, and steampunk finery posed with our canine and feline guests, and the results became a Facebook sensation.

We’re working hard to spread the word that the Sacramento SPCA is our region’s premier destination for animal adoptions. Our hard work is paying off, as we’ve recently completed some amazing placements that in years past would have been nearly impossible to accomplish.

Take Body and Lady, for example. One elderly Boxer would be difficult enough to place, but a bonded pair? It took some time, but the perfect adopter finally made her way to the shelter and it was love at first sight. That bonded pair is now a trio (if you count their new human companion, and we do!), and their happily ever began just a few weeks ago.

And then there was Buddy. The 11-year-old pug found himself at the SPCA last month, surrendered by the family who’d had him since he was a puppy. Buddy was depressed and didn’t show that goofy-but-endearing sparkle that so many pugs exhibit. He was in good health, however, and we placed him on the adoption floor with high hopes. Just two days later, a retired local woman whose previous pug had died at the age of 18 heard about Buddy and came in to meet him. Buddy sat in her lap, smiling a classic pug grin, tongue lolling to the side as she stroked his back. “There’s a lot of love left in this boy,” the woman declared, and adopted him on the spot.

It appears our less-than-conventional approach to informing the community of our amazing animals is paying off. Look for more innovative, fun adoption promotions from us soon! Have a creative idea of how we can share the joy with the greater Sacramento region? Email mktgcomm@sspca.org with your stroke of genius.

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Thank you for Dashing

Many thanks to all who helped make our recent Doggy Dash event a smashing success! Whether you made a monetary pledge to a participant, registered and did the official walk with your favorite four-legged friend, or just came by to partake in the spectacular carnival-themed pet festival, we appreciate your contribution. More than $169,000 was raised to benefit the animals of the Sacramento SPCA!

Of course, we couldn’t have done it without our hardworking special events volunteers. From pre-registration to traffic control to clean-up, and everything in between, our volunteers make special days like the Doggy Dash possible.

Sacramento resident Barbara Kluender has been an SPCA volunteer for more than five years. “Cat socializing was my main focus at first,” Kluender says. “I wasn’t in a position at the time to own a cat, and I thought it would be a great way to get my kitty fix. Then I did a little bit with the dog training program, and I loved doing mobile adoptions. But once I started doing special events, I was hooked.”

She helped oversee the pre-registration portion of the most recent Doggy Dash, and also performed countless tasks during the event itself . “The people who come out to that event are fantastic, and there’s such camaraderie among the group, particularly the volunteers. It’s such a fun time for everyone involved,” says Kluender.

Kluender is also a constant presence at the SPCA’s bi-annual book sales. “The book sales are one of my favorite events to volunteer at,” she says. “The people who come to the book sales are so great, avid book readers who tell you about their favorite authors and favorite books, or they’re animal lovers who want to tell you all about their pets. They’re the sweetest people in the world.”

Now retired from the State Controller’s office, Kluender and her husband share their home with Leya the tortoiseshell cat (“She was a ‘foster failure,’ Kluender laughs, “part of a litter we fostered that we just couldn’t give up”) and Onyx, a 14- or 15-year-old Australian shepherd mix. “Onyx is kind of rambunctious,” she says. “Her surrender form said she was 14, but she still has quite a bit of pep.”

Kluender recommends the SPCA’s volunteer program to “anybody who loves animals or people. To me, the shelter is just a really fun place to be. The volunteers who come in love animals and are supportive of one another, and the staff is so appreciative of any help you can give them. You get lots of love from the animals – you always go home feeling loved.”

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Summer Safety for Pets

dogheatSacramento summers bring plenty of opportunities for two- and four-legged fun, but it’s important to keep a few things in mind to make sure your furry friend stays safe!

  • Never leave your pet in the car during warm Sacramento weather – just a few minutes can be life-threatening, and costly!  In the Sacramento heat, the inside of your car can reach over 120 degrees in a matter of minutes.  In addition, under new California law, leaving a pet in a hot vehicle can result in a fine of up to $500 and as much as six months in jail.  If you see a dog in a parked car on a hot day, try to locate the owner and let him or her know that the situation is urgent; otherwise, call 911.
  • Make sure your pets always have access to plenty of fresh water and shade during the hot summer months.  Limit summer-time exercise to morning and evening hours, and remember that asphalt can be very hot on pets’ feet.
  • Leave your furry friend home when you head out to July 4th celebrations and other crowded summer events like concerts and fairs.  Loud noises, combined with the heat can be stressful and even dangerous for pets.  Secure animals in the house on July 4.  Dogs will jump fences or go through windows when frightened.  Cats will also try to escape.  Pick a quiet room where your pet feels safe.  Close the shades and play soothing music or talk radio to help drown out the noise from outside.
  • Pets and water can equate to disaster.  Prevent (or carefully supervise) access to pools and open waterways.  Fatigue can set in wheil swimming, and currents in rivers and other waterways can prove dangerous to canine swimmers.
  • Protect your pets from fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.  Use flea and tick treatments recommended by your veterinarian and check with your veterinarian to see if your pet should be taking heartworm (transmitted by mosquitoes) preventative.  Heartworm disease can be fatal in both dogs and cats.

Looking for a new best friend to share your summer (and life) with?  Visit the Sacramento SPCA and meet our adoptable dogs, cats and small animals.  The SPCA is located at 6201 Florin-Perkins Road, and is open Wednesday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Visit the Sacramento SPCA online at www.sspca.org to learn more about adoptable animals, pet care, training and behavior tips and much more!

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Join the Kong Brigade

Do you remember the fundraiser we did last year to purchase Kongs for the dogs for Christmas? Well, it was a gift that just keeps on giving. Thanks to our “Kong Brigade” volunteers who stuff the Kongs with delicious canned pumpkin or peanut butter, banana and kibble recipes and then freeze them, the dogs in our care get a special treat and have something to do throughout the day by working on a stuffed Kong.

“Stuffed Kongs are a great way to reduce a dog’s anxiety and provide hours of enriching entertainment – and that’s always a good thing,” says volunteer Manina Machemer. She also tells us the Kong Brigade can always use more volunteers, as well as peanut butter and canned pumpkin. Please join us or donate a jar or can the next time you drop by the SPCA!

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Big DoG

Well, the Sacramento region’s Big Day of Giving is over and together we raised over $64,000 for the animals – more than any other participating animal welfare organization! Our goal was to raise $50,000 and we more than doubled what we raised last year.

We ended the day in the top 10 out of 529 organizations for the total amount raised and won three $1,000 bonus prizes. Of the 600 donors who gave on the Big Day of Giving, nearly 100 are new to the Sacramento SPCA!

Thank you for everything you did to help make the Big Day of Giving a truly BIG day for the Sacramento SPCA!!

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Yappy Hour Fun

Who puts the Yappy in your Yappy Hour? Plan to invite him or her along and join us on June 23 from 5-7pm at Oak Park Brewing Company for an evening of yapping good fun! Bring your two- and four-legged friends and meet new ones while enjoying delicious food and drink, raffle prizes, and an all-around good time.

Oak Park Brewing has gained a reputation for serving up an impeccable menu and signature libations. On June 23, the SPCA and some of our friends will take over the patio and make some memories. Oak Park Brewing is located at 3514 Broadway in Sacramento. Mark your calendars!

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A Community Resource

What happens when you take over a neighborhood park, bring together a group of dedicated staff and volunteers from the SPCA, City and County shelters, and mix in some free pet vaccines, microchips, collars and ID tags, pet food and spay/neuter surgeries? You have yourself a Sacramento Neighborhood Animal Assistance Program (SNAAP) finale!

More than 100 people and their pets lined up to receive these and other free services on a recent afternoon in Sacramento’s Lawrence Park. SPCA veterinarian, Dr. Laurie Siperstein-Cook was even able to remove a foxtail that had become embedded in a dog’s eye – ultimately saving the eye.

Thanks to a grant from the ASPCA, staff and volunteers from the three Sacramento shelters have spent the past year working to provide assistance to people and their pets in one under-served Sacramento neighborhood. Through outreach events, door-to-door canvassing and feral cat trap/neuter/return programs, SNAAP has impacted hundreds of animals and people.

“Through the SNAAP program, we have touched a group of people who may not have been aware of the services available to them and their pets,” says Mike Vasquez, SNAAP Program Coordinator. The relationships we have created are long-lasting and can create sustainable positive change for the community.”

Thank you ASPCA!

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Sacramento SPCA Selected to Participate in Animal Planet Road to Puppy Bowl Event

(Sacramento, CA) — On Saturday, May 9 from 11am to 5pm, the Sacramento SPCA, Animal Planet and the ASPCA are teaming up to provide FREE pet adoptions as part of the Road to Puppy Bowl adoption event.

The Sacramento SPCA was selected by Animal Planet and the ASPCA to be one of just 17 shelters nationwide (and the only shelter in Sacramento) participating in the Road to Puppy Bowl campaign. All adoptions will be free at the SPCA on May 9, as 100% of these fees will be covered by Animal Planet.

If you are hoping to add a dog, cat or small animal to your family, visit the Sacramento SPCA on Saturday, May 9 for a fun-filled event including photo ops, giveaways, and plenty of adorable animals looking for homes.

The Sacramento SPCA is located at 6201 Florin Perkins Road in Sacramento.

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A Pitty Party

Pit-bull-puppy-webKnow someone who loves a pit bull or pit bull mix?  Have we got a deal for them!

We’re giving away 200 FREE Pitty Packages (including spay/neuter surgeries, vaccines, ID tags and microchips) to residents of Elk Grove and Rancho Cordova (zip codes 95624, 95670 and 95827).

Pit bull owners from these areas can call (916) 504-2825 to schedule an appointment, or come on out to the special event at Elk Grove Park on April 26 at 10:00am to sign up in person.  We’ll also be giving away free pet food!  Dogs need not be present to book appointments, but proof of residence is required.  All surgeries must be completed by May 15, 2015.

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Each Step Makes “Cents”

WooftraxLogoDon’t just take your dog for a walk – Take your Walk for a Dog!  Available for Android and iPhone users, the WoofTrax Walk for a Dog app donates to the Sacramento SPCA every time you grab the leash and head out the door with your four-legged friend.  We’ll receive a check twice annually from WoofTrax if you and your friends download the app and activate it before those daily outings.  Get fit, give your dog a good time, and get us some funds – win/win/win!

 

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