In the community

Join us this week and the next as we come to you at these great events!

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Saturday, September 13
Mutt Strut
8 to 11:30 a.m.

Will you be at the 4th annual Mutt Strut benefiting the California Council of the Blind? If so, we’ll see you there!

Rusch Park
7801 Auburn Blvd.
Citrus Heights, CA

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Sunday, September 14
POOCH Family Fun Event
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

P.O.O.C.H. (Pet Owners Organization of Citrus Heights) is having a family fun event to help support animal rescues. We’ll be there with some of our fabulous bunnies. Along with plenty of potential pets, there will be food, music, and contests!

C-Bar-C Park
8275 Oak Ave.
Citrus Heights, CA

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Saturday, September 27

Crest Theatre Dance Showcase
6 to 10 p.m.

This showcase is Sacramento’s longest running urban dance showcase inspired by the people and for the people. Performed by Public Display 8.

1013 K St.
Sacramento, CA

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Sunday, September 28
Sacramento Reptile Show
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us at this event where not only will you get to meet several of the great dogs we have available for adoption, but also an entirely different kind of animal, er, amphibian!

Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J St.
Sacramento, CA

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Saturday, October 4
Sacramento 4th Annual Aloha Festival
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Check out the Sacramento SPCA booth at this great festival! There will be native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander entertainment, arts and crafts, the cultural village, food, and much more!

Cal Expo
1600 Exposition Blvd.
Sacramento, CA

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eTales September 2014: Back to school

Back to school for kids — and Marlee!

Smiling boyWith the arrival of autumn, the Sacramento SPCA’s adoption center no longer buzzes with the activity of our wildly popular summer day camp programs for kids.

Instead, we’re in classrooms throughout the community, bringing our messages of kindness, compassion and responsible pet ownership to elementary, middle, and high school students in Sacramento, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova and Folsom.

Teachers can request presentations on a variety of subjects, from dog safety and bite prevention (kindergarten through fourth grade) to pet overpopulation and the importance of spaying and neutering (middle school and above).

The Sacramento SPCA is on the road and in the classroom two to three days a week. In 2013, more than 6,000 students attended our presentations.

“We have many teachers who invite us back year after year,” says Dee Dee Drake, the Sacramento SPCA’s Humane Education Manager. “We meet a fresh group of children every time and they’re always interested in learning about animals.”

MarleeAnd what would a visit from the Sacramento SPCA be without the presence of a four-legged friend?

Eight-year-old pug Marlee accompanies Drake on all school visits.

“Marlee’s the ideal education ambassador for the organization,” says Drake. “She’s friendly, loves to visit new places, and absolutely adores children.”

Drake adopted Marlee from the Sacramento SPCA in 2006 and the kid-crazy canine has been in the education biz ever since.

“I try not to take it personally that most of the thank-you notes we receive begin, ‘Dear Marlee,’” Drake says. “I’m just the chauffeur for the real star of the show.”

Local classroom teachers can request a visit by email or by calling (916) 504-2849.

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eTales September 2014: Welcoming creatures of all kinds

Welcoming creatures of all kinds

Join us on the morning of Saturday, October 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Sacramento SPCA’s second annual Blessing of the Animals.

Friars from the Ecumenical Order of Saints Francis and Clare will be on hand to bless the public’s animal companions during a brief, but moving ceremony.Friar Haug-West

Friar Cyd Haug-West, a former Sacramento SPCA volunteer, remembers the success of last year’s blessing. “We love blessing the animals!” she says. “After last year’s event, my fellow friars and I all agreed that we had received at least as much blessing as we had given. As we bless each animal, we are privileged to witness, up close, the deep love between people and their animals. Blessing the animals with our hands and prayers also connects us, beyond the limits of time, to our beloved Saint Francis, who had a particular love for and connection with creatures of all kinds.”

Haug-West credits her time spent here as a volunteer with helping her along the path to becoming a Franciscan. “My favorite definition of the Franciscan world view is from Richard Rohr, OFM, who says simply, ‘Everything belongs,’” she says. “Each and every dog I spent time with embodied this statement in the way they all lived completely in the present: in their joy to get outside, to walk or run, to smell all the smells, to chase butterflies, to see birds or jackrabbits, to get their ears rubbed, to play with a ball, to get Blessingtreats. Every dog reminded me to live in the moment with gratitude.”

And four-legged area residents aren’t the only ones who can benefit from the blessing. “We hope all who take part will leave with a renewed sense of the special bond we form with our pets, that goes far beyond any kind of ‘ownership’ of one species over another.”

Dogs must be on leash, and cats and other small animals should be secured in carriers. All species and faiths are welcome! There is no charge for this event, but donations are always welcome.

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New foster parent orientation

Interested in becoming a foster parent for the Sacramento SPCA? We have all sorts of animals who need your help.

The orientation will take place at the Sacramento SPCA in the Multipurpose Room (just off the adoption center).

We’ll go over training, supplies and the reasons animals need to go into foster care.

If you would like to attend, please send an e-mail to Sacramento SPCA Foster Care Coordinator Sarah Varanini or give her a call at (916) 504-2808.

Thank you for your interest in the Sacramento SPCA!

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SNAAP program

SNAAP logo

Donate goods for the SNAAP program

The Sacramento SPCA, in partnership with City of Sacramento Front Street Shelter and Sacramento County Animal Care & Regulation, recently embarked on a journey to directly assist families in areas where they need it most.

Each day SNAAP Coordinator Mike Vasquez knocks on neighborhood doors and provides services to families whose pets might not otherwise receive them. This includes food, toys, vaccines, microchips and collars with tags — even transport to and from the Sacramento SPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic.

If you’d like to help, donations of the following items are in high demand:

• Beds, for all sizes of cats and dogs
• Collars, for all sizes of cats and dogs
• Food for cats, dry and wet
• Leashes
• Litterboxes, medium-sized
• Toys, enrichment focused for both cats and dogs

When making your donation let the staff person receiving it know it’s for the SNAAP program.

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If you know someone who needs help with their pet, but doesn’t live in the SNAAP program target area, tell them about KeepYourPet.com. It provides robust information to help people keep their pet an important part of the family.

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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.

caramel

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!