Volunteer Spotlight


Manina’s Nomination: ”Manina is a volunteer rock star. She has a positive attitude, a self-starter, a doer and an amazing asset to the SPCA. She leads all the food and beverage vendor outreach for the gala and so much more. She is amazing.”






How long have you volunteered at the Sacramento SPCA?
Going on 4 years, I started early 2014.

What is your role (or roles) as a volunteer?
Senior Vaccine Clinic: my favorite day of the month
Fostering Kittens: love those little fuzzy ones
We Pay to Spay program: I’m on the scheduling team for pit bulls and pit bull mixes – awesome program
Kong Brigade: coordinate daily teams who wash, stuff and distribute tasty Kongs to the dogs 5 days a week    
Yappy Hours: Sell raffle tickets that benefit shelter programming
Doggy Dash: Pre-Registration
Annual Galas: Food and Beverage Vendors

Why did you want to volunteer your time here?
When I retired, I wanted to do something to help homeless pets, so I started at the SacSPCA. I found quite a few activities to keep me busy! I love our animals, and I know if they made it here, they are going to be ok.  From Cleo to Zeva and Mickey and Ethel, all the special cases – I could go on and on.

Fortunately, my skill set from my previous life comes in handy and I love participating in fundraising events for the SacSPCA. We have fun and everything we do is to help the furry ones. I love our Senior Vaccine Clinic; it is my favorite day of the month.  I always say, “Seniors have the cutest pets.” It is a joy for me to work with the volunteers and staff at the SacSPCA to be more than a shelter.  I am so so proud to be a part of this organization.

Do you have any animals at home? If so, tell us their names, species, and ages!

YES! Spike, my little old man, is a 15-year-old Shorkie.  Freeway, now approximately 13 years old, is a Chi/Terrier mix. Her name says it all: someone left her at a rest stop on I5, so she came home with us.  She is a “love the one you’re with kind of girl.”  Then we have two kitty Foster Fails: Piper and Izzy. We’re still going through the “teens” with these two. And one 15-year-old outside cat named Bounce, who hates us.  “Just open the can,” he says.

Manina, thank you for all that you do, both on our campus and in the community, to help the animals and the SacSPCA. We are thankful for you!!