Important Message from the Sacramento SPCA
COVID-19 Update

Blog Post
Updated: Friday, April 3, 2020 @ 3:20 p.m.

We are taking the necessary steps to protect the health and well-being of the animals in our care and support the emerging needs of our community. Please see below for the most recent updates to our public programs:

Public Services

Our Adoption Center, Spay & Neuter Clinic and Vaccine & Wellness Clinics (including the Sunday Mobile Clinic) are suspended to the public until further notice.

If you had an appointment scheduled with our Spay & Neuter or Wellness Clinics prior to March 20, it has been cancelled and our staff will be calling you to reschedule. If you are an existing client and your pet is in the middle of receiving their scheduled series of vaccines at the Sacramento SPCA, please call (916) 504-2824 to make arrangements for your pet.

Our Intake Department remains open by appointment only at (916) 504-2851, but will be limited to emergency and urgent situations only (sick & injured pets.) For help with stray animals, please follow our Found Animal Tips.

Drive Thru #PAWPantry

The Sacramento SPCA is holding a twice-weekly drive thru #PAWPantry to provide free pet food to those who can’t afford food or make it to the store.

In the first two days of operation, the Sacramento SPCA distributed more than 650 bags of free pet food to community members in need!

Anyone can visit the drive thru #PAWPantry taking place at the Sacramento SPCA located at 6201 Florin Perkins Road in Sacramento from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday.

Pet owners should stay in their vehicles and follow drive thru signage and team member direction to pick up a bag of dog and/or cat food while supplies last.

The Sacramento SPCA’s PAWPantry is:

  • Open to residents in any county.
  • Intended to help with emergency pet food needs for those who have lost their jobs or do not have access to pet food due to the crisis.

An emergency supply of dog and/or cat food will be distributed to visitors as needed. Limit, one pantry distribution per household.

Those who wish to donate food are encouraged to stay home for the time being. If we need food donations at a later date, we will reach out to the community.

What About the Animals in the Shelter?

In the last two weeks, we found homes for nearly 200 animals (through adoptions or emergency foster homes) so we could reduce our animal population and shift our focus on helping animals in crisis (sick & injured) and the growing needs of our community. We will continue to assess the needs of animals and people in our region and provide service updates on this page, as well as on our Facebook page.

How Can I Help?

So many community members are asking how they can help. With the closing of our public programs, the revenue that provides a significant part of our income disappeared. That is why we are asking the community to make a monetary donation to ensure that we are here for whenever and however we are needed. Donations can be made online or by mail to: Sacramento SPCA, 6201 Florin Perkins Road, Sacramento, CA 95828.

Can Pets Spread COVID-19?

There have been questions about whether pets can get sick from COVID-19 or if they can make us sick. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there is no evidence that companion animals such as cats and dogs have been infected or could spread the virus that causes COVID-19.

While animals may not be at risk from this disease, we urge all pet owners to have plans for how to care for their animals in case of an emergency. The current crisis serves as an excellent reminder to pull that plan together now if you don’t already have one.

Emergency Boarding for Your Pet

The RedRover Relief Emergency Boarding grant program helps animals who need temporary boarding while their owners are hospitalized due to the COVID-19 virus. This grant will cover the cost of up to two (2) weeks of boarding while a pet owner is hospitalized. 

Please rest assured that the Sacramento SPCA is monitoring the situation closely and that we will continue to consult and seek input from internal and external experts to provide the best guidance in caring for the animals and people in our community.