Shelter Update
Effective July 23rd, 2020

Blog Post

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. 

We appreciate your patience and support as we transition to an appointment-based system and continue to explore new ways to streamline public access to our services.


All of our staff are wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and clients are asked to please wear a mask or face covering when visiting the shelter and to practice safe social distancing. If you do not feel well, please stay home.


Our Adoption Center is now available by appointment only. To express interest in adopting a pet, please view pets by visiting our adoptable animals page. If you find a pet you’d like to adopt on this list, please fill out the Virtual Adoption Appointment Registration Form (including pet’s name and ID#) to begin the adoption process.

Adoption Process & What to Expect:

  1. Submit Application (due to the volume of applications, it may take a couple of days before you receive a call or email from one of our counselors)
  2. Phone Counsel
  3. Meet Pet and Finalize Adoption


Our Vaccination Clinic is now available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please fill out the request form here.

The Wellness Clinic (including Sunday Mobile Clinic) is currently suspended so we are not able to offer nail trims, heartworm tests, or check-ups at this time..


If you would like to be added the the Sacramento SPCA Spay and Neuter Clinic Wait-list, please select the following link:

Please keep in mind that when adding to our wait-list:

  • This is NOT a request for an appointment
  • Only add in your request once, adding multiple times will not increase the speed of your appointment request
  • Provide a working email address
  • As soon as an appointment is available, you will be sent an email link to request an appointment.   

Our team is working hard to schedule everyone in a timely manner. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.


Our Intake Department is open by appointment only at Due to high demand, appointments may be booked out several weeks in advance. For help with stray animals, please follow our Found Animal Tips.

#PAWPantry (Drive Thru Free Pet Food Pantry)
Current Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

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.

Anyone can visit the drive thru #PAWPantry taking place at the Sacramento SPCA located at 6201 Florin Perkins Road in Sacramento from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.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.

When Are Animals Returning to the Shelter from their Foster Homes?

There are currently more than 260 animals in foster homes. We are scheduling these animals for return to the shelter daily. When the animal is ready for adoption, they will be added to our adoptable animals pages.

Note: You may see animals posted on our social media pages or at the shelter during our weekly LIVE FACEBOOK FEED on Wednesdays that are not currently on our website. If an animal is not pictured on the website, then they are not quite ready for adoption (they may be waiting for a medical treatment, spay/neuter surgery, already have an appointment, under behavior modification, or growing up in a foster home). Keep watching our adoptable animals pages for updates.

How Can I Help?

So many community members are asking how they can help. With the modified access to 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 can spread the virus that causes COVID-19.

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.