Shelter Update
Effective December 2020

Blog Post

We continue to take 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 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.

New Adoption Process (effective Nov 1, 2020):

Our Adoption Center is available by appointment only.

  1. If you see an animal on our website that you would like to meet, you can schedule a same-day appointment by clicking one of the appointment links below. New to the same-day appointment process? Get all the details here.

    Same-Day Dog Appointments
    Same-Day Cat Appointments
    Same-Day Small Animal Appointments
  2. New appointment times to meet adoptable animals will be posted daily at 9:00AM and tend to fill up quickly. Please check back often for openings in the schedule due to cancellations. The number of appointments each day will vary depending on availability of adoptable animals and staff. T

    Adoption Appointment Update:

    As of April 4th, we will have no appointments Sundays and Mondays, with additional appointment slots available Tuesdays through Saturdays!

  3. Animals are available for adoption on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check the website before you arrive for your appointment to be sure the animal you are interested in is still available. If the animal has already been adopted (removed from the website) and you do not wish to meet with a different animal, please cancel your appointment.
  4. Upon arrival, our shelter staff will let you know what animals are available and any special considerations the animal might have.
  5. Once you have finished a counsel and an animal meet-and-greet, you will be able to take your new furry friend home.

To learn more about this new process and get answers to frequently asked questions, visit


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 name 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, 9:00 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 9 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.

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, 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.