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5 Habits to Start Today to Make Your Adopted Dog Healthier and Happier

So, you just adopted a new family member. Congratulations! The first weeks and months with your new dog are an exciting, but also at times a challenging period. You will discover all about his likes and dislikes, which games and treats he enjoys – and perhaps also encounter some behavioral difficulties. 

Here are some ideas to make the first days, weeks and months with your pup as easy and joyful as possible and set you up for a happy life together!

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Shelter Update
Effective July 30, 2021

In response to the recent Sacramento County health order issued July 29, 2021, masks and social distancing will be required indoors during your visit to the shelter (regardless of vaccination status).

Sacramento SPCA continues to support our pet and human clients by appointment only. 

Same-Day Adoption Appointments

Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 am – 5:00 pm*

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Preventing Issues with Pandemic Pups
Guest Blog by Tressa Fessenden-McKenzie, KPA-CTP

Bringing a new dog home during the pandemic is exciting, and is a great way to make these uncertain times feel a little more fun. But although we’re all making the best of this “new normal,” eventually we’ll be shifting back into some semblance of the lives we had before. How will our pups cope with this change? 

This strange new life we’ve been navigating may be all a young pup knows, or can quickly become an adult dog’s routine! So taking some steps now to prepare can help smooth the transition down the road. 

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Indoor Activites for Your Dog

Although we all love walks, and we all appreciate the importance of physical exercise to the overall wellbeing of our canine friends – sometimes the conditions outside are not optimal for us or our pets to enjoy the great outdoors.

We know that with the recent heat waves and poor air quality, your dog is likely spending more time indoors than they regularly do so it’s more important than ever to provide them with plenty of mental stimulation.

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Dogs Trapped in Hot Cars
The Sacramento SPCA is Helping Keep Pets Safe

As the Sacramento region heads into an extremely hot week, one local animal welfare organization is taking action to help animals left in hot cars. The Sacramento SPCA is providing thermometers to all animal control officers in Sacramento County in an effort to prevent animals from suffering and dying in hot cars and to hold those who caused this suffering accountable.

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Moving from COVID Pandemic to Kitten Crisis
The Sacramento SPCA Braces for an Overwhelming Kitten Season

Since April 1, the Sacramento SPCA has seen a 500% increase in the number of underage kittens (younger than six weeks) come in to the shelter versus the same time period last year.

While most of the public programs are currently suspended at the Sacramento SPCA due to mandates surrounding COVID-19, we are receiving a record number of stray kittens being abandoned in front of the shelter or dropped off by local citizens who are trying to help.

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Declawing
What's the Scoop?

You may have seen the news that New York became the first US state to ban declawing. The response from the majority of cat lovers and rescuers has been overwhelming positive, but you may not know all the reasons why.

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Saying “Yes” to Animals like Otto

With major hair loss all over his body, scabs covering his skin, and eye issues, Otto was in bad shape.  He had never seen a vet. He needed our help.  And we said YES.
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Meet the New Board President
and welcome two new board members

The Sacramento SPCA is pleased to announce the appointment of Zack Morgan, DVM as board president and the election of two new members to the Sacramento SPCA Board of Directors.   Zack is the owner of the El Camino Pet Hospital in Sacramento, has served on the Sacramento SPCA Board since April 2016 and will serve a two year term as board president. 

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Kitten Season
How can you help these tiny mittens?

After weeks of rain, we are beginning to see the sunshine again. But as the temperatures start rising, it’s almost time to hear the pitter patter of little paws – Kitten Season is on the way! The Sacramento SPCA has already received the first unweaned kittens of the year and March has barely begun. How can you help?

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Dog Parks
What's the Scoop?

Dog Parks: they are popping up everywhere, and some even have treats for the humans as well. (We’re just as excited for Mutts and Mugs as you are!) These outdoor puppy wonderlands can be a great place for dogs to get their willies out, as well as a social outlet for both the pups and their humans! However, there are some things to keep in mind before running off to the nearest park with your dog.

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Volunteer Alex Russell in our former transfer van

On the Road Again
How our Shelter Transfer Program Helps Animals in Need

Did you know the Sacramento SPCA has a robust transfer program? Since 2016, we have transferred over 1,000 animals from shelters in California. Our regular partners include the County of Sacramento on Bradshaw, Lodi Animal Services, Stockton Animal Services and the City of Sacramento shelter on Front Street (who we visit weekly). 

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A Voice for the Voiceless
Joining Forces for Pit Bull Advocacy

We have shared with you so many stories about our “longtimers” who spent many months at the Sacramento SPCA waiting for their new families. Dogs like Soley, Amy and Daphne, senior dogs with amazing personalities that needed a little extra time before finding the right match.

These dogs had something else in common — they were all Pit Bull mixes.

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Kindness in Action
By Karen Goff, Content Marketing Coordinator

“Look into my eyes. Can you see my joy? My fear? Contentment? Hunger? Can you feel my pain and see my happiness? I know I speak in barks and purrs, meows and howls and grunts; but if you watch me carefully, you might begin to understand me.  And maybe you’ll see, I’m not that much different than you.”