We Pay to Spay Sponsor Opportunity


We must decrease the number of unwanted animals that enter our public shelter, and get more animals out of shelters and into homes. That is why the Sacramento SPCA devotes significant resources to addressing animal overpopulation through our spay and neuter program. 

Spaying and/or neutering your dog will ensure more dogs are not surrendered to the Sacramento SPCA. While all breeds are at risk for overpopulation and homelessness, a high percentage of animals surrendered at community shelters in our region are pit bull and pit bull mixes (pit bull/mixes). In 2020, 43% of dogs surrendered to the Sacramento SPCA were classified as pit bull or pit bull mixes. This classification can be a deterrent to adoption and many times, these dogs are in the shelter system longer than any other breed.

When a pit bull/mix is not spayed or neutered, there is a higher risk of surrender should the female dog become pregnant. The average litter size of a pit bull/mix is 5-10 puppies.  Within five years, one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 324 offspring.  Because of the large average litter, many owners cannot place the puppies in homes and they are surrendered. In addition to reducing overpopulation, spaying and neutering has medical, behavioral, and cost benefits. 

To address the rising population of pit bull/mixes and surrenders, the “We Pay to Spay” (WPTS) program was instituted by the Sacramento SPCA in October of 2002. The purpose of the program is to provide free spay or neuter surgeries for pit bull/mixes within our community.  As of December 2020, we have altered more than 14,000 pit bull/mixes – at no cost to the owners.  

At a cost of $60,000 per year to run the WPTS program, we need your help. Your one time gift of $600 will cover one full day of surgeries-that’s 6-8 pit bull/mixes that will be spayed or neutered. We currently have opportunities available for sponsorship.  To learn more about how you can sponsor a WPTS clinic, contact Sarah Haney, Interim Chief Executive Officer, at 916.504.2805 or email shaney@sspca.org.

Thank you to the following program sponsors for your support in 2023/2024:

  • The California Department of Food & Agriculture Pet Lover’s License Plate Grant Program
  • Carla Hart, REALTOR®, Lyon Real Estate #01913740 
  • Dog’s Trust
  • Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation
  • Vista Veterinary Specialists
  • RSO Foundation
  • In honor of Ben, the 21-year-old kitty. Thank you to South Davis & West Davis Veterinary Clinics.
  • Marion Diller
  • Pet Food Express
  • Donna Ables Realtor, Donna Ables Real Estate Group – Keller Williams Realty, Inc 
  • Bruce Boswell
  • Beatrice and Del Pifer
  • Ashley Oestreich
  • SearchPros, Sacramento Office
  • Lisa Foster
  • Lorelei B. Maslen

This listing recognizes individuals, businesses, and foundations who have given $500 or more.