A Tail to Tell: SPCA Blog

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Found a Lost Pet during 4th of july?
How to Best Help them get home

Have you found a stray animal and aren’t sure what to do? Here are a few tips on how you can best help a lost animal this July 4th Holiday.

Most of the time, lost animals can be easily reunited with their family by staying near where they were found. That leaves the shelter with room to say yes to animals who urgently need our help – those who are sick or injured.


Zooming for Gold
Does your dog have what it takes to be crowned the "Fastest Dog in Sacramento?"

Calling all Sacramento dog owners! Does your dog have what it takes to be crowned Fastest Dog in Sacramento? Join Comcast and SacTownDogs for Sacramento’s first-ever “Comcast Zoomies: A Dog Speed Challenge” to showcase your pup’s real speed while raising money for the Sacramento SPCA. The top three winners of the contest will have donations made to the Sacramento SPCA in their pup’s name.
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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!

#1 Routines Help!


Shelter Update
Effective January 1, 2022

Sacramento SPCA continues to support our pet and human clients by appointment only. Masks and social distancing will be required indoors during your visit to the shelter (regardless of vaccination status).


Same-Day Adoption Appointments

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

*New appointment times are posted daily at 9:00 am, available on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more about the same-day appointment process, click here.

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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. 


Engaging With The Community
How the Education and Outreach Team Finds New Ways to Connect

It would have been easy for the Education and Outreach team to scale down services and programs when COVID-19 procedures were implemented at our shelter. Most of their operations involve contact with people of all ages in the community.

But, Marnie Musser, Outreach Manager and Kaeli Green, Humane Education & Outreach Coordinator, did not back down and take the easy route. Instead, they continued to actively engage with our community by pivoting their usual education and outreach programs to cater to the needs of our community.

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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.



Hot Weather Safety Tips for PetsWe all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can be dangerous. To prevent your pet from overheating, take these simple precautions:

Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.

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Let’s Talk Strays

All of your local shelters, including the Sacramento SPCA, have modified their operations in response to the COVID-19 health crisis, creating some confusion and misinformation about what to do if you find a stray animal.

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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.


PAWPantry Pet Food Assistance

To help pets and their people stay together and support our pet-loving community, the Sacramento SPCA provides free pet food to low-income qualifying families who can’t afford food for their household pets.

The PAWPantry program is available to applicants who have been approved by the Sacramento SPCA for a scheduled pick-up based on their enrollment in one of the following income assistance programs:

  • California Advantage (EBT)
  • Medi-Cal
  • SMUD Energy Assistance
  • PGE Energy Assistance

Applications will be accepted every 6 months, as space allows. 

For additional pet food resources in our area, please click here: Sacramento Pet Food Assistance Resources




Mark M. Glickman

Kelly Foundation

Pet Food Express

Phillips Pet Food

This monthly listing recognizes individuals and businesses who have donated $250 or more.
Thank you to everyone who has supported the PawPantry by making a monetary gift or providing in-kind supplies/food to ensure the PawPantry is available to our community. 

To make a donation, click the button below and select PAWPantry from the dropdown menu. Or, please mail a check to:

Sacramento SPCA
Attn: Development Department
6201 Florin Perkins Road
Sacramento, CA 95828

Donate Here


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A Family for Billy
Super Senior Adopters for the win!

When Billy, a 15 year old blind Miniature Pinscher, came to the adoption floor at the Sacramento SPCA, he was an instant volunteer favorite! This super senior still had a lot of pep in his step and enjoyed hand fed fresh Kongs from our Kong Brigade.