A Tail to Tell: SPCA Blog


Sacramento SPCA to Host Sponsored Adoption Event as part of the ASPCA® & Subaru Loves Pets Grant Program

Subaru Loves Pets Adoption EventIn partnership with Lasher’s Elk Grove Subaru, the ASPCA® and Subaru USA, the Sacramento SPCA will be hosting a SPONSORED 3-DAY ADOPTION EVENT by appointment from October 29 – 31, 2020.

In an initiative to find new loving homes for shelter pets just in time for fall, adoption fees will be covered for all animals adopted from the Sacramento SPCA during this 3-day event. The pet’s spay/neuter, vaccinations, flea prevention, microchip, and veterinary exam will also be covered thanks in part to the ASPCA® & Subaru Loves Pets Grant Program. 

It’s a perfect time to FALL in love with a new canine companion! 

The free adoption event will take place by appointment only at the Sacramento SPCA located at 6201 Florin Perkins Road. To view adoptable animals and make an appointment, visit sspca.org/adoptable between October 29 – 31. Each day of the event, an appointment link will be posted on our website at 8:00AM for available appointments that same day.

Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.


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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Shelter Update
Effective July 23rd, 2020

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.

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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.


Drive Thru #PAWPantry

To help keep pets and their people stay together and support our pet-loving community, 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.

#PAWPantry (Drive Thru Free Pet Food Pantry)
Tuesdays & Fridays

Current Hours: 9am – 11am

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.

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.

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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.