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!

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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.



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.


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 for 2024 are closed. More information about 2025 application openings coming in the fall!


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




Mark M. Glickman

Bob & Patty Braun

Pet Food Express

Phillips Pet Food

Vista Veterinary Specialists

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.

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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.