A Tail to Tell: SPCA Blog

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A Little Help from Your Friends

A Little Help from Your Friends
How playgroups help keep dogs happy in a shelter environment

Meet Pancho!

He’s been at the Sacramento SPCA for a few months. Pancho is having a hard time in the shelter, and often gets stressed out with seeing other dogs walk by his kennel all day. Unfortunately, his barking has been a bit of a turn off to potential adopters, which means he’s staying with us longer than he’d like.

How can we help a dog like Pancho get some stress relief?


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Love (Actually) Is All Around
Compassion for animals...and humans!

In September 2016, the Sacramento SPCA started a new partnership with Wellspace Health, a treatment center in North Sacramento. How could these two very different organizations help each other? By pairing up those in need. The SPCA’s foster program is designed to help animals that are in need of a little something extra — whether it be underaged kittens or puppies, animals recovering from illness or injury, or those in need of a little extra socialization like Jax.

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Frances & Taffy
You've Got a Friend in Me

In September 2012, Frances – a retired Sacramento State Physics teacher — lost her beloved Smooth Fox Terrier Molly to lung cancer. At 96 years old, Frances still lived in her family home and always had a dog. Molly was her constant companion, and kept her active with daily walks and gardening.

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The Long and Short of It

A sweet, longhaired Dachshund found herself at the Sacramento SPCA in late October after her family brought her to us for end-of-life services. At 10 years old, veterinarians determined that Ginger had a large mass in her abdomen. Her owners, soon to be married and moving out of state, were not equipped to handle her medical issues and thought euthanasia was her only option.

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Harry’s Big Adventures

When you see Harry, you can’t help but smile. Within seconds of meeting someone new, he will hop into your lap and smother you with kisses.

Harry came to the Sacramento SPCA as a transfer from an overburdened shelter and immediately made an impression on all of the staff members. This happy-go-lucky pup with a silly hairdo was full of personality! We never imagined that such a joyful, bouncy dog was also in the late stages of renal failure.

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end of summer fun
seize the moment with your canine companion

As the end of summer draws near and temperatures begin to cool (finally!!), don’t forget to take advantage of the wonderful activities available for you and your dog to enjoy in Sacramento.  Below are just a few dog friendly options you should check out in the coming weeks:

Parks, Trails & Water Fun

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Stuffed Kong Recipe


  • Equal parts of ground/canned wet dog food and 100% Pumpkin
  • Add creamy peanut butter for consistency (avoid brands containing Xylitol)
  • Add some banana
  • Sprinkle in a little cinnamon


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Heartline - Summer 2017

people who love animals
By Kenn Altine, Chief Executive Officer

With apologies to Bill Nye: “It is my vision to change the world. I’m not kidding. Make no small plans. Dream mighty things. I believe if we can get enough people to engage in helping animals, we will get enough people to change the world.”

Each day, rain or shine, hot or cold, weekday or holiday, our volunteers show up. This past Memorial Day, the book barn team, which annually raises $82,000, had seven volunteers sorting books and moving heavy boxes, all for the animals. Elsewhere that day, we had volunteers walking dogs, sorting newspapers and socializing cats.


Tips for a Fun, Furry Fourth of July

The Sacramento SPCA will be closed on July 4th. 

The 4th of July is almost here, so make sure to prepare yourself and your pets to have a fun (and safe!) holiday weekend!


Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.



There’s a good chance you are already familiar with Scarlet and her three adorable puppies, especially if you watch Good Day Sacramento or follow the Sacramento SPCA’s social media feeds.  If you haven’t had the pleasure of following this sweet family’s journey after arriving at the Sacramento SPCA, it’s not too late to jump aboard.


Sponsored Adoptions

“Buddy is my best friend and I know we were meant to be together. My life would be very different without him.”

A year after losing her 16 year old Keeshond, Karen Wilkendorf found herself at the Sacramento SPCA. Previously diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and walking with a cane, Karen felt it was time to find her


Meet Karalyn Aronow
Animal Services Practice Manager

“I have always been driven by serving both animals and the humans that love them. After moving to Sacramento and working in a laboratory for a few months, I was eager to return to a leadership role with an organization dedicated to the improvement of animal welfare.” Enter the Sacramento SPCA and the newly created Animal Services Practice Manager position.  Hired in May of this year, Karalyn Aronow has an extensive background in animal welfare experience and a driving passion to establish the highest standards for both animal care and customer service. 


A Companion for the Ages

It’s April 1, 2000.  James McGee, a volunteer with the Sacramento SPCA and self-proclaimed “dog person” is looking for a companion.  Enter Pyewacket, an 11 month old cat named after the familiar from the 1958 movie “Bell, Book and Candle.” Upon climbing into his lap, she began to purr, stealing James’ heart. Having never owned a cat before, James took Pyewacket home to begin the process of learning what it was like to care for her. He quickly discovered that sharing his home with Pyewacket was much different than a dog!

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Want to Improve Work-Life Balance? Get a Pet!
By Guest Writer, Julie Morris

Ever since humans first domesticated animals¹ tens of thousands of years ago, they have provided constant companionship for people around the world. In our fast-paced modern world, people frequently feel over-worked, and research indicates this has a negative effect² on our lives as well as on our productivity. Luckily, there is an increasing body of evidence that pets can improve quality of life, reduce stress, and boost our health. Here are some ways pet companionship can be good for your mental and physical well-being:

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Happy New Year!

As we finish out the first week of 2017, many of us are already struggling with maintaining our New Year’s resolutions.  That’s because tackling those resolutions on your own is no fun at all!

We can’t think of a better way to stay on track in 2017 than to partner with your pet.  Achieving your goals will not only help you feel great, your pets will also benefit.  Join us over the next two months as we tackle some of the most popular resolutions of 2017 and provide tips on how you can incorporate your pet into this journey to the “new you”!

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Making a big difference

If you are looking for a special way to make a difference in the lives of animals at the Sacramento SPCA, look no further.  You can either make a general donation to help provide care in many areas of need or you can choose a specific program to support.   The Feral Cat Spay/ Neuter Clinic and the We Pay to Spay program are just a couple of the new sponsorship opportunities now available.