July 12, 2010
I had been looking for a dog for awhile and immediately thought of the Sacramento SPCA in my quest for a loyal companion. I had never experienced going to a shelter before, so I had no idea what to expect.
When I arrived at the Sacramento SPCA, I was floored by their beautiful, clean and respectable establishment located on a spacious lot I knew the animals would love. The adoption center is a gorgeous building that features interesting and unique animal-style artwork on the walls, tales of "Happy Endings" on a bulletin board, and inspiring quotes hanging from the ceilings. The staff was incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and helpful in making my search for a pup an easy and fulfilling one.
Unfortunately on my first few visits, I did not find the dog I was looking for. I continued to return to the shelter every few weeks to interact with some of the incredible pups in the adoption center, but none of us truly connected. I WAS pleased to see that the holding place where the pups are kept was clean and neat, and was happy to see that every animal had information available, fresh water in their bowls, and a warm blanket and a little squeak toy to sleep with. Determined to find a dog, I also perused the SSPCA's website and that's when I found him: a three-legged Border Collie named Mannie whom I thought was just THE cutest dog ever.
A few days later, I visited the shelter again, pleased to find Mannie nestled in a bed in his little area. I was immediately assisted by a friendly staff member who walked Mannie and I into a special room where we could get to know each other better. The staff member explained Mannie had been shot and that was how he lost his front leg. She explained he needed a big space to run around (being a Border Collie) and lots of love and attention since the shooting had been recent. With Mannie, I instantly found the connection I'd needed, and within a few minutes, he was mine.
I am forever grateful to the Sacramento SPCA for so many reasons. First and foremost, for helping all of these amazing dogs, cats, rabbits, and critters so desperate in need of a home. Without the Sacramento SPCA, so many animals would be killed out on their own and that's no way to treat an innocent animal. Secondly, because before I was able to take Mannie under my wing, they brought him in and took care of him. I have no doubt that Mannie was in the best hands while staying with the SSPCA, his wounds being treated by the best doctors and nurses in town, and being consoled by friendly and playful staff members. Third, because the Sacramento SPCA is an amazing and inspiring place where people can truly connect with animals in a fun-loving, clean and awesome environment.
I can truly say that without the Sacramento SPCA, I would not be who I am today. They, and Mannie, have changed me for the better. The Sacramento SPCA deserves to be on the Great NonProfits Top Rated Animal NonProfits list because of the hard work but loving care they put into each animal every single day- and because I owe it to them for having such an amazing companion to call my own every single day.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Adopting my dog.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Give it more money, support and sponsorship so it can truly perform to the fullest in saving animals' lives.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the friendly staff members, the clean and inspiring environment, and meeting my best friend- my dog, Mannie.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
very friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, honest, playful, and true animal lovers.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Potentially save hundreds-if not thousands- of more needy dogs, cats, and critters in the Sacramento area. The SSPCA needs the support and sponsorship to fulfill its utmost potential.
Ways to make it better...
--None. It was great as it was.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
The lack of sponsorship from the community and organizations.
One thing I'd also say is that...
I love, respect, admire and appreciate the Sacramento SPCA for everything it's done, is doing and will do to help animals around our area.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About once a year
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Client Served & Adopted an animal.