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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Established in 1894, the Sacramento SPCA is dedicated to fostering a loving and compassionate community for animals and people by providing assistance, creating lifelong relationships, and saving lives.

Results: In addition to other exciting benchmarks, the Sacramento SPCA recently expanded its Senior Services Program to include free monthly pet vaccination clinics, in-home pet care for qualified seniors, fee-waived pet adoptions for those 65 and older, a senior pet food bank, and more. We are grateful to our supporters, volunteers and staff for making this program and so many others possible.

Target demographics: animals and the people who love them

Direct beneficiaries per year: 33,000 animals including our spay/neuter clinic and animal adoptions

Geographic areas served: Sacramento

Programs: High-volume spay/neuter clinic Adoptions Senior services Humane Education Dog training and pet behavior assistance Free pit bull spay/neuter program Volunteer program Foster care and rescue programs Special events Low-cost vaccination clinics Feral cat TNR program

Community Stories

93 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Catrina Millsap M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The Sacramento SPCA is illegally holding rabbits that were seized from a 4H youth for unjust cause. They are refusing to release them and are asking for am unbelievably large amount of money for care, and asking for donations from the public for feed, when feed was donated by the family.

Review from Guidestar

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

First, I find it telling that all of the positive reviews I can find, going back to 2016, are from mostly board members, and a few volunteers.. yet general public reviews tell a VERY different story. I can not imagine how they can even sleep at night knowing what they have done.. they showed up at a families home in the dead of night (11 PM) and, without either warrant, or court order, 8and usung what now appears to be an incorrect statute /zoning law) sized rabbits form children! By their own admission, the animals were clean, healthy, and appeared well cared for, yet they took them anyway! Not only did they size these animals without cause, but stating that "they didn't know what to do with them" they left several new born litters behind to die without their mothers! Further, since seizing these animals, that they stated we're healthy at the time of seizure, they now State they have had 30+ die in their care! Not only has the family provided all feed, many cages, dishes, and water bottles, in the hopes of keeping their loved animals alive and in good condition, but the SPCA has also raised a very large sum of money by lying to the public about these "poor animals they "saved"".. now that they realize they screwed up, they are trying to charge extortionist fees to release these animals.. I have 150 show rabbits of my own.. my weekly cost of care for these animals is less than $100.. that is PER WEEK. yet the Sacramento SPCA is trying to charge CHILDREN $6000 PER DAY to get their own animals, wrongfully siezed back. Raise your hand if you think this is right.... Anybody? Didn't think so! They should be run out of business!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I used to go there looking for a dog. Staff were not well versed on dog breeds or good at matching up dog with people. Now I hear they are holding for ransom 4-H kids breeding and show rabbits and am disgusted. Even though there is a knowledgeable foster home set up and signed off by seizing ACO . Sacramento SPCA needs looked into for neglect and extortion . They right away started asking for donations even though rabbit owners gave them equipment and food.
Charging crazy amount to owners and not giving back their rabbits is wrong. Rabbits who were in excellent condition were taken and now some are dead due to SPCA.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

When the CEO of a non profit is a millionaire there is an issue. Who really is profiting from these poor defenseless animals. Also holding rabbits hostage while charging an alarming rate per day is why he is a millionaire. Think before you donate if the CEO really cared he wouldn't be a millionaire while animals are put to sleep or killed in their care from lack of education on how to care for them.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This shelter is committing fraud……raising $ under false pretenses. Also they have committed theft of property. Read below for the story.

Two weeks ago in the city of Folsom, California (Folsom Prison Blues), a mistake was made. Some city cops and city animal control officers entered the agricultural zoned area which is surrounded by the city, and without prior notification or a warrant seized two 4H kids rabbit projects. These two kids also showed rabbits under the ARBA (the rabbit equivalent to the rabbit club) and frequently won.

What happened is the authorities did not classify the rabbits as livestock. Rabbits were specifically mentioned in the ag zone code’s language as livestock. Instead police deemed them as pets. They were seized as a pet hoarder situation, which can be done with no court order and no due process.

The children did have 250 rabbits, which to a non rabbit hobbiest would appear to be pretty excessive. It even seemed excessive to me, and I show and raise rabbits too, but I have a pretty small operation. But then I did a count of what was in my nestboxes, and I realized my 3 does had produced 21 twelve week old rabbits that are to be butchered this weekend, and 22 rabbits that were just born the other week. Rabbits do multiply.

The other thing animal control claimed is the animals were kept in unsanitary conditions. I don’t know what animal control saw, but I saw video of the rabbits after the seizure. Some rabbits were larger meat breed rabbits that looked pretty healthy and plump. But I also saw some smaller ‘fancy’ breed rabbits. These rabbits were a high maintenance long haired breed that were impeccably groomed with a clean coat of fur. Clean unmatted fur does not occur with long haired dust mops that had been living in their own filth. Remember these children show their rabbits frequently and win. Could you win a beauty pageant if you were unhealthy, hair matted and full of feces, had bad hygiene, and weren’t in tip top shape?

So the rabbits were seized and impounded in the Sacramento SPCA animal shelter. Who promptly went on TV, social media, and to the newspapers begging for donations because they just had 250 rabbits dumped on them from a hoarding case and neglect case & needed supplies. But that is partially how shelters are funded…..a big disaster, free TV coverage, tugs at heartstrings, and the donations pour in. Now this is where the story becomes interesting.

An animal shelter works just like a car impoundment lot. It is contracted by the city, and they don’t care if you are innocent or guilty or why they have your property. In ongoing investigations they will not release your property without a release statement by the cops, and will not release your property until you pay their lot fees.

So the Sacramento SPCA has the legal right to charge the owners of the rabbits boarding as the police investigates. Yes I did go onto their facebook site and politely asked how much they were charging. I got blocked. Well there is a reason for them not wanting to answer that question on social media. In this case with 250 rabbits, each being charged boarding, the bill is around $6,000 per day.

Folsom animal control started to work some with the owners of the rabbits. A fellow rabbit breeder volunteered to foster the animals for free for the duration of the investigation. Animal control and the police visited the breeders facilities, agreed and told the SPCA to release the animals to the foster care.

But the SPCA refused to release the animals. They said they needed payment first of $42,000 for 7 days of boarding and if payment wasn’t made $6000 per day would keep accruing. My opinion on this is this is nothing about the care and welfare of the animals. It does not cost $6000 a day to board rabbits. This is strictly a punitive fee, because you are assumed guilty of some wrong doing, regardless what the courts ruled. It is also a great way for the SPCA to fill their general fund coffers. Even if you are proven innocent in court, the SPCA legally can put liens on your house, force you into bankruptcy, basically destroy you.

This particular shelter, SPCA (Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), had also partnered up with an organization called the House Rabbit Society. They are essentially the PETA for rabbits, extreme animal right activists. I actually tell people who get a pet rabbit from me to read their site regarding litter box training, but everything else needed to be 100% ignored. They are so full of love for rabbits, that I consider them mental. Plus they are overflowing with misinformation.

The House Rabbit Society are the consultants helping the SPCA care for the rabbits, and they were actually more damaging that good. They rejected wire bottom cages that allowed pee & poo to fall through, and had the rabbits in newspaper lined cages which likely became quickly became soggy messes because rabbits pee and poo a lot. They begged for donations of produce so the rabbits could have a proper diet of greens, but the rabbits weren’t use to that food and likely instead got GI issues. And rabbits stress easily, reports of stressed does killing and not caring for their young surfaced.

After the city of Folsom told the SPCA to release the rabbits to the foster care, the SPCA posted on social media asking for even MORE public donations, and stated they would never release the rabbits to unsuitable housing conditions. Reading in between the lines my assumption is they had rejected the foster care situations for two reasons, it was another rabbit hobbiest / breeder which the House Rabbit Society detests. Second why would the shelter give up their golden goose egg? They legally can collect $6000 a day till the bill is paid PLUS ask the public for donations. Third they get to financially destroy a person by increasing their boarding bill. Basically, the rabbits Folsom animal control had turned over to SPCA to board UNDER contract, they refused, and now the rabbits are the SPCAs hostage. Another phrase for this is theft of property.

Maybe you don’t 100% agree with people raising their own non-factory farmed meat (we call it ethical meat), or showing animals, or breeding animals. But what is occurring is an over reach of the law. Yes animals should be removed from cruel conditions….but not unless harm is imminent…due process needs to be followed. Someone’s lives and financial well being has been utterly destroyed by over zealous authorities that didn’t read the zoning laws and assumed all rabbits were for pets and not eating. Now animal activists have hold of their property (possession is 99% of the law), screwed over some 4H kids, and now the animal right activists have the legal right to utterly destroy the family who own these rabbits despite what a court ruling may say in the future.




Review from Guidestar

Steffanie Goltra B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I think it is wrong of this organization to confiscate bunnies that belonged to children in a 4-H Club. Twenty of those rabbits have died in their care. These critters should be returned. It is obvious this shelter does not care about the animals, or how it effects these children.

Review from Guidestar

Rebecca Carter A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I really wish you could give a zero star rating. So disgusted with the treatment of the 4H youth breeders who had their rabbits stolen from them, the terrible care given by the SPCA, the refusal to release the rabbits to an Animal Control approved professional rabbitry even though they admit they can’t care for them all properly and the extortion of the public for donations. Appalling!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Holding hostage 4h rabbits that are in excellent health and are groomed is so wrong! Plus you are charging 6,000 a day for food and care when in fact the families of these 4hers are providing you with food and other miscellaneous items. You left several babies because you didn't know what to do with them? That's a cruel way for you to leave them to die. Shame on you

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

These people are holding kids' rabbits for ransom. The kids have provided water bottles and feed, but the $PCA is demanding $6000.00 before they will release them. Retail Re$cue at its finest!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

disappointed in their role pertaining to the confiscation of 4H rabbits that were not pets but livestock. These kids were supposed to show these wonderful animals back east this October but the "rescue" would rather keep adding fees to the kids bills after an appropriate foster was named that is actually capable of caring for a professional rabbitry of this capacity.. Shame! Also leaving babies in the nest box to starve and die because they were not taken to be cared for by their mother shows that animal care is not their priority, racking up fees and media attention for further donations are the motive here. Poor babies ripped from their mothers while still naked in the nest. Unbelievable, please donate to your local rescue and nothing related to SPCA or any other lobby group

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Release the stolen rabbits from the 4h children. This is inequitable. You are holding them ransom without the means and experience to care for them properly.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Should be ashamed of yourselves. Stealing rabbits from children for your own selfish gain! Disgusting.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 1

This organization accepted the responsibility of caring for rabbits that they knew were healthy and should not have been stolen from their owners. Now, when discussions are ongoing to have these rabbits released, this organization is holding the rabbits RANSOM until the bill for $6,000 A DAY OF CARE is paid.

We all need to see that illegal seizures are first and for most UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
Second, the priority should always be to work with animal owners and provide a timeline for reassessment to allow animals to stay with the people and in the facilities that they know to keep these animals from experiencing undue stress.

Not only did this organization conspire to enable the theft of these rabbits, they also allowed BABY RABBITS to be left behind to die.

Enough is enough. We need organizations that work WITH owners, not judge based on opinions, untrue allegations and bias.

This organization also delete comments and reviews at will if they don't abide by the narrative they want. They also allow animal rights people to bully, harass and use foul language on their Facebook page, yet claim they deleted comments that ask questions and are critical of them, but are appropriate and professional.

The people running this organization do not appear to have the best interests of animals at heart when they help steal healthy rabbits and will not release them to their owners.

Review from Guidestar

14 Joan C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Sac SPCA is currently holding nearly 300 rabbits (including endangered rare breeds) from a 4H children's livestock project for approx $6,000 in daily boarding fees, after Folsom PD and Folsom AC authorized their seizure as 'too many pet rabbits.' Reports indicate the seizure was probably incorrect, as the property is zoned for agricultural livestock and these clearly are livestock - not pets.

Folsom PD and Folsom AC negotiated with the family to find a professional rabbitry where the animals can be housed while court and legal issues are worked out, since SSPCA has publicly stated on social media and in news reports that they do not have the ability to provide adequate care for these animals. Folsom Animal Control inspected the proposed site twice, and approved moving the animals there. The fact that Folsom PD and AC approve this move indicates there is reason to believe the seizure was incorrect.

However .. SSPCA is refusing to release the rabbits to the care of the professional rabbitry.

I am shocked at the actions of the Sacramento SPCA against children for a 4H livestock project. This seizure took place two weeks before Easter 2018 - and at 11pm at night. One hour before midnight. Think about that.

Two guesses why the SSPCA is refusing to return these animals - valued at up to $250 each due to their very rare bloodlines. The first guess doesn't count.

Review from Guidestar

13 classicdobe

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Sspca has confiscated two children’s 4h project after a zoning misunderstanding. They are charging the family 6ooo.oo a day to the family trying to force them to relinquish the rabbits before the court case. The family provided food and supplies and the public also donated. This group has 12 million in assists but they can’t feed rabbits for a couple of weeks?? I find this behavior sad and disgusting. Please do not give to them.

Review from Guidestar

12 David R.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

These people are thieves and and should be shut down they stole rabbit's from 4H kids and are now trying to extort thousands of dollars for them to get the back .These people suck, shut them down

Review from Guidestar

13 Lauren P.2

Volunteer

Rating: 1

If I could give this shelter ZERO STARS I absolutely would !!!! This Shelter " took in " over 200+ rabbits from 2 local 4H / youth breeders and now they REFUSE TO RELEASE the animals even after animal control officers approved of a release / relocation site for all the animals. The shelter was given cages and feed by the original owners so that the animals would have minimal digestive upset while in transition. Yet they are still relying on public donations to "raise money" for animals that don't need RESCUING. These animals are in excellent health and have zero nasal or eye discharge their fur is not stained they are free of mats and parasites. Now the spca is demanding over 30k for " care and up keep" even though they have received monies from public donation and feed and supplies from the original owners. These people are wasting their time resources and efforts on animals that did not need RESCUING and they should seriously focus on animals who are truly strays and need help and support. What a bunch of damn crooks trying to make a pretty penny off of some kids that participate in 4H and are minors.

Review from Guidestar

13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Do the right thing and surrender the 4-H show rabbits that were under excellent care by youth individuals, to the experienced rabbit breeder offering to take them off your hands and give them the care they need . And stop making the children out to have been abusive towards their very much loved rabbits on Facebook. That is very low and worthy of a 1 star.

Review from Guidestar

13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Cruel and unusual punishment. Not only to animals but to families dealing with them

Review from Guidestar

11 Ruby F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They are harboring STOLEN rabbits they received from 4H children. They want $43,000 dollars RANSOM to release them. They also want $6000 per DAY to care for the rabbits.

Review from Guidestar