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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

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 1

I called the Sacramento SPCA to get information about their trap-and-release spay/neuter program. In the conversation with the person who answered the phone, she said that people do line up early for the clinic. (There is no need to have an appointment.) They only take five cats on any given day. I decided to go ahead and try to trap one of our feral cats. Luckily, we were able to catch one. I got up the next morning at 4:15 to bring the cat to the SSPCA. I got there at 5:30 in the morning. There were already five cats in line. The owners were all in their cars. I was really surprised that I was an hour and a half early and there were already five cats. I asked the other people when they had arrived? THREE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING. A worker for the SSPCA came out to check the other cats in, and I told the woman that nobody really gave me the correct information regarding when I should actually get the cat to the SPCA to be neutered. She said that she tells people. However, whoever I talked to DID NOT tell me.
The reason this information would have been helpful is because I would NEVER have trapped the cat in the first place. Now I have a poor cat in a trap. My options are to come back to the SPCA at 3:00 in the morning and try again, keeping the poor cat another 24 hours in a trap; letting the cat go, knowing that we will never be able to trap it again; or paying my regular vet over $300 to spay/neuter it. (I did have the cat neutered by my vet. I was lucky that they let me bring it in.)
I called and spoke with someone at the SSPCA spay/neuter clinic and I tried to explain WHY the SSPCA should be more honest with people when they call to get information. Why not post it? She seemed to think that I was just upset about not being able to get the cat taken care of. I tried to explain to her that I would have made a different decision if I had been given more accurate information.
So, if you are reading this, and you want to get your feral cat spayed/neutered by the SSPCA, know that you should get there at 3:00 in the morning and it is still not a sure thing. Also, you need to know that the SSPCA is NOT in a great area to be sitting in your car in the middle of the night.

Client Served

Rating: 1


The Veterinarian who examined my cat and who is a retired Veterinarian, performed excellent medical service. However, the experience I had getting the original appointment, and making a follow up appointment rises to the level of harassment. Later, this not for profit director and Director of Animal Services committed an extortion, and illegal retaliation against me for having made complaints about their unprofessional and harassing staff members. You don't threaten a client because she does not want to be berated about the SSPCA's policies that don't have anything to do with a scheduled follow up appointment.

This not for profit is using an unsecured third party software to schedule appointments and contact clients by email. That software purportedly takes in accurate information about the pet's name, species type, weight, age (even by month!) and why the client wants an appointment. But apparently the data the appointment setting software collects is conveniently invisible to the director and Director of Animal Services.

Do not do business with this spca. It is nothing like other animal shelters within the ASPCA's purview. The director sent me a hostile email, and phoned me exactly at a time I informed him not to call me with cause. His email demonstrated his blatant negligence to look at records. My animal is a cat, with a specific disease and is in pain. He is not a dog.

I sought a second Veternarian's opinion, for my cat who is suffering from a serious disease and is in pain, and I received that opinion from the retired vet who presumably volunteers at this ASPCA center.

Here's a sample of the erroneous error from the director, not the vet: 'you said the dog “needs to have a biopsy at least one of his inflamed paws.”

During all my communications, I identified my pet animal as a cat. At the very least they could have examined the fact that I was already a client at their Vet Center and paid for service. But he continued "I believe the same to be true about the grooming issue for you other dog. In your appointment request, where you wrote that you would “love to have him groomed but he is hostile to even having his fur combed or brushed.” Based on the information you provided below, I believe you were providing this as background for the appointment as you were likely to ask the veterinarian for a sedative so the dog could go to the groomers. That last part was not in the appointment request, so my staff became concerned that you were seeking grooming and reached out to you to again ensure there was no confusion when you arrived for your appointment."

I never stated I owned a dog. The SSPCA's website uses software HQ Clinic which demands asks for the name of the animal and species. I described my one of my pets as a cat, 25 lbs, long-haired orange tabby. You have to fill in all the database fields even if you don't know the date of birth of the animal!

Who in the world thinks a long-haired orange tabby is a dog?

This director lied in the email to me when stating he reviewed my appointments! Here is a sample of the results of making an online appointment from the SSPCA.

We look forward to meeting you and BIG CAT during your scheduled appointment on
3/25/2019 at 11:30 AM. Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment to complete
any necessary paperwork. We are located at 6201 Florin Perkins, Rd. Sacramento, CA 95828. We look forward to meeting you and BIG CAT during your scheduled appointment on 3/25/2019 at 1:00 PM. Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment to complete any necessary paperwork. We are located at 6201 Florin Perkins, Rd. Sacramento, CA 95828.

We look forward to meeting you and SMALL CAT during your scheduled appointment on 3/25/2019 at 1:15 PM. Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment to complete any necessary paperwork. We are located at 6201 Florin Perkins, Rd. Sacramento, CA 95828.

We look forward to meeting you and SMALL CAT during your scheduled appointment on 4/16/2019 at 11:30 AM. Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment to complete any necessary paperwork. We are located at 6201 Florin Perkins, Rd. Sacramento, CA 95828.

We look forward to meeting you and SMALL CAT during your scheduled appointment on 3/25/2019 at 1:15 PM. Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment to complete any necessary paperwork.

Hello Current Client: I have scheduled both your cats for appointments, but wanted to reach out to you to let you know that we do not do any type of grooming services. Unfortunately, he would need to be taken to a groomers for that. I apologize for the inconvenience, but wanted you to be aware prior to your visit. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you.

We look forward to meeting you and SMALL CAT during your scheduled appointment on 3/4/2019 at 3:15 PM. Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment to complete any necessary paperwork.

If the director of this non profit makes statements that he has "read" all the materials mentioned above. The reference to the grooming was only due to the fact that the appointment I sought was for a general medical check and medicine to sedate that cat in order to have him treated by a professional groomer.

For some reason they were utterly antagonist to me as a client. Even when there, they cross-examined me about how long the cat was in my possession( half year), what food I fed it - the brand! etc. Who does that? Here I am spending hundreds of dollars on cats that were abandoned by some fleeing tenant, and being utterly abused by an organization that purports to help animals. Hogwash.

Other patrons seemed upset too after exiting their facility. In particular , a patron like me was upset with the fact that there is no signage for directions to their "clinic" showing a client where to walk with their pet in a box.

The signage from the road is not readable or recognizable.

This is a zero for Sacramento County.

2 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

2

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

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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

1

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

1

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

1 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

1 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

1

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

1

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

1

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

1

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

1

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

1

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

15 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

14 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

13 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

14 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

14

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

14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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

Review from Guidestar

12 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

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having been associated with the SSPCA for more than 35 years as both a board member and a volunteer, I can truly say that I believe I know the organization inside and out. They have never lost sight of their mission, and are in the region and beyond helping animals both in the shelter and outside, as they have done since 1894. Please seek specifics on charity navigator.org and on the organization's website at sspca.org.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experiences with the Sacramento SPCA have been stellar. They have a professional staff who understand and care for the animals they care take. The staff is open and engaging. Further, I have volunteered with the SPCA for many years and have found the experience with the other volunteers and the opportunity to work with the animals rewarding.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Sacramento SPCA is a wonderful organization that depends totally on donations. They have many great programs for seniors and summer camp for children. I have been very fortunate to be associated with this organization for many years. It is enriched my life and helped many animals in our community

Board Member

Rating: 5

Every 2-3 times a month I examine such nice pets, not only dogs and cats, but every so often a rabbit from the Sacramento SPCA. The new owners are so delighted with the service they have received, the friendliness and courtesy of the staff. When new owners leave the Sacramento SPCA, they are well prepared to receive their new family member into their home.
Zack R Morgan, DVM

Board Member

Rating: 5

Adopted the best dog from the SSPCA. Their feral cat spay Clinic is a lifesaver for the community. Just a great organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Board member for 10+ years and it is the most rewarding experience. The SSPCA is the best run animal welfare organization and I am so proud to be affiliated with the organization. SSPCA's plans to expand services and build the Animal University are visionary.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Sacramento SPCA does such wonderful work helping pet parents provide affordable care to the animals they love. What an amazing organization that gives back to the animals in the community in so many ways. We are so lucky they exist! I am a proud parent to two former "fur kids" whom they rescued and provided for. Keep up the great work. I feel honored to have the opportunity to support this organization and the pet community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted two senior animals from the Sacramento SPCA, and I can't say enough about how compassionate and supportive they have been. From the time I entered Gracie's Adoption Center, the staff greeted me, thanked me for coming, and helped me find just the right companion. Maybe more importantly, the staff at the SSPCA do an exemplary job caring for the animals in their shelter. Besides lots of love, professional veterinary care and wonderful housing, the animals are provided soothing classical music. I can't say enough about this wonderful non-profit. Thanks to each of the staff and the cadre of volunteers who pour their hearts and soul into caring for homeless animals in our community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Sacramento SPCA has been serving the Sacramento Community by helping animals stay in their homes, and finding new homes for those in need for almost 125 years. With more than 2,500 volunteers and a dedicated staff, the SSPCA provides low-cost spay and neuter services, vaccines and other animal health care, behavior education and assistance to seniors in getting their pets to the vet or buying food. It is an awesome organization and I'm proud to have been a volunteer since the late 1980's and on the SSPCA Board of Directors for the past four years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The social media presence is astounding. Very informative and uplifting. I adopted a 2 mo puppy from the Sacramento SPCA and they made it so simple. Yet, they insured that the dog was going to a good home before allowing me to adopt. It all made me feel very pleased with the future of the animals coming out of there. I've fostered some kittens and puppies for the SPCA, and the foster coordinator is always helpful when I have questions. even in the most trying of times with foster pets. Thank you so much for everything you do.

Donor

Rating: 5

Some people see their local animal "shelter" as a place to rescue dogs and cats - but the Sac SPCA is so much more. It is a place for our community to come together and actually help other humans, by helping animals. They have many programs for youth and adults alike, but I especially appreciate their Senior Services. To see a lonely senior smile with they are visited by a dog, cat or even a fluffy bunny through their Love on Loan brings me one of those happy tears. And there is much more that meets the eye at the Sac SPCA - so if you think they only adopt animals - give them another look. They provide our community with more than new four-legged family members (which is also a wonderful site to behold for humans and animals as well).

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sacramento SPCA is truly making a difference in the lives of animals in our community. With such dedicated volunteers and staff, it really is the best place to spend your time. Their public education, training, and Spay/Neuter clinic really set them a part from other area shelters.

Rosemary15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sacramento SPCA is the best nonprofit I have ever volunteered for. Truly, their level of animal care, compassion and love cannot be exceeded. They possess top professional members in their Board of Directors that manage this monolith with successful grace. Working with the vast numbers of volunteers on special events has been a sheer delight for they are the nicest bunch of folks I have ever met. We get the job done and have fun too. May their reign continue to grow and prosper! Sincerely, Rosemary Burnham

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at the Sacramento SPCA for ten years and have enjoyed every minute I have been at the shelter. The staff is very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly, they enjoy being with the animals. Most of the staff have pets of there own and also foster animals in need of extra care. The volunteers totally enjoy their time at the shelter and are very enthusiastic about helping all the animals find a loving home. I always look forward to my next visit to the Sacramento SPCA.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We've donated to the Sacramento, California SPCA for about 35 years, due to their extraordinary caring and concern for animals. I've volunteered with them doing special projects, such as book sales and Doggie Dashes, for almost five years. I've had countless opportunities to witness their affection for the animals they serve (lots of pats and kisses), and gentleness with the public (hugs, laughing), both at the shelter and during events. They also treat their volunteers with special consideration - we are sheltered and fed at every event. A wonderful organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since 1894, the SSPCA has worked to reduce pet overpopulation through affordable spay/neuter services, promote the humane treatment of animals through education and outreach, and assist pet owners through a variety of programs and services designed to keep pets and their families together for life. it is the best spca ever great people and leadership!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization really cares about its mission and its volunteers. The SPCA is the "go to" in the area because you can see that the staff care about the animals and do everything they can to make them safe and comfortable. They host large community events that are engaging and successful. I'm proud to be a small part of what they do.

Manina M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the SSPCA. Great events. Doggy Dash and Fur Ball. Social media is fun and pawsitive and gives the available adoptables greater exposure. Foster Programs. Senior Vaccine Clinic. We Pay to Spay program. Kong Brigade. Yappy Hours and more.
Kind and caring staff.
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Below Batty and Bueller hang out at a Yappy Hour. And my first two Foster Kitties Finn and Huckleberry.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Volunteer at the Sacramento SPCA for over a year and a half. I have been active with the Kitty Foster Program, the Kong Brigade for the dogs, the Senior Vaccine Clinic, We Pay to Spay program and several events. There are so many ways to put your skill sets to use. What an amazing organization. The staff is great and very supportive. It is all about the animals. Love this place. I am very happy and proud to be a Volunteer for the SSPCA.
Manina Machemer

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This group even provides humane care for feral cats. They make sure that only highly trained people spend time with the dogs and cats to get them ready for adoption by their forever families. Plus, they are truly non profit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization for the last 6 years and not only is it a class act, it's public programs and volunteer training and commitment to animals and our community is second to none.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has saved so many lives in Sacramento. The only non-profit animal shelter, they are dedicated to serving the entire community and providing a high quality of care to the animals until they find their forever homes. A great place for low cost vaccines, spay and neuter and adoption. I have adopted two dogs from the SSPCA and their staff was very professional, knowledgeable and helpful. They are my favorite charity as I know the funds are used for the care of the animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sacramento SPCA has a wonderful staff. As a foster parent, I rely on them immensely. They are always there for the animals and me. The care that each staff member and volunteer provides is the best. Additionally, the Sacramento SPCA nurtures a community of staff, volunteers and people that promotes the best in these animals and us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve volunteered at the Sacramento SPCA for 5 years. I’m impressed with the SSPCA’s efforts to provide education and support for our community’s pet owners. A good example is the Senior Vaccine Clinic which provides free vaccines. Without this program, many seniors would not be able to get their pets vaccinated because their budgets just don’t allow for that cost.
Also, I participated in their excellent training classes when we adopted a dog who happened to have a few behavioral quirks. The training staff develop a training plan to manage and improve those issues and provided additional support as needed.
The shelter staff is very conscientious in performing their duties and never fail to express their appreciation for the support provided by volunteers. Working with an A-1 volunteer team and getting loved by all the animals makes the SSPCA a very fun place to volunteer.

Donor

Rating: 5

Motivated staff administration and volunteers especially seen in smaller functions like Yappy Hour as well as traditional functions like the galas they do good work for much needed role in animal welfare

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm retired and love volunteering with Sacramento SPCA. There are a variety of things I can do to help out and my schedule can be very flexible. We get really good training before starting any new work and they both solicit and appreciate our input. The staff is very dedicated and the other volunteers seem to love their work. It's wonderful to spend time with the dogs while they're waiting for their new family to find them. Just a great place to help out.

Janet117

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with the SSPCA for the past 18 years and have spent the last 12 years as a foster parent. I have watched this organization blossom into what they are today. The foster care program is so well organized and the coordinator it top notch! I have learned so much about animal care through this program and my children have been able to experience the joy of helping animals in need. Here's to another 18 years!

Muhammad Usman T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I both are foster parents and volunteer for them. I am new to this but am still very impressed by the organization and management of Sac SPCA. The services they offer and the work they do is just amazing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I foster kittens for them. They are very good, uv also adopted from them. Had my cat his whole life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have attended almost all of the SSPCA fundraisers for the last several years including the Galas), the new Yappy Hours, and the Doggy Dash at Land Park, among others, and have found that the SSPCA people are uniformly warm and welcoming and dedicated to their vocation of helping with the care and safety and comfort of the animals they rescue. The donations go right to our local area and take care of the needs of the Sacramento community and animal lovers. We will be lifelong participants and donors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Volunteering for this organization has been so rewarding. Giving time to help these animals who come from all kinds of places. This truly non-profit organization works tirelessly to help these animals and I have been very lucky to be able to help them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

Hi a I am 12 years old and obsessed with taking care of dogs, but there aren't any shelters near me that I can volunteer in. Can you help me? Call me at 916-591-8805.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a volunteer at the Sacramento SPCA for 25 years working in many departments. Everyone involved from staff to volunteers have one goal, the care and welfare of the animals in our community. I'm very proud to give my time to this wonderful organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started out as a volunteer because I wanted to get my son involved in community service. I gave him several different options and he chose the SSPCA. We enjoyed exercising the dogs together and helping out at events. He is now a young adult and continues to do community service and I continue to help at the SSPCA in the membership department and at special events. It's a great place to volunteer and I appreciate everything that they do!!
Caroline

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with the Sacramento SPCA for almost 8 years. My experiences there include helping to exercise the shelter dogs, assisting in dog-training classes offered to the public, fostering kittens in my home, working in administration to maintain the donor database, and volunteering at fund-raising events. Each activity has been very rewarding as well as a lot of fun.

As well as volunteering, I have also adopted several animals from the shelter. As a client, my opinion is that the facilities are clean and pleasant and the animals are well taken care of. I have found the staff to be very hardworking and caring people who truly have the welfare of the animals at heart. If an animal must be taken to a shelter, it is fortunate to arrive at the Sacramento SPCA.

Barbara198

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Sacramento SPCA both as a member of the Board and as a volunteer for more than 35 years. It is a stellar example of what an animal welfare organization should be. The SSPCA has served the Sacramento region since 1894, and it just keeps getting better and better. I am fortunate to be associated with such a great group, of both staff and volunteers.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been proudly involved with the Sacramento SPCA both serving on the Board and as a community activist for over 28 years. With out hesitation I firmly believe this non-profit has far excelled in the care of animals and the people that love them. The incredible leadership, dedicated staff, loyal volunteers, life saving adoption and foster programs, community vision and outreach, spay-neuter clinics, senior services for both animals and their humans plus countless other endeavors continue to make the SSPCA the incredible 5-star great nonprofit that it is !

Board Member

Rating: 5

Being on the board of the Sacramento SPCA has been a heartwarming experience. The staff and volunteers of the SSPCA are very committed to their work in bettering the lives of all animals! I am proud to be able to support and work with a very talented group of leaders in the animal community. Thanks to all the staff and volunteers for their tireless work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the Sacramento SPCA for the past 4 years, and also adopted a very silly, goofy kitten.

I have always been so impressed with their commitment to all animals, from the ones that are brought to us, to the wildlife that the staff has been able to serve as well. I have also been very impressed with the way they commit to helping other animal organizations in our community. It's my understanding that they gave $10K to aid a struggling horse rescue in the area, and I think that is fantastic.

I regularly recommend their spay/neuter and vaccine facilities, as they are excellent!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Besides the amazing work that the Sacramento SPCA does for animal welfare in the Greater Sacramento area, I have to rave about the amazing staff and volunteers who give selflessly of their time and resources. They are among the best in the area and I've always been impressed with how much they care. I've been a member of the Board since 2007 and serving on the board has been very fulfilling. But long before I was a donor and Board member, I was a client. My most recent adoption, Pebbles -- a domestic short-hair tabby -- is the best cat ever. Thank you for enriching the lives of the animals AND the people in our community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer as well as a board member of the SSPCA I can say without a doubt that this has been the most rewarding experience in my life. The staff here is wonderful and caring also very respectful of the volunteers and supportive. I love donating my time and resources here and always encourge others to do likewise it's simply a wonderful place to be a part of. As part of my volunteer efforts I walk shelter dogs in the mornings and teach others to do likewise I fall in love at least once a week with the dogs and am so happy when I discover how many have found their forever homes at the end of a week. I believe that this is the best place in Sacramento to be a volunteer.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I was very surprised that the SPCA employees of all people would discriminate against our family's pitbull. A while back we attempted to adopt a cat that had already been at the shelter a long time. When they were looking over our sheet they seemed concerned when they read that there was a pitbull in the home and asked a lot of questions about her personality. I understand that they want to make sure the cat will be in a safe home, but I felt that my dog received a higher level of scrutiny because she was a pitbull. The employee told us stories of how it was hard even for her to control her dog and prevent it from chasing cats. They never asked to meet Nova, if they had they would have seen that she is a VERY well behaved dog. I didn't think it fair that the employee would assume that just because she couldn't control her dog we couldn't control ours. They told us to "think on it and come back if we were still interested in the cat". We came back repeatedly, called, and emailed only to get the same answer. It's no wonder the poor cat had spent so much time in the shelter! In the end we gave up and adopted a kitten (Thor) from Craigslist. Thor and Nova got along great and even when he pounced on her tail and batted her face, Nova would just look at us as if telling us "please make him stop". We are thankful for Thor, but we feel that an institution which protects animals should have a more open mind about bully breeds. Now I direct my donations to the city shelter instead.

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sacspca 10/22/2014

We feel badly that you left here thinking that we were being discriminatory toward your dog. We never discriminate by breed. In fact, we adopt more pit bulls into new homes than any other; however, that doesn’t mean that we don’t take the extra precautions that are necessary with the breed. As you know, pit bulls have the ability to become overexcited, whether in a negative or positive way. Because of that, we do ask additional questions and take greater care in placing them into new homes as well as placing other animals into homes with them. Is it possible that we may not have conveyed that well enough and instead caused quite a bit of confusion? If so, we’d appreciate the opportunity to clear things up. If you’re willing, please give us a call so we can speak about the details of your experience. You can reach our adoptions manager at (916) 504-2858.

Leanne O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Took my 2 bunnies here to get neutered. The team was so sweet and helpful. Love to support them any way I can.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a foster parent and feline socialization volunteer. I absolutely love donating my time to the Sacramento SPCA. The animals are all cared for and the staff has a lot of information to give. I am currently fostering my third litter of kittens and Sarah has been so helpful whenever I have any medical concerns or scheduling issues. What a great place!