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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

94 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jody31

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful shelter! I adopted my beautiful cat here as well as my sister and my parents! We love them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

SSPCA is a kind, loving home for animals until they reach their forever home. Staff care deeply about their animals and strive to find the best people/homes for all. I like that they screen applicants thoroughly when it comes to adoptions. I've adopted many great, longtime canine companions over the last 25 years from the SSPCA and I appreciate the staff who take such loving care of all the animals who come into the facility.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wrote a loving, glowing review and it was deleted by your website unfortunately, can't redo for now.

Donor

Rating: 5

The SSPCA is a highly-organized, professional organization that goes the extra mile to help animals find loving homes. While I donate money to animal shelters and rescue groups, I always donate a bit more to the folks at the SSPCA because they truly put donated money where their mouths are: Saving lives!

1 Kim_73

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended an event held by the SSPCA for pitbulls. The things they did that day from microchipping and shots to the special attention my dog received from the staff and volunteers was amazing

2 Julie108

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have rescued several dogs, however, by far my favorite place to adopt a dog is the SSPCA. They go far beyond expectations in caring for the animals in their care.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank goodness for the Sacramento SPCA and the good work they do. My folks adopted their beautiful dog from the SPCA and I got my lovely kitty from there as well. There are so many dogs and cats in need of homes, every one as deserving as the next, and the SPCA staff and volunteers are committed and work long and hard to place as many animals as they can. I applaud the Sacramento SPCA and will continue to donate and recommend as the first option for adoption.

1 Kate Horwick

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) actively recruits canines from shelters and rescues throughout CA to train them for urban search and rescue and the Sacramento SPCA has been invaluable to our efforts. Over the years, SDF has recruited a dozen dogs from this shelter with the help of their knowledgeable and caring staff.

As one of our recruitment volunteers who evaluates potential canine candidates recently put it best, “I can't say enough good things about this shelter. I have been to many of Northern California's shelters and this one stands out as a modern, well run, clean, and organized facility. The staff is outstanding. Even though their job is not easy, I can tell that they have a true love of animals and treat every dog with respect. Lizz (Rescue Coordinator) seems to be very devoted to her job. In all of our interactions, I see how much she cares about the dogs… She is passionate about all animals…and works extremely hard at her job.”

With the economy hit hard in recent years, and shelter budgets hit harder, it can be tremendously difficult for these groups to function at the level they would like, but the Sacramento SPCA is a wonderful place to adopt from. Their dedicated staff is a pleasure to work with and they truly care about the wellbeing of the animals in their care. SDF is proud to work with such a terrific group and grateful that they think of our foundation when they meet a high energy canine that needs a job. Thank you Sacramento SPCA for your tireless work on behalf of these wonderful creatures and for helping SDF to turn rescued dogs into rescuers!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

Look at these rating details, folks. Sac SPCA has almost 12 million dollars sitting in reserves, and they consistently take in more than they spend on animal care. Why is that? Why do they continue to cry poor when they are anything but?

Review from CharityNavigator

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have spent some of the most rewarding hours of my life volunteering at the SPCA.

I love taking dogs out in the morning for one-on-one time. I will groom them, walk an extra lap, or just sit and let them be near - whatever they want - in order to make their (hopefully) brief stay more enjoyable.

It warms my heart to see so many animal-loving volunteers show up throughout the day to do the same.

As a Foster parent, I can convalesce a dog like no other. I take advantage of our time together and work on Basic Obedience skills, in hopes of making them more adoptable upon return.

The permanent staff at the SPCA are very kind and most helpful to volunteers like myself who can't show up on a regular basis, but need guidance or assistance when I do. The Director has a very open-mind and always listens to volunteer suggestions, and does what he can to implement them; he is aware we all work towards SSPCA's common goal.

If you have a few extra hours a week and are looking for a rewarding experience - this is the place to be. And that's the fact, Jack!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The people who work there are great. They are very informative and knowledgeable They do a really good job of screening for potiental animal abusers. They would rather keep the pet with them then to give them to bad people. They are professionals in everyway. Thank you, Jaime Gomez, proud owner of a great dog, "Milo"

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

All of my animals are rescues and in recent years I have adopted four cats from the SPCA, two who live at my bookstore (and have a great life there!) and two at home. This organization is special and essential to caring for the overpopulation of pets. I wish I could adopt them all!

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog, Missy at the SSPCA in 2006. We took obedience classes and later when we adopted a second dog and needed personalized behavior help, we turned to the SSPCA. Everyone there is so friendly and helpful. The trainers are extremely knowledgeable and have helped my family and our dogs tremendously. The facility is so clean and well maintained. The animals are really well taken care of and I would highly recommend the SSPCA to anyone who wants a pet or help with one.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was considering adopting a six year old schnauzer/black lab mix...who was seriously lacking social skills, when it was discovered that she had pain in her stomach area when you touched her. My first concern was a serious illness. It had only been nine months since having to put down my last dog who was 16 years old. The last thing I wanted to do was adopted another dog and have to put another one down so soon. The veterinarian at the SSPCA was wonderful! She understood my concerns and told me that she would try to rule out something simple that could be easily treated. After doing an ultrasound, blood work and urine test...all came back okay. The next day "Scruffy" was scheduled to be spayed and I asked her if she could "look around" while she was in there. She said yes and that they would call me with any results. After doing exploratory surgery they discovered some irritation around her stomach area and told me that everything would be okay. I now know that "Scruffy" had been the victim of abuse (kicked), which also explained her social issues. It has been a year and a half now and "Millie" is doing great! She still has some "issues", but don't we all. She's a wonderful companion and has learned to trust people. If it weren't for the diligence of that veterinarian at the SSPCA, Scruffy was a dog that would not have found a "forever home". I am actually going back to the SSPCA in two days to consider adopting a friend for Millie....a kitten. Thank you SSPCA!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a professional groomer with my own grooming shop. On days that business was slow I wanted to help animals that were homeless. I contacted the SSPCA and was told that I would need to go through training before I could volunteer my grooming services for the animals that needed groomed. I was very impressed with the four training sessions I completed. The lessons I learned helped me understand animal shelters better. I am impressed with the amount of love the staff and volunteers place on each animal. I was impressed with the medical staff and how quickly they helped an animal that was reported by dog walkers as showing signs of not feeling well. I felt the pens were always kept clean and the comfort of the animals was high priority. I was very impressed with the way they operate the adoption process to make sure that the animals are being adopted to the right forever homes. The amount of adoptions amazed me. I would get close to the animals and then the very next weekend they were gone by way of adoption. I have recommended many of my friends to the SSPCA for adoptions. The SSPCA is a wonderful place.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sacramento SPCA is a wonderful organization. I am both a donor and a client. My husband and I adopted a delightful dog from them in 2009 and have enjoyed every minute with Pete! We also took advantage of their low cost obedience training and am happy to report that both owners and Petey are very well behaved.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we lost our cat, who was a companion to our other dog Reagan, he became very depressed. The vet recommended we get another animal to keep him company. We went to the SPCA with Reagan in the hopes of finding a dog who would not dominate him, who had a similar playstyle and temperment, and who would also be loyal and loving with us. The volunteers at the SPCA were great. They allowed us to try several dogs that we picked out with Reagan in the play area while they evaluated. None of them worked out though! Frustrated we began to leave--that's when our helper told us she thought she had a perfect match. She brought out Izzy and at first we were a little apprehensive because she of her breed (she's an American Staffy). However she was perfect. She paid us cursory attention, but was really all about Reagan. She let him dominate her and was just super fun and cute. We've had her for over two years now, and we could not have asked for a better dog. She has the sweetest temperment and is extremely loyal and athletic.

6

Former staff

Rating: 5

The Sacramento was not only a fabulous place to work, but a great place to adopt from as well. I worked there for about 2 years and have adopted a dog and 2 cats from there. Although I haven't worked there for almost 6 years, it's remains my most favorite job I've had to date (other than being a mommy). We have had to bring in pets for euthanasia as well and the staff at the SSPCA is amazing. We brought 2 of our cats last year, one in November due to kidney failure and one in December due to cancer. We were very sad and the staff knew exactly what to say and what not to say to help the situation. The provided comfort, and kleenex! We ended up making the decision to adopt again just after Christmas and our little "Tinkerbell" couldn't be a more perfect fit for our family. The adoption process was wonderful as always and we ended up with a beautiful spunky kitty! How any one could have put her in a dumpster is beyond us! The SSPCA has been the best no matter the situation. I recommend them to anyone looking to adopt a forever friend :)

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sacramento area was hit hard by the foreclosure crisi and the SSPCA was filled with family pets who were abandoned as folks moved. The SSPCA offered a "two-for-one" special and I got a set of beautiful cats, probably litter mates, clearly friends.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at a lot of different places in the greater Sacramento area. None of them gave me as much experience and useful knowledge as the Sacramento SPCA. They make sure that every volunteer has the skills necessary to give the dogs much needed love, and train the dogs to be more adoptable and people-friendly. Although the training process was long, it was well worth it in the end.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We went into the Sacramento SPCA on a whim. We had no intentions of adopting a dog what-so-ever. We ended up meeting with and adopting a beautiful pit mix who we named Buck. They were all so friendly and knew each dog personally. It was great to be able to talk with someone who knew about the dog and not just what was written in his file. The SPCA staff has a heart of gold! We ended up with an excellent companion and we couldn't be happier. We plan on adopting again in the near future and you can be sure that the Sacramento SPCA will be our first stop!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first went to the Sacramento SPCA when I was searching different programs out there to spay my newly rescued Chihuahuas. We got them from a lady we know who takes in dogs as a foster until she could find good homes for them instead of them going to a shelter. They came to us with no shot records and no training what so ever. I think they were just kept inside and not really well looked after. When I found out that the Sacramento SPCA had a low cost spay and neuter clinic I completely jumped on it. I was just starting out my career with the state and couldn’t afford to take them both to a local vet, they charge so much more. The service I received was so professional! I was amazed by how organized it was when I brought them in. I was able to afford for them to get their shots, get spayed and both be micro chipped. Without the Sacramento SPCA I wouldn’t have been able to afford all of that. The day after their spaying my smallest Chihuahua was limping. I called the clinic and asked what I could do. They assured me that it was just sore from being tied on the table, but told me if she was still limping in a couple hours to bring her back in. She ended up being fine. I thought that call was handled so professionally because I was pretty worried something went wrong. Because of how great our experience was with the clinic we decided to take their basic pet obedience training. We had two instructors. They were amazing. The class was relatively inexpensive, but the nice thing was that it was just for small dogs. They limit the amount of dogs per class so we could get some more one-on-one time with the instructors. The class was great and our dogs learned so much. The teachers really helped us learn how to teach our dogs to pay attention to us. We really bonded in that class. My dog Daisy ended up being the most improved student. We were pretty excited about that. Because of these experiences, we really want to applaud the Sacramento SPCA for all the extra things they offer besides shelter for animals. Great going Sacramento SPCA!!!!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA)is a great animal shelter. The animals are all well cared for, the facility is bright and clean and the staff are all amazing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I adopted my two cats at the SSPCA some years ago, the staff was friendly and helpful, they took care of everything (spay/neuter, etc) and they were just wonderful to work with. I was with my mother and younger brother at the time, and they were polite and helpful to my mother and acknowledged my brother as well, which I greatly appreciated as so many businesses ignore the little ones. I adopted two great cats that have been wonderful additions to my life, and they are the best pets I've ever had.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

SPCA was great in assisting us in adopting our beloved dog Moola (formerly Konami). They treated us great the moment we walked in the door! They allowed us to spend time with her. There was no rushing or pushing on their part. They talked us through the whole process and were very helpful when we were ready to bring Moola home. They offered a lot of information on what we needed in order to give our dog the best care possible. I am very thankful to their staff for their courtesy and knowledge of our dog. One thing that could have been different was the time it took us to bring her home. She was in sick bay with kennel cough when we adopted her. After a few weeks of her not healing, we did request to bring her home so that she could get some TLC at home and she healed quickly. I know that protocol was put into play, but it was a bit of a wait for us.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Pumpkin from the SPCA in 2004. He was a kitten then and had been born with only a stub for a tale. I love cats without tails, so I took him home after getting to know him in the SPCA "meet and greet" room. He is the most amazing cat I've ever encountered (and others have said the same) because he is affectionate, comes when called, and wants to be in whatever room we are in. He is an amazing part of the family. I adopted Shaggy in 2008. My husband and I had just bought our first home and moved in on September 1st. On September 5th I was tired of unpacking and decided to visit my local SPCA on a whim. That's where I saw Shaggy, the bearded collie/poodle mix. He had only been there for a couple days, and I knew he would be adopted soon because of how cute he was. So I snatched him up, and I'm so glad I did. I feel like our lives, and the lives of our friends and family, have been enriched by Shaggy's presence. I have never had such an affectionate, happy, friendly, adorable dog. I miss him the moment I leave the house and can't wait to see him when I return. We have done obedience training at the SPCA as well as had our family Christmas portraits taken through their Santa Paws program for the past two years. We also participate with Shaggy in the annual Doggie Dash event. I thank the Sacramento SPCA can aiding my family in having a better life through the love of animals we adopted there!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted three cats from the Sacramento SPCA - all were incredibly happy and healthy, and I could tell from their paperwork that they recieved the absolute best care from the SPCA, including hours of socialization that helped them immediately settle into my home. My first cat was so calm and socialized and healthy that it enabled me to adopt a second, and eventually a third, all from the SPCA. The incredible level of care they obviously received in fact inspired me to become a volunteer at the SPCA to help other animals in need of loving care.