Sacramento SPCA
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Programs

Description
We must decrease the number of unwanted animals that enter our public shelters and get more animals out of shelters and into homes. That is why the Sacramento SPCA devotes significant resources to addressing animal over-population through our spay and neuter program.

With the opening of the new Zoe K. McCrea Animal Health Center in January 2021, the Sacramento SPCA is on track to spay and neuter more than 23,000 animals this year, making it one of the top ten clinics in the nation.

In addition to our shelter animals, we provide spay/neuter services to the public, municipal shelters, and rescues. Our shelter's 'We Pay to Spay' program offers no-cost surgeries for owners of pit bulls and chihuahuas, the two most prevalent breeds found in shelters in our community. We also offer Sunday feral/community cat clinics, averaging 70 surgeries per clinic.
Budget
$1,565,000
Program Successes
- Since 2007, the SacSPCA has performed more than 250,000 low-cost spay/neuter surgeries.
- In 2020, despite the challenges of the pandemic, the SacSPCA performed 13,012 spay and neuter surgeries, including 3,688 community cats who were altered, vaccinated, and returned to their colonies.
Description
When the shelter in place mandate was announced in March 2020, in just 48 hours, we were able to place 138 shelter animals into foster homes. The foster care volunteers received all the supplies necessary to care for their foster animal at no charge, including food, bedding, and medication, thanks to our generous supporters.

Foster care is a critical program as it provides temporary care for orphaned animals that need extra care and time to grow until they are ready to be placed up for adoption. Some of these animals are sick or injured or have behavioral issues, others are too young for adoption, and some simply scared and in need of extra TLC.

We have also implemented a behavior modification program where staff works with animals in our care before they are placed on the adoption floor. These are dogs who would do great in a home, but have a really tough time in the shelter environment. Doing this work ultimately allows us to find more dogs homes by addressing these behavior challenges, and even having follow up phone consults with adopters and their dogs after adoption.
Budget
$240,000
Program Successes
- In 2020, 1,181 animals were helped through our foster care program.
- In 2020, 334 animals were transferred in from other shelters, including areas impacted by the fires.
Description
At the Sacramento SPCA, our dream is that every animal in our community will someday be able to see a vet whenever there is a need. In conjunction with our vaccine clinic, we launched a Wellness Clinic to provide low-cost veterinary exams, treatments for minor medical conditions, and preventative care services. These services help keep animals in our community healthy, prevent the spread of disease, and strengthen the bond between owners and their pets.

As part of our Senior Services program, for those 65 years of age and older, we offer no-cost vaccination services by appointment. We also offer a 20% discount to seniors and their pets on microchips and spay/neuter services (For seniors looking to add a furry family member, adoption fees are waived for animals five years or older!). At the Sacramento SPCA, we work to ensure the continued relationship between our local area seniors and their pets so they can maintain their special bond.
Budget
$535,000
Program Successes
- In 2020, the Sacramento SPCA administered 34,232 low-cost or free vaccinations.
Description
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PawPantry was implemented in March of 2020 to reduce the financial burden of pet food costs and keep animals in their homes. The PawPantry is a twice-weekly, drive-through pet food pantry offering food and litter to any member of the community at no cost. Additionally, we are delivering pet food to seniors who are unable to leave their homes, ensuring that this program is accessible for everyone in our community. Help keep the pet food pantry going by sponsoring our monthly food purchases or by hosting a pet food drive.
Budget
$60,000
Program Successes
- In 2020, 219,000 meals were served to 31,200 animals during our twice-weekly pet food pantry.