Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$8,144 raised by 90 donors

54% complete

$15,000 Goal

SSPA approaches every dog as an individual, with the understanding, backed by scientific research, that physical appearance does not determine behavior.

We are very excited about our next chapter: We are aiming to open our Sacramento facility at 3350 Airport Road this year as an adoption, playgroup and training facility to support our community’s dogs in need and their families - while continuing to be a safety net for shelter dogs. We need your help to have this key resource for our area come to fruition!

Brief history of our organization:

In 2012, around the time we started at the Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation as Pit Bull Socialization and Obedience Crew (PB SOC), the live outcome for dogs at the shelter was 65%. Originally, our focus was supporting block-headed dogs, the most euthanized and vulnerable at that time, but our program has evolved as we learned, grew, and expanded our mission and vision.

In 2016, we expanded our focus to better serve all shelter dogs in need, focusing primarily on those behaviorally deteriorating, which led to our current name: Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive (SSPA). In 2018, we implemented a full-time behavioral team and the live outcome for dogs at Sacramento County's open-admission municipal shelter was 93%, and 94/95% when we left at the close of 2020.

Then we started supporting Stockton Animal Shelter, a high-intake facility that is underfunded and under-resourced that desperately needed a support system for large-breed dogs. Our staff provided innovative, comprehensive behavioral and rehabilitative programs including critical playgroups, foster care and rescue support, communications support, and adoption retention, all of which proved to sustain a high live outcome alongside a dedicated and compassionate team of volunteers. 

Now with our plans for our Sacramento facility, we're returning to our community and our roots as we continue to be an organization our community's vulnerable dogs can rely on. Every dollar you donate supports our efforts to be a safety net and support system for dogs in need!


Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive is a nonprofit that serves as a safety net and support system for shelter dogs and our community's dogs in need, with a focus on the most vulnerable. SSPA is a group of staff and volunteers providing innovative, comprehensive behavioral and rehabilitative programs, foster care and rescue support, and adoption retention that have proved to sustain a high live outcome.



Play Yards including cover to accommodate weather

Medical Care

Cleaning Supplies




Kuranda Beds

Dog Food

Enrichment Items i.e. Kongs, Toys, Pools

Grooming Supplies


Behavior Team Staffing

Safety Equipment

Agility Equipment

Walkie Talkies


Filing Cabinet





Equity Statement

We are inclusive and utilize multiple approaches and points of view to drive innovation. We continue to grow our network of people, programs, and resources to best serve communities, adopters, and pets.

Organization Data


Organization name

Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive

other names


Year Established


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Mission Category

Animal Related

Operating Budget


Organization Need

Funding: Unrestricted, In-Kind Donations, Funding: Program, Furniture, Technology

Local Counties Served


Equity Statement

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3350 Airport Rd
Sacramento, CA 95834

Service areas

Sacramento County, CA, US

Stockton, CA, US



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