SSPA Newsletter
In This Issue
Dog Day Out | Hero Update | Happy Tails | Fosters Needed | Adoptables
Dog Day Out Is Back!
We have some big news to share! 

SSPA's Dog Day Out is back - this time at Stockton Animal Shelter on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays!

Check out a shelter dog for a day for a hike, walk, cuddles and/or a puppacino. You get a day with an awesome dog and you bring them more happiness than we can describe! Plus your photos and descriptions of them help attract adopters!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!
Hero Will Get His Surgery!
Thanks in large part to your incredible generosity, Hero will be able to get his life-changing surgery to alleviate discomfort.

The funds you donated to SSPA's fundraiser covered the cost of medical equipment to perform Hero's crucial FHO (hip surgery) - and future similar surgeries for other dogs.

Having the ability to perform this surgery in-house will eventually end up saving thousands of dollars!

We truly can't thank you enough for always being by our side to go above and beyond for shelter dogs!
Happy Tails
We received a marvelous update from Cooper and his family!

Can you believe that this boy didn’t pass his behavioral evaluation? Well, look at him now, thriving as part of a family outside the shelter - something we see often with these remarkable pups!

We mean it when we say: “Where all dogs matter!”

“It’s been one year since we came to Bradshaw shelter to pick up this dog we knew next to nothing about named Cooper. What a year it has been! 

“As you know, Cooper started off as a pretty shy and reserved guy. For the first few weeks he was at our house he pretty much just wanted to be around his humans and lounge around relaxing. We are convinced he is aging backwards. The dog who started off napping 75% of the day is now doing zoomies all over the place, playing fetch, and constantly anticipating when his next walk will happen. He also just got a dental cleaning, so his new pearly whites make him look like a young pup as well.

“Some highlights from the year:
  • Cooper just got to take his first trip to the ocean, and he confirmed that water is very scary and waves are not to be trusted. Running through the sand is super fun though!
  • He has been to the snow a handful of times and thinks it’s awesome! He loves coming along on snowshoeing adventures.
  • He’s been making new friends (human and canine) and soaking in all the love that anyone will give him. 
  • Cooper has been having closely supervised visits with his bunny siblings who live with us. He loves to lay outside their room and watch them through the gate, and is even more excited when he gets to go visit them up close. He really is a gentle giant.

“We absolutely adore Cooper. He is the best friend we could ever ask for and even though the past year has been a tough one, it has also been the best one because we got to spend it with him. We can’t wait to see what kind of adventures we’ll have with him in the next year. 

“Peace, love, and belly rubs,
Cooper and his humans”

Now this is something to celebrate!

Thank you for making him such a beloved part of your family and staying in touch!
Leo is thriving with his family and has a new BFF!

Adopter Paula says: “Things are going so well for Leo and our family. He has found his bark (albeit only twice), is walking on leash much better during his twice daily walks and is definitely getting spunkier. Installing a doggie door this weekend. He is a loving, sweet boy who is a great match for our family. Thank you for checking in. We couldn't be happier with our new big fur baby!”

Impossible not to smile over that, along with these adorable photos!

Congratulations, Leo, and thank you to his family for adopting!
Don’t forget: We offer post-adoption counseling to help with your new dog’s transition into your home! Email! You can send "Happy Tails" updates there as well!
We Really Need Fosters!
These dogs are also available for adoption.

Adorable senior alert!

This 13-year-old girl is so beyond sweet and still loves hanging out with gentle and dainty male dogs!

The SSPA team describes her as "lovely on all accounts."

If you're ready to bring this sweetie home, fill out a foster application today.

Don’t let that little puppy pout fool you – Pete is a total lover, not to mention an all-around rock star.

Just look at that freckled nose!

His silly and playful personality will make you fall in love! He may start off a tad shy, but once he’s comfortable it’s all zoomies and playtime!

Ready to bring this adorable boy home? Fill out a foster application today.

That face! That goofy smile!

This baby boy lives up to his name with all sorts of adorable wiggles!

He's absolutely adorable and fabulous, and we suspect he might do great with children! 

He does prefer to be your only pup, but will fill your heart and home with happiness!

Ready to foster this boy? Fill out a foster application today.

One look into those heart-melting eyes and you'll want to bring this boy into your home!

Marco has been through so much, but isn’t holding any grudges with people.

He is unbelievably sweet, super soft and gentle, and adores people!

He’d prefer to be your only pup - but nothing will be more rewarding than to show this boy the good life!

Ready to bring this boy home? Fill out a foster application today.

The shelter life is super rough for this handsome and seriously sweet boy.

Moose has proven to be an absolute rock star out of the shelter.

He's super attentive, eager to please and an all around sweetheart.

He's even done well in a home with kiddos.

Moose would also do great in a home with a gentle female pup.

Ready to foster him? Fill out an application today.

This boy is an absolute sweetheart and a total gentleman. He’s just happy being around humans to snuggle up on.

Leon is low-key, walks great on leash and is easy to handle.

Basically, Leon is a rock star and would fit in great with most families.

PS: Leon prefers no cats in the home, please.

Can you bring this stunning guy home? Fill out a foster application today.

Cutie pie alert!

Louis is such a delight!

He’s super handsome, loves people (including kids) and truly just wants to please.

While he’d prefer to be your only pup, he’ll dish out enough joy for the whole family!

Ready to foster this delightful boy? Fill out a foster application today.

Look at this cutie patootie senior girl!

Roxy is so ready to get out of the shelter!

She bonds strongly with her handler and loves being around you.

She’d do best as the only pup in the home, but will give you all the love you need! She’d also do best without young children.

She reportedly did amazingly on her dog day out!

Ready to foster this beautiful girl? Fill out a foster application today.

This girl is sweet, lovely and gorgeous.

She’s playful, active and likes to talk while playing with her toys (awww).

She'd do best in a home without young children.

Ready to bring this stunning girl home? Fill out a foster application today.

With this goofy guy by your side, every day is like a home run!

This boy has a super adorable smile and happy outlook on life – who couldn’t use some of that?!

He’s energetic and super playful with a rough and rowdy play style with other pups!

Ready to bring this hunk of happiness home? Fill out a foster application today.

This adorable 3-year-old boy (look at those ears‼️) is looking for a patient and understanding foster or adopter to help him learn to trust and build confidence.

He’ll need his new folks to take it slowly and really work with him at his pace.

With the right home, he should start to show his personality and come out of his shell!

He could be in a home with a well-matched female dog who is more into coexisting than playing.

Ready for this rewarding opportunity? Fill out a foster application today.
Teamwork Brightens Dogs' Lives
We want to give a shoutout to our amazing SSPA team members!

They spent a recent day at the Stockton shelter, taking adorable photos of adoptable pups and ensuring all large-breed dogs got out three times! It’s all about making sure the shelter dogs know they matter and setting them up for successful outcomes.

We are so grateful for the opportunity to work with the fabulous Stockton staff and dogs! And we are so thankful to our supporters who ensure we can keep touching the lives of more pets!
Help SSPA Save More Lives
We'd love to share your story! Have your own SSPA story to share and/or want to be interviewed for SSPA's newsletter? Email us at!
Adoptable Dogs in Foster
Salt & Pepper

Adorable bonded puppies alert!

This duo - potentially Corgi/Staffy mixes - are joined at the hip and so much fun!

They are cute as a button, are social and sweet!

More than anything, they'd like a loving forever home where they can grow up together!

Ready to bring them home? Fill out an adoption application today!

This wonderful senior boy is super sweet and so deserving of a loving forever home!

He has participated in playgroups with gentle and dainty females.

More than anything, he just wants to be with people.

He's medium to lower energy!

Ready to bring him home? Fill out an adoption application today!

Check out this 12-year-old (!!) sweetheart!

She is one amazing senior who can't help but melt your heart!

Look at this face!

She's living comfortably in a foster home, but would love to find her forever!

Ready to adopt this wonderful girl?! Fill out an adoption application!

This little one is finally safe in foster after living on the streets for a while.

She's very sweet and is OK with other dogs.

She's looking for a special adopter who will continue to help her build confidence and work on her fear issues. Her person will need to be patient as she takes some time to acclimate to new people and handling.

A quiet home without young children would be best for her.

Ready to open your heart and home to this girl?! Fill out an adoption application.

This boy would love nothing more than to be a family’s beloved pet!

He has those head tilts down and has a perfect white stripe down his face!

He’s come so far from the terrified, shut-down pup we first met at the shelter. With positive reinforcement and two playful, confident female dogs, he’s flourishing every day!

He’s sweet, LOVES to play with the dogs in his foster home, and becomes your shadow once you’ve gained his trust. He also enjoys long walks and hikes.

Eli is hoping to find a forever home soon with a confident female dog and a loving, supportive family who will help him continue to come out of his shell! There’s not much more rewarding than that!

Ready to adopt?! Fill out an adoption application!

This boy came to the shelter in bad shape. He was an outdoor dog, chained in a kennel his entire life.

With the help of our awesome SSPA team and his foster, he's developed more confidence and learned that life can be good.

Let us tell you - this boy is resilient! He had owners who didn't show him an ounce of compassion, but now he's found a way to trust and even show his silly side.

Understandably, he can take a bit to develop trust, but once he does, he's marvelous!

He's low maintenance, mellow and easy to please, and has successfully lived with cats and other dogs!

Ready to bring him home? Apply to adopt him.

This senior boy - 9 years old - so deserves a forever home that will pamper and cherish him!

He walks slowly and just really wants a cushy place where he can cuddle and chill out safely.

He's currently hanging out with a marvelous foster, but would love a permanent home!

Can you help make his dream come true?! Fill out an adoption application.

This handsome dude is a volunteer favorite!

He takes a little time to warm up to people, so he’s looking for a patient and understanding family.

He could be paired with a well-matched female dog in his new home.

Once you gain his trust, he does zoomies and flops over for belly rubs!

Ready to bring him home?! Fill out an adoption application.

Adorable pup alert!

This sweet boy recently landed in an SSPA foster home!

He's seeking a family that will help him gain confidence and teach him how amazing being a family dog can be.

Can you help teach this cutie that the world is a safe and happy place?

If you’re up for this rewarding experience, fill out an adoption application!
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