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Dog Day Out Success | Happy Tails | Get to Know Our Team | Foster/Adopt
Boscoe: A Dog Day Out Success Story
Boscoe is now enjoying his own happy new beginning, thanks to Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive's Dog Day Out Program!

Last Tuesday, our social media team spotlighted his day out of the shelter, and the Instagram post caught the eye of his now-adopter!

We highlighted that this amazing boy needed a special adopter as he has arthritis in his knees.

While that might have made some people wary, that wasn't the case with Shari!
She was drawn to him even more, saying she also suffers from bad knees!

And who better to take him in than an incredible nurse?!

What a match!

He left the shelter yesterday to begin a happy new chapter in a loving home!

Yet again, you can see the benefit of SSPA’s Dog Day Out Program with the community! Every time you take a dog out and share those images and descriptions, you are helping that dog find a home!

When programs bring in community members to enhance the lives of shelter dogs, we get more happy tails!

We can't thank you enough for making Dog Day Out not only possible, but a success!
Help SSPA Save More Lives!
Ellie Update
The senior girl who captured all of our hearts is living it up in her foster-to-adopt home!

Click on the image above to watch a video of her playing with her adorable brother Prince.

It's amazing to see a 13-year-old have that much playful energy!

Nothing brings our team more joy than seeing our pups in loving homes! And it’s even sweeter when it’s one of our seniors!
More Happy Tails
Tater Tot was adopted yesterday!

This delightful senior girl went home with an amazing family, pictured above, including two wonderful kids who were ecstatic to add her to their family and get a new bff!

Nothing will make Tater smile more than a family full of cuddle buddies as she's a super snuggler!

Thank you so much for adopting her and congrats Tater!
Stella, a senior girl known for her hugs and sweetness, will be staying in a place that's already familiar: her loving foster home!

Her foster-to-adopt family recently said, "We would like to adopt Stella and begin her adoption process. She's been a great fit in our home and we couldn't imagine having to give her up now."

It turns out Stella was right where she belonged the whole time!
Maybel's foster family made it official this weekend and adopted her!

This gorgeous young girl struggled to feel comfortable around strangers, so her fosters decided they were the best people to set her up for success and create a comfortable environment for her.

Now she will continue to be cherished in a home she already knows so well!
Did you know that our support for our dogs doesn't end when they're adopted? We offer post-adoption counseling to help your new pup successfully transition into its new home! Email sacramentocountydogs@gmail.com.
Get to Know a Member of the SSPA Team!
In this series, we'll feature one of our team members each week!
Q&A with Volunteer Linda Bischof

How long have you been part of Sacramento Shelters Pets Alive and what inspired you to be part of the team?
I have been with SSPA for almost five years now. I’ve always had a passion for dogs and for helping them. Luckily, I was in a position where I didn’t have to work anymore, so I could go work with the dogs.

What’s the best thing about being a member of the SSPA team?
Being a part of this cutting-edge, magnificent team led by Delyse is priceless. I have learned so much about myself, about dogs, about training. Probably the most amazing thing is I’ve learned that if you just give dogs a chance to figure out what they need, and - when appropriate - allow other dogs to help them, they become their best selves. Also we are all a team, no egos - just working together for the dogs.

What moment during your time with SSPA is most memorable for you? 
Two times come to mind as some of the most memorable.

First: There was a little girl, a gray pittie. She was so scared of everything. She wouldn’t come to the front of her kennel; she wouldn’t come near anybody. The SSPA team worked daily, sitting by her kennel and giving her treats. After a few weeks, she started taking treats from our hands. A few weeks later, we could get her out of the kennel. We started walking her a bit, but it was a long, slow process. At any other shelter, without SSPA's dedication, I don’t think she would’ve made it out. But her success story came months later when she was adopted into a wonderful home!

The second story is bittersweet. We had a dog come in who was very old and in horrible shape. During her time with us, a friend and I would go in every time we were in the shelter to sit with her, pet her or feed her. She loved to cuddle up with you and just lean into you. I loved that girl so much, and am relieved that in the end, she knew she mattered, received a lot of love and that she will never be forgotten.

What do you hope to help SSPA accomplish in the future?
I would love to see us get to a 98% live release rate. We have made it to mid-90%, which in itself is remarkable. But we can do even better together and miracles happen at SSPA. I would love for the community to continue stepping up on Dog Days Out. Also, continuing to see the community help find strays' homes, which has been successful during the pandemic.

And finally, what is your favorite thing about your pets?
I have one dog, Bear, and he can read my ups and downs like no other. He’s loveable and fun. But I also consider the pups at the shelter “mine.” I love them, care about them and try to help them be the best they can be. I adore the pups with a silly streak in them!
One Adorable Photo Contest Winner!
Kayla the undeniably cute unicorn won SSPA's Halloween Pet Photo Contest.

Congratulations to this absolutely precious girl!


To everyone who took part and helped raise funds for our life-saving programs for shelter dogs, THANK YOU!
Won't You Take Us Home?
Sid

This 7-year-old charmer is such an incredible guy!

One Dog Day Out volunteer gushed about him after their recent outing:

"What a good boy!! He was so happy walking around the park and playing ball. He didn’t care about anyone we walked past and loved getting scratches. He even crashed and took a nap, snoring away. Someone mentioned to us that he looked a little bit like Scooby-Doo (or Scrappy) and I can totally see it. He’s a keeper!"

To bring him home, fill out an application below:
Jenny

This girl is one adorable bundle of fun and awesome, and we can't figure out how she's still at the shelter!

She has won the hearts of the whole SSPA team, along with our volunteers.

She might be a senior, but that doesn't slow her down one bit! She is a ball of wonderful energy, a bit of sass and plenty of sweetness. She also does great on car rides.

Ready to bring this happy girl home?

Fill out an application below!
Stanley

How do all of his fans describe our gentle giant Stanley? "So awesome." "Fabulous!!!!" "Super mellow." "Love him!"

This amazing boy walks well on leash - no pulling - and even enjoys car rides.

He’s down for some adventures and is equally happy lounging about!

He’d prefer a home without other pups and with handlers who understand that he’s less comfy with his back end being touched.

Overall, he’s just hoping to de-stress and chill out as a beloved family member!

To bring this handsome dude home, fill out an application:
SSPA Foster Dog of the Week
Bean is the whole package!

From her squishy face and floppy ears to her love of kids and dogs, she is a total rock star!

Her foster family says, "She loves a good blanket, a snack, some Netflix and some love!"

What more could anyone ask for?!

Have a loving home where this girl will be cherished? Apply to adopt her today!
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