SSPA Newsletter
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Happy Tails | Dog Day Out Success Story | Get to Know Our Team | Photo Contest
Happy Tails: Minnie's Story
This happy tail is just one example of what the Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive (SSPA) team works for every day!

Minnie came to SSPA as part of an animal cruelty case, and SSPA was a crucial safety net for this girl.

Our incredible behavioral team member Sandy took Minnie in as a foster for a year to help her develop trust and overcome the horror she'd been through.

Sandy's commitment to this girl ensured she found a wonderful forever family that would give Minnie the love she so deserves!
In a recent update, her adopter Andrew said, "About two years ago we adopted Minnie. She had spent the year recovering from the abuse of her previous owner. Today, she is the happiest, bounciest pup who is full of nothing but love."

Minnie is another example of dogs' incredible resilience and how they shouldn't be judged by their past!

When we say "Where all dogs matter," we mean it - and many of Sacramento County's large-breed shelter pups have found their happy tails because of SSPA's life-saving programs!
Happy Tails for Two Beloved Seniors
Two of our seniors, who captured many hearts, have found their happy beginnings!

Nothing brings our team more joy than seeing our dogs go to forever homes, but it's even more special when it's one (or more) of our seniors!

Marcy, top/left, was adopted yesterday by a wonderful family!

Thirteen-year-old Ellie, above/right, is now happy as a can be in a wonderful foster home! She's such a love that the family is looking into fostering to adopt!

We can't wait for updates!
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 
Help SSPA Save More Lives!
Dog Day Out Success Story
What happens when innovative programs - such as Dog Day Out - get the community involved in helping shelter dogs? More happy tails!

Beloved Siegfried (aka Ziggy) was adopted last week by a woman who drove up to Sacramento from San Jose.

How did she learn about this sweet boy? She saw his Dog Day Out photos on Instagram and fell in love!

This shows the value in 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 happy beginning with a forever family!

Together, we are brightening the lives of both shelter dogs and humans - because you can’t save dogs without helping people, too!

Together, we can make a huge difference for the community’s dogs who need us most!

We can't thank you enough for making this not only possible, but a success!
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 Chandra Bourne

How long have you been part of Sacramento Shelters Pets Alive and what inspired you to be part of the team?
I started in January 2015 as we wanted to do some volunteering as a family. I'd volunteered at Bradshaw years ago, before I had my daughter, and with her getting a little older, had time to do it again. My daughter Chloe started assisting the photographer, Shannon Skalisky, and my husband Ron and I walked dogs and took them for outings to the river (before Dog Day Out)! I also made videos for the dogs. I found SSPA (then PB SOC) because we adopted a pit bull mix puppy and Facebook friends led me to PB SOC.

What’s the best thing about being a member of the SSPA team?
I love that there are so many ways to help dogs with SSPA. I've done everything from social media to photography to videos to adoption events to dog walking and outings. I now lead an amazing group of people who photograph the dogs. Above all though, the best thing about SSPA is that Delyse and the team put the dogs first, always.
What moment during your time with SSPA is most memorable for you? 
We brought home a weekend foster dog, Aussie, back in 2016. She was so incredibly sweet and lovely that we adopted her. She recently died from bone cancer, but we had three wonderful years with her and she touched everyone she met. I also adore replacing the sad profile pictures of the dogs with fresh, beautiful photos of them looking happy and loved. Seeing all the Dog Day Out photos is a huge thrill, too. 

What do you hope to help SSPA accomplish in the future?
I want to see SSPA grow and thrive and help more dogs. I'd also love to see the community understand what SSPA does and appreciate all the incredible work that happens for our dogs.

And finally, what is your favorite thing about your pets?
We have just one dog now, Teddy, and he's smart as anything. He challenges me every day and I'm so enthralled with seeing him think. It's fun to help him learn, which he's still doing at seven.
Only a Few Days Left in Our Photo Contest!
Halloween may be over, but our photo contest continues through Friday!

Did you dress your pets up for Halloween? Enter them into our contest at and get friends and family to vote daily!

Don’t miss your chance to have your beloved goobers compete for best in show, spread smiles and raise funds for our life-saving programs for pups!

Here's how to participate:
  • ENTER your pet’s photo. Each entry is $10, and you get 10 votes for your photo with your submission.
  • VOTE as often as possible and get friends and family to vote as well! Votes are $1 each, with a 5-vote minimum, and you can vote as many times as you like!

The photo with the most votes gets to be the cover of our Facebook page for 3 months and wins an enlarged and framed print of the winning photo, a Crown and Paw pet portrait, and an SSPA T-shirt! And there are also awesome prizes for the two runners-up!

So, what are you waiting for?! Enter your pet and start getting votes today!
Won't You Take Us Home?

This girl is one adorable bundle of fun and awesome!

She has captured the hearts of the whole SSPA team and volunteers.

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

Ready to bring this perfect mix of sugar and spice home?

Fill out an application below!

Our gentle giant is still looking for a home!

He's an amazing boy who walks well on leash - no pulling - and enjoys car rides.

He’s equally happy going on adventures as he is lounging about!

Volunteers have said:

  • "He was so awesome!!!! Super mellow, loved the sprinklers and walked great. Love him."
  • "He’s fabulous!!!! So chill – walked well on leash – loves the car!"

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 family member!

To bring this handsome dude home, fill out an application:
SSPA Foster Dog of the Week
Beloved Madison is always dressed to the nines in her stunning tuxedo!

She's lucky to be with an amazing foster family, but nothing would make her happier than a forever home!

This senior girl is all about play and snuggles - and spreading smiles! (It's hard to feel down when you see her grin!)

Have a loving home without other dogs? Fill out an application to adopt her today!
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