SSPA Newsletter
In This Issue
Happy Tails | Fosters Needed | Big Day of Giving | Trails for Tails | Adoptables
A Beautiful Pupdate
This happy tail is what SSPA's work is all about!

Mia was dumped at the shelter, tied to a post.

The underweight girl went to foster, but her first foster returned her, feeling Mia's medical needs were beyond their abilities.

Then, she ended up being fostered by Liz Cardenas.

"She was sent back cause she was meant for us!" Liz says.

Mia was only 34 pounds, had bald spots and intestinal issues when Liz started fostering her.

And soon, Liz realized Mia wasn't going anywhere and she'd found her forever home.

"She’s healthy, no bald patches and weighs 64 pounds now!" Liz says.

She's made Liz's life so much brighter.

"Mia definitely brought so much love to our little family it’s unreal," Liz says. "Knowing she’s been through a ton and having her adjust was an emotional journey but all so worth it! It’s crazy how much love she has to give. I’d do it all over again!"

This story again shows that fostering saves lives, along with what SSPA wishes for all of our dogs!

Thank you, Liz, for making her such a beloved part of your family!
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!
More Happy Tails
Puppy Waffles found his forever home Saturday!

His adopter Quin and her two adult children came to his foster's house, and - unsurprisingly - it was love at first sight!

Quin's daughter said after a few minutes of playing with him, "I love him."

Waffles will have two dog siblings as well!

Congratulations Waffles! Can't wait to hear about your adventures!
These seven super-adorable Stockton pups are among those who found their homes recently!

Clockwise from top left: Maggie, King, Fred, Julia, Ollie, Pickle and Harley all found homes of their very own.

A huge congratulations to all of these lucky pups and their adopters!
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!
These Four Dogs Are Sponsored!
The wonderful Twitch streamer Trevor has sponsored the adoptions of four more pups!

Clockwise from top left, Coco, Trife, Marco and Stewart’s adoption fees are now covered!

Ready to adopt one of these cuties? Check out their profiles and apply to adopt.

Let’s get them out of the shelter and into homes, where they belong!
We Really Need Fosters!
We can help match you with a pup in need!
Join our incredible, life-saving foster team!
We have some rock-star dog-social dogs who really need to get out, including darling Layla pictured here on her Dog Day Out!

Did you know we can match you with a dog that will fit into your home?! We have so many pups, there’s bound to be a match for you!

Fill out our questionnaire today to start one of the most rewarding opportunities around!
Will You Support SSPA During BDOG?
Big Day of Giving (BDOG) - coming May 6 - is one of our region's biggest fundraisers for local nonprofits!

This Thursday, April 22, early donations open and you can start giving!

SSPA's dogs need your support! Will you show up for them?

SSPA needs to close a sizable funding gap to fill to maintain our life-saving programs for shelter dogs (behavioral, playgroups, Dog Day Out, fostering, adoption counseling and matching), so we truly need everyone’s support to keep us going through the summer - and beyond!

The dogs depend on us; we depend on you!

Create your own fundraising page supporting our dogs by following these five simple steps:
  1. Visit Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive’s BDOG profile.
  2. Click on the Fundraise button.
  3. Create or log in to your donor GivingEdge profile.
  4. Fill out and submit a simple form.
  5. Please share widely.

We can’t thank you enough for your passion for helping our region’s beloved shelter pups, who need all the help they can get!
Have You Signed Up for Trails for Tails Yet?
You can sign up for SSPA's newest fundraiser - Trails for Tails - today! Get some exercise and support shelter dogs!

If you register before May 1, you can expect to get your shirt and finisher medal prior to the race!

The event is a virtual walk/race of your choosing from 1 mile to a half marathon.

Sign up now and complete your race anytime between May 8 and May 23 (results must be uploaded by May 26).
All proceeds go directly to SSPA. Prizes will be awarded for most money raised, as well as for the fastest times for the 5k, 10k and half marathon distances.

Please help us reach our goal of opening our new facility at the former Boys Ranch so we can make a difference in more shelter dogs' lives!

To Participate:
👉 Register for the Trails for Tails virtual race by May 23.
👉 Complete the distance of your choosing (prizes for 5k, 10k, and half marathon distances only) at your convenience at any time or location (including your treadmill!).
👉 Celebrate your accomplishment by sharing on social media with the hashtag #SSPATrailsForTails
Thank You So Much!
Thanks to your generous donations, we now have a great supply of collars for our shelter dogs!

You all are amazing! Thank you times a million!

Wondering how else you can pitch in? Check out our Amazon Wishlist!

Purchase something through Amazon Smile benefitting “Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive Inc,” and you’ll be supporting our pups twice!

Your support means the world to us and the pups!
Help SSPA Save More Lives
Adoptable Dogs in Foster

This adorable boy is a dream dog!

He's a rock star in every way. We think he may not be able to hear but that doesn’t stop him from being all-around wonderful!

His favorite thing is to roll over for belly rubs and we think he’d be a great fit for a family with children.

Ready to take in this adorable dude? Fill out an adoption application today!

This cattle dog mix with the incredible ears is chilling out in her wonderful foster home.

What would make her even happier?

A forever home in which she'd be the family's one and only pup.

Does she sound like she could be your match? Fill out an adoption application today!
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!

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 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.
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