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Happy Tails | Help June | Get to Know Our Team | Fosters Needed
Happy-Tail Updates to Spread Smiles!
Cooper is living life to its fullest with his amazing forever family!! They just sent us such a fab update:

“Just writing to tell you how AMAZING Cooper is doing! Over the past 8 months we have watched Cooper’s confidence grow every single day. He LOVES to meet new people, and does so with enthusiasm now! The kids I work with have been asking to meet him, so last week they came to see him and gave him the nick name Big Friendly Giant (which is the absolute perfect nickname for him). He loves to go on hikes, lounge around the house, go camping, or pretty much anything else his humans are doing (besides swimming, he is still not a fan of water).

“I think the most exciting thing that has happened since we’ve had him is watching him learn to interact with dog friends. The first few months he was with us he was very unsure of other dogs, and would get obviously uncomfortable around them. He started doing slow introductions with our friends’ dog, and now he LOVES to play and adventure with him. He meets other dogs on neighborhood walks, and is no longer fearful or anxious.

“I honestly can’t imagine what life was like before we had Cooper. He is our best pal, and makes everything in life a little more exciting. Again, we’re so thankful for everyone at SSPA for showing him the love he needed before he found his forever home.”

Thank you, Sydney and Patrick, for making Cooper such a loved family member!
Check out how happy Rango is with his family! This is what our work is all about!

His adopter Lynniah said in a recent update:

“We just wanted to send another big thank you!!! Today marks two weeks since we brought our sweet Rango home and it has been such a HUGE blessing!

“He has completely stolen our hearts and he’s LOVING his new home & lifestyle! We feel honored and blessed to provide him a loving home & family! He has brought so much joy and even beautiful challenges! We are loving every bit of the journey!

“Just wanted to send you all an update and a thank you for running such an incredible program that helps these incredible dogs a home! Have a great week and happy holidays!”

Thank you so much for giving our beloved boy a great home! ❤️
Chandler, now Barney, is loving his forever home!

His adopter, Gail, sent us an update today, and it's so beautiful to hear!

He came into the shelter after facing a life of neglect, but our amazing medical team worked their magic to get him better and ready for his new family. 

Gail recently lost a cat to old age and was looking for pet companionship. 

She definitely found that in Barney!

"I just want to let you know that Barney a wonderful member of my household, and we are very happy with one another. He is exceptionally smart, really wants to please, is very trainable and is making great strides in becoming more comfortable with other animals," Gail said. "He is such a good boy, a terrific companion, so much fun and heartbreakingly sweet. He had adjusted well to my work schedule and I’ll tell you, there is nothing nicer than to see him looking in the sliding glass doors waiting for me when I come in after work."

Thank you for making this deserving boy a cherished 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!
Check out all of these recent large-breed dog adoptions at Bradshaw Animal Shelter!

Two of our long-timers who have been in fabulous SSPA foster homes for a while (pictured at the center of the collage) found their homes! Madison, our senior snuggle bear, found her home yesterday! Ava with the bright blue eyes, who underwent a kidney removal, went home today!

Who else were among the lucky ones to find homes over the past week or so? Clockwise from top left: Marley, Beasley, St. Nick, Thor, Biggie, Hugo, Oakley, Hank, Sawyer and Dennis - many of whom you might recognize from Dog Day Out!

Congratulations to all! We wish you the best and hope to receive updates at!

P.S.: There's still time to be part of T.E.A.M. Bradshaw's Home for the Holidays adoption special, during which 50 dogs' adoption fees are covered!
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
Support SSPA's Life-Saving Programs!
Help Fund June's Surgery
Help our partners Teaching Everyone Animals Matter (T.E.A.M. Bradshaw) raise funds for incredible June's surgery!

June arrived at the Sacramento County Bradshaw Animal Shelter on Nov. 18, 2019.

Initially, the shelter staff noticed her ears appeared to be inhumanely and poorly cropped. It is suspected that this was from a home job. They also noticed she had significant swelling and arthritis build-up in her back leg. All indications point to June being in a great deal of pain for some time. The medical team at Bradshaw Animal Shelter discovered she had multiple fractures not addressed, coupled with not receiving any medical care for her leg.

June is in a wonderful foster home, and we are in awe of this sweet girl! While living with incredible amounts of pain, she has continued to be happy, social and full of life.

At SSPA, she has played a vital role in our dog playgroups, becoming the SSPA greeter dog. She keeps the other dogs calm and in line, without drama. She is the sweetest momma bear to all.

All involved realized early on that we were not giving up but, more importantly, neither was June!

The shelter received a surgical consultation for the removal of an Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) lesion, cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) tear debridement, and Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery on her rear leg.

Please consider donating anything you can to contribute toward her next surgery!

Thank you for everything you do to support our pups!
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 Karen Ann Mager

How long have you been part of Sacramento Shelters Pets Alive and what inspired you to be part of the team?
I've been a part of SSPA for about a year and a half formally. I had started volunteering for the shelter around 2017 walking the large breeds. I was introduced to SSPA on Tuesdays when they expanded their schedule. The team was so welcoming and helpful I wanted to be a part of their mission. That mission was aligned with what I believed in and feel is an integral part of saving lives. I attended the orientation and have been there ever since. In reality, I feel I've been a part of SSPA for years.

What’s the best thing about being a member of the SSPA team?
Oh there are so many things that are so great about the team: the people become your friends, a part of your family; the mission, "where all dogs matter"; the knowledge of the behavior team and how much you learn from them; the dogs; and feeling you are a part in saving lives.
What moment during your time with SSPA is most memorable for you? 
I've had so many memorable moments that it is hard to pin down. There are moments every time I come in and work with the behavior team and dogs. Seeing the progress of a lot of dogs - whether medical or behavioral - and how they blossom and heal. Learning techniques and applying them and seeing them work! It's an "aha" moment.

What do you hope to help SSPA accomplish in the future?
I hope to help SSPA accomplish its goals and dreams as a dedicated member of the team.

And finally, what is your favorite thing about your pets?
I only have one dog. She's a Bradshaw alumni and a "foster fail." Her name is Molly. She needed a place to recuperate after her ACL surgery. We had a place in our home and hearts for her. Initially we were going to foster her until she was healed and ready for adoption. But I think due to her silly antics and beautiful face (and expressions), I fell for her almost immediately. Some of my favorite things about her are her zoomies, her joy on going on neighborhood walks and car rides, her little tricks like sneaking into the bed at night, her cuddles, and how she is so comfortable here with us. She has become an important part of our family and makes me smile and laugh every single day.
Won't You Take Us Home?

We can't believe this cutie pie is still seeking a home!

He's known for giving puppy kisses (pictured) and just being an all-around silly and joyful dude!

He's proved to be great on walks or jogs as well!

Things to note: He has some mouthiness and resource-guarding, so we'd prefer he go to a home without kids. He is also much more comfy with women.

Help us keep him smiling; apply to foster or adopt him below.

This stunning guy is super fun and silly!

He is human-driven and has a protective side over those he bonds with.

He definitely expresses his playfulness and silliness with his person, including plenty of play bows!

He prefers to be your one and only, but will give you plenty of love and smiles in return.

He'd also love a home where he has plenty of opportunities to learn and grow.

Let's get him home! Fill out an application below today!
SSPA Foster Dog of the Week
Kush loves adventures and just being part of a family!

On a day out adventure before he found a foster, the volunteer said:

"He was awesome!!! He jogged 4 miles with me and never lunged or even looked twice at squirrels or other dogs. A great buddy!!! He was challenging in the car but just because he’s a cuddle bug lap dog. Thank you for letting me share a couple hours with him."

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