As the second largest city in Sacramento County, Elk Grove boasts a thriving community of pet owners and animal lovers. And wherever there are animal lovers you can also find plenty of hardworking animal rescue groups who give their all to ensure that every dog in the area gets the chance to live a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.
Sacremento SPCA is the best-known animal welfare group in the region. Since 1894, the good people at Sacramento SPCA have been providing critical care and support to pets in need. As an open-admission animal shelter, the organization opens its doors to all pets regardless of their breed, age, behavior, or health. It provides essential medical care and a comprehensive adoption program, and also offers several support and education services to help reduce pet overpopulation.
Kritter Kamp Rescue, which is based in Elk Grove, is a non-profit group that rescues homeless and abandoned animals. From puppies to golden oldies, pets of all ages are accepted, and Kritter Kamp Rescue has been helping at-risk pets for over nine years! It also runs a state-of-the-art boarding facility for vacationing pets, so your pooch can enjoy a comfortable paw-liday away from home.
Summer in Elk Grove is a beautiful time of year, and the best way to experience the warmer weather is to get out and about with your four-legged friend by your side. And that’s exactly what this fur-iffic annual event encourages you to do! Hosted by Elk Grove Animal Services, Dog Days of Summer is a fun family day out for dog owners and their pets. Held in Elk Grove Regional Park, it features a whole heap of on-site vendors and games, an agility course, food trucks, and the world-famous Elk Grove Pets Got Talent Show. Why not give it a go and soak up some sunshine with your pet?
Dachshunds, Dobermanns, Dalmatians, and dog breeds of all shapes and sizes come together each April for the annual Sacramento SPCA Doggy Dash. Held at William Land Park, this is the largest dog 5k/2k walk and festival event anywhere in the Sacramento area. You, your friends, and your dogs are all invited to pound the pavement for this fun social event. After the walk, you and your canine companion can explore the Bark in the Park Festival, which features doggy demonstrations and contests, food and drink, and scores of vendor stalls. To top it off, this pet-acular day of fun helps Sacramento SPCA care for more than 7,000 animals each year.
What could possibly be more enjoyable than a pub crawl with your dog by your side? Well, how about if that pub crawl took in some of Sacramento’s best breweries? Even better, what if the whole thing raised money for a good cause like the Sacramento SPCA? Sacramento SPCA’s annual Pup Crawl takes place in early December and sees animal lovers and their furry friends a chance to enjoy this new paw-liday tradition. There are discounted drinks, Santa photos for your pet, and a range of dog-friendly activities throughout the day to keep those tails wagging.
Get into the spirit of Halloween with your fur-kid at this fun family event. Held at Wag Hotels West Sacramento in the days leading up to Halloween, the Haunted Howl-o-ween Party is a sniff-tastic night out for pets and their owners. With you and your pet dressed in your best costumes, head along to the haunted (for one night a year only) hotel and enjoy a costume contest, beer and wine, local vendors, and of course, trick-or-treating. This is one howl-iday event you and your pet will never forget!