When dogs and cats in the Parkway-South Sacramento area fall on tough times, there are several local animal welfare and rescue groups ready to lend whenever help is required. Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary is a perfect example.
Since 1993, this paw-some animal rescue group has maintained an unwavering commitment to protecting and improving the lives of homeless and abused animals throughout the Sacramento area. This no-kill, cage-free sanctuary is run by more than 200 passionate volunteers and provides nurturing, shelter, and care to rescued pets until they can be matched with the perfect owner.
Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary also runs assistance programs to help the pets of elderly, homeless, and low-income individuals, as part of a wider effort to reduce pet overpopulation. It’s also a non-profit organization, and is always looking for donations and volunteers in order to continue its amazing work.
The Sacramento SPCA is another organization that operates in the Parkway-South Sacramento area and is dedicated to giving pets their best shot at happiness. This open-admission shelter accepts all animals regardless of age, breed, health, or behavior.
With a mission to foster a loving and compassionate community for animals and people by providing assistance, creating lifelong relationships, and saving lives, the Sacramento SPCA has been working to reduce pet overpopulation since 1894.
Like so many other animal welfare groups around the country, it relies on the generous support of the community and corporate donors to keep saving lives. If you’d like to donate money, goods, or even your own time as a volunteer, head to the Sacramento SPCA website to find out how you can help.
Sometimes there’s nothing better than enjoying a relaxing day soaking up the sunshine with your furry friend! If there are doggy games to enjoy and other dog lovers to meet as well, all the better. If this sounds like your idea of the paw-fect day out, you’ll love Pet-A-Palooza! Held at Rusch Community Park in Citrus Heights, this woof-tastic event promises a whole day full of dog-friendly fun for the whole family. There is free live entertainment, an exotic animal show, a doggy obstacle course, some cute, adoptable animals to meet, face painting for the kids, and so much more! Best of all, admission is free, so why not grab your dog and join in the fun?
Looking to get more exercise with your pooch and raise some funds to help a grrr-eat cause at the same time? Check out the annual Doggy Dash, held at William Land Park every April! This dog-friendly run or walk is a much-anticipated fundraiser for the Sacramento SPCA, and funds raised during the event help this wonderful organization care for more than 5,500 animals per year! The fun kicks off at 8:30 am when you and your pooch can choose to tackle a 2K or 5K course. You’ll meet plenty of other dog lovers and their pets along the way, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with helping animals in need!
The dog-friendly fun doesn’t come to an end when you and your pet complete the Doggy Dash. The run/walk event is followed by a day-long festival to celebrate all things canine, with five hours full of doggy games and activities in William Land Park. You can watch exciting canine demonstrations, enter your pet in one of many contests, enjoy delicious food and drinks, and shop from a huge range of vendor booths! Best of all, Doggy Dash walkers can get in for free! If you’re not registered to walk, a $5 suggested donation will get you into the festival area.
Mardi Paws sees dog owners and animal lovers unite for a fun and festive pet celebration in Old Sacramento. Dogs and their humans from all over the Sacramento region are invited to join in the fun, which kicks off with a small parade of costumed dogs showing off their best Mardi Gras gear! Once this paw-some procession comes to an end, the festival celebrations kick in. You and your dog can enjoy food and drink, a doggy play area, heaps of vendor booths, and heaps of other games and activities. The whole day is designed to be a family-friendly tradition to celebrate love for our pets, so it’s an event where any true dog lover should feel right at home!
A relaxing stroll, heaps of op-paw-tunities for socializing, and a chance to raise funds to support local doggy initiatives — that’s what you can expect at Howlin’ on the Parkway, held in April at the William B. Pond Recreation Area! Dogs and their humans are invited to get together at this woof-tastic event and enjoy a peaceful walk along the American River Parkway. The two-mile stroll can be completed at your own pace and is then followed by an Earth Day celebration featuring a costume contest, food truck, pet adoptions, and heaps more. And the best part? Event proceeds benefit the Parkway Foundation’s Pups in the Park and Trail Maintenance programs!