September is Disaster Preparedness Month

September is Disaster Preparedness Month!

The Harvey and Irma Hurricanes are yet another good reminder to have an emergency plan in place.  Even though we are in California and don’t get hurricanes, we still have to contend with earthquakes and fires that can suddenly impact our lives without notice.  For the most part the National Weather Service is able to predict when a hurricane will hit land, but predicting earthquakes and fires is nearly impossible.

It has been hard to watch the news, and read the online news reports of the number of stray animals that have been found after the Harvey and Irma Hurricanes.  It is hard to say whether or not an emergency plan would have prevented some of the lost animals from going missing, but it should be a good enough reason for pet owners to have one in place.  That is a part of being a pet parent because our pets are not able to fend for themselves long term.

If you do not have a plan in place, the ASPCA has a great article to help get you started:


Hurricane Harvey Donations

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If you have been watching the news lately, you might have seen the devastation that Hurricane Harvey has caused in Texas and parts of Louisiana.  Every day the news media shares new photos and information on the lives that have been affected by this natural disaster.

It is amazing how many people would not leave their homes without their pets.  Some people did not have the luxury of taking their pets for many reasons, and they called upon any help to return to their residences to save their pets.

One of the rescue groups that has helped so many pets was the Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) pet rescue group.  APA! immediately jumped into action by opening their doors to incoming stray and lost pets, and provided rescue mission efforts by going in small boats to flooded residential areas to save stranded and missing pets.

We supported a fellow animal rescuer in making a donation to her fundraising campaign for the APA! rescue group, which is also a 501c3 nonprofit organization so donations are tax deductible.

We would like to ask for your support in making a donation to the campaign as well.  You don’t need to send a $25,000 donation like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson!  No amount is ever too small and every $1 helps.  If you can’t donate, then would you please share this fundraising campaign?  The Texas pets thank you!

Click here to make a donation:

Sacramento City/County Cooling Center Opening June 17-21

The official first day of summer is Tuesday, June 20th, but the heat has already arrived!

The heat is such a difficult time for our pets.  If possible bring your pets inside, and make sure they have access to fresh clean water.  Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated too!

Don’t leave your pet in a car alone, period.

The ground can cause severe damage to their paw pads, so please walk your dogs in the morning and late evening.

Also, we received the following information for the Sacramento City/County cooling center.  Pets are welcome too!

Due to the excessive heat warning, City and County of Sacramento officials are opening a cooling center at Hart Senior Center that is located at 915 27th Street in midtown Sacramento. The cooling center will allow people to get out of the heat from 1 – 8 p.m., beginning Saturday, June 17 through Wednesday, June 21. Water will be available and pets will be welcomed. With the triple digit temperatures, Sacramento County reminds you take steps to keep cool. Stay in air conditioned buildings whenever possible. If you don’t have air conditioning, visit public places, such as libraries, malls, community centers, if possible. You are also encouraged to drink plenty of cool water and to remember to check on seniors and those with mobility issues. For a list of other cooling centers in the area, please call 2-1-1, or visit: Please read the following heat safety tips: Sacramento Ready: City of Sacramento Heat: SacCountyNews: Sacramento City Express:

Estate Planning Seminar

I’m so happy to hear about this!  As a shelter volunteer, I have heard about a number of pets being surrendered to animal shelters after a pet parent unexpectedly passes.  Family and friends have no idea what to do with your pet, or they may not have the ability to help take care of them.  If your pet ends up in the shelter, then your pet is dealing with the loss of their best friend, home and people they are familiar with.

The Sacramento SPCA is offering a complimentary 90-minute Estate Planning Seminar with acclaimed special guest speaker Mark Drobny, Attorney at Law, Master of Laws (L.L.M.), Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, and member of The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Topics for discussion will include:

  • Introduction to wills and trusts
  • Pet trusts
  • Planning for your pets to be taken care of after you are gone
  • How your advanced planning can enable the Sacramento SPCA to help other animals
  • Retirement and tax planning strategies
  • How to liquidate securities and real estate and pay no capital gains tax
  • How to take IRA distributions and pay little or no income tax on them

You should definitely take advantage of this opportunity if you have no plans in place for your pets after your passing.

For more information or to register for the event click here.

Are you and your pets prepared to handle an emergency?

With all of the devastation happening from the fires in California to the flooding in Louisiana, it is a sad reminder that an emergency plan is a necessity.

Even for myself, I had a gas leak inside of my home and had to immediately remove my pets from inside of our home while we waited for the utility company to respond.

If you are not ready, here is a checklist to help you get started:

RSVP for the Estate Planning Seminar

As an animal shelter volunteer I have witnessed people surrendering their late family member’s pets to the shelter because they cannot take care of the pets.  There is nothing more heartbreaking and scary for a pet than to lose a member of their family, and then end up in a kennel at the shelter.

Do you have a plan in place for your pets in the event something happens to you?  If not, sign up for the Estate Planning Seminar being offered by the Sacramento SPCA at the following link:;jsessionid=51878DDB78244A0CB43D45230A84A1FE.app350a?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=1501

What would you do if you saw a pet left in a hot car?

ovenThis is continuous discussion in the animal rescue community that occurs at the start of the spring time.  This weekend we are expected to get heat in the triple digits in the Sacramento Valley.  So what can you do if you see a pet in a hot car?

According to the article “Legal Ways to Save Pets Left in Hot Cars” by Carol Bryant, you have the following three options:

1.  Try to locate the pet parent.

2.  Politely inform the pet parent about the dangers of leaving their pet in a hot car, and give them a copy of this flyer:

Pets in Hot Cars Flyer:

3. Call 9-1-1.

It’s not legal to break the window of a car and rescue a pet, but it’s been known to happen.

Stay cool this weekend!

Meet a sweet and deaf Staffordshire Terrier named Mozart!

staffordshire terrierWhile volunteering at the shelter this weekend, I had the opportunity to meet this special deaf Staffordshire Terrier named Mozart that is available for adoption.  I wanted to help him get some exposure so he can find his forever home.

Mozart is a wonderful and mellow puppy!  He is a special guy that is deaf and will need a family who is willing to treat him a little differently than most dogs.  Mozart is very well behaved for being just 5 months old, he gets along with other dogs, and loves loves loves to be around people.  Mozart will gently accept treats from your hand, will snuggle up right next to you, and happily roll over for belly rubs too.  The shelter gave Mozart a behavioral test and rated him as being in the Orange “Busy Bee” category which means he is a naturally playful, curious, and trusting canine. Take Mozart for a walk every day, or give him something to do. After his job is done, Mozart will curl up in front of the fire with you in the evenings. (externally motivated)  Mozart will need a home with a patient owner who loves to laugh and play around, where he would get a daily walk or some exercise, and get to be an inside dog, at least while you are home.

For more information on how to meet Mozart, here is a link to his adoption page:

Sacramento SPCA Offers “We Pay to Spay” FREE Clinics for Pit Bulls & Pit Bull Mixes!

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Sacramento SPCA offers free spay or neuter for pit bulls and pit bull mixes BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Surgery is done at the Sacramento SPCA every Tuesday and Thursday.  The We Pay To Spay program is available only to Sacramento County residents and West Sacramento residents.  You must show proof of residency at the time of your appointment.

Due to the high demand for the free We Pay to Spay program and because scheduling is managed by volunteers, the We Pay to Spay program only accepts phone applications on the 5th of each month for appointments available the following month.

In order to be considered for an appointment through their free pit bull spay/neuter program, you must call the We Pay to Spay hotline on the 5th of the month (regardless of whether the 5th falls on a weekday, weekend or holiday) and please leave a voicemail with the following information:

1) Your full name;
2) Your home AND cellular telephone numbers, along with the best time to reach you;
3) Your dog’s gender, age and weight (approximate is fine).

Dog Sitting by PetWatch 916Volunteers schedule appointments on a “first-reached, first-scheduled” basis.  Due to the volume of calls they receive on the 5th, it may take until the end of the month for volunteers to return your call.

Please note:  SPCA volunteers typically make return phone calls in the evening and/or on weekends (from a blocked number).  It is important to answer these calls as they cannot book an appointment for your dog unless they speak with you first.

Please call:
  916-504-2817 on the 5th of the month.