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2nd Annual "Dog Days of Summer" Show July 31 - September 20

 2nd Annual "Dog Days of Summer" Show    July 31 - September 20

A Benefit for Front Street Animal Shelter  

Come celebrate our canine and feline friends at "Dog Days of Summer", and support a great cause! This year's show will be a fundraiser for Front Street Animal Shelter, and will run from July 31st - September 20, 2014. Artwork includes paintings, sculptures, and a collection of original art refrigerator magnets. There's something for every animal lover!

A portion of each art sale will go to assist Front Street Animal Shelter with their mission to provide quality care for more than 11,000 animals that come to the shelter each year. Your support helps to provide emergency and advanced veterinary care for sick or injured animals, and funding for adoption programs that help shelter pets find their "forever" homes.  Your support helps save lives!

Front Street Shelter's Pet Food Pantry Empty!

Front Street Shelter's Pet Food Pantry Empty!

The Front Street Animal Shelter provides 3,000 - 5,000 pounds of pet food to pet owners in need every week. Since establishing the program three years ago this is the first time the pantry has been empty. The program is 100% donation based and provides pet food to thousands of Sacramento residents. The resources are available to all Sacramento residents with the goal of helping keeping animals in their original homes and out of the shelter.

If you are interested in donating to the pet pantry program the Front Street Shelter is located at 2127 Front Street Sacramento, CA 95818. Hours of operation: Wednesday - Sunday from 9am - 5pm.

Loss of Marzipan the Ostrich

Loss of Marzipan the Ostrich

The Sacramento Zoo is mourning the loss of Marzipan, the Zoo’s 21 year-old Ostrich. The morning of July 14th, the Zoo’s male Ostrich was pursuing the female ostriches around the exhibit in typical breeding behavior when Marzipan went to the ground (a normal sign of submission). Once the male was moved off exhibit, keepers noticed that Marzipan seemed unable to stand. Zoo veterinarians and staff were able to anesthetize her on exhibit and then move her to the veterinary hospital for examination. Radiographs revealed a severely comminuted (multiple small fragments) fractured leg bone that could not be repaired. The difficult decision was made to euthanize Marzipan. She was taken to UC Davis for a complete necropsy... Read More

Dog Training Tip - how to keep your large dog inside its wire portable fence.

Dog Training Tip - how to keep your large dog inside its wire portable fence.

It happened to me when I rescued a mistreated Doberman. This large girl dog was skinny, neglected, and oh so hungry for love and care. And boy could that dog jump.

I bought a new five foot high wire enclosure, the portable kind, and placed her in the living room so I could watch her - she needed confinement and did not take to a crate of any type. Well, the first thing she does is jump over and out, not once but several times. This is never going to work.

So, I solved the problem by placing a long board across the top of the enclosure and on the board put several metal dog bowls. The next time she tried to jump out, the board fell, the pans clanged, and the noise startled her. That did the trick, she no longer tries to escape as long as the board is on top. The board works fine because I can remove it easily - this is one possible solution. I don't use shock collars in training and try to be as creative as I can in solving problem dog behavior.

Giant Garter Snake Conservation

Giant Garter Snake Conservation

The Sacramento Zoo is involved in a number of local conservation efforts. One area of focus is the conservation of Giant Garter Snakes. This species of garter snake is enemic to the central valley of California meaning that is only found in California. It is considered threatened in California and nationally by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The snake is very aquatic preferring habitats that have vegetation along slow moving creeks, lakes or rice fields. With the loss of wetlands, the snake is no longer found in 98% of the areas that it was previously found. The snake primarily eats frogs, tadpoles and fish. The Sacramento Zoo is working with biologists, state and federal officials to help monitor snake populations and evaluate the health of the snakes.
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Front Street Animal Shelter prepares for the busiest week of the year

Front Street Animal Shelter prepares for the busiest week of the year

Shelters across the country are bracing themselves for the increase of stray animals that escape the safety of their homes in fear of fireworks.  While July 4th may be a time for BBQ’s, fireworks and homemade ice cream, it is less thrilling for the family pet. Loud booms and the smell of acrid smoke is often enough to instill panic in some animals, who will do anything to escape the noise and perceived threat.  Area pet lovers are encouraged to take some precautions in advance of the big day and the Front Street Animal Shelter is offering simple, easy and affordable solutions to keep our four legged friends safe. 

New Spay/Neuter Clinic, Open House at the Bradshaw Animal Shelter

New Spay/Neuter Clinic, Open House at the Bradshaw Animal Shelter

You’re invited! On Saturday June 28th from 1p.m.-4p.m.the Sacramento County Bradshaw Animal Shelter, 3839 Bradshaw Road, is hosting an open house with Sacramento Animal Spay and Neuter (ASN). 

“Sacramento ASN is our new spay/neuter services partner occupying the spay/neuter facility here on the grounds of the Bradshaw Shelter. We invite the community to come out, tour the clinic, talk to staff, and register for some excellent prizes,” said Dave Dickinson, Director of the Bradshaw Shelter.