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Please Help Lost Dog

Please Help Lost Dog

South Sacramento -- This friendly dog needs to find his owners or a new home ASAP. Nicknamed "Sparky," he is very dirty with matted fur and was found wandering around Stockton Blvd. and Elder Creek Road. His extreme physical condition suggests Sparky has been on his own a long time. Although there's an old collar with a broken rope around his neck, Sparky has no ID tag. He appears to be a poodle mix weighing about 20 pounds. Craving affection, Sparky is quiet and obedient. At this time, he's hanging around my neighborhood and desperately needs a new home! Please call me at 916-519-9707 if you are Sparky's owner who wants him to come home, or if you will give him a new one!

Small Wonders Construction

Small Wonders Construction

On January 30th, the Sacramento Zoo broke ground on the Small Wonders of Africa exhibit. Since then, we have been working hard to transform the area. As the summer draws to a close, we are happy to report that the new exhibit will open Labor Day weekend!

Small Wonders will house six new African species: African Straw-colored Fruit Bats, Aardvark, Wolf's Guenons, Red-billed Hornbills and Crested Guineafowl. Later this year, Banded Mongooses will join the Aardvark on exhibit.

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Get S'more Micke Grove Zoo After Dark

Get S'more Micke Grove Zoo After Dark

Zoo fans and community members that were unable to participate in this year’s sold out “Zoo After Dark” programs are being given one last chance to enjoy Micke Grove Zoo after dark this summer. “S’more Zoo” is a one-time campfire themed program set to occur at Micke Grove Zoo on Saturday, August 23 from 7:00-9:00PM. Participants must purchase tickets online before Friday, August 22 at www.mgzoo.com in order to join in on the evening fun.

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.