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Remember Pet Safety during the 4th of July

Remember Pet Safety during the 4th of July

 County Animal Shelter wants your pets to remain happy and safe in their homes

Sacramento, Calif. – The Sacramento County Animal Care Facility reminds pet owners to plan ahead for the coming 4th of July holiday and keep dogs and cats safe in their own homes.

“Our stray animal population spikes during the 4th of July period. The fireworks stands are open and people celebrate early,” said Dave Dickinson, Animal Care Director. “Dogs and cats get scared and escape. Plan in advance to keep your pets calm and safe in their homes and avoid having to make a trip to the shelter to find your pet.”

Safety Tips:

Resist the urge to take your pet to fireworks displays. You’re asking for trouble, as most pets have a very strong fear of loud, sudden noises which are like to evoke their “flight or fight mode.” Fireworks can cause true terror in a pet.

Pet of the Week- Maisy

Pet of the Week- Maisy

Maisy turned ONE years-old this week and the best gift for her would be an adoption!

Pet of the Week- Thor

Pet of the Week- Thor

Are you looking for a friendly, out-going cat who gets along great with other felines? "Thor" is your boy! A little over one-year-old he is young enough to be playful and energetic, but is full grown and starting to figure out just who he is. If you've just met him, you're probably best friends. That's "Thor's" style.

Pet of the Week- Sancho

Pet of the Week- Sancho

Sancho has a lot to say, and he wants you to know he's a great catch! Talkative and energetic, this little three-year-old Chihuahua is a very good boy. He enjoys walking with our volunteers and loves any opportunity to play with his human friends. He's looking for a home that is home often.

Puppy says 'I Love You'

SACRAMENTO, CA - A 4-month-old Chihuahua puppy with a special talent is up for adoption at the Sacramento SPCA shelter.

Bitty was a stray found in Elk Grove and turned over into the SPCA's care, SPCA spokesperson Tracie Popma said.

A customer at the shelter saw Bitty and said she used to have a similar dog who could say, "I Love You." Popma said the customer said, "I Love You" to the puppy and Bitty mimicked her.

Check the video below of the puppy speaking:

If you are interested in adopting Bitty,  you can come down to the shelter on 6201 Florin Perkins Road, Sacramento.

SPCA Pet of the Week- Bunny (the pup!)

SPCA Pet of the Week- Bunny (the pup!)

Great little pup looking for a home! Bunny is about five-months-old and has been here at the shelter since April. She is outgoing, playful and friendly like most puppies, and should benefit well from some positive reinforcement training. Bunny loves playing with other dogs and will try to sit in your lap.

Dog lovers defend pit bulls as breed

SACRAMENTO, CA - A pit bull attack that left a woman in Stockton dead Thursday has re-ignited a debate about the breed: Is their reputation for violence deserved?

STORY: Woman killed in apparent pit bull attack in Stockton ID'd

Owners of American Staffordshire Terriers competing at Cal Expo's Sacramento Kennel Club Dog Show will tell you their dogs are often mistaken by the public for pit bulls, so they're intimately aware of the public scorn for pit bulls.

That's especially true for Richard Chatigny. After years of raising Amstaffs and other dogs, he and his wife adopted a pit bull named Sadie.

"She's the calmest. She's the most obedient. She's the most accepting of anybody and everybody. She's a great ambassador," Chatigny said of Sadie.