By Valerie Heimerich
Animals are increasingly popular members of the family, and Sacramento residents love their pets. The capital city is the proud home of California’s “First Dog”, Colusa, a corgi-collie mix. Between public and private animal rescue groups, there are many ways to adopt the true love of your life.
Itsie Bitsie Rescue Adoption Days
10363 Fairway Drive
Roseville, CA 95678
Date: Dec. 2 and 3, 2017 and every Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Itsie Bitsie brings very friendly, socialized kittens and the occasional puppy to adoption events; volunteers with the unique nonprofit group bottle-feed kittens and puppies who were abandoned when they were too young to be weaned. Once they are healthy, spayed/neutered and “of age”, the young animals are available for adoption into loving homes. As with other nonprofit rescues in the Sacramento region, Itsie Bitsie relies on people to adopt, volunteer and make both monetary and supply donations. More information is available on the group’s website and Facebook page.
Recycled Pet NorCal Pet Adoption Event
Pet Food Express
1009 Galleria Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95678
Date: Dec. 2 and 16, 2017 and the first and third Saturday of every month from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
This local nonprofit group primarily rescues dogs, all of whom are socialized, spayed/neutered, behavior tested, vaccinated, dewormed and microchipped before being placed up for adoption. Some cats and kittens are rescued as well; visit the website to see all dogs and cats who are currently available for adoption. The site also offers pet information, animal care tips and other valuable resources.
FUR Rabbit Adoption Event
855 E. Bidwell St.
Folsom, CA 95630
Date: Dec. 2 to 3, 2017 and the first Saturday of each month, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Adoptable house rabbits from FUR (Friends of Unwanted Rabbits) will be part of Petco’s December 2017 Adoption Weekend in Folsom, then will resume having adoptions at that location on the first Saturday of every month. The nonprofit takes in abandoned rabbits from Sacramento County’s animal shelter; adoptable bunnies are socialized, spayed/neutered and trained to use a litter box. Anyone seeking a pal for their own fixed pet rabbit can bring them along, and nail trims for owned bunnies are available for a small donation.
Chako Adoption Days
Pet Food Express
2531 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95825
Date: Dec. 10, Dec. 16, 2017 and every second Sunday and third Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Nonprofit group Chako offers advocacy, education, training and adoption of Pit Bull breeds. Loving, playful and family-friendly dogs are available for adoption at Pet Food Express on the third Saturday of each month and at Unleashed by Petco every second Sunday.
KittyWits’ December To Be Remembered
Pet Supplies Plus
2018 Sutterville Road
Sacramento CA 95822
Date: Dec. 2 to 3, 2017 and each Sat. and Sun. through Dec. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friendly cats and kittens from KittyWits will be available for adoption during the December To Be Remembered adoption days. All have been in a foster home, not in a shelter, and are comfortable living with families and dogs. These are playful and affectionate felines who are ready to find the people who will love them forever, and who have received veterinary care and health checks.
Haven Dog Rescue Adoption Days
RRUFF Dog Park
5480 5th St.
Rocklin, CA 95677
Date: Dec. 13, 2017 and every third Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Haven is a nonprofit rescue and is foster-based, so all adoptable dogs have been living in a normal home setting since being rescued. Adoption fees help cover the cost of the health checks and vet care each dog receives.
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