SPCA Pet of the Week- Sherpa

We need help finding a home for a sweet cat named Sherpa! At 10 years-old she is mature, sweet, friendly and quite elegant. Sherpa has been with us since Christmas Eve and is quickly becoming a volunteer favorite. This petite girl has a lot of life left to live and is patiently waiting for a home to call her very own! Sherpa is available at the Sacramento SPCA (open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.). www.sspca.org  

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Passions to collide at annual fall book sale benefitting the Sacramento SPCA

Bibliophiles and animal lovers alike are expected at the Sacramento SPCA’s annual fall book sale starting Thursday, November 14 and running through Sunday, November 17 at Country Club Plaza on Watt Avenue. Proceeds from the event benefit the programs and services of the Sacramento SPCA. The book sale will feature hundreds of gently used books in a variety of popular categories, including: 1. Adventure 2. Biographies 3. Children 4. Cookbooks 5. Fiction 6. Holiday 7. Large print 8. Mystery 9. Nearly new 10. Romance 11. Table top 12. Teens This year’s event also includes a holiday boutique sale that will run through Saturday, November 30. The boutique sale will include specially selected items from the Sacramento SPCA Thrift Store, including holiday decorations and crafts, specialty gifts and clothing. Fall book sale November 14–16, 2013 Weekdays and Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Holiday boutique sale November 14–30, 2013 Weekdays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Proceeds from the four-day book sale historically raise $30,000 for the Sacramento SPCA. For more information, visit www.sspca.org/holidaybook.   Disclosure: Public relations manager, Sacramento SPCA

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New Masai giraffe at the Sacramento Zoo

There’s a new resident at the Sacramento Zoo, the 2-year old Masai giraffe named Shani. “She is a pretty special girl,” said zoo spokeswoman Tonja Swank. “There are only about 100 Masai giraffes in American zoos.” She added that Shani will eventually mate with the zoo’s other Masai giraffe, Chifu. Shani came to Sacramento from the Los Angeles Zoo in mid-August and recently completed her quarantine period so she can now explore the exhibit, according to the zoo blog. The blog also notes that the Masai giraffe is the largest subspecies, and it is native to southern Kenya and Tanzania. Shani is about 11 feet tall, and she is expected to reach between 16 and 19 feet in height when she is full grown. Her name comes from the Swahili word for “wondrous,” and zookeepers say she is getting along well with the other giraffes. “Eventually Shani and Chifu will become the nucleus of a Masai Giraffe herd,” said Harrison Edell, the zoo’s general curator. “As part of the Masai Giraffe Species Survival Plan, the creation of this new herd will support genetic diversity in the North American Masai Giraffe population.” Sign up for our weekly News Digest newsletter to catch up on top stories you might have missed.

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Ted

Up till now the summer movie season has been utterly devoid of any good comedies. I mean I don’t actually know anyone who saw That’s My Boy and The Dictator seemed to fade as quickly as it appeared. But now we have Ted, the first live action film from writer and director Seth MacFarlane; and I must say fellow nerds, the man behind Family Guy and American Dad delivers! Ted begins with an extended prologue, narrated by Starfleet’s own Sir Patrick Stewart, that explains the titular teddy bear’s magical origin. After little John Bennett (played as an adult by Mark Wahlberg) wishes for a friend on Christmas, his wish is granted in the form of a walking, talking teddy bear named Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane). The issue of how the world deals with a fantastical stuffed toy is also briefly addressed through obligatory news reports and an appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Fast forward 25 years or so and though Ted is no longer a celebrity, John and Ted are still best friends, living together with John’s girlfriend of four years Lori (Mila Kunis). It’s here that we’re introduced to the main thrust of the story which is John having to basically choose between the love of his life and his magical BFF. In other words it’s a movie about a […]

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“I Heart Sacramento Zoo” Valentine’s Event

Sunday, February 12, Sacramento Teen Zoo volunteers transformed the Sacramento Zoo into a wonderland of free activities, lectures, and enrichment experiences for their 2nd annual "I Heart Sacramento Zoo" Valentine’s Day event. Dotted around the park were booths which provided free activities and information about the animals in the zoo. Three Sacramento Teen Zoo volunteers, also known as Zoo Teens, manned each booth to provide an exciting experience for every guest. The Sacramento Zoo Teen volunteer group was started four years ago, with an interest in the earth, animals and the community at its heart. Ranging in ages 13-19 years of age, the Sacramento Zoo has opened its doors to the current 64 teens wanting to make a difference, and helped give the teens real world experience communicating with the public. Open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Zoo Teens coordinated enrichment gifts to be given every half hour to 13 of the zoo’s habitats, including the orangutan, chimpanzee, lion, giraffe and tigers enclosures. These enrichments, also known as Valentine’s gifts, were created specifically for each animal, reptile or bird to stimulate the instincts or senses, and to keep their minds active. The orangutan and chimpanzee received gifts that encouraged their fine motor skills, while the lions received paper mache Valentines to fit their tearing or shredding instincts. The lemurs received, among other things, […]

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150 Males Wanted by February 26 — Male Cats, That Is

The nonprofit Sacramento Area Animal Coalition (SAAC) is offering a deal too good for pet owners to pass up. For just $15, male cats can be neutered and receive core vaccinations, a dose of flea preventive, and permanent microchip identification — services that typically cost as much as $250. SAAC has more than 150 appointments available for male cats as part of Spay Day Sacramento, which takes place at 18 area veterinary clinics and animal shelters on Sunday, February 26, 2012. Residents of Sacramento and Yolo Counties who receive public assistance and/or have an annual household income of $35,000 or less can have up to two cats neutered at participating veterinary clinics and animal shelters on February 26. Qualified pet owners can apply for a Spay Day appointment at www.sacanimal.org. "Spay Day is a win-win for everybody," said Kim Kinnee, a member of the SAAC board of directors and president of the Yolo County SPCA. "We are reducing the burden unwanted animals place on our shelters while making an important veterinary service affordable for pet owners who may be struggling financially." Neutering cats can lead to better health and improved behavior. For example, it can reduce fighting, reduce the tendency for animals to escape and roam in search of a mate, and reduce the risk of infectious diseases. It can also reduce the number of […]

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“Spay Day” means financial relief for pet owners

Despite a stagnant economy, Sacramento area veterinary clinics and animal shelters are poised to give away as much as $160,000 in services to pet owners in need as part of “Spay Day Sacramento” on February 28. Operated annually by the nonprofit Sacramento Area Animal Coalition (SAAC), Spay Day Sacramento is the largest one-day spay/neuter event in the country. This year, approximately 800 dogs and cats will receive spay/neuter surgery for just $20 per dog and $15 per cat. According to SAAC board member Kim Kinnee, spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the number of homeless and unwanted pets in the Sacramento area. About half of the 40,000 animals entering Sacramento’s three shelters each year are euthanized because there are not enough homes for them. Spaying and neutering can also provide health and behavior benefits to the animals, she said. For example, spaying female pets can reduce or eliminate the risk of certain cancers. Neutering male pets can reduce or eliminate annoying behavior like urine marking, spraying and mounting; reduce fighting with other males; and reduce the risk of certain infections and diseases. “Spaying and neutering benefits both people and pets,” Kinnee said. “Animals who are spayed and neutered can be healthier, better behaved and live longer, and they do not produce puppies and kittens who often end up being […]

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Pet Photos with Santa – in Midtown

Santa welcomes his furry, feathered and scaly friends to join him for photos in his Midtown Toy Shoppe this Sunday, December 20th from 2-4pm. Photos start at $10 and proceeds benefit the Friends of the Sacramento City Animal Shelter. Santa’s Midtown Toy Shoppe 1801 L Street, Suite 70 (between 18th & 19th)  

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Put ‘yer Hoes Down!

Come join us in celebrating 22 years of the Hoes Down Harvest Celebration in the Capay Valley (Yolo County).  This celebration will promote agricultural arts and sustainable rural living through two fun-filled days of workshops and events.  Located within two hours of San Francisco and Sacramento’s busy metropolitan areas, the rural Capay Valley region is home to many small farms that supply Northern California’s families, restaurants, and neighborhood grocery stores with fresh organic produce.  The Celebration will offer the public a special chance to enjoy rural life and deepen their understanding and connection to the local food system. On Saturday, October 3rd, the Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm will feature educational farm tours, a magical children’s area, games, live music, local farm products and an abundance of fresh, organic food!  Hay rides, pulled by a team of draft horses, will continuously tour the farm. Workshops will be offered on an array of agricultural topics such as tree pruning, herb gardening, solar energy, compost-making and more! A craft marketplace will showcase farm-made products and an all-organic farmers’ market boasts the bounty of the season: fresh picked almonds and walnuts, a huge variety of melons, apples and, of course, pumpkins! The children’s area has been described as the “Best in the State” with arts and crafts, storytelling and music, farm animals to visit and lots of […]

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