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Calif. shelter animals may soon have less time to find homes

SACRAMENTO - Governor Jerry Brown is planning to strip the $23 million dollars given annually to California animal shelters to compensate them for holding stray or lost pets for a minimum of six days prior to euthanization.

The original law, SB1785, or "The Hayden Law", was passed in 1998 by State Senator Tom Hayden in an effort to make California shelters more accountable and provide owners of lost pets more time to recover their beloved animals.

The Hayden Law mandates that shelters hold animals four to six days before they can be killed; post lost-and-found lists for owners to locate pets; and if choosing to only hold an animal for four days, to stay open some evenings and weekends to provide owners an opportunity to pick up lost pets after business hours.

Pet of the Week- Jack Sparrow

Pet of the Week- Jack Sparrow

Such a charmer!

Jack Sparrow is ALL about getting and giving attention. When he isn't trying to get you to play with him, he is perfectly happy to just curl up in your lap for a nice petting session. This one-and-a-half-year-old will make a great companion for anyone looking for a young, playful and friendly feline. Come visit Jack Sparrow today!

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Sacramento City Animal Shelter pleads for help

Sacramento City Animal Shelter pleads for help

PHOTOS: Sacramento City Animal Shelter

Despite the extraordinary increase in adoptions at the end of the year, countless dogs and cats sit waiting for new homes.  All are stray or surrendered by their owners. 

Regardless of requests for help from rescue organizations, the supply exceeds the demand or capacity.  Rescue partners are working feverishly to assist in saving the animals, but the real solution lies with our community.

Pet of the Week- Zoie

Pet of the Week- Zoie

Zoie is a sweet, energetic Hound mix that loves nothing more then being outside and playing!

She is young (only a year and nine-months-old) and is very intelligent-so she has a lot of potential for training and positive reinforcement! Zoie is a really playful and loving girl, who's 'happy place' is being outside playing fetch.  She knows her and name and sits on command...already a great little buddy in the making!
Zoie would do best in an active home with an experienced owner who is often home to run, play and explore the world with her. She should do fine with older children at home but no cats please! Other dogs should be OK.

She's looking for a place to call home, come pay her a visit!!

Pets of the Week- Rufus & Emma

Pets of the Week- Rufus & Emma

Meet Rufus & Emma!

Rufus (male) is about five-years-old and Emma (female) is four-years-old and they are the BEST of friends!

Both are Bassett Hounds mixes and are a mandatory dual adoption, which means they must go home together. So if you're looking for two little buddies to join your family, they are a great catch! The price for these dogs is $150 for both (As the second dog is half-priced on dual adoptions).

They love to play outside, ride in cars and just hang out with their people friends.

Come pay them a visit and see what a sweet pair they are. www.sspca.org



Sacramento firefighters revive family cat

SACRAMENTO - Firefighters responded to a house fire on La Sierra Dr. in Sacramento Wednesday night and ended up saving more than the family's home.

Upon entering the home, firemen from stations 54 and 105 found little O.J. the family cat near death and pulled him from the burning building, according to a SacMav.org article. 

Once outside, the team began resuscitation efforts on the cat.  After about 45 minutes, the crew's perseverance paid off and little O.J. came back to life.

The family's neighbor rushed O.J. to the vet and he is expected to survive, according to the SacMav.org report.