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1,500 pets go to new homes over holidays

SACRAMENTO, CA - More than 1,500 previously homeless animals are enjoying a new chance at life, thanks to a massive effort by the Sacramento SPCA, City of Sacramento Animal Care Services, Sacramento County Animal Control & Regulation, and Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary.

The collective goal was to unite 1,000 pets with new owners between Black Friday and the end of the year, and the group surpassed that goal by an impressive 561 adoptions.

"We are happy to announce that Sacramento's animal shelters surpassed our goal by more than 500 adoptions this holiday season," said Rick Johnson, Sacramento SPCA Chief Executive Officer. "The 1,561 adoptions that were done between the four shelters means 1,561 happy endings. We all work hard for those happy endings."

Volunteers toughen up bobcat kitten who's too sweet

Volunteers toughen up bobcat kitten who's too sweet

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California animal rescue group is trying to help an orphaned bobcat kitten with a problem: She's too nice. 

PHOTOS: Baby bobcat rescued in Chips Fire

The Sacramento Bee says the kitten was only a few weeks old when she was found in August by fire crews who battled a 75,000-acre fire in the Plumas National Forest.

The bobcat, which had burned paws, would follow the crew and nuzzle their boots. Named Chips, she was taken to the Sierra Wildlife Rescue in Placerville last month.

Give A Holiday Gift: Open Your Heart to a Pug

Give A Holiday Gift: Open Your Heart to a Pug

SACRAMENTO,CA--With the holidays comes an incredible need, one that is not seen by most, but when discovered hard to ignore.

Cuddly, warm- hearted, peppy Pugs of all ages are left homeless in a season when animals are not top priority.

Some are abandoned, others surrendered only to be left at a shelter or area pound where their lives are often cut short due to overcrowding.  

Pug Rescue of Sacramento is a non-profit organization dedicated to making sure that doesn’t happen. PRO’s is comprised of Bay Area and Sacramento volunteers prepared to mobilize when needed, but during the winter months their numbers are few. That’s why PRO’s is asking for the community’s help to lend a hand and save a warm-hearted, loyal Pug in need of a loving home.

Celebrate Holiday Magic at the Sacramento Zoo

Celebrate Holiday Magic at the Sacramento Zoo

Watch as the animals open their holiday gifts and meet Blizzard the Snow Leopard!

WHAT’S HAPPENING: The holidays are here and it’s time to enjoy the season!  Bundle up the family for Holiday Magic at the Sacramento Zoo on Saturday, December 8th. Throughout the day, special gifts will be delivered to the animals. See them pounce, tear and stomp into their one-of-a-kind holiday gifts.

Dog shot by SWAT during search warrant execution

SACRAMENTO - Sacramento SWAT officers were forced to shoot a dog while executing a search warrant for narcotics at a home on the 1000 block of Los Robles Boulevard on Wednesday.

Officer Doug Morse of the Sacramento Police Department said the SWAT team was entering the home around 9:30 a.m. when the dog charged an officer.

Fearing for his safety, the officer shot the dog at least once, said Morse.

The dog was removed from the scene by Animal Control. Morse said it was alive, but did not provide any specific information on its condition.

According to Morse, a weapon, drugs and drug paraphernalia were all located in the home during the search.  Three adults and one infant were also in the home at the time of the incident. 

One of the adults was arrested at the scene, and Child Protective Services was called to the home to determine whether the infant was in any danger.