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Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Giving More Than Shelter

aka Sacramento SPCA

Sacramento, CA


Since 1894, the Sacramento SPCA has been dedicated to ensuring the humane treatment of animals in the Sacramento area, providing a safe and nurturing environment for unwanted, abandoned and mistreated pets until they can be permanently placed into loving homes. The Sacramento SPCA has been giving more than shelter to homeless animals by providing individual comfort, care, and love for more than 124 years.  They provide compassionate medical care to tens of thousands of animals annually and offer a variety of programs and services designed to keep people and pets together for life.

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Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Kenn Altine

Main Address

6201 Florin Perkins Rd

Sacramento, CA 95828 USA


Animal Welfare





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Our city and county animal shelters are overcrowded and under resourced. Simply put, there are too many dogs and cats and too few loving homes. That is why the Sacramento SPCA devotes significant resources to addressing animal over-population through our spay and neuter program. It is the only thing that solves both over-population and the number of animals entering the Sacramento SPCA facility and the city and county shelters each year. By providing more than shelter, our vision is to eliminate animal homelessness, save lives, and improve the quality of life for our community’s furry friends and the people who love them.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Services

Low-Cost Pet Wellness

Pet Adoption

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

We plan to create, by July 2021, a 6,400 square foot, purpose-designed, high-volume, high-quality spay and neuter clinic that will increase our capacity by 38% - more than 5,000 additional procedures annually. Our local governments spend millions of taxpayer dollars on stray and unwanted animals. In addition to performing a limited number of surgeries at their facilities, the City and County of Sacramento both contract with the Sacramento SPCA to spay and neuter their shelter animals, adding to our already high volume. However, due to our clinic’s space restrictions, current demand far exceeds the number of surgeries we are able to perform. To meet our community’s burgeoning needs and sustain our current volume, we must have more surgical suites and a strategically designed facility.

To accomplish this, we will re-purpose the current administrative building to more efficiently utilize existing space and resources. This renovation will result in the increased capacity to help and impact a larger population of animals and people in our community while providing exceptional medical treatment to the animals in our care. With four surgical suites in the renovated building, our surgeons will be able to perform 5,000 more spay/neuter procedures annually, expand our free spay/neuter Sunday clinics for feral/community cats, and continue our leading role in addressing the root cause of animal suffering. A new shelter medicine center will provide a comforting, right-sized, efficient space to treat the smallest to the largest animals and ensure that every animal, no matter the length of its stay, receives excellent care in a space designed especially for them.

To fully renovate our current sick bay, administration building, and parking lot, the Board of Directors of the Sacramento SPCA is allocating restricted funds, leveraging existing assets and conducting a $2.25 million major gifts campaign. Our success will require the generous investment of the entire Sacramento community - from animal lovers to civic-minded residents – who share our vision that every animal deserves a loving home for life, that no animal needlessly suffers, and that spaying and neutering is the only solution to animal overpopulation.

As of July 2019, we have launched a 24 month $2,25 million major gifts campaign and have set a specific timeline to ensure that revenue goals are met. The major gifts campaign is being led by the Board of Directors; the Major Gifts Committee which is comprised of a mix of board members and engaged supporters; the Chief Executive Officer; and the Director of Development. The Major Gifts Committee meets on a monthly basis to review progress to goal, and to determine how we can be more effective. While the campaign is underway, we continue to perform more than 18,000 spay/neuter surgeries annually, administer more than 16,000 low-cost vaccines, and adopt more than 3,600 animals into loving homes. Our annual statistics are published in our animal impact report, which we invite you to read:

The Sacramento SPCA is one of the top 10 high-volume spay/neuter centers in the nation, performing 18,000+ procedures annually. Twenty percent of the 18,000+ spay and neuter surgeries we perform each year are for feral and community cats; we are quickly approaching our 40,000th low or no-cost surgery for these cats whose quality and length of life are greatly improved once altered. Our spay/neuter program is the most important and effective thing we can do to ensure every animal can find a forever home. We are moving forward with fundraising and design efforts and are on track to create, within the next 24 months, a 6,400 square foot, purpose-designed, high-volume, high-quality spay and neuter clinic that will increase our capacity of surgeries by 38%.

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?