So you found a stray dog.... what next?

Call your friend who is deeply involved in rescue, and tell them you have a new dog for them?


Chances are, the dog you found has an owner who is desperately missing them. And most certainly, your rescue friend does NOT need another dog to save.

Here are a few tips to help you safely return the dog to its home.

Be safe, especially if it is injured.  Pain and fear are the biggest reasons dogs bite.  

Secure it with a slip lead and in a crate if possible.  

Check for a tag on the collar.

Often you will be able to find an owner very nearby.

Walk around the neighborhood to see if someone is looking for it.

Take it to any local shelter or vet clinic to scan for a microchip.  

If you find a chip, be sure to check with multiple chip registries.

Check your local for people reporting it missing.

Take a photo and

  • Make a flyer to put up in the area

  • Report it to your local Animal Care Agencies

  • Post it on

Helpful Links:

City of Sacramento-Front Street Shelter

2127 Front Street Sacramento

Dial 311 inside city limits

(916) 808-7387

County of Sacramento- Bradshaw Shelter

3839 Bradshaw Road Sacramento

Dial 311 in the County

(916) 368-7387

Sacramento SPCA

6201 Florin Perkins Rd Sacramento

(916) 383-7387

Elk Grove Animal Services

8401 Laguna Palms Way, Elk Grove

(916) 691-2489

Placer County Animal Services Center

11232 B Ave, Auburn

(530) 886-5500

Roseville Animal Shelter-Placer SPCA

200 Tahoe Ave, Roseville

(916) 782-7722

Microchip Registries:

Thank you for saving a life!

Jean Rabinowitz
T's and Tags Sale!
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Just in time, we have just the gift for that special someone in your life, be they human or canine.

Make sure that if your pup goes wandering, whoever finds them knows just how much you want them back.

Dog tags/collar charms— $5

Our super soft, super sweet Lexi (“Adopt the Cropped” and Lily (“Don’t F#*k With My Ears”) designs in a variety of sizes, colors, and styles.

T Shirts- $30

Hoodies- $45

Come see them for yourself!

Quantities are limited, so don’t wait for the last minute.

While you are there, say hello to Aretha, the nursery cat and one of our several sponsored community cats about town.

The Plant Foundry

Broadway and 34th St, across from Old Soul and down the block from Strapping.

Jean Rabinowitz
The news about grain-free diets and your dog's heart

You may have heard recently that grain-free dog foods are falling out of favor.  

The reason is that they have been implicated in a recent surge in a dilated cardio-myopathy (DCM) in dog breeds that had previously rarely affected by the disease.

DCM is a defect in the heart muscle that causes it to become weak and flabby.  As a consequence, the walls of the heart chambers, which pump blood to the lungs and the rest of the body by squeezing the blood through, get stretched out, with thin and inefficient muscles.  

As the disease progresses, it can cause chronic congestive heart failure (CHF), with fluid building up in the lungs impeding the uptake of oxygen into the blood.  Early signs of this are exercise intolerance, increased respiratory rate, and panting.  Later signs are coughing, bluish tongue and gums, and eventually death.  The alternate course of DCM is to develop heart arrhythmias, which can go undetected until they cause fainting or sudden death.

The relationship between grain-free diets and DCM was recognized by Dr. Josh Stern, a veterinary cardiologists at the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital (VMTH).  He initiated a study of the newly emergent problem and has expanded it to include the veterinary nutritionists at UCD, and veterinary cardiologists practicing at several different universities in the US.

At this time, our understanding of the link between grain-free dog food diets and DCM is incomplete.  So far it is believed that:

  • Grain free diets that are high in potatoes or legumes (beans, peas, peanuts) have been fed for a year or more in the identified cases;

  • These diets may be lacking in the amino acid  taurine that is essential for healthy cardiac muscle development;

  • Cessation of the grain free diet and supplementation with taurine is effective in reversing the muscle disease, when done soon enough.

For this reason, veterinarians and the FDA are recommending NOT feeding an exclusively grain free diet to your dogs.  

If you are concerned that your own dog may be suffering from the effects of prolonged feeding of a grain-free diet, please consult with your veterinarian.  Taurine supplementation should not be attempted without the guidance of a veterinary nutritionist or veterinarian.

For more information on the topic:

Jean Rabinowitz
Thanks to you, EmBark 2018 was a smashing success!
Sterling channeling his inner Mick Jagger.  Photo: Anna Wick

Sterling channeling his inner Mick Jagger.  Photo: Anna Wick

The evening of Sunday, July 29, at the Brickhouse in Oak Park was magical.

Christopher Sinclair. Photo: Anna Wick 

Christopher Sinclair. Photo: Anna Wick 

The notes of Jazz Gitan's gypsy melodies rippled through the hum of conversation, refreshing librations flowed from Christopher Sinclair's bar, delectable curry, piquant somen noodles, and spears of fresh melon and mozzarella were plentiful and snatched up, the dogs dressed for success and posed for the paparazzi.  

Meeps meets his number one fan.  Photo: Tina Swain

Meeps meets his number one fan.  Photo: Tina Swain

The occasion was our first ever benefit for our Street Vets program, and a chance to show off our new mobile medical trailer, still undergoing refurbishment.  All the funds raised will be allocated to purchase medical equipment for the trailer.

We send our most sincere gratitude to all who donated, volunteered, and came out to support our work and our vision of making Sacramento a safe, nurturing place for all pets and their people.

Thank You.

246 Attendees
$27,032 Net Intake

Photos by Ken Raif.

Photos by Ken Raif.