We are the proud recipients of an "Innovations in Foster Care" grant from Maddie's Fund.

Our Transitional Community Foster Care program is unlike most conceptions of foster care for pets.  Rather than providing care for stray and shelter pets, we provide temporary care for owned pets, to prevent them from ultimately having to be relinquished by their families.

The program utilizes foster care to facilitate pet retention among homeless and at ­risk pet owners by providing temporary housing and care for pets whose owners are either hospitalized, are enrolled in in­ patient drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation, or who are placed in transitional housing prior to obtaining long­term housing. The TCFC program provides housing in foster homes, food, collars, tags, licensing, comprehensive medical care including vaccines, parasite prevention, spay/neuter, care of medical problems, and behavior evaluation, modification, and training, with visitation opportunities for owners when appropriate. Pets are returned to their owners once they are in a position to care for them again.

We recognize the many benefits that pet ownership confers, especially for individuals who suffer from mental and other health problems. Numerous data driven and peer reviewed studies show the benefits of pet ownership for individuals experiencing homelessness, including more structured daily routines, increased social interactions and bonds, and decreased drug use. We see first­hand how knowing that they have a source of unconditional love, and a creature who is reliant upon them for their own welfare serves as a powerful motivator for our clients to succeed in efforts to improve their condition.

Through our clinics, we have cultivated the trust of clients from a demographic that is frequently wary of law enforcement and authority, and that is historically underserved. As a result of this trust, we receive requests for assistance from numerous clients for whom pet ownership is a barrier to receiving care including shelter, inpatient drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation, and hospitalization for acute and emergent medical crises. Our clients often face the choice of obtaining care for themselves, and giving up a beloved pet to the local shelters or the streets, or remaining on the streets until they are incapacitated by their conditions, and are involuntarily incarcerated or hospitalized. In both situations, the pets suffer, and the community is forced to absorb the pets into already overburdened municipal shelters and rescue organizations.

Again, we are honored by the trust that our clients place in us to care for their beloved family members, and consider each opportunity to foster an opportunity to help make our community more compassionate, and healthy.

If you are interested in being part of this new program, and offering a temporary home to one of our fosters, please contact our foster coordinator at foster@4rfstreetvets.org.

Thank you, Maddie's Fund!

Low Cost and Free Spay Neuter Options in the Sacramento Area

Congratulations, you’ve made the decision to get your pet spayed (if it’s a female) or neutered (if it’s a male)!

This document will help you find low cost or free options for residents of the Sacramento area.  Funding and options change frequently, so always contact the specific provider for most current information.

Step 1: Determine which jurisdiction you live in:

Go to the County Assessor’s website here and enter your street address.

If you live within the Sacramento City limits, you will see this information:

Jurisdiction: Sacramento

If you live within the Unincorporated Sacramento County area, you will see this:

Jurisdiction: Unincorporpated

Step 2: Contact clinics based on the jurisdiction in which you live to schedule your appointment:

City of Sacramento: For pets within the City of Sacramento Limits Only!

Email: saccity.voucher@gmail.com

Call: (916) 808-7383

Apply Online: http://saccitypets.blogspot.com/


Sacramento Area Animal Coalition (SAAC): For pets within Unincorporated Sacramento County, and occasionally other jurisdictions.  Funding changes frequently, so check back often.

Call: (916) 808-7300 & leave a message

Apply Online: http://sacanimal.org/our-programs/spay-and-neuter-for-pets/voucher-program/


Placer County SPCA: For pets within Placer County Limits

Download Voucher Application: http://placerspca.org/snap/


Elk Grove Animal Services: Pets within Elk Grove

Call: (916) 687-3042

Includes free rabies vaccine, microchip & license


Yolo County SPCA: For pets within Yolo County Limits

Call: (530) 902-6269 or (530) 758-7722


Sacramento SPCA: Various programs for pets from multiple jurisdictions

Call: (916) 383-7387

Visit SSPCA Online for fee schedule: http://www.sspca.org/post/service-costs-fee-schedule

We Pay to Spay - Chihuahua Edition through December 2018

Must reside within Sacramento County - proof of residency required!

Chihuahuas aged 4 months - 7 years old, 2lbs - 20lbs only

Call: (916) 504-2816 on the 20th of the month for an appointment during the next calendar mont


Animal Spay & Neuter: Low Cost Spay Neuter regardless of jurisdiction!

Call: (916) 368-7314

Visit ASN Online for fee schedule: http://sacramento.animalspayneuter.com/services/spayneuter/


Mercer Clinic for the Homeless: Must provide proof of homelessness

2nd Saturday of every month from 8am – 2pm at Loaves & Fishes 1321 W. C Street


Step 3: Make sure to show up for your appointment on the date and time scheduled.

It is VERY important that you arrive on time for your appointment.  If you are unable to make the appointment you scheduled, call that entity to reschedule (if available) or just to let them know you won’t be able to make the appointment.  There are many other people who are in need of spay/neuter appointments for their pets and will able to utilize your appointment if you are unable.



Yikes! It's foxtail season.

On occasion, we see pets for emergency care, in between our regular clinics.  When I got the call that Teddy was suddenly shaking his head and yelping, I was pretty sure what the problem was.  



We were able to pull this enormous foxtail out of his ear without having to anesthetize him, thanks to the expert and gentle restraint of our volunteer nurse, Rodajia.  We don't always get so lucky.  Often foxtail removal can require full anesthesia at a vet office, and incur up to $500 in cost when all is done.  



Foxtails are a California problem.  The tall wild grasses that grow in vacant lots, cracks in the sidewalk, and unkempt yards, and wilderness areas develop these wispy whiskered seed pods that detach from the plant, and try to attach to anything passing by.  The microscopic barbs lining the hair like wisps cause them to burrow in, and resist backing out. 

They can puncture the skin, and burrow in between toes, into ears, up noses, under eyelids, even into nipples and other tender private places.  They drag bacteria along with them, causing abscesses and trauma.  Best case scenario, they are removed from an ear or an eye, with follow up antibiotics.  They can lose an eye, if the foxtail is not removed fast enough, though.   Some lose their life after a foxtail that has worked it's way into the airways punctures the lung.  

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Keep your pets safe this season, and mow and sweep up any foxtails in your yard, avoid  walking in wilderness areas with dry grasses, and check your pups ears, in between their toes, and under side.  If they have sudden fits of sneezing, especially with discharge or blood from one nostril, suspect a foxtail.  This always merits a trip to the emergency vet, as the further they burrow into the nostril, the harder it is to get them out.  

Stay safe, friends!


We have big plans, this Big Day of Giving

The Street Vets Project:

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This year we initiated our Street Vets Program, Sacramento’s only year-round free mobile clinic serving low income and homeless pet owners.  Every week, our volunteers are out in the most underserved neighborhoods in Sacramento, delivering veterinary care, supplies, and education.

We care for up to 500 dogs and cats each month, most of whom would otherwise never see a vet.  We administer the basics- vaccines, flea and worm prevention, collars and ID tags- to all.  Others we treat for parvo, mange, wounds, even trauma after being hit by car.  Each month, we help owners say goodbye to their beloved pets with mercy and dignity, providing euthanasia when no other options for either treatment or end of life care are available.

We are proud of what our scrappy, resourceful, passionate Street Vets Team is achieving.  But there is a limit to what we can accomplish in the parking lots and the cul-de-sacs where we hold our clinics.

It has long been our goal to have a mobile medical trailer, complete with a surgery suite.  

With the capacity to offer full service vet care, including spay/neuter services and dental care, right to the pets and communities where the need is the greatest, we can make an unprecedented impact on the wellness and welfare of the pets in Sacramento.  

With your help, we can make access to full-service vet care a reality in our underserved  neighborhoods.

With your help, we can stem the tide of pets that swells our municipal shelters on a monthly basis. 

A generous donor has given us a 25 foot trailer, which we are retrofitting into the mobile medical unit of our dreams.  

Your contributions this Big Day of Giving will help make our big plans a reality.

Every dollar you contribute goes toward our Street Vets Program goes toward medical supplies and equipment.

You can make your contribution online anytime between today and 11:59 pm, Thursday May 3.

(Contributions will be processed from your account on Thursday, May 3)

Thank you for being part of our Big Plans this Big Day of Giving, and for helping make Sacramento a better place for its pets and their owners.

*Note: Contributions made with through Golden 1 Credit Union will earn bonus dollars for us.

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