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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.

Wild Nights & Holiday Lights at Folsom Zoo Opens Dec. 7

Wild Nights & Holiday Lights at Folsom Zoo Opens Dec. 7

The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary will soon be ablaze with holiday lights, providing a beautiful backdrop for a unique family experience this holiday season.  Wild Nights & Holiday Lights kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and continues from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8-9 and Dec.

Folsom Zoo: Thanksgiving Feast for the Animals

Folsom Zoo: Thanksgiving Feast for the Animals

Watch the special Folsom Zoo Sanctuary animals devour their festive Thanksgiving meals (including pumpkin pie) during the annual Thanksgiving Feast for the Animals, 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22.

The Zoo is located in Folsom City Lions Park on Stafford Street (behind the Folsom Public Library).  Regular admission fees apply.  Learn more at http://www.folsom.ca.us/depts/parks_n_recreation/zoo/default.asp.