Coming into 2017, I knew that I was in for some big changes in my life and one in particular was around the notion of selflessness. Whether through acts of service, mentoring or just getting more involved in the community that I’ve grown to love so much, I’m making a point this year to give a little more of myself to causes that inspire me.
Three months into the new year and I have been lucky enough to mentor two people on how best to position themselves for a new job; I’ve joined the organizing committee for CreativeMornings Sacramento, a breakfast lecture series that’s all about lifting each other up and providing a positive, supportive and inspiring space for creatives to gather and share; and I recently had the pleasure of playing “puppy photographer” and creating Snapchat filter-inspired photo props for the Sacramento SPCA #RescueRides at TEAMride Midtown. Here’s a look at some of the fun that was had while raising money for the Sacramento SPCA and a little background on the local non-profit.
About the Sacramento SPCA
The Sacramento SPCA (SSPCA) has been helping pets for more than 123 years (since 1894). In 2016, 3,582 animals were adopted and 17,456 animals were spayed/neutered through the community clinic. The non-profit also serves the community by assisting with behavior training, low cost vaccinations, educational camps for kids, and medical and dental services. The SSPCA is not only a shelter, but a place where pets and their families can receive top-quality care to help keep those sweet furry friends happy and healthy in their forever homes.
Ways to get involved
For all those animal lovers out there, below are just a few of the ways you can get involved with the SSPCA and show some love to its furry inhabitants:
- Adopt, don’t shop!
- Sign up as a volunteer and work on the local campus
- Join one of the event committees and help with special events
- Donate your car, toys, blankets and other items to the SSPCA Adoptable Goods thrift store
- Work in the administrative offices to help with day-to-day tasks
- Fund-raise on behalf of the animals! Simply contact events manager Kristi Maryman, firstname.lastname@example.org, to learn how
The 24th Annual Doggy Dash—SSPCA’s biggest event of the year—takes place Saturday, April 8, at William Land Park. It’s the largest dog 5k/2k walk and festival event in Sacramento and includes fun for the whole family (furry or otherwise)! New this year is the “Bark in the Park” festival, which will include K-9 demonstrations, contests, food, drinks and more than 80 vendor booths to visit, sample and purchase pet-friendly products from.
Whether you and your pooch join in on the Doggy Dash walk or simply partake in the Bark in the Park festivities, all proceeds from that day benefit the animals at the shelter. Visit sspcadoggydash.org for more information.