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PetSmart CEO, Mayor Johnson & Front Street Shelter Celebrate Opening of Pop-Up Park in Sacramento

PetSmart CEO, Mayor Johnson & Front Street Shelter Celebrate Opening of Pop-Up Park in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO – PetSmart, Inc. has partnered with the City of Sacramento to bring a portable, pop-up park to Sacramento. This portable dog park provides more than 9,000 square feet of space for pet parents to bring their dogs to play. PetSmart’s P.U.P. is a shipping container that contains everything that can be deployed to create an interim dog park, including 340 feet of fencing, three waste clean-up stations, three moveable benches, lighting on and inside the container.

 

While the park has been open to the community since August, a community celebration and official ribbon cutting will take place on Saturday, September 27. Speakers will include Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento and David Lenhardt, President and CEO of PetSmart.

WHAT: Community celebration and ribbon cutting at Sacramento’s first portable, pop-up dog park

Register NOW: Paws to Party tomorrow, Aug 22!

Register NOW: Paws to Party tomorrow, Aug 22!

Don't miss out on the HOTTEST PARTY OF THE YEAR!!

Small Wonders Construction

Small Wonders Construction

On January 30th, the Sacramento Zoo broke ground on the Small Wonders of Africa exhibit. Since then, we have been working hard to transform the area. As the summer draws to a close, we are happy to report that the new exhibit will open Labor Day weekend!

Small Wonders will house six new African species: African Straw-colored Fruit Bats, Aardvark, Wolf's Guenons, Red-billed Hornbills and Crested Guineafowl. Later this year, Banded Mongooses will join the Aardvark on exhibit.

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2nd Annual "Dog Days of Summer" Show July 31 - September 20

 2nd Annual "Dog Days of Summer" Show    July 31 - September 20

A Benefit for Front Street Animal Shelter  

Come celebrate our canine and feline friends at "Dog Days of Summer", and support a great cause! This year's show will be a fundraiser for Front Street Animal Shelter, and will run from July 31st - September 20, 2014. Artwork includes paintings, sculptures, and a collection of original art refrigerator magnets. There's something for every animal lover!

A portion of each art sale will go to assist Front Street Animal Shelter with their mission to provide quality care for more than 11,000 animals that come to the shelter each year. Your support helps to provide emergency and advanced veterinary care for sick or injured animals, and funding for adoption programs that help shelter pets find their "forever" homes.  Your support helps save lives!

Front Street Shelter's Pet Food Pantry Empty!

Front Street Shelter's Pet Food Pantry Empty!

The Front Street Animal Shelter provides 3,000 - 5,000 pounds of pet food to pet owners in need every week. Since establishing the program three years ago this is the first time the pantry has been empty. The program is 100% donation based and provides pet food to thousands of Sacramento residents. The resources are available to all Sacramento residents with the goal of helping keeping animals in their original homes and out of the shelter.

If you are interested in donating to the pet pantry program the Front Street Shelter is located at 2127 Front Street Sacramento, CA 95818. Hours of operation: Wednesday - Sunday from 9am - 5pm.

Loss of Marzipan the Ostrich

Loss of Marzipan the Ostrich

The Sacramento Zoo is mourning the loss of Marzipan, the Zoo’s 21 year-old Ostrich. The morning of July 14th, the Zoo’s male Ostrich was pursuing the female ostriches around the exhibit in typical breeding behavior when Marzipan went to the ground (a normal sign of submission). Once the male was moved off exhibit, keepers noticed that Marzipan seemed unable to stand. Zoo veterinarians and staff were able to anesthetize her on exhibit and then move her to the veterinary hospital for examination. Radiographs revealed a severely comminuted (multiple small fragments) fractured leg bone that could not be repaired. The difficult decision was made to euthanize Marzipan. She was taken to UC Davis for a complete necropsy... Read More

Giant Garter Snake Conservation

Giant Garter Snake Conservation

The Sacramento Zoo is involved in a number of local conservation efforts. One area of focus is the conservation of Giant Garter Snakes. This species of garter snake is enemic to the central valley of California meaning that is only found in California. It is considered threatened in California and nationally by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The snake is very aquatic preferring habitats that have vegetation along slow moving creeks, lakes or rice fields. With the loss of wetlands, the snake is no longer found in 98% of the areas that it was previously found. The snake primarily eats frogs, tadpoles and fish. The Sacramento Zoo is working with biologists, state and federal officials to help monitor snake populations and evaluate the health of the snakes.
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