About SSPA

Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive is a charitable nonprofit. This site is run by SSPA (Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive) volunteers. We primarily support large-breed dogs and some small-breed dogs in need at Bradshaw Animal Shelter (Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation).

Contacting Us

Have questions about the dogs on this site or other issues regarding SSPA? Email us at sacramentocountydogs@gmail.com. Please keep in mind that we are volunteers, not paid staff, and we generally respond within 24 hours.

Contacting the Shelter

Dogs featured on this site are available for adoption through Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation, located at:

3839 Bradshaw Road
Sacramento, CA 95827
(1 mile south of Hwy 50 between
Goethe and Kiefer)

*Shelter Hours and adoption information can be found here.
(916) 368-7387 (PETS) Live operators available M-F, 7am-6pm. Recorded message, 24 hours a day

Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive is a group of volunteers and staff dedicated to bettering the lives of dogs–with a focus on large breed dogs–during their stay at the Bradshaw Animal Shelter of Sacramento, California. SSPA started originally to work with pit bull type dogs, we have broadened our efforts to help all large breed dogs. We approach every dog as an individual, with the understanding that physical appearance does not determine behavior. Our program continues to expand as we learn, grow, and find better ways to serve shelter dogs.

Our mission includes:

Want to know more about our dog playgroups at the shelter? This video explains what we do in playgroups and why this part of our mission is so vital:

The confiscated dogs program has been one of our most important missions. It ensures that dogs with long stays at the shelter remain mentally and physically healthy. This video shares the story of one of our most extreme confiscate situations–during which 18 dogs from a fight bust stayed with us for two years:

Obedience work keeps the dogs minds busy, tires them out so they can rest in their kennels, and prepares them for their future homes.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Delyse – Program Founder/Director and Playgroup Supervising Lead Delyse

As SSPA’s founder and director, Delyse oversees all aspects of the organization. She also runs dog playgroups at the shelter, assists in the shelter’s foster program, and gets to know all of the dogs in the program to help match them with foster and adoptive homes. As if that isn’t enough to keep her busy, she writes all the bios you see on dogs pages, supports foster providers who need help, and fosters dogs herself. She is a passionate advocate for the well-being of all dogs–our very own force of nature in a SSPA tee-shirt.

Sandy – Playgroup Leader & Behavioral Team Member

Sandy is a part of our behavior team, a playgroup leader and amazingly devoted foster provider who puts in extensive time each week helping runSandy the dog playgroups at the shelter, overseeing the testing, socialization, and exercise of as many as 50 plus dogs at a time. She loves every dog and worries about each one’s well-being. Sandy is a conscientious volunteer who is always willing to do more. She takes on some of the more challenging medical and behavior foster dogs who need extra TLC in order to thrive–and she seems to always have room for one more dog.



Robert – Playgroup Leader & Behavioral Team Memeber

Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 4.46.02 PMAs a playgroup leader and part of our behavior team, Robert helps keep the playgroups running smoothly. Robert has been one of PBSOC’s biggest supporters, and continues to grow and gain behavioral knowledge as a lead.  Robert is a devoted and passionate volunteer who puts in multiple hours weekly ensuring dogs get out of their kennels and participate in playgroups.  He is also the founder of one of our largest fundraisers, Meet Your Maker.  Robert puts in countless hours to make this event a huge success.


Photography Team – Chandra and Emily

photo-team.jpgOur lead photographer, Chandra, lends her awesome skills to help our dogs look their best! She is involved in all aspects of the photography process, from taking photos to processing and uploading them to our website.  Great dog photos can’t happen without someone to wrangle, cajole, charm, and handle the canine subjects, and that’s where Emily lends a hand. You can often see her as the human subject in our dog portraits. Ashley King, from 2 Girls 20 Cameras, takes our fabulous playgroup photos.


Kalin – Social Media Team Kalin

Kalin joined SSPA in 2014 as a dog walker and member of our Compassion in Action program. She has since been a foster provider and most recently joined our web team. As part of the SSPA media team Kalin ensures our Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter accounts are always active with informational posts. Kalin has two adopted pets, Apple pup and Sasha cat, and has a soft spot for animals of all kinds.

Lysa – Social Media Team & Foster ProviderFullSizeRender-1

Lysa has been with SSPA for years as a foster provider specifically mamma dogs and her pups, as well as being a dog walker and trainer. She has also been a huge help with fundraising and marketing. Right now, she’s directing her creativity toward design and has joined our social media team ensuring our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts are informational and accurate.

Kimberly – Social Media Team & Playgroup Runner

Kimberly began with SSPA after adopting Chowder in May 2017. While there she was learned about shelter playgroups, Kimberlypost adoption counseling and obedience classes and knew she wanted to get involved. Kimberly started with SSPA as a dog walker and playgroup runner, she now is a member of the media team and helps maintain SSPA’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Heather – Website Lead, Adoption Counseling & Social Media

IMG_3869Heather first joined SSPA as a foster provider. She is also an adopter who wants to help other families find their new family dog. She creates and maintains all the dog pages you see on our website! As if that’s not enough, she also assists with email, Facebook and Instagram, she is responsible for our website’s most popular feature, the Weekly Adoption Update! She will occasionally help out with transport and miscellaneous tasks as well!

Jenni – Online Adoption Counselor

JenniJenni started with SSPA as an adopter and quickly became a dog walker, when she heard there was a need for an adoption counselor she volunteered to help. She works in conjunction with Delyse and Gwen to provide adoption counseling and foster support via email at

Gwen – Online Adoption Counselor 

Izzy –  Volunteer TrainerIzzy & Buster_02

Izzy has been walking dogs at the shelter for several years. She continues to do so, and is now SSPA’s lead volunteer trainer for new volunteers. She will be one of the first people you meet when you join our volunteer team!


Our Volunteers

From photographers to videographers to playgroup helpers, dog walkers, and internet support, there are many ways our volunteers enrich the lives of shelter dogs and help them have happy outcomes. Check out of some of our volunteers in action. Want to join the team? Email us at sacramentocountydogs@gmail.com.



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