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.

Volunteer Trainer – Izzy

Izzy will be one of the first people you meet when youIzzy & Buster_02 join our volunteer team, she had been walking dogs at the shelter for several years before taking on the volunteer trainer position. She continues to do so, and is now SSPA’s lead volunteer trainer for new volunteers.


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.

Online Adoption Counseling – Jenni, Gwen and Kellie

Our adoption counselors work in conjunction with Delyse (SSPA’s director) to provide adoption counseling and foster support via email at
sacramentocountydogs@gmail.com. Adding a new member to your family can be a difficult decision, SSPA’s adoption counselors aim to relieve some of that stress by matching adopters with compatible dogs for the most successful outcomes. Our counseling team will also provide post-adoption support and resources to address any issue that may arise after taking your new dog home.

Social Media Team – Kalin, Kimberly, and Lysa

The SSPA media team ensures our Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter accounts are always active with informational posts. Our social media offers a line of communication for Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive to engage the public, answer questions while providing detailed information on our available dogs, dogs in need of foster, and all our upcoming events.


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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