Historically, the greater Sacramento area has had a severe problem of animal overpopulation and abandonment that's often turned out tragically. Two years ago, however, the city of Sacramento's Animal Care Services, as part of a community partnership with the ASPCA, joined forces with the other animal services agencies in the area, including the Sacramento County Animal Care, the Sacramento SPCA and Happy Tails (a cat sanctuary) to proactively address the problem. Among the programs the City's Animal Care Services has instituted: a community spay-neuter program and a pet food bank.
Meanwhile, they continue to shelter and find homes for the dogs who wind up in the system—dogs like Cookie here, a young boxer-pit mix in search of a family with an active lifestyle. An energetic girl, Cookie is good with children, has done well with other dogs at mobile adoptions and at dog parks, and is looking for a loving forever home.