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AJ’s Grayton Beach along with Road Dogg Rescue Hosting Free Holiday Photos with ‘Santa Paws’

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. -- This Sunday, December 6, AJ's Grayton Beach will be holding a special holiday photo event with "Santa Paws." Santa will be on site at AJ's Grayton Beach from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. for guests to take pictures with their fury four legged friends.

Visitors can take pictures with their phones or cameras. Santa pictures is on a first-come, first serve basis.

In addition to the photo fun, Road Dogg Rescue will also be on site with dogs of all sizes looking to find their forever home this Christmas. Road Dogg Rescue is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for homeless, injured, and abused dogs in Okaloosa and Walton County.

Donations are accepted, but not required.

Learn more about AJ's at:

AJs Grayton Beach is located at: 63 Defuniak St., Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32549. (850) 231-4102.

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The Sacramento SPCA Is Hosting A Special Fundraiser to Build the New Zoe K. McCrea Animal Health Center

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento SPCA will host a special stay-at-home fundraiser on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 6 p.m. to help fund and build the new Zoe K. McCrea Animal Health Center at the Sacramento SPCA.

During this free online broadcast, viewers will get a behind the scenes look at the health center construction progress, meet some new furry friends at the shelter and see how support of this project will help keep animals in their homes, reduce the number of animals entering overcrowded shelters in the Sacramento region and help those animals in shelters get into homes faster.

Community supporters are encouraged to register for the free event in advance by visiting, where they can learn more about the life-saving project and connect to the live broadcast on Saturday.

The Sacramento SPCA announced their community campaign to raise funds to build the Zoe K. McCrea Animal Health Center during a press conference at their shelter on August 19, 2020. In attendance were a small group of supporters, Sacramento SPCA CEO, Kenn Altine, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and lead gift contributor to the project, Zoe K. McCrea.

"The Sacramento SPCA plays the crucial role in helping pets who need homes in Sacramento and also people who are in need of free or low-cost veterinary services," said Mayor Steinberg.

Although the Sacramento SPCA's current spay and neuter clinic is ranked seventh in the nation for performing more than 18,000 high-volume, high-quality surgeries annually, demand for spay and neuter in the region far exceeds capacity in the current clinic space. The non-profit animal organization is in the process of renovating their former administrative building into a new state-of-the-art 6,400 square foot animal hospital in order to help more animals and people in the community.

The strategically designed space will allow the Sacramento SPCA to increase their surgery capacity by more than 5,000 additional procedures each year, expand their low-cost vaccine and wellness clinics and help provide more animals entering the shelter with life-saving medical care.

The Sacramento SPCA is the only full-service animal shelter in the region offering pet owners a place to take their beloved pets when they have nowhere else to turn; regardless of age, breed, health condition or behavior. Though the Sacramento SPCA had to adapt their services due to the health crisis, they have continued to say yes to the animals and expand public access to their lifesaving programs by offering appointment-based processes.

"We have continued to adapt to the growing needs of our community over the years and we are committed to saving more lives and making the life-saving efforts of others possible now and into the future," states Sacramento SPCA CEO, Kenn Altine. "We ask the entire Sacramento community - to join in this campaign to help build this new spay/neuter clinic and animal health center."

Community members can register in advance for Saturday's broadcast by visiting For supporters who are not able to join the October 24th event, but still wish to support the project, gifts can be made at

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About the Sacramento SPCA:

Founded in 1892, the Sacramento SPCA has been providing homeless animals with individual comfort, shelter, and love for more than 128 years. They provide compassionate medical care to tens of thousands of animals annually and offer a variety of programs and services designed to keep people and pets together for life.

Learn more at:

Dawn Foster
Sacramento SPCA Marketing & Communications Director
or (916) 802-0915

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*Caption: The Zoe K. McCrea Animal Health Center currently in construction at the Sacramento SPCA.

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Capital Subaru of Greensboro Hosts Triad Golden Retriever Rescue Event

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Capital Subaru of Greensboro is proud to announce that they are celebrating the Subaru Loves Pets Event AND National Make a Dog's Day by partnering with Triad Golden Retriever Rescue for a day of totally PAWSOME fun for all pets!

The celebration will be held Thursday October 22, 2020 from 3-7 p.m. at 801 E Bessemer Ave - This is an outdoor socially distanced event.

Contributors include Triad Golden Retriever Rescue, North Carolina Pet Partners and arcBARKS.

The general public is invited to attend with their furry friends! Festivities include a pet photo station with a local pet photographer and goodie bags with treats for canines and owners while supplies last.

"The companionship of pets reduces stress and lessens anxiety. I know I couldn't live without my dogs and that's why we are so proud of this partnership." expressed General Manager, Ken Fanelli. "This event is as much for the people as it is for the dogs! So come out and make a dog's day!"

Triad Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc.:

Triad Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc. (TGRR) is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, humane treatment and placement of homeless Golden Retrievers, and to the education of the public about the breed.


arcBARKS Dog Treat Company was created by The Arc of Greensboro in response to an increasing need for post-high school options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. arcBARKS was envisioned as a self-funding program that would provide vocational training in the real world setting of a functioning dog treat bakery.

North Carolina Pet Partners:

Helping people live healthier and happier lives by sharing the healing power of pets.

Capital Subaru of Greensboro:

Capital Subaru of Greensboro is located is conveniently located at 801 E Bessemer Ave. They're a part of Capital Automotive Group with the goal of providing consistent customer experiences at all locations and are excited you help you with any of your automotive needs!

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Sacramento SPCA – Giving More Than Shelter – Need for lifesaving work is surging during COVID-19 crisis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento SPCA announced today that demand for its COVID-related services is surging in May despite an anticipated decrease based on federal stimulus and unemployment payments to Sacramento area residents. The increase in need comes at a time when the organization is preparing to expand programs, including adoptions, as part of the area's re-opening plans.

"Instead of seeing a decrease as people's financial stability was bolstered by the stimulus plans, we are actually seeing a dramatic increase in need for our community's animals so far this month," said Sacramento SPCA CEO, Kenn Altine.

"The amount of free pet food being distributed at our twice-weekly drive-through panty is up 50% in the past two weeks, the number of animals we have placed foster homes has increased 84% since the lockdown was put in place, and the number of calls for people who need help with a sick or injured stray has continued to rise," said Altine.

While the Sacramento SPCA had to adjust their operations due to mandates surrounding COVID-19 in late March, the shelter continues to provide lifesaving care and support to animals at the shelter, hundreds of more animals in foster homes and those still arriving at their doors in crisis.

"As the only shelter in the region offering pet owners a place to take their beloved animals when they have nowhere else to turn; regardless of age, breed, health condition or behavior - closing our doors completely was never a consideration," said Altine. "From March 20 to April 30, the Sacramento SPCA took in 164 animals in crisis and treated more than 20 animals requiring emergency medical care."

Animals like Miss Chonk, who arrived to the Sacramento SPCA as a stray with pyometra, a serious and life-threatening infection. She also had a skin and ear infections as well as problems with her eyes. The shelter's medical team jumped into action to help the sweet girl - she received an emergency spay surgery and medication for her skin, ears and eyes and is now on her way to recovery.

When the shelter in place orders were first issued, the shelter teams worked diligently to find temporary foster homes for as many animals in the shelter as possible so they could focus on the urgent and emergent needs of the community, including animals requiring emergency medical attention.

The shelter reached out to recruit foster families just days before the County order to stay home was issued and in a matter of days, 800 community members volunteered to help. Since March 19, more than 260 animals have been placed in foster homes.

A positive side effect of people being at home is that many of the families fostering animals for the Sacramento SPCA have bonded closely with the animals and expressed interest in adopting. As of May 1, more than 40 animals have been adopted or are in the process of adoption by their foster families.

Because the shelter recognized that many of the people who use their low-cost vaccine clinic had animals at the beginning or half-way through a series of needed shots (canine influenza, distemper, parvo, etc.), they reached out to families and created a way for them to come in for the vital vaccinations while protecting their health and the health of the shelter staff. As a result, more than 500 vaccinations were administered to 376 animals (including booster vaccines for 263 puppies under seven months of age).

In addition to adapting their current programs, the Sacramento SPCA also launched a free pet food pantry to help keep pets and their people stay together and support those who could no longer afford to buy pet food. The twice-weekly drive-through #PAWPantry takes place at the Sacramento SPCA located at 6201 Florin Perkins Road in Sacramento from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday. As of May 1, more than 900 families have visited the pantry and received more than 12,000 pounds of free pet food.

"As we watched the flood of layoffs wash over our region, we laid the plans for a drive-through pet food distribution to ensure that no one had to contemplate surrendering a pet because they couldn't afford or access food," said Altine. "This resource has been a lifeline for pet owners who weren't sure how they would buy food for their pets, especially as many are still waiting for income assistance."

But what started as a temporary relief program for area residents is now likely to become a long-term program at the Sacramento SPCA. "We thought the need would decrease as the stimulus packages came on line," said Altine, "but the opposite has happened."

Plans for Re-opening

While the Sacramento SPCA has had to restrict the number of people at the shelter, their lifesaving work has continued as an essential community organization. And with Governor Newsom's four-stage plan for how the state can ease stay at home restrictions in the coming months, the shelter is already planning to expand public access to programs in the coming weeks.

"Expanding access to lifesaving programs while maintaining the health and safety of the community and our staff is our highest priority," says Altine. "Our teams will be leaning heavily on technology to expand access through appointment-based processes for pet adoption, low-cost vaccinations, animal support and spay and neuter services."

How Can the Community Help

As the only full-service 100% non-profit animal shelter in the Sacramento region, the Sacramento SPCA relies on donations from individuals, businesses and foundations to support their work. They are local, independent, and do not receive funding from state or local government agencies.

With the Big Day of Giving on May 7, the Sacramento region's 24-hour giving campaign to support local nonprofits - the Sacramento SPCA is asking for monetary donations to ensure that they can continue to support animals and people whenever and however needed. Learn more:

Donations can be made online or by mail to: Sacramento SPCA, 6201 Florin Perkins Road, Sacramento, CA 95828.

Founded in 1892, the Sacramento SPCA has been providing homeless animals with individual comfort, shelter, and love for more than 128 years. They provide compassionate medical care to tens of thousands of animals annually and offer a variety of programs and services designed to keep people and pets together for life.

Learn more and follow:

Dawn Foster, Sacramento SPCA Marketing & Communications Director or (916) 802-0915.

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*Photo caption: Pictured, Miss Chonk recovers at the Sacramento SPCA following her lifesaving surgery.

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MostFit to Hold 2017 ‘Pushups for Puppies’ Fitness Fundraiser for Southern California Animal Rescue Organization

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- MostFit Founder and Owner, Andrew Gavigan, will hold the 6th annual "Pushups for Puppies" workout event to benefit L.A.-based animal rescue organization, Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team ("START"; The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at The Balboa Sports Center in Encino (see Event details below).

All of the proceeds - one hundred percent - from "Pushups for Puppies" will benefit START to support the rescue and transport of dogs from high euthanasia shelters in Southern California to safe havens in the Pacific Northwest, where they are re-homed.

This year, MostFit will partner with our friends Marc, Younjee and The RKR Charitable Fund ("RKR") to fund an entire transport of animals on START's recently renovated transport vehicle, affectionately nicknamed The Beast. The Beast can transport approximately 90-100 animals at a time and the cost to save the life of each animal is approximately $65.00. RKR has agreed to match all donations made to START in connection with Pushups for Puppies up to $6,000.

"We held our first 'Pushups for Puppies' fitness fundraiser in 2012 with the goal of raising enough money to provide safe-haven for a handful of at-risk dogs," said Andrew Gavigan of MostFit. "This year, together with RKR Charitable, we have already received a commitment to fund an entire START transport in September and we are hoping to raise as much additional money as possible to support the many great things that our friends at START are doing - their efforts truly give these wonderful animals 'a new lease on life.'"

The event consists of a one-hour, moderate and family-friendly workout hosted by some of L.A.'s leading trainers and yoga instructors. Each year Pushups for Puppies gets bigger and raises more money for START - it's a fun workout and great time to support a worthy cause.


The Event: "Pushups for Puppies" 2017.

Date/Time: Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Location: Balboa Sports Center; 17015 Burbank Blvd., Encino, CA 91316.

Proceeds: 100-percent of all monies raised will go to START Rescue.

Workout - The workout class is suitable for ALL fitness levels:
- Arrive 10 minutes early.
- Bring a mat or towel and water.
- Children are welcome and can participate for free.
- Dogs are welcome.
- $15 suggested donation (cash or check).

- Andrew Gavigan - MostFit
- Erin Fukuda - Yoga Therapy and Fitness
- Lisa Brinton - Head Coach Orange Theory Fitness, Westlake, Calif.
- Alex Ellis -


You do not have to attend the Pushups for Puppies workout to support the Event and START. Animal lovers, fitness fanatics and other interested parties can purchase one or more seats on the START bus for $65 per seat by visiting START's website ( and clicking on the link "Our Transports" ( - please be sure to enter "Pushups for Puppies" in the comments section.

After the Transport, donors who have purchased a seat will receive a photo, name, breed, and background of the dog they have saved.

About START:

Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team (START) is a 501(c)(3) entity (Federal Tax ID#: 45-4258426). All donations to START are tax deductible. START was awarded platinum status for their commitment to transparency by GuideStar Charity Navigator. To date, START has transported over 8,600 animals to new lives!

About MostFit:

Founded by Andrew Gavigan in 2011, MostFit LLC provides unique, effective and efficient products to the fitness community to make optimum performance more accessible. MostFit firmly believes that accessibility is the key component to success for athletes and fitness enthusiasts at all levels. To that end, MostFit strives to make all aspects of fitness enjoyable and approachable, empowering individuals to be the "most fit" they can be.

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