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Information on Pet Rescue and Injured Wildlife Resources

Pet Rescue

The following are sites in the Sacramento area that provide pet rescue services:

V.A.R.K. Veterinary After Rescue Kare founed by Dr. Jyl Rubin, D.V.M., provides care for "homeless" animals of all species and breeds

NorCal GSP Rescue: An all-volunteer group dedicated to the rescue and re-homing of adoptable German Shorthaired Pointers in northern California.

Homeward Bound Goldens: A volunteer organization which rescues and heals displaced, abandoned, and homeless Golden Retrievers and Golden/Labrador mixes throughout Northern California, no matter their age or health.

Injured Wildlife

If you find an injured wild animal or moved one from what you thought was a dangerous area here are some contacts.

If you have found an injured snake or lizard in the Sacramento area, please contact Sue Solomon at SSue@post.harvard.edu or (916) 486-4293.

It is important to understand that all animals can bite and scratch, especially scared, injured ones. Your well-meaning attempts at rescue can end up with you injured as well. California has laws and regulations concerning how to handle and deal with wildlife. In most cases, only licensed individuals can legally care for injured wildlife.

If you are at all uncertain of how to deal with an animal which you think has been injured, please use the following resources to get outside help.

Wildlife issues

Wildlife Care Association
Call for information
(916) 965-9453

Turtles and Tortoises
Sacramento Turtle and Tortoise Club
916-421-1134

Department of Fish & Game
If you’re located in the Sacramento Valley
Our contact in the department for your general questions is
Phil Nelms You can send an E-mail to him at pnelms@dfg.ca.gov
**Note that he is in only once a week, so please be patient.
Additional Information:
Summary of select Fish and Game regulations regarding reptiles
and amphibians. For wild caught snakes or lizards contact NCHS.
www.norcalherp.com

Other organizations that can be of help:

Sacramento S.P.C.A.
916-383-7387
6201 Florin Perkins Road, Sacramento, CA
(map)
Directions: Exit Hwy 50 west onto Bradshaw Rd. Travel 1.5 miles to Elder Creek and turn right. Travel 2.5 miles and turn right on Florin Perkins. The Shelter is one block down on your right.

Sacramento County Animal Care & Regulation
916-368-7387
4290 Bradshaw Rd. Sacramento, CA
(map)
Directions: Exit from Hwy 50 west on Bradshaw Rd. Shelter is on Bradshaw near Keifer Blvd.

Sacramento City Animal Control
916-264-5623
2127 Front Street, Sacramento, CA
(map)
Directions: Exit Hwy 50 west on 10th St. merge with W st., left on 3rd st, right on broadway & right on Front st. Shelter is on Front st. at V st.

Placer County Animal Control
530-889-7315
11251 B Ave, Auburn, CA (in the Dewitt center)
(map)
Directions: Take I – 80 towards Reno, exit on Hwy 49 (grass Valley Hwy), turn left on Atwood Rd. Make a right onto Richardson, then turn left on B Ave. The shelter will be on your left.

AAARF (Auburn Area Animal Rescue Foundation)
530-887-5577

Animal Outreach
530-333-1874

Happy Tails
916-556-1155

PAL (pet adoption league)
530-273-7958

Pet Finders
530-647-9447

SPIN (Sacramento pets in need)
916-487-4079

Forgotten Friends
916-773-1290

Gold Country wildlife
530-885-0862

Sacramento Wildlife
916-338-2774

Dr. Jyl Rubin DVM (916) 989-0738

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