The dog days of summer. We’ve all heard this expression used to describe the hottest time of the year. But what most people don’t know when they use this term to complain about the heat is that the phrase is as old as Western culture itself.

Meet Kada! She has been at the Sacramento SPCA since April because her owners no longer had the time to care for her.

With a swipe of his pen, Gov. Jerry Brown has ensured Sutter can tag along to some bars and restaurants.

Elaine Greenberg, who for decades rescued and cared for dogs from her home in rural Davis, died just days after authorities seized her Rottweilers and accused her of neglecting them. Friends are shocked at the turn of events for Greenberg, a former biochemist who dedicated her life to rescuing, caring for and finding homes for animals that otherwise would have been put to death in shelters.

Althena Gold of Carmichael strolls with her duck, Spotty, on Tuesday beside the pond in McKinley Park in Sacramento.

On these dating sites, a passion for pets will help you find more than just puppy love.

Best friend wanted! Boots is an amazing, friendly, 4-year-old female cat looking for a home. Boots loves belly rubs, the company of other cats and doesn’t mind her photo being taken.

The former president of a recently shut-down Rottweiler shelter outside Davis was found dead in her home Friday afternoon, according to authorities.

We are big fans of adopting from animal shelters. We each have two dogs acquired from shelters or rescue groups. They are all the absolute best – not that we’re biased or anything.

Foreign dog breeders have gone unregulated for years, shipping puppies so young and so sick that one in four died before reaching a U.S. airport, animal welfare workers say.

VSP Vision Care, an arm of Rancho Cordova-based VSP Global, on Thursday announced a campaign to donate $50,000 to train and place a guide dog with U.S. military veterans who are blind or vision impaired.

The owner of four dogs that succumbed to heat after he allegedly left the animals in a hot car at a Fair Oaks Boulevard apartment complex has been cited for endangering their health.

There are felines hiding in the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

It’s never good when a pet downs mouse or rat poison, but rodenticides containing anticoagulants are treatable with blood transfusions and vitamin K if the poisoning is caught in time.

Meet Charlie: He’s a 6-year-old Chihuahua mix (possibly with Italian greyhound) who has had a difficult summer. He was surrendered to us in June because his family realized that they didn’t have the time needed to properly care for him.

Eleven malnourished Rottweilers are recovering after the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office seized them last week from the Second Chance Rottweiler Rescue in Davis.

A six feet tall, 150-pound baby is due in November or December in Land Park.

Families of autistic children who paid thousands of dollars each for “service dogs” from a Yuba County nonprofit group are suing the organization, alleging fraud.

Meet Pio!

They aren’t at the level of cats and dogs yet, but reptiles are scaling upward in popularity.

“Did you know?” That’s always a great conversation starter, especially when it’s about our pet pals.

At the Sacramento SPCA, we meet a lot of new faces that deserve second chances. Pixie, an 8-year-old Australian cattle dog mix, is one of those faces.

A group of young patients at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is part of a nationwide study that examines the effects of animal-assisted therapy on patients, their families and therapy dogs.

You want to get something done in Congress, bring a dog.

In January, a sporting-dog rescue group asked Lori-Lynn Clayton of San Angelo, Texas, to go look at a dog in her local shelter thought to be an English springer spaniel or Brittany. He was a springer, emaciated and near death. She struggled to get him released, battling shelter workers and then veterinarians who said it would be better to euthanize him.

Marzipan, the Sacramento Zoo’s sweet-faced ostrich, had to be euthanized Monday when her severely fractured leg could not be repaired.

If the Sacramento Wildlife Care Association’s worst fears come it pass, it will shut down in August. The group raises the possibility that the 1,000 birds it cares for at McClellan Park may have to be euthanized.

When my dog Harper was a puppy, she wanted up in my lap one day. The problem was, my lap was already occupied by Twyla, our black-and-tan cavalier. Harper knew that Twyla would “give her what for” if she dared to jump up there, too. Harper paced back and forth, watching us. You could practically see the wheels spinning in her head.

Meet Tickles! She’s a sweet, senior dog looking for a home to spend her golden years.

Insurance for dogs, cats, even hedgehogs, falls into the category of property insurance, and providers have leeway to place coverage limits and can carve out exclusions for preexisting conditions or hereditary diseases. With complaints to the Department of Insurance on the rise, Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, D-Sherman Oaks, is reviving an effort vetoed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to set guidelines for the largely unregulated industry.

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