Meet Chaco. He is a 9-year-old Great Dane mix. Chaco doesn’t need to be taught how to be a “good boy” – he already is one!

Any animal can end up at a public shelter, but most of them won't stay long. There, millions of dogs and cats face euthanasia, driving one filmmaker to turn his camera into a lifesaver.

Sacramento County supervisors decided Tuesday to use $33 million in unexpected revenue to hire animal control officers and prosecutors and pay off debt, among other things.

Brian Boone is practicing his silly voice. The 39-year-old soldier, who lost his lower left leg while serving in Afghanistan, looks down at Brindle, a 2-year-old Labrador-golden retriever mix — and highly trained service dog.

The public is asked to e-mail or call to RSVP a planned memorial for Mary Healy.

Meet Cookie! Despite his genetically caused cloudy corneas, veterinarians at the Sacramento SPCA say Cookie can see fairly well, but he probably can’t read the Sunday newspaper.

Legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown amends the California Health and Safety Code to allow dogs in outdoor restaurant areas where food preparation does not occur, providing the dog is on a leash and does not walk through the indoor portion of the restaurant to get to the permitted area.

The Board of Supervisors last week unanimously approved a new $22.1 million state-of-the-art animal services center in north Auburn. The 36,657-square-foot facility, expected to open in 2016, will replace the county’s existing animal shelter, a small cinder- block building from 1975.

Sacramento animal agencies are knocking on doors in some of the area’s toughest neighborhoods, offering free or low-cost veterinary services to people in an effort to reduce the number of dogs and cats that end up in shelters.

If you’re a parent who got a new puppy or dog for the family this summer, your kids and the dog have probably spent their days playing fetch, running through the sprinklers and sharing snacks when they’ve finally worn each other out. But now that school is starting, your pup must learn to adjust to a new schedule.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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!

“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.

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