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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Hope couldn’t make it past the front doors of Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento without causing a commotion.

Princess is an excited, playful girl who is looking for an active home. This Labrador retriever mix is about 5 years old and is known for her energy. That’s pretty typical in Labradors until they get a bit older.

Every Fourth of July animal shelters are inundated with dogs and cats that bolt their homes to flee the boom and flash of fireworks.

For much of the last two years, Gemily West has been largely silent about what she has endured as the sole survivor of a hit-and-run crash that killed her boyfriend and four dogs. Now that the driver is on his way to prison, she felt ready to tell her story.

Some people play golf on the weekends or go wine tasting. I have a buddy who fixes up old Studebakers. Carrie Holler? Her hobby is taking care of a gang of feral cats that lives in some bushes near the Sacramento River.

Hedgehogs are crazy cute. That’s probably the main reason people get them as pets. And they are unique.

A big boy (75 pounds) and excited to get to know you, Charlie is available for adoption at the Sacramento SPCA.

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