Promoting adoption, spay/neuter, and forever homes

Maddie’s Fund Infographic: Kitten Development

For those of you who might be toying with the idea of helping a local shelter or rescue group by fostering kittens, here is a guide full or cuteness.


Physical and Behavioral Development of Kittens

(Source:  Maddie’s Fund)


May 1, 2014 Posted by | Animal Welfare/Protection, Cat Behavior, Cat Care, Cat Health, Education, Newsletters about Cats, Volunteers | , , | Comments Off on Maddie’s Fund Infographic: Kitten Development

Happy Tales: Marsee, now Marcie

This story is from Laurie who adopted Marsee , a cat  scheduled for euthansia as unadoptable because of major hair loss due to flea allergies and related sick appearance. Lapcats stepped in to save Marsee, and devoted volunteer Gena agreed to foster Marsee while making her healthy, beautiful, and adoptable.

Laurie’s story demonstrates the importance of companion animals and their amazing affect on the human sprit and health.  It’s a true testament to saving TWO lives with the power of compassion and teamwork.

Please share this heartwarming story and pray for the continued health and happiness for Laurie and Marcie as they LIVE LIFE together!

How Marcie Saved My Life AND My Spirit

Marcie22Many of us think that when we lose a beloved long time pet, that we need to wait & "heal" before we can find room in our hearts for another pet. Many of us think that when we are so sick & weak from going through treatment for cancer that we "don’t have the energy" for a new pet in the house. Well my friends, we are wrong in our thinking on both counts. Let me tell you my story, & how a skinny little girl cat named Marcie Lee saved my life & my spirit.

My name is Laurie, & my husband David & I lost our beloved little cat Sidley Bear (as we liked to call her because she looked a lot like a little bear in the winter time)  of 17 1/2 years about a week before Christmas this last year. We were devastated & I was particularly inconsolable, because I was in my 8th month of treatment for ovarian cancer, which had metastasized all throughout my torso, from ovaries to diaphragm. I nearly died 3 times in those 8 months. I had been progressing nicely those last 2 to 3 months with my wonderful husband David, of over 37 years constantly by my side, & of course, with my little Sidley Bear always with me, by me, or on me. But now my cancer marker numbers in my blood were no longer going down, they were staying the same; I was almost there, almost cured, but not quite. But my spirits were at an all time low & my husband says that he could see me digressing, going backwards physically & emotionally. I could barely get out of bed most days.

We had thought we didn’t want another cat yet, but then I started looking at kitties online, through the Sacramento County Animal Shelter website, which led me to Lapcats. I sat in bed day after day looking at over 100 cats, conflicted over whether we were ready for a new one or not. Many, many cats pulled at my heartstrings, yet I kept looking. I would show them to David, & he would say oh he’s cute, or she sounds nice, but was very non-committal to my search. I wasn’t even sure that I was searching on a conscious level, I just knew I wanted to look at kitties. I was growing more and more depressed with each passing day. Then, I saw Marcie….her wonderful foster mom Gena spelled it Marsee. My heart stopped, & I looked into that little face & I fell in love.

I showed David, & he said well why don’t you submit an application for her? So I did that very night & by the end of the next day, Barbara from Lapcats had made arrangements for me to come meet her that Saturday. When we got there, she was much skinnier than I expected & her hair was fairly thin, due to being sick from flea allergies & malnutrition at the time Lapcats found her. I could tell David was a little unsure about this whole thing when he saw her, but I was determined to take this little kitty home with me & make her thrive! I didn’t want anyone to walk away from me just because I was sick & not perfect, right? So I took her home with us.

Marcie1She was very scared at first, but eventually came out to play a little here & there, running back under an end table to hide if she heard something or someone. By that night, she had gotten used to me, & I guess she decided she kinda liked me. I wasn’t really feeling much of anything for her yet, then she came and climbed in my lap & went to sleep. When she woke up, she stayed put. My husband was next to me, & he said I don’t think she likes me. Oh yeah? She stood up and walked over to his lap & plopped right down, looking up at him like, yes I do! Awhile later she came back to my lap. I had always wished for a little cat that would just lay in my lap, by her own decision, but none of my cats have ever done this. Marcie does it to this day, every day. And she looks deep in your eyes, with such love, and such caring. It can’t help but melt your heart! So that night, as I held her against me after she looked in my eyes, I felt the most amazing feeling in my heart. I felt her warm little body snuggling up to me, and I felt the love, and the LIFE, coming from her, INTO ME. It was beautiful! My sadness, my pain, & my loneliness was gone. I began to thrive, totally. I was smiling & happy & so in love with our sweet little girl, we both were. My depression was gone, and even more important, my cancer marker number in my blood went down by a third. Also, the small mass that the Drs saw on a CT scan taken the day after Sidley died, that they thought was resistant to chemo & that I may have to have surgery again to remove it, was GONE. I found this out 2 or 3 weeks after we adopted Marcie, & I owe my healing to her love & affection!

Never underestimate the power of healing from animals. And, never underestimate the room in your heart for a new pet after losing a previous one. My question for everyone is….did I rescue her? Or did she rescue me?

If anyone would like to comment on this story, or share a story with me, you are welcome to do so by emailing me at:


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April 6, 2014 Posted by | Adoptions/Adoptathon, Happy Tales, Poems and Stories, Volunteers | , , , , , | Comments Off on Happy Tales: Marsee, now Marcie

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday


Meet an Angel at Sacramento County Animal Care!

3839 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento, CA  95827


Feline Fridays BillboardWhy?  Because there are so many wonderful cats who need homes.  Read more about it in the Sacramento Press.

February 5, 2014 Posted by | Adoptions/Adoptathon, Animal Welfare/Protection, Available Cats, Education, Pet overpopulation, SCACR, Volunteers, Wordless Wednesday | , , , , | Comments Off on (Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Spay Day Time Again!

Please spread the news!  We’ll probably have an early spring, and you know what happens then!

For more information on Spay Day or other low-cost spay/neuter surgery, please visit the Sacramento Area Animal Coalition (SAAC).


January 22, 2014 Posted by | Animal Welfare/Protection, Events, Pet overpopulation, Sacramento Area Animal Coalition (SAAC), Spay/neuter, Volunteers | , , , | Comments Off on Spay Day Time Again!

Celebrate Your Pet at Our February Paint and Sip Fundraiser!

Back by popular demand is our next Paint & Sip fundraising event where participants create a fabulous portrait of a cherished pet in one evening—no experience necessary. Participants submit a photo in advance, which is transposed to a 16” X 20” canvas.  At the event the attendees add color with paint to make the canvas come alive under guidance and instruction from artist Aimee Rebmann of Creative Juices Events.  Best of all, it’s a fun, creative evening spent with others who love their pets.

Deadline to register is January 21st, and photographs must be emailed by January 25th in order to be ready to paint on February 8th, the evening of the event.

This is a fundraiser for LAPCATS, and all profits go to rescuing/placing more homeless shelter cats.

Please join us!




January 16, 2014 Posted by | Events, Fundraising, Volunteers | , , , , | Comments Off on Celebrate Your Pet at Our February Paint and Sip Fundraiser!

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday


Sacramento County Animal Care thanks all the people who supported them this weekend and their #EmptySacShelters #megamatch partners Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary, Front Street Animal Shelter – City of Sacramento and Sacramento SPCA.


Last weekend’s “Empty our Shelters Project” adoption promotion had a goal of 500 collective adoptions amongst the local area shelters, and we knocked it out of the park with 525! Sacramento County Animal Care alone had 179 adoptions, comprised of 107 cats/kittens, 66 dogs/puppies, and 6 rabbits!!!

The individual numbers:

  20 – Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary

156 – Front Street Shelter

170 – Sacramento SPCA

179 – Sacramento County Animal Care

The nature of sheltering in Sacramento has come a long way; in even just the past 5 five years so much has changed. In addition to significant improvements in standards of care, the allocation of resources for extensive medical treatment, increased emphasis on behavior rehabilitation, rescue efforts, foster care, and community outreach, among the shifts has been greater collaboration between our local shelters. In 2007, we developed a community shelter coalition working together on common goals through the ASPCA’s Mission Orange initiative. This partnership has helped drive the shelters to be the best we can be, individually and collaboratively, and this weekend’s adoption successes are testament to what teamwork can accomplish!

Thank you Sacramento!

October 23, 2013 Posted by | Adoptions/Adoptathon, Animal Welfare/Protection, Events, Pet overpopulation, Volunteers, Wordless Wednesday | , , , , | Comments Off on (Almost) Wordless Wednesday

National Feral Cat Day 5K Walkathon Sunday, October 13th

Celebrate feral cats and get some good exercise too!


October 3, 2013 Posted by | Animal Welfare/Protection, Education, Events, Fundraising, Pet overpopulation, Volunteers | , , , , , , | Comments Off on National Feral Cat Day 5K Walkathon Sunday, October 13th

LAPCATS Adoption Event This Weekend!


Your are cordially invited to our LAPCATS Adoption Event at PetSmart!

Please stop by for a visit!  We will be there Friday through Sunday.  Besides having our resident lapcats in our Adoption Center, we are bringing in many more cats and kittens from foster care who need to find their forever homes.  We will have all shapes and sizes, and if we don’t have what you are looking for, we can probably find him/her/them at the shelter.


WhatWeTakeBesides finding great homes for great cats, we’re asking for donations of your still wearable shoes that you don’t want or can’t wear anymore for our Shoebox Recycling fundraising.  You know you need an excuse to part with those shoes that you never really liked or that always hurt your feet—here’s a “no guilt” way to do it!  That pair of shoes will bring a big smile to someone else in the world, and help LAPCATS save more shelter cats and kittens.  We’ll have two big boxes at the adoption event, so please help us fill them.  Men’s, women’s, children’s—the flyer shows the kinds of shoes that can be recycled.



Thank you for helping us save over 1,400 shelter cats since 2005!

September 12, 2013 Posted by | Adoptions/Adoptathon, Animal Welfare/Protection, Available Cats, Events, Fundraising, Pet overpopulation, Volunteers | , , , , | Comments Off on LAPCATS Adoption Event This Weekend!

Celebrate Whiskers and Wine September 21 with Sacramento County Animal Care!


September 9, 2013 Posted by | Animal Welfare/Protection, Events, Fundraising, Pet overpopulation, SCACR, Teaching Everyone Animals Matter (TEAM), Volunteers | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Celebrate Whiskers and Wine September 21 with Sacramento County Animal Care!

Wheels for Wags Sunday, August 25th, at County Animal Shelter

Get Your Motor Runnin’ and Support Shelter Animals!


(Click here to download an event flyer.)

TEAM (Teaching Everyone Animals Matter) and car enthusiast group EuroSunday will host the first-ever Wheels For Wags – a celebration of cool cars and even cooler Shelter animals — on Sunday, August 25, 2013, to benefit the Sacramento County Animal Shelter.

This free family-friendly and dog-friendly event will feature rare, exotic and vintage cars from around the Sacramento area.  Attendees can also tour the Shelter and win prizes in a fabulous raffle, with all proceeds benefiting Shelter animals.

Attendees that bring a donation of dog or cat food will receive three free raffle tickets!

Wheels for Wags 2013 will be held Sunday, August 25, 2013, from 8am-10:30am at Sacramento County Animal Shelter, 3839 Bradshaw Road (between Highway 50 and Kiefer), Sacramento.

For more information on Wheels for Wags 2013, contact TEAM at 916-876-PETS, email, or check out EuroSunday at or

August 18, 2013 Posted by | Events, Fundraising, SCACR, Volunteers | , , , , | 1 Comment