About the Placer SPCA


About the Placer SPCA

Our Mission

The mission of the Placer Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Placer SPCA) is to enhance the lives of companion animals and support the human-animal bond.

Our Vision

The vision of the Placer SPCA is to ensure:

  • Every adoptable companion animal in Placer County has a home
  • Every lost companion animal in Placer County is reunited with its owner
  • Every dog and cat owner in Placer County has access to affordable spay and neuter services
  • Every companion animal is treated with kindness and respect

Our Values

  • Adaptability: We are flexible and responsive in meeting the ever-changing needs of the animals and people in our community
  • Compassion to All: We show kindness and understanding towards all people and animals
  • Education & Awareness: We engage with the community through educational programs and public information efforts to increase awareness and understanding
  • Integrity: We earn trust by always being honest and fair while treating all people and animals with dignity and respect
  • Responsible Stewardship: We are careful and responsible with the animals and resources entrusted to our care
  • Safety (Animals, Staff, and Community): We ensure a safe workplace, and foster a safer community for people and animals

As we live these values, we support our mission and vision, as well as help the community understand and appreciate the work of the Placer SPCA.

About Us

All of us at the Placer SPCA are proud of our center’s history and our reputation within our diverse community of more than 300,000. Through years of dedication and hard work, the staff and volunteers at the Placer SPCA have created a truly unique companion animal center where the animals really do come first, and where we are collectively committed to creating a community where every adoptable companion animal has a loving home.

Founded in 1973, the Placer SPCA plays an active role in serving the animals and the people of our community. The Placer SPCA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating the humane treatment of animals in Placer County as well as a safer, healthier community overall. The Placer SPCA is funded solely by donations, grants, bequests and fees for service.

In its early years, the Placer SPCA operated without a shelter facility of its own and was run entirely through volunteers who found foster homes for the animals. In 1995, a shelter was completed which now houses over 4,000 animals a year and includes an education room and treatment rooms for sick and injured animals.

Today, the Placer SPCA continues to grow and provide many innovative programs to enhance animal well-being and improve adoptability, such as: kennel enrichment and socialization strategies, behavior modification counseling and training, foster care and mobile adoption. We also work closely with the community to provide adoption counseling, spay/neuter assistance and education, pet lost and found, humane education, collaborative rescue efforts, and volunteer opportunities.

4-Star Charity Navigator

The Placer SPCA is proud to announce that as of 2021 we have received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of charities, for 15 consecutive years. This places us in the top 1% of charities nation-wide for our fiscal responsibility and transparency. For more information on what this rating means, click here. To view our profile on Charity Navigator, click here.

Annual Animal Statistics and Life Saving Percentage:

The Placer SPCA is proud to follow the Asilomar Accords, the national standard on data collection and transparency for animal shelters.

For a full report of our animal intake and outcomes (Asilomar Accords), please click here.

Financial Statements

Placer SPCA’s Nonprofit Status