12 Days of Giving: Placer SPCA never takes break from caring for animals

Nonprofit organization needs gift cards to pet stores
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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During the 12 Days of Giving from Nov. 23-Dec. 4, the Press Tribune will feature a new nonprofit online every day and share how you can help its mission.

The Placer SPCA in Roseville never takes a break from serving the animals in their care — they feed them, keep them healthy, provide enrichment activities and give them a place to stay until a forever home has been found.

Providing all these services adds up financially, which is why the nonprofit organization appreciates receiving gift cards to places such as Costco, Petco and PetSmart, where they can stock up on pet food and supplies throughout the year.

The organization is running out of gift cards donated last Christmas and could use more, said CEO Leilani Fratis, pointing out how animals’ needs are ongoing.

“We need blankets for the animals,” Fratis said. “To suggest because it’s colder (this time of year) is not the case. It’s because they’re comfortable.”

Nonprofit name: Placer SPCA

Mission: Founded in 1973 and dedicated to facilitating the humane treatment of animals in Placer County. The organization does adoptions and provides food assistance, microchipping, immunizations and spay and neuter services.

How to help: Placer SPCA is funded solely by donations, grants, bequests and fees for service. The organization operates the Placer SPCA Thrift Store at 931 Washington Blvd. in Roseville. Adopt an animal at the shelter, located at 150 Corporation Yard Road in Roseville. Wish list includes: pet food, non-clumping cat litter, towels and blankets for bedding, heating pads, animal play pens, anti-bacterial hand soap, postage stamps and more. For the complete list, see the Placer SPCA website.

The organization is hosting an open house from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at its shelter with hors d'oeuvres, desserts, beverages, raffle and silent auction. Free and open to the public. Bring a gift for an animal. No RSVP necessary.

Contact: Call (916) 782-7722 or visit

Check back tomorrow for the next in the Press Tribune's 12 Days of Giving series.