Play For a Stray

Dog Rescue & Youth Sports Club

Your child’s passion for sports can help rescue a dog.

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Here's what we've raised to rescue Penny

Funding Goal: $1,000.00
Funding to Date: $100.00

We Need Your Help!

Help us help Bubba! Help us finish off our fundraising goal! 

We’ve rescued Bubba off the euthanasia list + your donations will help us to give him a FOREVER home with the rest of our dogs at Play For A Stray Ranch.

Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support!


You’ve already helped these dogs have a happy future!

Let’s Keep it Going!

Learn . Play . Rescue

Play For A Stray is a Dual-Purpose Public Charity in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties:

  • The Prevention of Animal Cruelty
  • The Promotion of Youth Athletics

Through program registrations, donations, fundraisers, and sponsorships, we raise money to:

  • Rescue dogs from kill shelters
  • Provide free sports programming for kids in need

Our family of sports companies offer a variety of sports and fitness programs throughout Alameda and Contra Costa County.  The Play For A Stray family includes: Skyhawks Contra Costa, SuperTots Contra Costa, Pack Sports, Pack Football Club, Sideline Fitness, and partners of PACK Small Business Solutions.

While you and your kids are enriching your lives through sports and fitness, you can feel knowing that you are helping to enrich the lives of local kids and strays in need.  With Play For A Stray, making a difference has never been so much fun!

Meet the Play For A Stray Family

Skyhawk Sports

Kids 4-14 of any ability can participate in friendly competition while gaining the skills, confidence, and passion necessary to live an active and healthy lifestyle.


Classes and enrichment programs for children ages 18 months to 5 years including: SoccerTots, BaseballTots, HoopsterTots, 1stDownTots, CheerTots, VolleyKats, and PartyTots!

Pack Sports

Provides a wide range of sports including football, baseball, basketball and soccer. Kids learn athletic skills and sportmanship in a safe and nurturing environment.  For kids of all abilities.

Pack Football

NFL Flag affiliated Club offering recreational & competitive leagues, instructional programs, travel teams, regional tournaments, and more! For kids of all abilities.

Sideline Fitness

Parent companion classes that run side by side with the Skyhawks, SuperTots, and Pack Sports programs to stay fit while watching your child’s sports activities. Parents: get moving on the Sideline!

Pack Small Business

Help entrepreneurs in the fitness, youth sports, recreation, and entertainment industries. Pack takes care of customer service, finance, marketing, sales, HR, & more! 

He’s Heading To His New Home!

Pakeno was picked up as a stray in Richmond in January… no chip, no tags, and no owner to claim him.  Being a husky mix, he did not do well in a shelter environment, very stressed out in the confined spaces. In 2 months the shelter labeled him “non-adoptable” and gave him a euthanasia date: 3/25.

On 3/24, at 6:00pm, Michelle from Whiskers Rescue and Wendy from Jelly’s Place Rescue presented Pakeno to the Play For A Stray Bay Area Rescue Committee (BARC) Board.  The BARC Board knew that Pakeno needed to be their first adoption and went into action to stop the euthanasia which was scheduled to take place in less than 15-hours.

In a total team effort and on borrowed time, Pakeno was rescued from the Contra Costa Animal Shelter.

New life, new name – Pakeno is now called DUKE!

Duke is living with a BARC Board member until 4/08 at which point, he will be able to move to Play For A Stray Ranch in Georgetown, CA to live the rest of his life in K9 paradise.

Duke is an amazing affectionate dog who has not shown any aggressive behavior once rescued from the shelter.  We couldn’t have asked for a better Dog 1 in our rescue mission.

To stay up to date on all things Duke, and the rest of the Play For A Stray rescues, follow us on social media: FB, Instagram

The P4AS family, donors, sponsors, and partners, work together to rescue dogs from high kill shelters and bring them to the Play For a Stray Ranch to live out their days in doggy paradise!

The Ranch itself is a brand new acquisition. Numerous improvements are being made to best match the needs of the dogs, and you are witnessing the dream becoming a reality!

You can be a part of that family! Join one of our programs, either for yourself or your kids. A portion of your registration fee goes to the P4AS dream.  But there are more ways to help! Buy some of our P4AS gear, or simply make a donation, either one-time or recurring. Are you more passionate than that? Volunteer, sponsor us, join our board, or come work for us.

You can make a difference in the life of a stray. Join us!

Billy rescues Pakeno, now Duke; 1st of many rescues for Play for a Stray.

A younger Billy with Apollo, the inspiration for Play for a Stray.

The Play for a Stray Ranch, Georgetown, CA

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