"Black Friday" came to the Placer SPCA today.
The Roseville animal shelter opened its doors at 4 a.m. and began offering deep discounts on adoptions of homeless dogs, cats and other critters.
Potential adopters began lining up at 3:15 a.m. to take advantage of "early bird specials," said chief executive officer Leilani Fratis.
By 6 a.m., five hours before the shelter typically opens, 14 animals had found new homes, Fratis said. By 1 p.m., volunteers and staff members had completed 28 adoptions.
The previous Friday, by comparison, the shelter found homes for a total of four animals, said Fratis, "so this is going to be an extremely successful campaign for us."
Until 6 a.m. today, adopters were able to get a cat for a mere $5 and a dog for $15. Until 6 p.m. today, adoption fees for cats will be $15 and dogs, $45.
Adoption fees for cats normally range from $25 to $99, and dogs can be adopted for $125 to $300. All fees include spay and neuter operations, vaccinations and a microchip identification.
"We have everything from purebred pugs to cocker spaniels to mixed breeds and lovely cats," Fratis said. "We're hoping people will stop by after they finish their shopping today."
The shelter is at 150 Corporation Yard Road, Roseville.
For more information, go to www.placerspca.org/blackfriday.
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