It's the dog days of July at the Sacramento SPCA where animal adoptions are way down.
There's really no explanation for the decline in adoptions at the shelter on Florin-Perkins Road, society officials say. It just happens.
"We've been a part of the Sacramento community since 1894, and if history has taught us anything, it's that this happens from time to time," said Rick Johnson, the Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' CEO.
In April-through-June 2012, more than 1,200 animals were adopted from the SPCA. This year, during the same period, only 885 animals were adopted.
On Friday, about 50 dogs, 75 cats and kittens and 20 other small animals were available for adoption.
"We need these animals to find homes because waiting to be moved into the adoption center are nearly 100 dogs and 200 cats - with more coming in each day," said Johnson in a news release.
It is especially easy to adopt an adult cat on Fridays when full-grown felines cost only $5 to take home.
Another reason the SPCA needs to find the animals homes: The shelter is expecting 100 chickens from a local egg farmer in the coming weeks.
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