Sacramento animal shelters found adoptive homes this weekend for more than 500 cats and dogs, exceeding an ambitious goal during a collaborative event sponsored by the ASPCA.
A half hour before participating shelters closed their doors, 500 animals had been adopted, said Sacramento SPCA spokeswoman Tracie Popma. The final tally will be higher as paperwork is completed Sunday evening, she said.
The Empty Our Shelters Project sought to find permanent homes for 500 animals by offering pets for $20 Friday through Sunday at the SPCA, the city's Front Street Animal Shelter, the county's Animal Care agency and Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary.
"It's always wonderful to see how shelters can work together to effectively make a difference," said Executive Director Rick Johnson of the Sacramento SPCA. "Even more incredible is how Sacramento came out to support our joint effort. What they did for homeless animals this weekend has made an incredible difference."
During the entire month of October last year, the four shelters found homes for 895 animals.
Popma thanked adopters, social media participants and the news media for "the incredible support."
For updates and information on the event, go to #EmptySacShelters on all social media platforms.