A British Columbia, Canada, family drove 16 hours to Sacramento to adopt a dog after hearing of overcrowding at the Front Street Animal Shelter.
The Sacramento city shelter, which told the story in a video on its Facebook page, recently announced free pet adoptions through July 2 as a “lifesaving measure” to reduce overcrowding. The offer does not apply to the shelter’s PetCo adoption center.
After hearing of the shelter’s problems, the Canadian family headed to Sacramento to save a life, the shelter reports. They found Joyce, a dog that had been waiting at the shelter for two months to find a home. The video shows a joyful Joyce playing with the family before heading off to her new home in British Columbia.
The video post Tuesday had been viewed 52,000 times on Facebook by Wednesday morning.
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The shelter at 2127 Front St. is open from noon to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It is closed to the public Mondays and Tuesdays. The Lodi Animal Services shelter also has issued a plea for help, noting it will be forced to euthanize some animals if adoptions cannot relieve crowded conditions.